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Introducing Solids

When to start?

Solid foods should be introduced to your baby at around 6 months.  There is no reason to rush starting solid foods; breast milk has all the nutrition your baby needs for the first 6 months of life. Babies are not ready to digest solid foods until closer to 6 months.

The following are signs that an infant is getting ready to eat solid food:

  • sits up (on own or with some minimal assistance) and leans forward;
  • opens mouth when food is offered;
  • turns head away to refuse food
  • keeps food in mouth and swallows it instead of pushing it out

How to start?

There are two important things to consider when introducing solids to your baby:

  1. What specific types and textures of food to offer
  2. The best ways to feed your baby to develop a healthy relationship with food

Feeding Supports

In your Community:

For more information:

Next: What Specific types and textures of food to offer

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