Your baby is now ready to try new ways of feeding, including trying solid foods. Solid foods are important at this stage because babies need extra nutrients, like iron, to support growth and development. Solid foods can also help your baby learn to eat, develop their teeth and jaws, allow them to experience new tastes and textures, and build skills they’ll need for language development.
You can start trying solid foods if your baby:
- Can hold their head up with no support.
- Can sit upright with help, such as in a high chair.
- Shows an interest in food by reaching out for food or looking at foods you’re eating.
- Does not stick out their tongue when offered food, but opens their mouth.
- Seems hungry even after a full breastfeed or bottle.