Wednesday, September 23, 2009

When do babies start eating?

This is a question always ask by first time parents like me, and these below are the answers usually given by relatives and health professionals. As far as I can remember, these were the advice given to me by a health visitor during the first few months she been visiting my baby.

The first 6 months babies only need breast milk or infant formula milk, but you can however try introducing solids, just a little amount every now and then if your baby shows interest of what you are eating. Most babies are ready to eat solids when they are 6 months old, as he or she now needs more than milk alone can provide, so you should continue with breast milk or formula milk to drink alongside.

These are signs that your baby is ready to eat solid foods:

1. When the baby shows interest of what you and your family are eating.
2. When the baby can sit up on her or his own or even if the baby need some support.
3. Wanting to chew and may have teeth.
4. Still hungry after a feed when you have increased his or her milk feed for a few days.

Always remember that all babies are different, some babies take solid food quickly, some takes longer; some are choosy, other like anything and everything. So don’t force your baby to eat when he or she is not ready yet.

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