The timing involved in the introduction of solids, varies greatly. Solids should not be introduced earlier than 4 - 6 months though, but some children breastfeed exclusively into their second year and thrive.
Some Breastfeeding Facts
Breast milk alone is enough for a growing baby, even a big baby.
Solids will not help a baby sleep longer intervals at night.
With the exception of Vitamin D, babies do not need extra supplementation with vitamins and nutrients when breastfed exclusively.
A baby does not need to start solids in order to learn to chew by six months. A baby can learn to chew at any age.
Signs that a Baby is Ready to Start Solids
all babies are ready to eat solids at 6 months. Some babies may only
show these signs at 8 or 9 months. There is no rush, some babies take in
solids only after 1 year and have absolutely no health or growth
The ability to sit for long periods on his/her own without falling over.
Baby does not push the foods out of the mouth with his/her tongue.
Baby can grab hold of foods and direct the food to his/her own mouth.
Baby has increased his/her feeding frequency, for longer than a few days.
Baby has started getting teeth. (although this is not always a good indicator as some babies are born with teeth!)
The baby is at an increased risk of developing allergic reactions.
Poorer nutrition. The foods that a baby eats will most likely not be as nutrient and vitamin rich as breast milk.
The baby is at higher risk of ear and gut infections.
Solid Food for Babies
is always best to introduce whole foods into your baby's diet such as
steamed vegetables or fruit instead of processed baby foods or canned
At 4-6 months a baby can handle lightly mashed fruits and
veg, or whole soft pieces of banana, cheese or avocado. The baby should be making some chewing motions when putting these in his/her mouth. The more
whole the food is, the more likely the baby is going to stay interested.
Foods to Avoid when Introducing Solids
(may cause choking)
Large pieces of sausage.
Foods to Avoid that Pose Danger:
Honey should be avoided for the first year of a baby’s life.
Dried fruits since they are high in sugar.
Deep fried foods are overall bad for a person’s health.