When do babies start to eat baby food
Age: 4 to 6 months
Signs of readiness for solid food
Your baby probably won't do all these things – they're just clues to watch for.
Can hold head up
Sits well in highchair
Makes chewing motions
Shows significant weight gain (birth weight has doubled)
Shows interest in food
Can close mouth around a spoon
Can move food from front to back of mouth
Can move tongue back and forth, but is losing tendency to push food out with tongue
Seems hungry after 8 to 10 feedings of breast milk or 40 oz. of formula in a day
What to feed
Breast milk or formula, PLUS
Pureed food (like sweet potatoes, squash, apples, bananas, peaches, or pears) or semi-liquid iron-fortified cereal
How much per day
Begin with about 1 teaspoon pureed food or cereal. Mix cereal with 4 to 5 teaspoons breast milk or formula (it'll be very runny).
Increase to 1 tablespoon of pureed food, or 1 tablespoon of cereal mixed with breast milk or formula, twice a day. If giving cereal, gradually thicken the consistency by using less liquid.