Ronan finally started accepting solids at almost nine months, beginning with strawberries. “He didn’t begin the way most babies do,” says Ricard, “but he’s eating and gaining weight well now.” Read more: 5 tips for feeding your baby solid foods The study looked at whether feeding certain foods to babies could stop them getting allergies, and a secondary part of the study explored whether giving babies solids before 6 months could actually help them to sleep better. Anyone considering starting a baby on solid food before they are 6 months old should talk to a pediatrician first. To start solids, he should be able to move food to the back of his mouth and swallow it, instead of using his tongue to push food out of his mouth. Your child can begin eating solid foods at about 6 months old. Starting solids early also led my children to try finger foods earlier, to help develop the pincer grab (self feeding a cheerio or raisin). Our doctor ok’d it, mainly because we were anxious that after months of (what seemed like) nonstop nursing, our son was barley hugging the bottom of the growth curve. Feeding schedule for a 5-month-old by food type By the time he or she is 7 or 8 months old, your child can eat a variety of foods from different food groups. Try not to start solids too early. Here are some simple dos and don’ts to help your little one get started with solids. Curiosity about food. I have no regrets about my choices. From the time she was about 6-months-old, she devoured apples, zucchini, and pretty much everything else we … When my niece Zoe started on solids everyone remarked what a great eater she was. He was holding his head up at that point, and once he got a taste of solid food, that was it (avocado, sweet potato, and porridge). At 5 months: 28%; At 6 months: 34%; At 7 months: 6%; What does the 2018 study on the early introduction of solids say? Significant weight gain. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies be exclusively breastfed for six months, and that you wait to introduce solids until the baby is 6 months old. He may be ready to eat solids if he's doubled his birth weight, weighs at least 13 pounds, and is at least 4 months old. We started solids at 5 months. Even if your baby is showing interest in food and is sitting up like a pro, don’t start before four months, and always talk to your doctor first. From there, it was rice cereal, bananas, apples and mango, turkey and vegetable soup. I had planned to nurse for 1 year, but at 10 months, my son … I also introduced a sippy cup at about 5 months and by 6 months my children no longer used bottles. These foods include infant cereals, meat or other proteins, fruits, vegetables, grains, yogurts and cheeses, and more.