Is your baby ready for solids?
My baby has never been much of a milk drinker but now that she is going to be six months old, I’m considering starting her on solids soon. I, however, have no idea where to start and how do I know if she is ready?
The American Academy of Paediatric (AAP) recommends exclusive breast feeding for six months and weaning can be started after six months. If baby is on formula feeding or mixed feeding, weaning can be considered at four to six months of age.
Experts generally agree that from six months on, a baby would need something more substantial than just milk. However, infants who exhibit poor growth or iron deficiency anaemia may be weaned earlier, between four to six months, as advised by their doctor or dietician. Weaning too early, e.g. at two to three months, could result in digestive disorders and there is also a higher risk of setting off a food allergy. On the other hand, if the baby is weaned too late, she may not get adequate nutrition and this may lead to growth retardation.
Developmental signs of readiness for weaning foods are:
This usually occurs around four to six months old.
Question answered by:
Dr Varsha Atul Shah
Dept of Neonatal and Developmental Medicine, SGH