It’s easy to question every little decision as a parent. The internet spams you with a million different answers to a simple question, what age should I start solids with my baby?
The short answer is around 4-6 months. You truly don’t need to rush though! If your baby is breastfeeding they are getting everything they need from you to grow big and strong! My son had an oral aversion and didn’t eat anything other than breastmilk until he was 13 months! I wouldn’t recommend waiting that long to introduce solids, but just know that your baby will be just fine if you wait longer than 6 months.
Do not start solids earlier than 4 months! Your baby’s body isn’t ready to process anything other than breastmilk/formula at that time!
How do I know if my baby is ready for solids?
- Can sit up
- Has head and neck control
- Opens mouth/reaches when food is offered
- Puts objects in mouth
Must have baby items for starting solids:
- Busy Baby Silicone Placemat: This silicone placemat suctions to any surface and keeps everything you hate picking up off the floor in place and within baby’s reach! This mat is not only a sanity saver, but helps support cognitive development, promotes motor skills, and encourages self-feeding! If you’re tired of picking up utensils and toys off the floor, this is the perfect product!
- Catchy the food and mess catcher for high chairs: Meals are some of the most stressful times of the day. Catchy helps you to say goodbye to the mess and stress of mealtimes. Catchy is a tray that attaches to 20 different high chairs to save your floors and your food. It attaches below your child’s feet so that it catches food dropped from all sides! No more crawling around on the floor and sweeping and mopping numerous times a day. Catchy is durable, and easy to clean and use!
- Ingy Bingy Band: When baby is done eating, you can keep baby content in his/her chair with the Ingy Bingy Band while you eat in peace! The Ingy Bingy Band is a pacifier wristband that velcros around baby’s wrist. There’s nothing more annoying than picking up a newborn pacifier off the ground every 10 seconds because the infant pacifier keeps falling out!
Enjoy your meal while your baby uses their pacifier bracelet to self-soothe earlier than ever before! The Ingy Bingy Band easily attaches to any infant pacifier on the market making it a safer and more cost-effective alternative to a pacifier clip.
Ways to save money when starting solids:
- Make your own baby food. Although this does take time, it saves so much money! Those jars/pouches of baby food really add up! Make large amounts of baby food and dish into ice cube trays to freeze. Unthaw as needed!
- Use frozen fruits and veggies! Although there may be a little less nutrients than fresh veggies, you can cut down your grocery bill considerably if you buy frozen foods to puree. It will also cut down the amount of time/work it takes to make it. You can steam veggies in a bag in the microwave, put in a blender, add a little water and BOOM! All done in less than 10 minutes!
- Use a traditional blender/food processor. Some products, like the Ingy Bingy Band, are must haves when it comes to having a child. A special baby blender/steamer is completely unnecessary.
- Buy resuable pouches! Although it might cost a little money up front, reusable pouches make it simple and less messy! We have these and love them!
Trust your mom gut when it comes to starting solids. You know your baby best!