Are you wondering if your child is ready to start solids, but don’t really know where to look for support? First an SLP is a great resource guide. Second the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that a baby should be at least 6 months old before they can bring anything solid to their mouth, yet there are several other developmental milestones aside from age that determine when your baby is ready to try food.
It can be kind of confusing for parents as we often reference developmental milestones by months, but not all babies start eating solids at the exact same and that is okay. Lessening the pressure on yourself will lessen the pressure on your baby to eat. It’s a dyad and a process that does not need to be rushed.
I have seen parents put a lot of pressure on themselves for their baby to be like other babies on Instagram, and it is in everyone’s face constantly. Baby Led Weaning even has its own hashtag now! It is okay if your baby is taking her time to accept solids, we just want to make sure first and foremost, she is safe, getting enough calories everyday and enjoys the experience of eating.