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5 signs your baby is ready to start on solids

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Introducing solids to your baby is an exciting milestone in your little one’s growth. But how do you know when your baby is ready to start enjoying new flavours and textures, especially when everyone from your best friend to your mother-in-law keeps giving you contradictory advice? These developmental signals will let you know that your baby is mature enough to take this exciting – and, be warned, messy! – step. 

Don’t be in a rush to introduce solids – if you introduce them to your baby too early, you can put their health at risk. The World Health Organisation and the South African Department of Health recommend that you breastfeed your baby exclusively for the first six months. 

But baby’s developmental readiness can’t be determined only by age, to cope with this change in diet their digestive tract needs to be mature enough and they need to be developmentally ready. But how do you know when that is? Fortunately, your baby will show you – from around six months old, they will start giving you signs that they are ready for the introduction of small meals. 

Watch out for these developmental signals:

  1. Strong, firm neck: Your baby is able to hold their head up unaided when propped in a sitting position. Remember, your baby needs to be able to sit on their own before you introduce non-puree foods. 
  2. No more tongue thrust reflex: Your baby no longer automatically uses their tongue to push solids out of their mouth. There is an easy way to test whether your baby still has this reflex or not. Mix a small amount of Squish 100% Fruit or Veggie Puree with a little breastmilk or formula. Dab a small bit onto the end of your finger or a teaspoon and place it in your baby’s mouth. If they push the food out of their mouth with their tongue – you can try a few times to give them a chance to get used to the idea – then they are not yet ready to try solids. 
  3. Pincer grasp: Your baby has started to reach out and try to pick up or grab food and objects. 
  4. Food interest: Does your baby gaze longingly at you when you’re eating or try to grab food from your plate or fork? If they do, they’re ready to explore new tastes. 
  5. Can open wide: Your baby can open their mouth wide to receive a spoon and is able to move their tongue in up and down and back and forth. You’ll need to keep an eye on their tongue movements to determine this.   

Once you have noted these signals and assessed that your baby is ready, you can gradually start introducing solids. Squish 100% Fruit and Veggie Purees are made from 100% fruit and vegetables and are ideal as your baby’s first food. Squish Purees offer a wide range of delicious flavours, including Pear + Sweet Potato, Butternut + Carrot, and Banana + Apple, and are preservative free, finely strained, easy to digest – and delicious! They also contain no flavourants and colourants – and have no added sugar or starch. 

Squish’s screw-top packaging means you can just use a small amount at a time while your baby gets used to a world of new tastes, textures and flavours – and you don’t need to waste time, money, and effort preparing food that your baby doesn’t eat. You can simply pop the lid back on the pouch and put it in the fridge for later. 

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  • Tebatso Tebatso May 30, 2022 at 10:26 am

    This article really helped me alot as a new mom i will visiting this page for more interesting articles❤️

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    • Parenting Hub May 30, 2022 at 10:27 am

      We are so happy you enjoyed it!

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