When should I start solid foods?
Should I wait to start solids until my baby has a tooth?
Submitted by Parents.com Team

No need. Since your baby's first solid foods are mushy cereals and pureed veggies, he doesn't use his teeth to eat them. For many babies, first teeth happen to crop up around the same time they begin solids, but this shouldn't factor in to when your baby can start. Instead, follow these tips to know when your baby's ready:

• He still seems hungry even after a full feeding of breast milk or formula.
• He can sit well with little or no support and has good head control.
• He shows interest in food -- trying to grab food from your plate or reach for a fork or spoon.
• He opens his mouth when a spoon comes near his face.
• His tongue-thrust reflex, which automatically spits out anything placed in the mouth, is going away.

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Answered by Parents.com Team
Community Answers (11)

Considering that some babies have teeth at 2 or 3 months and others don't have teeth til they're over a year old, it shouldn't determine when to start solids. My 9-month-old still doesn't have any teeth, but that didn't stop him from enjoying Thanksgiving dinner!
Submitted by luckygohappy501

Considering that some babies have teeth at 2 or 3 months and others don't have teeth til they're over a year old, it shouldn't determine when to start solids. My 9-month-old still doesn't have any teeth, but that didn't stop him from enjoying Thanksgiving dinner!
Submitted by luckygohappy501

Considering that some babies have teeth at 2 or 3 months and others don't have teeth til they're over a year old, it shouldn't determine when to start solids. My 9-month-old still doesn't have any teeth, but that didn't stop him from enjoying Thanksgiving dinner!
Submitted by luckygohappy501

when should you start disciplining your child
Submitted by sahades

My daughter is 6.5 months old and i started feeding her solids at 4 months she does amazing at 3 months she was well ready to eat solids it was amzing..
Submitted by SHORTI_21_87

well my babygirl is 4 months and she already wants to devour everything but she just cant swallow her food yet she spits most of it out.
Submitted by manzanaresd

APA says 6 months!!! Ours wasn't ready until almost 7 months. Now he's a great little eater at 14 months.
Submitted by Purkinje

I WAS 2 years and ths was always a qustion partents we are not come on my day is been this come are so doing today is a good day
Submitted by lizw699

I was an Infant Teacher for 3 1/2 years and this was always a question parents asked my co-teacher and I. As a parent watching your baby eat solid can be scary and often emotional. If you are breast feeding you often feel that they may stop wanting breast milk as much and even if you aren't it is new phase that tells you that your baby is growing older. These are normal feelings but be reassured that as your baby grows baby food is just a supplement to what you are already giving your infant with breast milk or formula. The above statement provides all the physical signs of being ready and most of the time those physical abilities come around 4 to 6 months of age. Also around 9 months you should start giving your infant finger foods. That is what really worries parents because there's always the worry of choking. Remember, if you here noise than it's not choking. Infants will always gag when they first are learning to eat finger foods. This is new to them, they have never experienced the texture in their mouth. Often the food is still on the back of their tongue as they don't want to swallow this weird thing in their mouth. Don't worry. It's normal. You also might want to start with puffs or yogurt melts as they dissolve quickly while your infant is getting used to texture.
Submitted by jolie419

Nickolas really likes teething bisquits. since he cant eat real food i give him rits crackers or teething bisquits. they are hard but nickolas just sucks and gums it.
Submitted by cali2ny