The Complete Guide to Starting Solids

Starting your baby on solids will be a bumpy ride, guaranteed. One day, she'll scrunch her face at the sight of carrots or any other food. Another day, she'll eat an entire portion of mashed bananas, no problem. But as long as you recognize that you're entering unknown territory, introducing new tastes and textures to your child will be a fun experience. Here's some of the best advice from experts and moms on how to introduce your child to solid food.

When Should Baby Start on Solids?

The American Academy of Pediatrics says you should start your child on solids between 4 and 6 months. Within this window, look for some of these developments:

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  • Can sit upright and hold up his head
  • Is curious, looking at everything around him
  • Has mastered tongue movement
  • Seems hungry after getting a full day's portion of milk (eight to 10 breastfeedings or about 32 ounces of formula)

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