Starting Solids (no rush to mush)


3 signs your baby is ready for their first food

Every baby is an individual, but there are 3 clear signs which, together, show your baby is ready for these types of first solid foods alongside mum’s milk or infant formula.

1. Stay in a sitting position and hold their head steady

2. Co-ordinate their eyes, hand and mouth so that they can look at the food, pick it up and put it in their mouth all by themselves

3. Swallow food. Babies who are not ready will push their food back out, so they get more round their face than they do in their mouths!

It’s rare for these signs to appear together before 6 months.

Babies can get all the nutrients they need from breast milk or infant formula until they are around 6 months old.

Talk to a health visitor, nursery nurse or breastfeeding advocate for help and information

Ask about the Oxleas Starting Solids session in your local children’s centres Click here for details

Call or visit to book into the starting solids session

When you search online for information and support you will often find other parents experiences and opinions or businesses trying to sell you products.

For unbiased, up to date information to help you as a parent use Oxleas Parent Online resources Oxleas Health Visiting  and Oxleas Breastfeeding