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Babies are ready for first foods at different times.

"My mom says my infant will sleep better if I feed her cereal in her bottle."

  • A baby is ready for his first foods when he can hold up his head by himself.
  • A baby is ready for her first foods when she can sit up with help.
  • A baby is ready for his first foods when he shows interest in food his parent is eating.
  • A baby is ready for her first foods when she accepts food without pushing it out with her tongue.
Try This

Babies let you know when they are read. Review the statements at the top of this page—is your child ready? Remember there is no rush!

Is your baby ready for solids?

Listen to these parents talk about when their babies were ready for solid foods.

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