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Is Baby Ready For Solid Foods?

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Your baby's age does not determine his readiness for solid foods. It is best to wait until baby is at least 6 months of age to begin the introduction of solid foods.
Starting solid foods later allows the digestive tract to have time to mature, reducing the risk of unpleasant reactions like digestive upsets, constipation, or gas.
According to Singhealth, developmental readiness includes the following:
  • Able to hold head up and maintain a steady upright position, which is important for spoon-feeding
  • Sits well when supported
  • Makes chewing motion and is able to move food from front to back of mouth to swallow
  • Disappearance of the tongue’s thrust
  • Makes chewing motion and is able to move food from front to back of mouth to swallow
  • Interest in food, perhaps eyeing your food or reaching out for it
  • Dribbles and increased frequency of putting things into mouth
  • Cries for feeds before usual time, which is a sign of hunger

What Are The 5 Key Nutrients Critical For Growth?

Iron

Found in red meat, and as well as dark leafy greens such as Kale and Spinach

Omega-3

Found in low mercury oily fish like sardines, tuna, Ikan Bilis, seaweed and Kelp

Vitamin A

Found in Sweet Potatoes, carrots and other orange-coloured fruits and vegetables

Vitamin C

Found in strawberries, citrus fruits, papaya and Broccoli

Vitamin D

Found in salmon, sardine, tuna, milk, yoghurt, fortified cereals

Hope you've found the information useful for you. Variety is key and always remember that every baby is different, and mealtimes should be enjoyable for both parent and baby. 

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