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Revised: Friday October 09 2015

Is My Baby Ready for Solid Food?

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Breast milk continues to be the most important food for your baby. When your baby is about 6 months old and consistently shows the signs of readiness, he's ready for solid foods. Continue to breastfeed for up to two years and beyond.

Signs of readiness include:

  • Holds his head up and is able to keep it steady
  • Sits up in a feeding chair without support and leans forward
  • Opens his mouth wide when you offer a spoon
  • Turns his head/face away or leans back to show he doesn't want the food
  • Reaches for, picks up food, and puts it to his mouth

Solid food provides your baby with nutrients, a variety of soft textures, as well as flavours for him to learn to enjoy. It's important when your baby starts to eat solid foods that he's able to keep food in his mouth and swallow it.

For more information:

Call Region of Peel Public Health at: 905-799-7700
Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Caledon residents call free of charge at: 905-584-2216
To speak with a Public Health Nurse


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