Experts Advise: Baby Should Be Sitting When Transitioning To Solids
The first year of your baby’s life is all about the milestones. The first smile, the first word, and of course a baby’s first meal! It’s an exciting time when baby gets to join the dinner table. They are more engaged with their world and since humans are social creatures, what better place to be than at the table for a meal.
It used to be recommended to start solids well before baby was sitting and some doctors even recommended adding cereal to their bottles.
Luckily, we know today that it is better to wait until baby is hitting other milestones before transitioning to solids. If your baby has lost the tongue thrust reflex and has good hand to eye coordination, he’s likely ready to start solids with organic baby food. But sitting is at the top of the list for things to master before starting solids.
Your baby has a very narrow airway during the first year of life. Making sure his trunk control is excellent will minimize the risk of choking, but sitting before starting baby on solids is more than just safety. This important gross motor skill will positively impact your baby’s coordination allowing him to master feeding skills such as bringing the food to their mouth and chewing.
So before you get out the high chair, make sure that your baby is ready and steady. Then grab the camera and a draw a bath because things are about to get messy!
And don’t forget that with Little Foodie Club’s 21 Days to Solids plan, you can transition your baby to solids the healthy and fun way, minimizing the mess to the baby and not the whole kitchen!