Is my child ready for solids?

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Your mom will tell you one thing, the lady at the hairdresser another. But the wisdom around feeding babies solids has changed quite a bit. It takes babies months for their digestive systems to mature sufficiently to be able to digest solids, so be patient and don't rush it.
The World Health Organisation recommends that solids should be introduced from about six months. Speak to the sister at the clinic for adviceif your child was born premature or is not gaining weight properly.

The following signs may show readiness:

  • He/she shows an interest in your food.
  • Tries to grab food you are holding.
  • Your baby requires more than seven breastfeeds/bottlefeeds in 24 hours.
  • He changes his regular sleep pattern and wakes more frequently at night for three to four consecutive nights.
  • He no longer has the thrust reflex with his tongue.
  • He does not gag when things (toys, spoon etc.) are put into his mouth.
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