My baby is learning how to eat

  • Wait to start solid foods until at least four months of age and take our quiz to see if he's ready.
  • As your baby is learning how to eat, he is gaining more head and neck control and getting more experience with knowing how to move his tongue back and forth.
  • First solid foods should be rich in iron, like infant cereal.

When to start feeding baby cereal

Between 4 and 6 months many babies show the development signs of being ready for solid foods. Your baby also is growing rapidly and by the middle of the first year, his natural supplies of Iron may begin to deplete. The time may be right to introduce Iron-rich infant cereal, but check with your pediatrician before doing so.

Did you know?

Iron is critical to help support learning ability. Getting enough iron each day helps prevent iron deficiency, which may compromise learning ability.

Recognizing eating milestones
Mealtime looks like fun to your baby and he wants to join in. But, first, he must learn how to maneuver his tongue to move food around in his mouth while keeping the food in his mouth. No small task for a beginning eater. Learning how to eat is a big job, so be patient as he gradually improves his skills.

His learning curve for starting solid foods includes:

  • Controlling his head and neck so food can safely go down his throat.
  • Coordinating his tongue to move food from the front to the back of his mouth for swallowing.
  • Exploring new foods.

Starting solid foods

Has your baby reached an eating milestone? Ready to start on solids?
Take the Solid Foods Quiz to find out.
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