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Mum of 1

My son is three months old. Can anyone tell me when I should start solids?

Hi! The guidance is that you should usually start solids from about six months. The NHS guidance is helpful: https://www.nhs.uk/start4life/weaning/

Your baby will get all the nutrition they need from milk (breast or formula) until they are 12 months old so food until then is just to get them used to eating. It does not matter how much they eat.

Babies are generally ready to try solid food when they can:

1. Stay in a sitting position and hold their head steady

2. Coordinate their eyes, hands and mouth so they can look at their food, pick it up and put it in their mouth

3. Swallow food (rather than spit it back out or push it out with their tongue)

These are not signs of being ready for solid foods:

1. Chewing fists

2. Wanting extra milk feeds

3. Waking up in the night (more than usual)

These are normal baby behaviours and not necessarily a sign of hunger, or being ready to start solid food. Starting solid foods will not make them any more likely to sleep through the night. Sometimes a little extra milk will help until they are ready for food.

Mum of 1