My baby is coming up to 5 months, and let me just say she is one HUNGRY GIRL! Wow! I’m talking MILK GUZZLER. She is even waking at night absolutely starving after having been sleeping straight through.
So it got me thinking — is this a growth spurt or is she ready for solids? I introduced solids to my son around 5 1/2 months, but it was more out of curiosity and I took advantage of the fact that I was in Chile and my mamá could make him food and help me get him started.
Although Little L isn’t sitting up on her own, she does have great head control and I know will be sitting on her own soon enough. I have a good feeling she will just devour what we give her! So as I gear up for another milestone in my daughter’s development, I’ve done a bit of reading up just as a refresher course. According to Momtastic’s Wholesome Baby Food here are a few signs that could indicate your baby is ready for solids:
1. Loss of tongue-thrust reflex. This allows baby to drink and swallow liquids with ease; with the tongue-thrust reflex still present, baby may simply drink in liquid purees or push the food back out. In the first four months the tongue thrust reflex protects the infant against choking. When any unusual substance is placed on the tongue, it automatically protrudes outward rather than back. Between four and six months this reflex gradually diminishes, and that glob of cereal actually may have a chance of making it from the tongue to the tummy.
2. Ability to let you know she is full from a “meal” with signs such as turning away from the bottle or breast. This is important so that baby is able to self-regulate the amount of food being eaten. This helps stop baby from accidentally overeating as parents may continue to feed baby thinking that she is still hungry.
3. Ability to sit up and hold head up unassisted.
4. Doubling of birth weight.
5. Frequently waking in the middle of the night when a solid sleeping pattern had been established. This may not be the best indicator that your baby is ready for solids. Please keep in mind that a growth spurt will occur between 3-4 months of age, 6-7 months of age and also 9-10 months of age. Your baby may also be waking due to an illness or teething.
And you know what solids mean — a whole new kind of POO!
Time to roll up your sleeves and get to work!
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