Health Tip: Is Your Baby Ready for Solid Food?

Answer these questions to find out

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(HealthDay News) -- If your baby is about 4 months old, you may be considering feeding her some solid food. But how do you know if your baby is ready?

The Nemours Foundation offers this checklist:

  • Has she lost her tongue-thrusting reflex? This reflex -- which prevents her from choking on formula -- could cause her to push solid food from her mouth with her tongue.
  • Can your baby hold her head up on her own? Before eating solid food, she needs to be able to support her own head and neck.
  • Is she interested in food other than a bottle? If she is watching and reaching for your food, she's probably ready to try a few bites of her own.


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