Starting Solids

Introducing food to your baby is exciting…and scary!

On one hand, there are new flavors and textures to explore. A world of adventure awaits! On the other hand, you might feel worried about gagging and choking.

It is widely accepted that healthy, full-term babies are developmentally ready to start eating solid food around 6 months old. Unfortunately, though, there is a fair amount of conflicting guidance as to how to start your baby on solids. This is why we built Solid Starts.

Adie, 7 months, ponders her chicken.

In this section, you’ll find information on the methods of starting solids, how to know if your baby is ready, how to minimize choking risks, and how to introduce common food allergens. And when you are ready, our free First Foods® database is waiting for you as well as a whole library of videos led by expert feeding therapists.

If you are a new parent, starting solids may feel nothing short of terrifying. If you are anxious about it, know that the process of learning to eat is gradual and that over time, your confidence will grow.

Food is deeply cultural. How babies are fed in one country will contrast with the practices in another country. As a parent or caregiver, the most important thing you can do is to make an informed decision that feels right for you and your family.