Skip to main content

Is Henry ready for baby food?

I have heard babies can start solids as soon as four months. But other resources say to wait until six months or even later. So what does the research say? Most of the experts recommend waiting until around six months, including the World Health Organization, American Academy of Pediatrics and La Leche League. If you choose to introduce food sooner, it is best to delay until baby is at least four months old, since starting earlier can lead to increased risks of allergies, obesity and diabetes.

Rather than rely just on age, there are a few developmental milestones that offer better clues when Henry is ready to start foods:

  • Ability to sit up with little support
  • Ability to reach for and grab objects 
  • Ability to bring objects to his mouth

A few weeks before he reaches six months, Henry is definitely working on these skills. He can sit in his high chair with minimal support; he has started reaching out for toys and grabbing at my hair; and everything is headed in the direction of his mouth, although his accuracy needs a bit of improvement.

Although some of my friends with babies want to wait to introduce their babies to food, I’m definitely ready for Henry to start solids. Since our breastfeeding journey ended early, in some way this is my second chance to provide Henry with a good food foundation. 

Plus, Daddy is tired of paying formula companies to feed our child. Buying formula can be quite expensive.

So Henry, Daddy and I are ready for the next stage. Let’s get started!  

 
 

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Ready for Kindergarten

It's back to school season and Henry starts kindergarten on Monday!
It should be an easy transition for him since Henry will be in the same classroom with the same teacher as his preschool year. For the past three weeks, he has been lamenting that school is better than summer break and he wants to see all his friends again. His goal for the year is to learn to read so he can devour Pokemon cards and comic books. I love that he is excited to be back at school. 

The format and frequency of this blog will be changing this year. Henry has asked that I not take daily photos of his lunches. He says that he would still like to share pictures of his favorite lunches on occasion. I also plan to write a few product reviews of lunchboxes and water bottles. 

Our family is in the process of moving to a new house this month as well, so my focus is on getting us settled into the new space. As a result, I won't be writing much on the blog in September but hope to post at least once per month sta…

Henry's Lunchbox - Last Week of Preschool

This week, Henry packed four school lunches and purchased one cafeteria lunch. It was his last week of preschool. He is so excited to be a kindergartener now.


In case you missed the first post in this school lunch series, you can learn more about our family's lunchbox guidelines here.

DAY 1

DAY 1 - WHAT DID HENRY PACK FOR LUNCH?
Seasoned Almonds
Cherries
Provolone Cheese
Reese's Peanut Butter Chocolate Candy
Salami
Apricot Slices
Water



DAY 1 - WHAT'S LEFT IN HENRY'S LUNCHBOX
Most of the Almonds
Half the Cherries
All but one bite of Cheese
One Apricot Slice

DAY 2

Henry's Lunchbox - The Purple Lunchbox

This week, Henry packed four school lunches and purchased one cafeteria lunch.

Henry's favorite lunchbox this year has been his purple Bentgo Kids container. He chose the color himself. He especially likes all the sections in the box so that he can have lots of different foods at lunch. In January, I even purchased a set of silicone muffin cups so that he would be encouraged to use his Planetbox Shuttle as often with its single divider.