#45: Understanding the readiness signs for starting solids: Purees & baby led weaning

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In this episode, I’m dissecting all of the readiness signs for starting solids! These developmental signs are crucial for your baby to be ready to begin eating solid foods. I’ll even start by busting one myth now, the signs are the same for both puree feeding and baby led weaning. It doesn’t matter how you’re choosing to start feeding, your baby needs to have ALL of these signs, before you begin, to ensure their body is ready, and that feeding will be as safe as it can be.

After I go through all of the signs, I’m also going to dive a bit deeper into the signs that usually result in a lot of questions from parents. Some of them can be confusing, and there’s certainly no shortage of explanations available online, and not all of them are correct, so I’m also going to be busting some more myths in this episode too!

As always, if you get value from this episode, please subscribe, rate and review it on Apple Podcasts. And share it with your friends who are also starting solids with their baby, the more people that have easy access to this info, the better!

Additional resources:

If you’re looking for my top recommendations on nutrition for your baby, and on how to safely serve all types of foods once you know they’re ready – it’s time to enroll in my Baby Led Feeding online course! My new revamped version recently released, and you now have the option to purchase a 30 day meal plan separately that works perfectly with the course (with over 60 recipes included). (https://mylittleeater.com/baby-led-feeding/)

READINESS SIGNS DOWNLOAD: https://mylittleeater.com/lead-page/

IS YOUR BABY READY FOR SOLID FOOD? https://mylittleeater.com/readyforsolids/

Skip to…

What are the readiness signs? (4:27)

Clarifying “sitting up independently” (8:52)

What is meant by a diminished tongue thrust reflex? (13:40)

Reaching for objects but not food (15:49)

What about if they’re at a higher risk for allergies? (17:07)

Other myths (20:47)


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Registered pediatric dietitian, mom of two and lover of all things related to baby and toddler feeding!


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