The officially sanctioned age is six months, according to the World Health Organization. That’s the time when babies need more than just milk to fuel their rapid growth.
But when you actually start depends on your baby’s stage of development. Look for signs that he’s ready, says Sarah Sinaram, dietetics manager at Mount Alvernia Hospital.
Does he reach out for food around him or look longingly at you while you munch a snack? Does he open his mouth willingly when you put a spoon near it? Has he become hungry way before his usual feeding time?
An important caveat from Annabel Karmel, popular author and child food nutritionist: Don’t wean before 17 weeks, because his digestive system is not mature enough to handle solids.
Research also suggests that the early introduction of food may increase the risk of food intolerances and allergies.
So, if you’re concerned, check with your paediatrician first, says Sarah.