Introducing solids

You may have noticed a huge leap in feedings as your baby takes in more milk and spaces out their feedings. You can think about introducing solid foods if your baby has reached several milestones: Baby can sit up, they’ve lost their tongue-thrust reflex, they’re ready to chew, they have their pincer grasp and are able to pick up food with their fingers, and they’re showing interest during your mealtimes.

Feeding anticipations

Number of feedings:
6 – 8 per day
Breastfeeding frequency:
On demand
Breastfeeding amount:
15 – 20 minutes per breast
Bottle feeding frequency:
On demand
Bottle feeding amount:
4 – 6 oz
1 – 2 times per day

*Only introduce solids if Baby is interested and developmentally ready.

Take it slow

Take it slow as you begin to introduce solids. Introducing solids can be a fun and messy experience, but it’s important to remember that milk is still your baby’s main source of nutrition and introducing solids will not help them sleep through the night. Never add cereal to your baby’s bottle, because again, it will not help them sleep through the night. You may hear from family or friends that solids are a game changer for Baby’s sleep, but in reality, you are introducing solids at a time when your baby is already developmentally stretching out their night wakings. Try to time Baby’s solid meals earlier in the day to avoid a poopy diaper after bedtime.

Dream Lab:

Dream Lab:

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