A lot of questions surround starting solids with your baby, but the major worry among most parents is whether or not they're starting solids earlier than they should. Lots of kids aren't psyched about food at first; does that mean they're not ready or just that they need practice? It's so hard to tell. Luckily, there are signs you're giving your baby on solids too soon that you can watch for. If your child exhibits any of them, you can simply hold off a little longer.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), babies who are fed too early have a higher risk of obesity, diabetes, allergies, and eczema. And also according to the AAP, studies indicate that around 40 percent of moms are feeding their children too soon. Why? A lot of parents who are feeding their babies before they're ready have been advised by friends and family that solids help make a baby less fussy. But knowing when your baby is actually ready mostly involves watching for the right signs, both developmentally and physically.
As you're considering solids, it's a good idea to just observe your little one. If they're able to do things like reaching for your food while you eat, prop themselves up on their elbows, support their own head and weight, and even show interest in eating, there's a good chance they're ready to start solids, according to Nurture Life. If you're still not sure, however, or feel some pushback while introducing food, check out some of the signs below to see if you may be starting solids too soon.