For the first four months, a baby should be fed with breast milk or formula milk. No solid food should be introduced to the baby have low levels of the enzymes that help with the digestion of starch. Introducing solid food at this age will pose a risk of sucking food into the airway. The solid food may also upset the stomach, and it also increases a baby’s risk of obesity.
The World Health Organization recommends mothers to exclusively breastfeed the baby for the child's first six months after birth.
Infant Feeding Schedule: 4 - 6 Months
You can introduce solid food to your baby when your baby is four months to six months old. Parents should look for sign of readiness before introducing solid food to the baby.
Signs of readiness include:
1. Your baby can keep his head in a steady, upright position.
2. Your baby is able to sit well upright in an infant feeding seat or highchair.
3. Your baby has lost extrusion reflex. With extrusion reflex, your baby will push solid food out of his mouth, feeding solid food, therefore, becomes impossible. The extrusion reflex is an instinct meant to protect baby from choking.
4. Your baby shows curiosity about food. Your baby may begin eyeing or reaching out for food. He may open his mouth if you offer him a spoonful.