Yeah! Big one! Your Child enjoyed the first portion of solid food — which means, an entirely new world of textures, flavors, and table manners will gradually be opened up to the little one.
Around 6-8 months, most parents notice that their babies tend to become more interested in other food on the table. This could be a sign that they are now ready to eat solid food. But first, you must check the child’s tongue-thrust reflex and also check whether they can prop the head up when sitting.
How to support this development
Let Your Child explore the new world full of flavors by offering various types of food to try — pureed vegetables, bananas, and softboiled rice are all good choices. Eating solid food for the first time must be a rather strange experience, so be extra patient with your little one.
Remember to avoid food that can cause choking hazards, such as raisins, raw vegetables, or popcorn, and make sure to observe for any sign of food allergies.
Note: All children develop differently and at their own pace. For children born preterm, the referred timeframe for achieving the various developmental milestones might be incorrect.
Source: The information and graphs about when children reach specific milestones are taken from various sources, including the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Denver Developmental Screening Test, and the State Institute of Early Childhood Research, Germany (IFP).
Ketsupa Jirakarn (Mental health specialist) (11 June 2021)