Chewing, Swallowing, and Sitting Upright: Around 6 Months
After six months, babies start to require more nutrition than just breast milk or formula can offer. Consult your doctor to figure out when exactly is the right time to introduce solid foods. Generally, babies can begin supplementing with solid foods around 6 months old, once they’re able to chew, swallow, and sit upright. Until this point, babies have a reflex to push solid objects forward in their mouths. Once ready, introduce your baby to wholesome foods containing needed nutrients, particularly iron and zinc. These nutrients are found in fortified cereals, lentils, peas, and dark chicken meat.