Solid as a complementary food / formula should be introduced when the child is 4 to 6 months because:
At the age of 4 to 6 months, the baby’s weight in general have reached 2 times body weight at birth so that the need for energy and nutrients increases.
Feeding alone will not be able to meet the baby’s needs for nutrients necessary for optimal growth and development.
Baby’s digestive system has started strong and ready to digest solid food.
When Starting Given?
Some say that it began to be given complementary foods at 4 months old baby. But there is also mention that the new administration should begin complementary foods at 6 months old baby. Actually, the right age to start giving solid food, not the same in all infants. It is influenced by the difference in the amount of breast milk / formula milk received by infants, differences in the basic needs of infants and developmental differences in the digestive system.
When breastfeeding a lot and meet the needs of the child, should be breastfed exclusively, which is given only breast milk until the age of 6 months.
Therefore she does not need to be confused, because the only mother and baby mother who can determine when the best time to start giving complementary foods / formula. Mother claimed to be more careful and be more observant in seeing signs of readiness given by the little guy.
Signs your child is ready to receive its first solid foods are:
Baby was restless and cranky because of hunger despite being given breast milk or formula milk 250 ml as much as 4 to 5 times / day at intervals of 3.5 to 4 hours.
Babies start demanding to drink more often.
Babies begin to wake up at night to ask for a drink (though usually sleep well).
Baby can sit while supported.
Infant looked away from the breast or from a bottle of milk, and more interested in the food a mother eats.
Baby can open his mouth when food is directed at him.
Babies begin to chew her or try to put something in his mouth