Do You Know When Your Baby Should Transition to Solids?


With my oldest two girls, I was so excited to start them on solids that I gave them cereal pretty much right after their 4 month well-child check-up. The doctor said it was time. Looking back, I rushed it. The oldest needed way more calories and the second got the worst upset tummy from the cereal.

With B and E, I waited until they were about 6 months old and they were much happier. E started snatching food off of my plate to let me know she was curious.

For the most part, our girls are pretty good eaters. They have their picky moments months but they eat things a lot of other kids won’t and don’t.

B eating broccoli and devouring it

Are we doing it 100% right? Probably not. Do I wish they ate better? Absolutely. And I am not alone! Currently, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee for the USDA has no guidelines for infants under 2. Sure, there is a ton of information, but it’s often contradictory (like starting cereal at 4 months, or waiting until 6 months and not doing cereal), thus many parents are confused about what’s right for their baby.

B eating broccoli and devouring it

Will they eat five servings of broccoli at dinner with a side of crackers? Possibly! Are they getting enough protein and fruits and vegetables? I had no idea. I know that we are trying our best. But is it enough?

B eating broccoli and devouring it

Through my ambassadorship with Beech-Nut, I’ve learned they recently conducted a survey of 200 parents (with an infant under or 2 or currently expecting) to find out where exactly parents are stumped when it comes to starting their babies on solid foods. Turns out most of us are left scratching our heads.

The study found that 54 percent of parents say that the nutritional information currently available is very conflicting (as is most information these days).  For example: when should I start, what should they eat, how should we introduce it? According to the same study, 34 percent of parents who currently have a baby say they don’t know when to start solid foods.

Transition to Solids #BabysFirstFoods Beechnut Infographic

While there aren’t dietary guidelines for infants under the age of 2, two-thirds (64%) of those surveyed agree that there should be dietary guidelines for infants under the age of 2.

We try to model healthy and good eating for our girls, even trying new foods in front of them and foods we might not necessarily enjoy. I’m so not a fan of raw tomatoes, but two of my girls love them! Almost all (91%) parents/expectant parents surveyed agree that they need to be role models for healthy eating and need to expand the variety of foods they eat.

Beech-Nut is dedicated to infant nutrition. With all of these findings, Beech-Nut has created a partnership with Pediatric Nutrition Specialist Nicole Silber, RD, CSP, CDN. They are working together to create Beech-Nut’s Guide to What Baby Eats Now for parents to reference when they want guidance on what and how to feed their babies. They want to make sure all of our little ones are happy and healthy every step of the way.


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  1. You are so right about being all over the place with baby nutrition. I waited until 6 months but it would have been great to have a guide every one could agree with. So many opinions along the way.

  2. I think each kid is different too! I had to supplement with my oldest and started him on cereal at 5 months (when and what was recommended to us) and he loved it. This time, I’m able to EBF and we tried oatmeal (because now in 2 years, rice cereal isn’t recommended at all…) and he hated it! We stopped and tried veggies/fruit at 6 months and he’s happy as can be. There are so many opinions and recommendations now it can be really overwhelming!

  3. Nutrition under 2 is challenging! And I find that it’s not even the same with my 2 kids. My son started solids earlier than my daughter. She’s much more into nursing still while he was already self weaning and down to once per day by 1 year. Somehow he eats better than all of us (full salad – hold the dressing) and I’m hoping some of that will rub off on his sister! My husband & I definitely eat better ourselves now that we have kids and want to be sure they are eating healthy foods.

  4. Delirah M says:

    I didn’t even know that it was best to wait until 6 months until months after I had already introduced solids at 4-5 months. By then it was too late, but I felt that this information wasn’t available when I would take my son to see the pediatrician. I definitely know more now than I did then and with my next, I will be better prepared. Btw, beechnut is great! I like the pouches too but it’s always a good idea to check them first for freshness. That whole capri sun worm thing really freaked me out.

  5. I didn’t start giving my 14 month old son solids till he was a year old and I wish I would have done it sooner cause now he is so very picky. I can’t get him to eat anything but cheerios. And now it seems as he has lost alot of weight. And it’s so frustrating to try and get him to eat cause he will scream and spit the food in my face. Idk what to do my other 3 boys was never like hia.

  6. I’m so excited about Beech Nut’s involvement – I AM A PART OF THE 34%! Just had our 4 month well check last week. Doctor said we could, but also pointed out that there is some evidence that baby’s started earlier have greater long-term risk for obesity… I know DH is excited to start, but I’m not sure and definitely don’t know what is the best options for meeting healthy eating…

  7. Good article. My baby is almost 4 months so we are in this situation now.

  8. Jeannette Mills says:

    Every child is so different. I wish I had waited longer with my oldest 2 to begin introducing solids, but I lived and learned! I came to find Baby Led Weaning to be the ultimate (and easiest) form of teaching little ones to eat and it has been such a blessing in making my 3rd a much less picky eater. I totally agree that the information available to parents (and what doctors suggest) is ALL over the the place. It’s frustrating to say the least!

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