When you introduce your baby to food depends entirely on you and your family. Some start trying food as early as 4 months of age, while others wait until 6 months of age. By this time, most babies are able to eat food on their own. But it is not certain that the baby is ready at 6 months, but that he has developed certain motor skills👶
For BLW to be safe, the baby must be able to sit independently, have a stable neck, show interest in eating, and be able to grab objects and bring them to his or her mouth.
It is not enough if the baby can sit independently in a chair only with a lot of support, such as a large pillow. On the other hand, if he sits on a chair by himself with minimal support, that's fine. If you notice that he easily becomes a so-called "jackknife", then it is good to wait a little longer. The neck should also be stable a little longer when the baby is sitting.
If you want, you can start complementary feeding when the baby is older than 6 months. However, the usual recommendation is to start solid foods before 9 months of age, as this is usually an easier transition than if you wait longer. Eventually you will need to give your baby larger pieces of food, and the easier you can make this transition, the better🥰
If you want to know what to look for when introducing BLW, we recommend reading our post here.