Complementary signs: When a baby is ready for complementary foods

Many parents are unsure when their baby will be ready for baby food. According to the – if your baby meets these six baby food labels, he or she is usually ready for solid food.

The transition from breastfeeding or the bottle to the first real food is not only a big developmental step for the baby, but it also challenges us, parents. It is not so easy to find out what one should and is allowed to give his darling to eat. And then there is the fact that the dear little ones already have their very own taste. What tastes good to one baby is spat out in a high bow by the other. My son vehemently spurned my lovingly cooked paps and instead only wanted little glasses from the shop (and only a certain brand of them). But no matter what you feed your baby with (home-cooked or bought) or how you feed your baby (classic Breibeikost or BLW, Baby Led Weaning), first, it has to be ready for the supplementary food. You can tell when this will happen – it varies from baby to baby – by the supplementary food stripes.

What are Beiko Stripe Marks?

Sidebar sign is a very nice tongue twister, but it means something very simple: it’s the signs you need to look for to see if your baby is ready to eat. The supplementary food marks contain various motor and cognitive abilities that your baby must be able to develop in order to be introduced to “solid” food safely and with pleasure.

When do the first Beiko stripes appear?

There is no exact time when your baby should or must show the first Beiko strip marks. Every child develops differently, and while some children are already greedily grabbing your food at the age of half a year, others do not show much interest in solid food even towards the end of their first year of life.
Most children show the required Beiko strip signs from about the age of six months. Not all signs show up at once, but they develop little by little because they are different cognitive and motor abilities.

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommendation on complementary foods also clearly defines the beginning of the age at which complementary foods should be taken: it should start from the seventh month of life. If your child shows all the supplementary food signs earlier, they can carefully introduce him to food earlier. For safety’s sake, it is best to consult your midwife or pediatrician. You can also wait a little longer with the introduction of supplementary food if your child is not ready yet. However, in these cases breastfeeding mothers should pay special attention to their own diet in order to provide the child with sufficient nutrients, and non-breast-feeding parents should choose suitable baby milk. Here too it is important to coordinate the diet with your midwife and pediatrician and, if necessary, to have the development of your child monitored.

  • These are your baby’s 6 supplementary stripes
  • Your baby can sit upright with support.
  • He can hold his head alone.
  • The tongue extension reflex has disappeared.
  • Your baby is clearly interested in eating.
  • He can grab food on his own and lead it to his mouth.
  • The baby is chewing.

    Beiko stripe mark Sit upright

Sitting upright is one of the side food signs because it protects your child from swallowing solid food. This does not mean that your child must be able to sit down independently, which many babies can only do when they learn how to crawl, but that it can keep its upper body stable when sitting on your lap or in an appropriate child seat alone and has full control over its head.
If your baby still tilts back and forth or collapses while sitting, it is not yet ready for complementary food.

When did your baby meet all of the supplementary stripes and how did you introduce him to food? Share your experiences and tips with us on Facebook. We are looking forward to your comments.

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