4-Month-Old Baby (17 Weeks)
Age-Appropriate FoodYour 4-month-old baby should continue receiving breast milk or the infant formula that best agrees with her digestive system and nutritional needs as outlined by her healthcare provider. At some point soon, typically when your child is between 4 and 6 months old, your baby may indicate to you in a number of ways that they are ready for more than that.
She may not be sleeping through the night anymore, may be blatantly ogling the food on your plate, or might simply not be full or completely satisfied by her regular "meals" anymore. Either way, you should speak with her healthcare provider before introducing solids to her diet.
A sign that might indicate to you that your baby is ready for solid foods is the loss of the extrusion or tongue-thrust reflex. This is one of the many newborn reflexes that help babies survive, communicate, and adapt to their new surroundings.
To see how a newborn baby reflexively communicates to her caregivers that she is not ready for solid food, simply touch her tongue. You will see that she will instinctively react by pushing her tongue out or forward to refuse to accept any input other than a nipple.
Helpful Tips for Parents of a 4-Month-Old BabyIf you haven't done so yet, start baby proofing your house. Mobility is just around the corner. When your baby gets going, you are going to be busy making sure that she doesn't get too far too fast. Take care of those plugs, cords, and cabinets now before things get really hectic.