Transitioning to the 4-6 Month Routine Without Starting Solids

Written by: Laura Hunter, LPN & Jennifer Walker, RN, BSN



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As a new parent, it can be challenging to know when and how to transition your baby to a new feeding routine. You may be wondering if it's possible to move to the 4-6 month routine without starting solids, and the answer is yes, but there are a few things to keep in mind.

How to transition to the 4-6 month routine without starting solids

First, it's essential to pay attention to your baby's hunger cues and their ability to stay up for about 2 hours from the start of a feed until naptime. If your baby is not showing signs of hunger at the 3-hour mark and is able to handle about 2 hours of awake time, then it may be time to transition to the 4-6 month routine. The 4-6 month routine means increasing the time between feedings from 3 hours to 4 hours and increasing their awake time.

As you transition to the 4-6 month routine, you may need to offer a "snack feed" at the listed "solid" feeding times. This helps your baby gradually adjust to the new routine. Remember to use your 15-minute grace period on either side of the times listed during this transition to the 4-6 month routine.

Signs to look for when transitioning to the 4-6 month routine

It's important to note that there is no set timeline for introducing solids. Instead, look for signs that your baby is ready, such as:

  • Good head control
  • Sitting with minimal support
  • Showing interest in what you're eating.

These typically occur around the 4-6 month mark and signal that your baby is ready to move up to the 4-6 month routine.

If you find that your little one is in-between routines, it may be helpful to get connected with one of our Premier Moms On Call Consultants. These consultants can provide personalized guidance and support to help you navigate the in-between phases and ensure your baby's feeding routine is appropriate for their age and developmental stage. They are a great resource as you move up to the 4-6 month routine!

In summary, transitioning to the 4-6 month routine without introducing solids is possible!


Remember to look for signs that your baby is ready for solids and seek help from a professional if needed. With the right support, you can ensure your baby is getting the nutrition they need while establishing a healthy 4-6 month routine that works for the whole family.

Finally, when you do decide that you are ready to introduce solids, be sure to download our Baby Food Introduction Calendar . It will remove the guesswork and walk you through solid food introduction day-by-day.

Co-Founders of Moms on Call

Laura Hunter, LPN and Jennifer Walker, RN, BSN

Co-Founders of Moms on Call, Pediatric Nurses and Moms to 8 kids between them, Laura Hunter and Jennifer Walker created Moms on Call to simplify parenting. Through their books, online courses, podcast and content, they help parents everywhere navigate the first four years with confidence and better sleep.

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