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When should your Baby begin eating solid foods?

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One question I hear a lot of new parents ask is when they should start feeding their baby solid foods. There seems to be conflicting information depending on what generation you are posing that question too. My Mother insists that I had to start eating solid foods by the time I was two months old because the bottle was not enough for me. I had similar advice from other Moms in that age group, that solid foods should start being introduced at two to four months old or the baby would be hungry and not get enough calories.

On the opposite end of the spectrum were Moms that insisted a baby has no need for solid foods until at least nine months of age and that it should be put off for as long as possible, and that starting solids too early could cause obesity and food allergies. Talk about confusing! Of course I asked my pediatrician for the answer and was told that four to six months is a reasonable time to introduce solid foods to a baby. Some babies are ready for food earlier than others.

If your baby is showing interest in what you are eating and is able to take a bite without pushing the food out with his or her toungue and has doubled birthweight then it is probably time to start solid food.

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Written by Georgina

April 16th, 2013 at 1:30 pm

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