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8 things to know before starting solid foods

Don't start too early

Starting solids before four months of age may cause problems later in life.

When babies start on solid foods too early, their risk of developing food allergies or obesity later in life increases. With that in mind, be sure that you don’t introduce solid foods before your baby is four months of age. Even cereal in his or her bottle should only be introduced with the direction and guidance of a pediatrician before this point.

Reviewed by Dr. Sara Connolly, August 2019

References

  1. American Academy of Pediatrics. Infant Food and Feeding.
  2. Castle JL and Jacobsen MT. Fearless Feeding: How to Raise Healthy Eaters from High Chair to High School. Jossey-Bass/Wiley. 2013.

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