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8 things to know before starting solid foods

Vary selections frequently

You can introduce new foods every one to three days, if everything is going smoothly.

You may have heard that the ideal pace for introducing new foods was every three to five days. However, recent research indicates that this pace and the practice of delaying or avoiding some foods do not reduce food allergies. So, it’s okay to introduce new foods every one to three days if your baby is doing well with the most recent additions to his or her diet.

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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