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at what age does a baby start eating solid foods?


Asked by bumblebeetatu18 at 10:49 AM on Oct. 18, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • From 4 to 6 months. My advice would be to talk to your child's doctor about this because on here you will get a lot of answers that aren't anything but old ideas that aren't accurate. Rice only constipates it you give a lot of it. No one, even doctors who, others on here will tell you don't know anything, recommends giving a lot of rice cereal. Most doctors don't even bring it up unless you do. Don't listen to anyone who tells you giving food before one year will give them a higher chance to develop allergies. It won't. Any doctor will tell you food allergies can develop any time throughout life. People who say you should only give your baby formula or breastmilk for their entire first year make me very nervous. No one, not even babies, do well on liquid for a whole year. Imagine what that would feel like. Never anything of substance in your stomach, only liquid.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:24 PM on Oct. 18, 2009

  • The newest recommendations from the WHO and AAP say to wait until a child is at least 6 months old before introducing ANY solid foods.

    Answer by Ati_13 at 11:01 AM on Oct. 18, 2009

  • 6 months.

    Answer by MoonLover06 at 11:07 AM on Oct. 18, 2009

  • The average age is six months. Some babies are ready to experiment with single grain rice cereal at four months old. But NOTHING before that, no matter what anyone tells you.

    Answer by caitxrawks at 11:16 AM on Oct. 18, 2009

  • 6 months - - there are still a few doctors out there who will say between 4-6 months for rice cereal, but giving a baby rice cereal at 4 months is nothing but what the previous poster said - experimenting. They get no nutritional benefits from it and it often constipates their poor little systems.

    Answer by TiffanyMarie80 at 11:21 AM on Oct. 18, 2009

  • 6 months. From 6 months to a year, food is nothing but an experiment, they do not need it nutritionally. Some choose to withhold solids til 1 year, because they're not necessary. The sooner you introduce any solids, the higher the chance the child will develop allergies to certain things.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:54 AM on Oct. 18, 2009

  • doulala

    Answer by doulala at 12:21 PM on Oct. 18, 2009

  • i think u should ask your baby's pediatrician. also Gerber has a cool thing where it tells you when ur baby is ready for the food not by age but by it will say "sitter" and u know ur baby will be ready when they are able to sit. then i think there is one more specific like " unsupported sitter" and "crawler"....stuff like that
    it was very helpful.
    i started feeding my son cereal at 4 months and never had a problem...but every baby is different

    Answer by kristina_1988 at 12:47 PM on Oct. 18, 2009

  • Gerber is an authority on NOTHING.

    My kids started babyfood at 4 months and table/finger foods at 6 months.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:30 PM on Oct. 18, 2009

  • my pediatrician said to start solids when my baby can sit up on his own and has a gag reflex...he said that the baby has to have strong stomach muscles because once the start solid their poo becomes more "solid" and they gotta be able to push it out...he also said that baby cereals are too starchy and just full of carbs...breastmilk doesnt have carbs so baby cereal is hard for any baby to digest at first so he reccommends starting with veggies like avocado, broccoli, and peas...i'm gonna start with avocado

    Answer by Kimra at 1:57 PM on Oct. 18, 2009