Answer by louise2 at 9:54 AM on Jan. 8, 2010
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Answer by rkoloms at 11:01 AM on Jan. 8, 2010
Answer by Itsonono at 11:18 AM on Jan. 8, 2010
Answer by Anonymous at 12:41 PM on Jan. 8, 2010
I started feeding my son solids when he was 8 months old. We didn't do baby food though, we just baked or steamed veggies and fruit and smashed it up. You shouldn't give your baby anything but breast milk or formula before 6 months. That is the recommendation of the World Health Organization, the American Academy of Pediatrics, UNICEF, the US Department of Health and Human Services and many other organizations. Solid food before one year is NOT for nutrition, it's only for experimentation and learning, so don't rush it if your baby isn't ready.
Check out this article (and all it's sited studies) about why early introduction of solids is harmful to baby: http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/solids/delay-solids.html
Answer by PhilsBabyMama at 1:19 PM on Jan. 8, 2010
Anon 12:41 is misinformed. This is from the article linked above.
The introduction of iron supplements and iron-fortified foods, particularly during the first six months, reduces the efficiency of baby's iron absorption. Healthy, full-term infants who are breastfed exclusively for periods of 6-9 months have been shown to maintain normal hemoglobin values and normal iron stores. In one study (Pisacane, 1995), the researchers concluded that babies who were exclusively breastfed for 7 months (and were not give iron supplements or iron-fortified cereals) had significantly higher hemoglobin levels at one year than breastfed babies who received solid foods earlier than seven months. The researchers found no cases of anemia within the first year in babies breastfed exclusively for seven months and concluded that breastfeeding exclusively for seven months reduces the risk of anemia.
Answer by PhilsBabyMama at 1:23 PM on Jan. 8, 2010
Answer by Krysta622 at 4:25 PM on Jan. 8, 2010