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Solid foods?

When is the best time to introduce solids to a baby?


Asked by charmd18 at 12:48 AM on May. 19, 2011 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • This is a variable question... depends on a lot of things.
    If breastfed - not necessary till 6 months
    If bottlefed - they usually say to start cereal at 4 months
    People/drs also say to start cereal if a baby isn't sleeping through the night (after lots of research, I find this to be a controversial suggestion, no proof that it helps, and can cause digestive problems if done too early).
    Basically, the AAP says to wait till 6 months in order to help avoid allergies and digestive problems. Lots of moms start their babies at 4 months or even earlier with no problem, so it's really very dependent on the individual baby and your wishes.
    My daughter started cereal at 4 months 7 years ago per dr's orders, she went on to veggies/fruit at 5 and 6 months and turned out fine.
    DS is 10 months old, and didn't start solids until 6 months old. He was also 9.9 at birth and 18 lbs at 6 months without solids, so he thrived on milk!

    Answer by mlivlee at 1:05 AM on May. 19, 2011

  • 6 months old. That's what the AAP recommends . . . . They used to recommend 4 months old but they think that may be too soon because they believe the gut may not be closed by that time for many babies. If a baby eats solid food before their gut is closed, this can increase their chances of developing food allergies. Check out for more info about open/closed gut/delaying solids.

    Answer by nepenthe429 at 1:01 AM on May. 19, 2011

  • My sons been on rice since about 3 months becuz he couldnt keep anything down..but we started stage one fruits at about 5 months and now we're up to stage 2 fruits, veggies and some meats and hes also drinking small amounts of juice.

    Answer by SweetPoison at 1:09 AM on May. 19, 2011

  • What Mlivlee said. Best option is exclusive breastfeeding until 6 months of age, but every baby is different. If your baby notices food and wants it ealier, let them have it. My son wasn't interested until 9 months (he was breastfed).

    Answer by Adelicious at 4:34 AM on May. 19, 2011

  • I've slowly started and mine is 17 weeks, literally 2 spoons of baby cerials, it says on the box to give from 4months +. He still has milk though.

    Answer by kylie_bob at 9:02 AM on May. 19, 2011

  • You start to try at 6 months or 4 months depending on breast fed or formula fed. If your baby isn't receptive after trying for a few days, pack things up and try again in a few weeks.


    Answer by JSD24 at 9:11 AM on May. 19, 2011