Forty percent of moms are feeding their babies solid food two months too soon, according to a national survey of 1,334 mothers conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Nine percent of moms reported feeding their baby solid food at 4 weeks.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends introducing solid food to your child at 6 months old.
How do you know when your baby is ready? Here are a few AAP tips:
Baby should be able to hold his/her head upright in a steady and locked position.
Baby’s tongue should not be pushing food out of his/her mouth.
Chewing motions should be developing.
Baby has about doubled his/her birth weight.
Hunger is obvious — even after eight to 10 feedings of breast milk or formula a day.