Wait until baby is 6 months old before introducing solid food

Moms should feed babies solid food at around 6 months of age, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Photo by Associated Press, Nick Ut.

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.

 

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