Starting baby on solid foods

baby solid foodMother’s milk has been the perfect food for your child, providing optimal nutritional, immunological, and emotional benefits. Many national and international groups say that babies should be breastfeed for about 6 months and then started on solid foods while continuing to breastfeed. After six months, most babies won’t get all the nutrients they need from breast milk or formula alone, then you will begin to consider feeding your baby solid foods.

Some babies are ready to start eating solids before other babies of the same age. In general, most babies don’t need to start solid food until they are between 4 and 6 months old. If you feed solid foods before 4 months of age, it may increase baby’s risk of developing type-1 diabetes and allergies. But some babies that aren’t started on solid foods by the age of 9 – 12 months may have a great level of difficulty accepting solid foods.

You should however, avoid spicy foods or highly allergenic foods at first, although if your
baby reaches for the potato on your plate, you should let him have it if it isn’t too hot. If you think your baby is ready to start solid foods, consult with your baby’s health care provider before you make any changes in your baby’s diet.

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