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When are you able to feed baby food to babies?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Delay until 6mo: Solid foods were once used to make up for deficiencies in home made milk formula used in the 50's to 80's.A return to breast FDG & modern formulas changed the value of solids from nutrition, to a pathway to teach baby to eat & transition to table foods.Waiting until 6m allows baby to sit & participate in a feeding, much as the will when older.Start with a few tablespoons as a paste.

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A 30-year-old female asked:

What age do you start feeding babies baby food?

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Dr. Cindy Juster
Pediatrics 37 years experience
At 4 to 6 months old: It's best to wait until your baby isn't filled up enough with breast milk or formula at each feeding. When it's time, start with a brown rice baby cereal (more nutrients and fiber than white flour), mix it with a little water, breast milk, or formula, and give it by spoon, not in the bottle. Gradually increase the number and volume of solids as your baby's doctor recommends.
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When should you start to feed a baby some baby food?

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Dr. Gregory Mosolf
Pediatrics 26 years experience
4 to 6 months: Most pediatricians recommend starting solid foods between four and six months. Starting too soon or waiting to long may increase risk of allergies. The child should be able to sit with support. He or she should have good head/neck control.
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When to start babies on baby food?

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental and Behavioral 51 years experience
Around 6 months: Short answer: when an infant has enough upper body control to indicate hunger and satiety, has doubled his birth weight, & can push the food from the spoon to his throat.However, the american academy of pediatrics recommends breastfeeding as the sole source of nutrition till about 6 months & continuing till 12 months. See "nutrition:what every parent needs to know" on www.Aap.Org.

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