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While Vanilla Pumpkin, or the internet for that matter, isn’t the place to turn for medical advice, most pediatricians agree that around 6 months is the appropriate age to start feeding your baby solid foods. At six months of age, babies need to start replenishing their iron supply, which solid foods such as cereals and vegetables help provide.
However, parenting experts caution, 6 months is a guideline, not a rule, hence the phrase “watch the baby, not the calendar”. According to parenting experts such as Dr. Sears, parents should watch for cues that signal that baby is interested in solid foods, such as grabbing for food, plates, mimicking chewing motions and eating behaviors, showing more interest in your food. Other milestones to watch for include supported sitting and good head control.
Until the age of about 1 year, parenting experts say, solid foods are meant only to supplement breat milk or formula, not as a replacement. Keeping this in mind, the goal is not for babies to “clean their plate”, but to expose them to the world of food – textures, tastes and smells. Experts warn against trying to force babies to finish their meals when they signal being full such as turning away from the spoon, making faces or pushing away. Forcing them to finish may lead to unhealthy eating habits later in life, such as overeating.
Baby K’s pediatrition once commented, “It’s easier for me to tell you what NOT to feed fer, rather than tell you what to feed her.” By this he meant that the opportunites were nearly endless, but to keep in mind her safety and which foods can be unsafe for babies under a year old:
  • Nuts
  • Citrus (fruits and juices)
  • Peanut butter (may induce choking)
  • Honey (can cause botulism)
  • Cow’s milk
  • Choking hazards such as small, hard candies, marshmellows, raisins, seeded fruits
  • Common allergens
Just in case you’re still harboring some naive idea that you’re the one who’s in control when it comes to feeding your baby, I thought I’d take a moment to set the record straight: while you are the one who gets to decide what ends up in your baby’s bowl, she’s the one who gets to decide what ends up in her stomach.
Ready to open your baby’s mouth to a whole new world of textures and tastes? Is baby ready to open her mouth? Get ready for the joys – and the mess – of eating solid foods. When you begin feeding your baby solid foods you want to progress in a way that sets baby up for healthy eating habits. You are not only putting food into your baby’s tummy, you are introducing lifelong attitudes about nutrition. Consider for a moment that during the first year or two you will spend more time feeding your baby than in any other interaction. You both might as well enjoy it.
Most babies are ready to eat solid foods at 4 to 6 months of age. Before this age instead of swallowing the food, they push their tongues against the spoon or the food. This tongue-pushing reflex is necessary when they are breastfeeding or drinking from a bottle. Most babies stop doing this at about 4 months of age. Energy needs of babies begin to increase around this age as well, making this a good time to introduce solids.
This is the age when most babies are introduced to solid foods. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) currently recommends gradually introducing solid foods when a baby is about 6 months old. Your doctor, however, may recommend starting as early as 4 months depending on your baby’s readiness and nutritional needs. Be sure to check with your doctor before starting any solid foods. Read full article.
You can introduce solids any time between 4 and 6 months if your baby is ready (see “How will I know when my baby’s ready,” below). Until then, breast milk or formula provides all the calories and nourishment your baby needs and can handle. His digestive system simply isn’t ready for solids until he nears his half-birthday. Waiting until your baby is ready greatly reduces the risk of an allergic reaction and shortens the transition time between spoon- and self-feeding.

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