When Are Babies Ready for Solid Food?

Deciding to feed your baby solid foods isn't something that should be rushed. While many people will tell you to add a little cereal to baby's bottle to help them sleep better or longer, doing so may not be the best idea.

How do you know when your baby is ready to start eating solid foods?

Experts recommend waiting until your baby is at least four months of age before introducing solid foods into their diet, and waiting until they're six months old is even better because starting solids too early can increase the likelihood of developing diabetes or becoming obese.

When it is time to start giving your baby solids, it's best to start with a single-grain rice cereal because of its low allergy risk and avoid adding the cereal to the bottle to reduce the risk of your baby choking.

When feeding your baby foods other than cereal, give them only one food type at a time. If your baby has an allergic reaction to a food, feeding them only apples or only carrots will help you determine what foods to avoid.

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Jemelle Holopirek
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