When should I start my baby on solids?
Frequently Asked Question.
It’s important to consider the recommendations of medical associations while following the cues of your unique baby.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) joins other organizations such as the American Medical Association (AMA), the American Dietetic Association (ADA), and the World Health Organization (WHO) and other reputable medical organizations that recommend babies are exclusively breastfed/formula fed for the first 6 months.
Sometimes your baby might begin to wake more often around 2-3 months old, and parents often think this is a sign to begin solid foods. This is usually a sign of a growth spurt, but does not mean that your baby is ready for solids. His digestive track is not developmentally ready to handle them.
You may need to breastfeed or formula feed more often, and if you’re breastfeeding, your supply should adjust to meet your baby’s nutritional needs.
Remember that breast milk and formula will supply all of your baby’s nutritional needs for the first year of life. Eating solid foods during the first year of life is more about experiencing new tastes and textures, and not a nutritional necessity.
NurtureBaby recommends that you begin looking for cues between 4-6 months, and do not be alarmed if you don’t see signs of readiness until 7-8 months.
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