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The Best Age To Start Giving Your Baby Solid Food, According To Pediatricians

As a mother, you need to know when to introduce solid food to your baby and the type of food that you should give him or her. According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and the American Academy of Pediatrics, solid foods can be introduced to babies when they are about six months old. Giving them food before they are four months old is not recommended.

Baby reactions to foods are different. How would you know if your baby is ready to eat other foods except breastfeeding? The following signs may help you.

Your child:

1. Opens the mouth when food is offered.

2. Tries to grasp small objects, such as foods or toys.

3. Sits up alone or with support.

4. Brings the object to the mouth.

5. Can control head and neck.

6. Transfers food from the front to the back of the tongue to swallow.

7. Swallows food rather than pushes it back out onto the chin.

What Foods Should I Introduce to My Child First?

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, what is most important is to give food to your baby. Giving children food in a certain order is not recommended. Once your children start eating foods at the age of six months old, you can start giving them a variety of foods when they are 7 or 8 months old. Examples of foods that you can give your baby are vegetables, fruits, meat or other proteins, infant cereals, grains, cheeses and yogurts, and more.

Note: According to the Food and Drug Administration, giving your baby rice cereal is not recommended because it can expose them to arsenic. If you want to give your children infant cereals, try to give them a different form of fortified alert icon infant cereals such as barley, oat, and multi-grain.

How Should I Introduce My Child to Foods?

The best way to introduce food to your babies is by giving them single-ingredient food. If you're giving them this, you will easily know if they have problems with that food. An example of a Food problem that they can have is “food allergy”.

Potentially allergenic foods include eggs, shellfish, fish, cow’s milk products, tree nuts, soy, wheat, peanuts, and sesame. Drinking fortified soy beverages or cow’s milk is not recommended until your child is 12 months old upward. However, cow’s milk products, like yogurt, can be given to a baby before he or she clocks a year.

Source: cds.gov

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