My baby girl is 3.5months old and I'm starting to think she is ready for solid foods, mostly just the basics, rice/oatmeal cereal or avocado. Everything that I have read says to wait till 4 months would it be terrible to start a little earlier?

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Karlee - posted on 12/30/2013

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Thanks Jodi that was great info.
Its so hard to ever get a solid answer when you are looking information on the internet you can never find the "right" answer. Its always back and forth. The dr. suggested between 4-6months to start introducing solids so we will see the dr. in a week or so and see what he suggests due to her progress.

Karlee - posted on 12/29/2013

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thank you both for your feedback. Our dr. suggested starting solids at 4months if we thought she was ready however I feel like she is very "interested" when we eat and that was one thing I read online that is a sign that you should introduce solids. I may just try a small bit to see if she can handle it or if she even likes it. Thanks!

Jodi - posted on 12/28/2013

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Actually, recent recommendations by both the World Health Organisation and the AAP are to wait until 6 months. Any solids under the age of one are purely for practice and fun, not nutritional needs, so you should not be considering replacing feeding milk with solid foods. Personally, I would wait until at least 5 or 6 months (I did with my kids), as they are generally not ready. Also, their tummies are not ready for solid foods - feeding them too early can potentially cause digestive issues later in life, and has recently been found to be a risk factor in obesity.

Sarah - posted on 12/28/2013

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If you think she is ready, go for it. I started my daughter on cereal at about 3 months and she did great. I would recommend just trying one thing at a time and seeing how she reacts and give her a few days to adjust before introducing something new. Good luck!

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