My baby just turned 4 months, how can I introduce solids?

Tedy - posted on 01/28/2016 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My baby girl turned 4 months today and her pediatrician recommended starting solids. What types of solids can I introduce her to and how often during the day should she eat cereal and vegetable purees?
Thank you!!

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Dove - posted on 01/29/2016

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Wait two or more months. Your doctor is giving old, potentially harmful advice.

After 6 months you can try her on a bit of vegetable or fruit. Once a day... just a couple of bites of single ingredient foods and wait 4-5 days before introducing a new food, so you can see if she's allergic to anything.

Breast milk or formula makes up the bulk of their diet under a year. Food is just for fun, new tastes, and the learning experience of eating.

Raye - posted on 01/29/2016

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I agree that you shouldn't introduce solids until after 6 months. But, if you choose to follow your doctor's opinion, then any solids are only to get the child used to different flavors and textures, and should not be relied upon for much nutritional value. The child will still need breastmilk/formula for most of their nutrition. Cereals are not easily digested, and may make the child feel more full and not be able to absorb nutrients from other foods/milk. Keep cereals at a minimum. Start feeding small amounts of one type of baby food or puree at a time for 3-5 days. This is to look out for food allergies, so you would know which food caused it. If the child doesn't like a certain food, then discontinue it and wait a couple days before tying something new. Weeks or months down the road, try the food the baby didn't like previously to see if her tastes have changed.

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