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Starting Solid Foods

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends you start introducing your child to solid foods between 4 and 6 months of age. Starting earlier may increase the risk of food allergies. Wait until your baby is able to hold their neck up well or until they weigh at least 13 pounds.

“Start with cereal first, then move on to fruits, then vegetables,” says James E. Hoffman, DO, FAAP, pediatrician at Saint Francis Medical Center. “Let your child try the new food for at least four days to see if there are any allergic reactions, then move on to a new food.”

Hoffman_JamesStart with Stage 1 foods and by the time your child is 9 months old, you may choose to try Stage 3 (more textured) foods. However, pay close attention to their reaction. “Some children do not tolerate textured or finger foods well when they are this young,” says Hoffman. “If he is choking, you may want to wait a little longer to introduce these foods.”

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