Many mothers ask themselves, their doctors, and any book they can find, when it is acceptable to start introducing solid food into their baby’s diet.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Committee on Nutrition recommends starting your child on solid foods somewhere between the age of four and six months old, however the Work Group on Breastfeeding and the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that solid foods should not be introduced until at least six months old.
Because of this difference in suggestion, the choice is most often left up to the parents and their child’s doctor. However, this may not be the safest thing for your child because introducing solid foods too early can cause obesity later in life.
A study was held which found that when solids were introduced to children younger than 4 months old, 26% of these children were more likely to be overweight at the age of 3 and 5 than other children who were given solid foods after 4 months old, with only 22% of these children being overweight at 3 and 5 years old.
However, if you delay solid foods until after 6 months you may increase your child’s risk for developing food allergies.
When did you introduce your child to solid foods?