Monday, November 24, 2014

Pass the turkey please – The research on starting solid foods with infants.

Surprisingly there are no official U.S. guidelines on what a baby should eat before 2 years old. In reality, a child needs to be 2 before they are covered by U.S. dietary guidelines. There are however several national and international organizations that offer guidelines on what babies should eat before two. For most babies breast milk or formula is the only food they need until they hit 4 to 6 months. 

The age-old suggestion to add baby cereal to the bottle to help a child sleep through may lead to digestive issues later in life.

The American Academy of Pediatrics, WebMD and the Mayo Clinic suggest staring solids once the baby is developmentally ready. This means when the baby is 4-6 months old, 

  • can sit up with support,
  • hold her head and neck up well,
  • has doubled in birth weight,
  • is interested in what you are eating,
  • can keep food in her mouth 
  • and shows signs of being hungry after nursing or bottle feeding.

Our baby girl will have to wait until next Turkey day before she gets to enjoy the bounty of turkey, stuffing, gravy, and green beans.

Happy Parenting!

Visit the sources linked in this article more detailed information on the recommendations mentioned in this blog.

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