Re: Signs of readiness at 4 months old??
I think that when it comes to solids, the advice is still up in the air, to a certain extent. The AAP's breastfeeding policy says wait until 6 months, but their nutrition committee says 4 months is better. Some studies say that waiting until 6 months is protective in terms of allergies, others say early introduction (prior to 6 months) is protective. I think that if you see real readiness in your 4 month old, and you feel like having some fun with solids, you can feel free to start now. Just don't think in terms of feeding your baby meals, or whole jars of food. Think of this as something to have fun with. Let him try a dab of yogurt off your finger. Give him a whole peeled apple to lick and play with. You're aiming for fun with tastes, not aiming to fill his belly. Of course, if you decide you want to hold off on solids, feel free to do so! You may be able to distract your baby from wanting your solid food by offering him a plate and spoon to play with. At this age, a lot of babies will happily play with the spoon and bowl and think that that's all there is to the whole business.
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