Re: The Great Solid Food Debate
I believe the AAP recently changed their recommendations as far as delaying solids for allergy reasons, but they did not change their recommendations on how long your should exclusively breastfeed for and that is 6 months.
There are many other reasons to wait to start solid foods (of any kind) other than allergies. Your child needs to be developmentally ready to eat. Kellymom has a great article about how to know your child is ready for solids. From that article:
I watched the baby rather than the calendar and both of mine were ready around 6 months.
Signs that indicate baby is developmentally ready for solids include:
* Baby can sit up well without support.
* Baby has lost the tongue-thrust reflex and does not automatically push solids out of his mouth with his tongue.
* Baby is ready and willing to chew.
* Baby is developing a “pincer” grasp, where he picks up food or other objects between thumb and forefinger. Using the fingers and scraping the food into the palm of the hand (palmar grasp) does not substitute for pincer grasp development.
* Baby is eager to participate in mealtime and may try to grab food and put it in his mouth.
We also started with 'real' foods rather than cereals or purees. Here's a great article about baby led solids if you're interested.
ETA: just saw your last post, it looks like you already read that article
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