When is It Too Soon to Introduce Solids?

This week, I heard about a study on the radio that showed some moms were introducing solids as early as 4 weeks old.

My husband found this article that went into further detail stating that in about half the kids researched, solids were being introduced before 4 months well before the recommended age of 6 months.

If you’ll remember, about two months ago I introduced solids to H when he was 4 months old. He had been holding his head up, showed interest in what we were eating, sat in his high chair nicely, and was eating more milk than I could keep up with. Even though my pediatrician said she does not recommend solids for babies less than 6 months old in any circumstance, I reached out to my sister-in-law and some other mommy friends and was told that if he was showing signs that he was ready I should try it, but not earlier than 4 months.

I will admit that we have gone through some learning curves. Finding the right balance of milk and food and how much to give him has been a struggle. Somedays he handles the portions I give him fine, and others he spits up. Some days he cries for more, and we give it to him only to find out it was too much. When I don’t give into him, he still may spit up. Since H never really spit up before it can be a little disconcerting, but on those days we scale back his portions later on in the day.

I also think it’s odd that baby food companies have their stage 1 foods marked as for 4+ months. If the CDC has this recommendation, and it’s a strong one, why are the food manufacturers allowed to say it is for 4+ months?

What do you think? I stick with the reasoning that every child is different and I’m not sure there can be a universal rule to when you should introduce foods, but anything before 4 months becomes a developmental and health issue. What issues have you ran into when introducing solids?

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