Baby’s First Solid Food: When and How (Pedcast)

This Pedcast is a must listen for parents with young infants.  Dr Smolen presents a referenced discussion of how and when complimentary foods (i.e. solids) should be introduced into your child’s diet.  Kick back and find out what the experts are thinking is best for your infant when it comes to infant nutrition.

 

SmoNotes:

1. Selected Complementary Feeding Practices and Their Association With Maternal Education

2. Solid foods: How to get your baby started – MayoClinic.com

3. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition – How did babies grow 100 years ago[quest]

 

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2 Comments

  1. Stacey says:

    Hi Doc Smo,
    Thanks for the pedcasts! I have a fast growing 10 week old. At his 2 month appt he was almost 14lbs and 25.5 inches long. He’s eating 5-6 oz of formula every three hours, at night too. My mom thinks we should start adding some rice cereal to a couple of his feedings to satisfy him since it seems he’s big and growing fast and hungry. I know conventional advice is 4 months, but grandma is persistent. what are your thoughts?

    Thanks!
    Stacey

    • DocSmo says:

      Dear Stacey,

      Babies are frequently given rice cereal before 4 months of age usually without any digestive difficulties. Very few children develop allergy to rice cereal but as you point out in your question, current recommendations are to wait until children are 4-6 months of age before starting solids. It is been my experience that starting solids early rarely has the expected outcome when it comes to improving sleep at night. Sorry. Starting solids early will probably cause no harm but probably will cause no gain either.

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