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The Canadian Paediatric Society, Health Canada and the Dietitians of Canada recommend starting solids when your baby is around 6 months old. While the exact timing may vary from one infant to the next, your baby’s level of development should provide a few clues.
Babies are ready for solids when they:
Good to know!
Don’t assume that a baby under 6 months is necessarily ready for solids just because he or she is feeding more often for a while. It could be just a growth spurt or a temporary increase in appetite.
If you start feeding babies too soon…
If you start babies on solid foods too late, they may:
Certain myths die hard. For example, starting solid foods early will not help your baby sleep through the night. Babies sleep through the night when they are developmentally ready to do so. In addition, your baby does not need teeth to start eating solids.
You probably get plenty of advice since the birth of your baby! The number one rule is to trust in your own capabilities as a parent. Of course, that’s easier said than done when you are facing new situations . So here are a few tips you may find useful.
Do you have questions on how to best feed your baby? Come and speak with your family pharmacist for help and advice.
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