Our older two kids started baby foods at 4 months old but were formula fed. Our third is 3 months old and I do not want him on baby food until 6 months old.
There are some reasons to delay solids for infants until 6 months or older:
- Recommended by pediatricians and other health organizations to delay solids for infants
- Wait until the cells lining the baby's gut has closed helps prevent many allergies, gas, rashes, and medical issues
- Waiting helps to also lower incidents of stomachaches, diabetes, obesity, and ear infections
- Breastfeeding for at least 7 months shows decreased rates of anemia
- Your baby is less likely to choke even with purees, when baby is older, and can sit up on his or her own upright. Babies shouldn't be fed while leaning back
- Baby's gut does not produce enzymes to aid in digestion until 3 - 4 months old, and ones that break down more complicated fats won't be produced until 6 - 9 months, which could mean a lot of gas, constipation, vomiting, and wasted nutrients before then.
- While some babies might be ready between 4 - 6 months, it's shown to be safer to wait until at least 6 months old.
- Wait until your baby can hold and pick up food and place in their own mouth