Starting solids: Is three months too young to start offering baby solid foods??

We have two healthy twin girls that are 12 weeks old. Christine is 11 lbs. 7 oz. and Katherine is 13 lbs. 2 oz. Do you feel it is too early to give the babies rice cereal?

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It is best to wait until at least four months of age before giving solids to a baby. This is for many reasons:

  1. Breast milk and formula are the nutritionally superior food for a young infant. If you daughter eats anything else, e.g. cereal, she may consume less milk, replacing it with food, which is nutritionally inferior at this time.
  2. Young infants do not have sufficient muscular control and coordination to chew and swallow solid food.
  3. Before four to six months an infant's digestive track and kidneys are immature, and solids are not as readily digested as they will be later on.
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