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?Question:
It is best to wait until at least four months of age before giving solids to a baby. This is for many reasons:
- 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.
- Young infants do not have sufficient muscular control and coordination to chew and swallow solid food.
- 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.