When to introduce babies to solid food

NEW YORK (CNN) – It’s an exciting time, introducing your baby to solid food.

First-time mom, Becky Pittmann is introducing her 4 month-old twins to solid food.

“They’ll eat a little bit, they’ll spit a little bit out, and most of it ends up on the bib,” said Pittmann.

Solids are usually introduced when babies are between four to six months old.

“Before four months, you run the risk of getting allergies and foods can be a choking hazard. If you wait much longer than seven or eight months then babies get really used to full liquid diet and may have a harder time adjusting to thicker textures,” said Dr. Jennifer Shu.

Doctors used to recommend a very rigid order for the introduction of foods, but that’s no longer the case. Now they usually suggest that parents offer their baby cereal, fruits, vegetables, or meats in whichever order they choose.

Sometimes children have a bad reaction to what they eat, so wait a few days between the introduction of each new food.

When starting solids, it can be helpful to start the new food in the morning, that way a parent can watch a child for reactions during the day while the parent’s still awake. You might expect reactions, such as a skin rash or hives, vomiting, or diarrhea, if a child, um, has a food that does not agree with him.

Pittmann says so far, the twins are doing fine. Next up?

“I think we’re going to try a vegetable, probably green beans or peas, something green,” said Pittmann.

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