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Feeding the 2-3 Month Old Baby

2 & 3 Months


Should I feed my baby solid foods? By now someone has probably told you that feeding your baby solid foods, like cereal, will help him sleep through the night. While you may want to try anything to get a whole night's sleep, feeding your baby solid foods isn't the answer.

Babies don't need solids until 4 to 6 months of age. Breast milk or formula has all the nutrients babies need.

Sometimes solids given too early can cause food allergies. The foods are not digested properly by young infants. Then the baby's body treats them as "foreign bodies" by producing an allergic reaction.

Giving solids too early might also cause choking. Babies aren't yet ready to swallow anything but liquids. If you try, his tongue will push the food out of his mouth.

You'll know when baby is old enough for solid foods when he can sit well with support and has good head and neck control and can turn his head away on purpose if he doesn't like the food or has had enough to eat. This usually happens around 4 to 6 months of age. Until then, all your baby needs is breast milk or formula to meet his nutritional needs.

Source: University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension NuFacts

This resource was updated April 2008.






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