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Speak to your infant’s pediatrician prior to starting solids as it may be advised to start closer to 6 months. Only occasionally does a rapidly growing baby need solid foods to meet nutritional needs before the age of six months. However, after 6 months solids will begin to provide more and more of baby’s growing nutritional needs.
It will be a challenge and an adventure to get the food into the infant’s mouth during the first feedings. Proceed with care slowly and respond to the infant cues for hunger or fullness. Your baby will let you know when he/she is done eating by turning away from the spoon. As the child grows and his or her meal choices expand, continue to allow the infant to control the situation.
Well meaning family members and friends may advise that early addition to solid foods will help baby sleep through the night. Sleeping through the night is an individual developmental milestone, and the amount of food consumed by the infant doesn’t relate to a good night’s sleep.