How soon can babies eat baby food?

Breast milk or formula is the only food your newborn needs, and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breast-feeding for the first six months after birth. But by ages 4 months to 6 months, most babies are ready to begin eating solid foods as a complement to breast-feeding or formula-feeding.
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How old does an infant have to be to eat baby food?

To eat, babies need good head and neck control and should be able to sit up in a high chair, which usually doesn't happen until they're 4 to 6 months old. Also, if you try to feed your son solids before this age, you may notice that he pushes food out of his mouth just as quickly as you put it in.
  • What age do babies start eating baby food?

    Breast milk or formula is the only food your newborn needs, and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breast-feeding for the first six months after birth. But by ages 4 months to 6 months, most babies are ready to begin eating solid foods as a complement to breast-feeding or formula-feeding.
  • What age can I give my baby water?

    In general, your baby shouldn't drink water until he's about 6 months old. Until then, he gets all the hydration he needs from breast milk or formula, even in hot weather. Once your baby is 6 months old, it's okay to give him sips of water when he's thirsty.
  • When can I give my baby puffs?

    Babies can begin eating soft or pureed foods between 4 to 6 months of age and can graduate to more solids foods, like Gerber Puff Cereal, by around 8 to 12 months. If your baby shows the signs that he's ready for finger foods like cereal puffs, start him off slowly.

Updated: 16th October 2019

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