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When can I give my baby water and solid foods?


Giving water after one month of age may be helpful during warm weather, when the stools are hard, when the baby is gassy or colicky, or during the baby's "fussy period" in the evening. Call the office with any questions.


The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that no cereals or solid food be introduced before four months of age. Actually, formula alone is more than adequate nutrition until six months of age. At your baby's four month check-up, we will, if you wish, talk about which foods to start first. Other mothers and grandmothers may urge you to start cereals earlier since "that is the way they did it," but we would encourage you to follow the advice of the American Academy of Pediatrics and wait until four months of age.