What are solids and when should they be started?
Solids or solid foods, sometimes called complementary or weaning foods, are foods other than milk that are given to babies. Although breast milk is the main food for breastfeeding babies for most of the first year, solid foods become an increasingly important source of nutrients. Babies who are breastfed tend to accept a larger number of healthy foods, which makes starting solid foods easier. All pediatric groups recommend starting solid foods around six months and some allow for starting as soon as four months if the baby is at high risk of certain food allergies. For premature babies, there are no clear recommendations. A reasonable approach is to start solid foods between four to six months calculated from their due date and when the baby is able to eat them. Some babies refuse to start solid foods at six months and will start a little later.