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Introducing Solid Food

Your baby's appetite will fluctuate from one meal to the next, so don’t rely on the amount she’s eaten to determine if she’s full. If your baby turns her head away from food, becomes easily distracted, or refuses to open up for the next bite, she has probably had enough. Don’t force her to eat more than she wants; she will probably make up for it at the next meal or the next day. When your baby is hungry, she will eat. However, if you notice a persistent lack of appetite or she stops gaining weight, call your pediatrician.

There are certain foods that you shouldn't give your baby until after her first birthday, including honey and commonly allergenic foods such as peanut butter, cows' milk, shellfish, and egg whites. If you or the baby’s father have a severe food allergy, wait to introduce that particular food to your baby until she is three or four years old.

Your baby should be eating solid foods three times a day by about 8 months of age; however, continue to nurse or bottle-feed until she's a year old. Milk and formula both provide important vitamins, iron, and protein in an easily-digestible form your baby still needs.

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