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When Can I Start Feeding My Baby Solid Foods & Cereal?

When your baby has doubled her birth weight, usually at about 4-6 months, she should start soft solid foods, such as cereal or mashed potatoes, said Dr. Parnell Donahue, a Brentwood, Tennessee-based pediatrician. By 6 to 8 months, you can begin to offer other solid foods, such as commercial baby food or mashed vegetables, such as peas or carrots. “Use a spoon if your baby will eat off of it, but don’t force anything into her mouth,” Donahue said. “If she doesn’t like it today, try again the next day so your baby becomes used to solid soft foods.”

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