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What Solid Food Can I give my 3 Month Old?

By, Benish Shah

Many parents wonder: what solids foods or baby foods can my baby have at 3 months?

The short answer: none.

Long answer: The World Health Organization, the American College of Pediatrics, and pretty much every other organization involved with babies will tell you that babies are not ready for solids at the age of 3 months.  Here’s why: a baby’s digestive system is not ready for solids at until about 4-6 months.

Yes, there are the fun adages of “I ate this when I was 3 months old and I turned out fine!” Here’s the reality: no one remembers what they ate at the age of 3, and if someone says that to you, pause, question, and research.  A statement like that is not enough reason to ignore the years of research and evidence compiled to advise against giving solids to your baby at the age of 3 months.

Signs your baby is ready for solids:

  • Can sit upright, unaided.
  • Baby has lost the tongue-thrust reflex.
  • Your Baby has mastered the finger-thumb pincer movement that will enable it to pick up a piece of food.
  • Has the ability to chew.

Signs your baby is not ready for solids:

  • 3 months old (no, seriously)
  • Drooling
  • Can’t keep their head up on their own
  • Chewing fingers or toes
  • Teeth

Please remember these are signs of readiness. If you think your baby is ready for solids, talk to your pediatrician and move forward from there!

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