Nutritional benefits: Solid foods can provide additional nutrients that an infant may not be getting from breast milk or formula alone. For example, iron-rich foods like pureed meats and iron-fortified cereals can help prevent anemia.
Increased appetite: As babies start to eat more solid foods, they may start to drink less breast milk or formula. This is because solid foods are more filling than liquids.
Improved development: Introducing solids can help improve an infant’s hand-eye coordination and coordination of the mouth and tongue.
Allergic reactions: Some babies may have allergic reactions to certain foods. It’s important to introduce new foods one at a time and watch for signs of an allergic reaction, such as rash, vomiting, or difficulty breathing.
Overall, introducing solid foods can be an important step in an infant’s development and can help support their growth and nutrition.
It’s important to follow the recommendations of a healthcare provider and be cautious when introducing new foods to an infant.
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