A question that new parents always have is when to introduce solid food to their babies and what type of foods are best or considered baby "super foods."
When should you start introducing solids?
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends introducing your baby solids between the ages of 4 and 6 months, and breastfeeding for at least the first 6 months. However, the AAP encourages mothers to breastfeed for a year or for as long as is mutually desired.
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A study by the AAP found that babies who were introduced before 4 months had a higher risk of obese later on in life. "Among children who were never breastfed or who stopped breastfeeding before the age of 4 months, the introduction of solid foods before the age of 4 months was linked to a six-fold increase in the odds of obesity at age 3 years," according to the study.
What are the best super foods to offer babies?
Here is a list of five popular foods for babies. However, after introducing any new food, wait three days before moving on to the next new food to identify any possible allergic reaction. It is best to either grind or puree the food according to whether your baby has teeth or is an active chewer.
Click through the slideshow for the top 5 baby super foods.