Doctors: No solid food for babies before 4 months old

March 25, 2013 9:55:31 AM PDT
When is the best time to introduce babies to solid food?

A new study in the journal Pediatrics found many parents are staring solids too early.

Researchers surveyed 13,000 mothers and found 40 percent fed their babies solid food before they were four months old.

Most health experts recommend waiting until babies are 4 to 6 months old.

Doctors say early solids can cut down on the benefit babies get from breast milk. They can also increase the risk for some chronic diseases.