Q: My baby is 5 months old. Until we started putting bananas in her cereal, she hadn't slept through the night. My mom keeps yelling that she's too young for cereal, bananas, and her sippy cup. But I can't get her to sleep through the night or eat without them Am I wrong to be feeding her solid foods?
A: A: In a perfect world, we would hold off giving our babies solid foods until they're six months old. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding only until a baby is six months old but, of course, that's not always possible or even desirable in some cases. Doctors recommend waiting to feeding solids in case babies aren't mature enough to swallow or digest them properly and to reduce the chance that babies will develop food allergies, which can be more likely when certain foods are introduced very early in life.
Of course, every baby is different, every parent is different, and every situation is different, and sometimes you will end up bending the "rules" a bit. I wasn't able to wait until my babies were six months old to begin feeding them solid foods. They all seemed really hungry at about four months, and they seemed ravenous at five months! Ask yourself the following questions to determine whether your baby is ready for solid food:
If the answers to all of the above questions are yes, it's likely that your baby is developed enough to handle some solid foods just fine. Pureed bananas and infant cereals are good choices for babies. But before you introduce other solid foods to her diet, discuss the change with the pediatrician. This will keep your daughter healthy, and make your mom happy!