New Mom Secret: I Feed My Baby Solids

Sasha Brown-Worsham

It's hard being a new mom (or even an experienced mom to a new baby) and sometimes we do things we know we shouldn't, despite what all the experts say. But this is a safe place to share your secrets (PM me)—we'll never tell.

This Week's Secret:

My daughter is 3 months old and I know I'm not supposed to be feeding her solids, but my mother suggested we put some cereal in her bottle one night when we were desperate for sleep. I did and she slept. Since then, we have been allowing her to eat applesauce and other "baby foods" and they really have improved her sleep and she seems to love them. How bad is it, really? -- Anonymous

The point isn't really how bad it is or even what it means. The point is that you haven't spoken to your pediatrician about it.

Whatever you're doing, you ought to be asking the doctor for his or her advice on how to best do it. Yes, many moms choose to breastfeed exclusively to six months and that is probably the best food for little developing tummies, but you can try other things. Whatever you do, you should never be just winging it.

Definitely make an appointment and talk to your baby's doctor. You are putting her at risk if you don't.

Do you have any advice for this mom?

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