2. Don’t start solids too early.
Here’s why: For formula-fed babies, introducing solids too soon may increase their risk for becoming obese by the time they reach age 3, according to a recent Harvard study.
Good news, however, for breastfed infants: The timing of solids showed no impact whatsoever on obesity at age 3. “There may be a ‘finish the bottle, clean the plate’ style for parents of formula-fed infants that could lead to overeating,” says study coauthor Matthew W. Gillman, MD, director of the Obesity Prevention Program at Harvard Medical School. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that you breastfeed exclusively for at least four months (six, if you can) and continue breastfeeding after solid foods are introduced, until your baby is 12 months old.