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  • What’s the latest advice on when to start solid foods, how to introduce them, and what to feed?

    Here’s a refresher: Look for signs that your child’s ready for solids. He should be 4 to 6 months...

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    Here’s a refresher: Look for signs that your child’s ready for solids. He should be 4 to 6 months old and be able to sit up with some help, hold his head steady, and swallow food from a spoon. Stick to thin purees at first, and gradually build up to thicker ones. Infant cereal used to be the standard first food, but fruits and veggies like banana, avocado, and sweet potato are also great starters. Introduce one food at a time, and wait a few days in between so you can watch for any allergic reactions. And if your child turns up his nose at a certain food, try again another day—it can take up to 10 tries before he’ll try something new!

  • When should I start setting up play dates for my baby? I want him to feel comfortable socializing with other kids.

    Babies don’t socialize the way older kids do, but many moms schedule play dates anyway because they enjoy the...

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    Babies don’t socialize the way older kids do, but many moms schedule play dates anyway because they enjoy the interaction with other parents. Toddlers typically engage in “parallel play,” which means they play near each other—but separately. Truly meaningful interactions can start at 2 years old, so that’s a good time for play dates. Keep it small and short: one or two other kids, for 60 to 90 minutes. Your child may still act selfishly, refuse to share, and play on his own. That’s totally normal. But hanging out with other children helps lay the foundation for important skills like cooperation and manners. Leave the kids alone so they can learn how to play with each other, but stay close so you can step in if someone gets upset.

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