Most parents want what’s best for their child but experts say a shocking number of moms and dads are doing something that could harm their children in the future.
According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control, many parents allow their babies to eat solid food before reaching the recommended age.
Most experts say children should avoid solid foods until they are at least 4 to 6-months-old.
Officials say about 40 percent of the 1,300 mothers surveyed said they’d introduced infant cereal before their children were 4-months-old.
Mothers said they did so because their babies seemed hungry and they thought the extra food would help the babies sleep longer at night.
Experts say starting solid foods too early can increase the risk for chronic diseases because babies’ bodies aren’t mature enough for cereals and other solid food.