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Table 3 Main reasons for introducing solids before 17 weeks of age

From: Predictors of the early introduction of solid foods in infants: results of a cohort study

Reason for introducing solids Solids before 17 weeks
(n = 226)
  N %
Baby hungry/large baby 125 55
Baby old enough/to wean baby 39 17
To settle baby/help sleep through the night 34 15
Baby interesteda/ready 26 12
  1. a Interest indicated by baby putting hands and other objects into mouth and/or chewing hands, and other objects