Skip to content


    Exciting News for WebMD Members!

    We've been busy behind the scenes building new message boards for you. You'll have new and easier ways to find messages, connect with others, and share your stories.

    And, this will all be available on your smartphone or other mobile device!

    What Do You Need to Do?

    The message board you're used to will be closing in the coming weeks. While many of your boards will be making the move to our new home, your posts will not. Want to keep a discussion going? Save posts you want to continue (this includes your member profile story), so that you can re-post them in the new message boards.

    Keep an eye here and on your email inbox, we'll be back in touch soon to give you all the information you need!

    Yours in health,
    WebMD Message Boards Management

    Letting infant taste food.
    tothebeach4 posted:
    My sister has a 4 week old baby that she is allowing to "taste" her food. She lets him taste popsicles and she says he "loves" the taste of wheat thin crackers. And thats only what she named specifically; she says she lets him taste all her food. I tried to explain to her that this probably wasn't a good idea - immature digestive system, food allergies - she gave me the whole "mom said I could" excuse and laughed it off.

    My question is... Is this a problem? And if so, how can I convince her to stop doing it?
    Elizabeth_WebMD_Staff responded:
    Yikes - I am not a doctor or health care professional but this does not seem like a good idea for many reasons. I hope she has discussed this with her pediatrician.

    Here are resources to share with your sister -

    Starter Guide to Baby Food & Nutrition
    Nutrition in the First Year: What to Feed Your Baby Now
    Slideshow - What to Feed Your Baby in Year 1
    Video - Baby Food Safety
    Starting Solid Food Too Soon Tied to Childhood Obesity

    Other moms - What do you think?
    ~To be a child is to know the joy of living, To have a child is to know the gift of life.~ Author Unknown
    angy1984 responded:
    this is a bad idea let her know if he happens to be allergic then it can kill him. and if she says she''ll call an ambulance they her they may not make it in time. and there's also the point that he may choke on it it could get lodged in his throat, and ask her if she knows baby CPR because it's a little different than for adults. sorry this makes me mad i got mad when people tried to feed my son stuff at 4 months. but good luck

    Helpful Tips

    Feeding tip
    When my baby was same age the rule was 2oz per pound. So if baby waight is 10lbs then he/she should have about 20 oz of formula. Have you ... More
    Was this Helpful?
    2 of 2 found this helpful

    Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

    FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.