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Emily Mohsenian followed her doctor's recommendation waiting until her son Owen was five months-old to give him solid foods.

"He seemed ready. He was able to sit nicely in a chair, hold his head up straight and he was showing interest in what his brothers were eating so we thought it was a good time to start," says Emily Mohsenian.

Pediatrician's recommend introducing solids no earlier than 4 to 6 months old when a baby's body is developmentally ready. But a new study published in the journal Pediatrics finds 40% of mothers are not waiting.

"Often starting solids less than four months of age can increase the risk of certain chronic illnesses such as celiac disease, obesity, diabetes even eczema and dry skin," says Dr. Elissa Rubin.

The study looked at about 1,300 moms - 9% started solids as early as four weeks.

Mothers who introduced solid foods early believed their babies were old enough to start. They also thought it would help their babies sleep longer at night.

"That's also been studied and known not to be true."

Owen's mom is having success with solids while she continues to breastfeed.

"I'm just kinda fitting in solids in between the feedings once or twice a day."

She says so far carrots are his favorite.

The new research also suggests economics play a factor in the decision to introduce solid foods. Lower income parents who feel formula is too expensive were more likely to feed solids too soon.

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