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Table 4 Reasons for introducing solid foods before 17 weeks of age (n = 127)

From: Determinants for early introduction of complementary foods in Australian infants: findings from the HSHK birth cohort study

Reason N %
Baby hungry 45 35.4
Baby old enough to wean 33 26.0
Advised by family and/or friends 21 16.5
To settle the baby/help him/her sleep at night 15 11.8
Baby interesteda 13 10.3
  1. a Interest indicated by baby putting hands and other objects into mouth and/or chewing hands and other objects or interest towards the parent’s food