4months or 6 months for solids?

Serena - posted on 11/28/2010 ( 71 moms have responded )

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Ive been advised that infants should start solids at 6 months of age now ?? I still think 4 and a half 5 months is okay ? What are your views? and what did you 1st feed baby on solids?

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Shauna - posted on 11/30/2010

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I started my son on rice cereal when he was 3 1/2 months only at dinnertime once a day i did 1 TSP... every week i increased to 2 feedings a day breakfast and dinner, then next week 3 feedings breakfast dinner and lunch untill he was up to 2 TBS each feeding and over 4 mo and then we started the 1st foods veggies, a new one every 3 days untill we tried them all... then we went to fruit a new one everyday untill we tried them all, and then onto stage 2. Untill eventually he has had every baby food they make, organic, gerber, store brand every flavor you name it. There has not been a single one that he doesnt eat. I think introducing early you have a better chance of not having a picky eater. I was lucky he took to the cereal and food right away and knew what to do from the first bite. Not all babies are the same however, once you try you will know if your baby is ready. If it doesnt go well just try again another day. There is alot of research that says different versions on what age you should start. I asked my Dr and she said its really up to you. Babies are born being able to handle the foods its just the choking hazards that dr's worry about. She said some dr's even say wait till 9 mo but only b/c of choking hazards. In my experience working with infants in a childcare setting the longer you wait the more finicky the child is and harder it is later on to switch to table foods. Good luck!

Elizabeth - posted on 12/03/2010

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I was taught that you should look for signs of physical development and not focus on age because all babies are different in there readiness. So I believe some kids are ready at four months and some don't seem to be ready till more like nine.

Becky - posted on 12/01/2010

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I was just reading this last night, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services...these are the signs a baby might be ready for solids...

She holds her head steady and sits with support.
She reaches for and shows interest in food.
She opens her mouth when she sees food.
She no longer thrusts her tongue out during feeding, so she’s able to
keep food in her mouth and swallow it.
She turns her head away when she’s full.
(they also say that a baby's weight has nothing to do with starting solids) I got this information here: http://www2.ed.gov/parents/earlychild/re...

my son is 4 months old and breastfeeding, I dont plan to start solids until 6 months.

Lise - posted on 11/28/2010

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We started at 6 months (and a few days ;) ) with baby led weaning. Worked out great for us. I've just read that babies guts need time to mature, and I figured there was no benefit to starting early but could be a benefit to waiting. My daughter wasn't big on solids until around 7 months, but now eats pretty much everything. We always get comments on what a great eater she is.

Natasha - posted on 12/09/2010

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someone sent me this, it helped me...im starting my son at 4 1/2 months...

"You can start on rice cereal, but it is not necessary. Rice cereal, bananas, applesauce, and some other starter foods are actually constipating foods! You can start him on green veggies and/or "P" fruits (fruits starting w/the letter P) which are non constipating foods. Instead of rice cereal you can start him on an oats or barley unless you want to give the rice cereal a try first.
If you do start with cereal make it soupy until he gets the hang of it. I made it soupy for quiet a while as I started my son on rice cereal at about a month old due to his reflux and the pediatrician dismissing it.
Anyways, I would start w/veggies... some babies will refuse veggies if they are introduced to fruits first due to the taste difference. You can start a new fruit or veggie every 3 days.
!And remember baby must still drink formula or breast milk before or after each feeding of cereal and/or purees! That is their main source of nutrition."

make sure your baby is ready for solids though..

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Claire - posted on 12/16/2010

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I was told 6 months by all doctors, my mother and the nutritionist at the daycare my daughter was in when I was in school, including in a course that I took on cooking baby food for my daughter, though some said 5 months is okay to feed rice cereal if your child is particularily hungry. They recommended it because a child's stomach isn't completely healed from starting on breast milk or formula and there are holes in their stomach. When food enters those holes they say that it can cause allergies. I started giving my daughter a couple table spoons of runny rice cereal at 5 1/2 months in the evening before bed to help her sleep better at night. If you are more comfortable, you can put a few flakes in the breast milk or formula at bed time to hold your child over until the AM. Up to you ultimately, but I would advise against anything else but rice cereal until 6 months.

Merry - posted on 12/15/2010

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I'm not big on taking risks with my kids health, so I waited for 6 months.
There's no risk in waiting, there is risk in starting early.
Your choice.

Oh and all the new studies saying delaying solids to 6 months causes allergies, if you read the study you see that they used babies who were formula fed before starting solids.
fORMULA causes allergies, so their study is INVALID because to properly discover if early or late solids acuses allergies you would need to be using babies drinking regular human milk, not artificial formula that carries it's own risks.
So if you formula feed then why not do early solids, the risks are already there for your baby, solids can't do worse then the formula already has.
But if you are breastfeeding, delay the solids as long as you can, longer breastfeeding exclusivity is PROVEN to keep their guts healthier longer, and preventing all those nasty digestion issues.

So since I fed Eric normal, breastmilk, we waited 6 months, and I will wait longer with our new baby until I'm sure it's the right time. As Eric wasn't ready until 10months but I was confused by gerber into trying to feed him solids.

Sarah - posted on 12/14/2010

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I started feeding my daughter rice cereal (very runny) at 4 1/2 months on my doctor's advice. She wasn't getting full enough on my breast milk. She didn't start eating fruits and veggies until she was 6 months.

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oh yea also when baby does chewing motion ( with nothing in mouth) also doesnt do the infant tongue reflex where they spit/ push everything out those are indicators that they are not quite ready. but its up to u to make the judgment call Mom

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Its 4 - 6 months because all babys are different. the signs to look for are when baby pays attention to u eating takes interest in the table food can sit up on own or when propped can hold head up on their own. These are guidelines and precautions so baby can handle it and not choke. Also u dont want to start to early cuz their digestive tract wont be ready. So they say 4 - 6 months cuz babies develop these things at different rates. My baby is 4.5 months and just two days ago we gave it a try. We had done cereal before ( the week before) and then two days ago i gave her sweet peas and she loved it!! goood luck! and make sure not to rush in to it baby will tell u when they are ready :)

TOPE - posted on 12/12/2010

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My baby is just a year and anytime i tryed to feed him on solid he will vomit the whole food in his belly so just try but don't force with time the baby will eat what ever he want cos my baby is now accepting some food he will not accept before. best of luck

Jessica - posted on 12/12/2010

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both my girls started just shy of 4 mnths... Its my belief if baby is hungry feed them... the books and recommendations are just guidelines every child is different.. If baby is never satisfied and is constantly putting their hands to their mouth and their tounge is no longer plastered to the roof of their mouth most of the time but moving around and making eating motions with their mouth then they are generally ready for food... try starting with some farack baby rice only a teaspoon or some mashed banana or avocado

Fleur - posted on 12/10/2010

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According to "You: Raising Your Child" by Dr. Micheal Roizen and Dr. Mehmet Oz, there isn't one rule that will apply to every child. I started my son transitionin g in the 6th month, but they say " 4-6 months when your baby can sit up in a high chair. " They say start 1-2 tbspns of baby cereal with 1-2 oz breast milk or formula in a small dish. Wait a few days to increase if everything is going well to 2-4 tablespoons. I hope this is more helpful, In the book, it is on page 119.

Jeanie - posted on 12/10/2010

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my son has reflux so my Dr tiold me to put a bit of cereal in his bottle. He had baby cereal, mashed plain potatoes and other bland safe first foods (not carrots) by then anyways but they still have their reflex to spit it out. Try anyways and trust your gut. Even if they dont 'eat' it, its a good start to pre-eating introduction in texture and flavor. My son never had a problem, in fact he was less constipated. We often put a tsp of prune juice and a tsp of cereal in the morning bottle to help him poop and not throw up. Now he's just about 11 months and loves to eat, especially if he can shove it into his mouth himself.

Fleur - posted on 12/10/2010

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I am reading this really good book called" You: Raising Your Child by Micheal F Roizen MD and Mehmet C. OZ , M.D.

Brooke - posted on 12/09/2010

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Im not going to read through all of these comments cause I think we have all seen these conversations before.
It is 6 months now, even though there is 4 month jars of food doesn't mean it is right. My daughter was fed from 6 months and this is why..
I know two kinds of people, some were fed from as early as 6 weeks after birth (apparently big babies so they were hungrier). One suffers from weight issues, he has never been able maintain weight. The other has severe bowel issues where she goes weeks without being able to use the toilet from constipation. She had tried laxatives etc and they give her gas but don't actually make her use her bowels. I have also know people without problems. But do you really want to take a chance with the most precious thing in your world... I know I don't!
Therefore I chose to wait until my daughter was 6 months old.. She was fine! she didn't starve until that point.
There are infants over in thrid world countries who only thrive on breastmilk for the first years of life and leave what little food there is for the mother.
So I don't believe there is any infant under 6 months who desperately needs food from being hungry.
If your Dr believes that your baby needs food for a medical reason then do as your Dr advises, but as far as opinions then no.

Chrissy - posted on 12/09/2010

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I believe it is 6 months. This is more of a physiological reason than a question of if the child is "ready". The digestive system is not developed enough before 6 months to really handle solid foods. When you do start, start with rice cereal, and veggies. If you start with fruit they will get used to the sweet taste and not want veggies.

Mindee - posted on 12/09/2010

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Not sure if you breast feed or formula feed, but if you breast feed, the longer you do, the healthier baby will be and the lower his/her chances of allergies will be. They're also 'linking' earlier into to food to obesity later in life. They used to encourage starting baby on rice cereal, but now they say to just go strait to the fruits and veggies. In the end, follow your gut. It's up to you. I always recommend moms do their own research. You can find just about anything on the internet. Best of luck!

Leilani - posted on 12/08/2010

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Well I started my son on solids for lunch on his 4month birthday lol! He loved it! And he eats every different kinda food I feed him! I think from 4months is ok! We fed him pears for his first feed!

Zahra - posted on 12/08/2010

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I started my son at 4 months mainly for the fact that the bottle wasn't fulling him up anymore. To be honest it all really depends on your baby and if they are ready for it. There are a few signs you can look for like them staring at your food when you eat etc

Brandy - posted on 12/08/2010

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I started giving my son rice ceral at 4 months. His bottle wasn't keeping him full and he would follow my spoon while I was eating and was interested in my food. I started the cereal very runny and gradually made it thicker. We did that for 1 month and now he eats fruit for breakfast with a small bottle and veggies at dinner with a small juice bottle. And of course a bottle or two in between. It all depends on when your baby is ready for solids. I would look for the clues and go from there.

Amanda - posted on 12/07/2010

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I introduced my daughter to solids at 4 months, she showed all the signs of being ready and her doctor gave me the okay! I didn't give her that much at first, I would give her a few bites each day that way she could practice swallowing and get used to the spoon. But it depends on the baby. Some just aren't ready at 4 months and some are. I think every parent should do what they feel is best for their baby!

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I was told by my our baby's health care provider that recent research indicates that delaying solids has been found to have caused an increase in allergies among children and that the new recommendation was to start introducing solids from 4 months. On the other hand the nurse at our GP told me no, it's 6 months. I think it depends on your child, my youngest brother ate off my mothers plate from 4 months and was the least fussy eater of all of us and has no allergies at all. My other brother who was breastfeed til he was 3 is obese and has hayfever. I take the research with a grain of salt because studies are finding new things all the time, for example studies have now shown that having allergins such as egg or peanuts before age 1 prevents the child developing an allergy because they're immune system has been exposed early enough to the allergin, advice to delay it has caused an increase in allergies in the last few years.

All that being said, we started at 5 months at the insistence of our baby clinic nurse and it was not a great success and our baby stopped sleeping through and didn't really want the solids until he was older. In fact I think we did the whole solids introduction badly (not so much the age but how we did it, introducing new types of food, persevering with rejected food) and our now 2 year old can eat table food but he's very fussy. He hasn't got any allergies though.

Brittany - posted on 12/07/2010

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i did 4 months with the 1st stage gerber bc she was a supporteed sitter. they say 6 months as a way to help prevent food allergies

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As a nurse I would give the advice of listen to your doctor. As a mother I ignored the doctors and listened to my child. When they needed more than a bottle I gave them cereal and increased their food intake as THEY needed it.

Danielle - posted on 12/06/2010

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I started my son on rice cereal around 4.5 months. He was big for his age, holding his head up well, and 10 oz bottles weren't cutting it anymore. My daughter is 3 months old and she's much smaller than he was at this age and she's still pretty wobbly when it comes to neck control so I imagine we'll end up waiting the full 6 months before introducing her to solids.

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The World Health Organisation recommends the age of 6 months. Most doctors will say 4 months at the earliest. My son started solids at 5 months old as he was drinking more than a whole bottles at each feed- it entirely depends on the baby!

Jillian - posted on 12/06/2010

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I started my son earlier than 4 months. The bottle was not enough for him and he would go through fits because he just wasn't staying full long enough for him. I started trying to up his formula and he never wanted it, so I went ahead and tried some cereal for him. He LOVED it and has been chowing down ever since. We have recently moved up to three meals a day. He will be 6 months on the 13th of December

Faith - posted on 12/05/2010

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with my 2yr old we started solids at almost 4 months. He had cereal in his formula to treat reflux and was already eatting alot. i could never satisfy his hunger so i started him on rice cereal only. once dr okayed solids at around 4.5 months we started other baby foods. he just has seasonal allergies. With our daughter she was a preemie and has trouble drinking plain formula sometimes. So i am probably not goin to be doing the same thing.

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Hi there! My daughter suffers from GORD and one of the symptoms is extreme vomitting, as a result at 4 months my daughter had not even put on 2kg since birth. Her pediatrician (has extensive experience with her condition) advised to start solids at 4 months, she had rice cereal with breastmilk followed by mashed banana, she took to solids like a duck to water! She's been on solids for 2 1/2 weeks now and her favourite foods are banana; apple & pear; Broccoli, Cauliflower & Cheese; potato & corn, rice cereal with apple. She sleeps better now too! I've got the book "what to expect the first year" andit says that you can tell when your baby is ready for solids as they start to make chewing type movements, they try to get hold of your cup while you are drinking, or your utensil while you are eating etc.

Louella - posted on 12/05/2010

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i started slowly on giving my daughter solids. i started introducing it to her when she was able to sit all by her self. and that was at 4 months i didnt always give it to her i gave it to her once a day i gave her sweet potatos for her first solid.

Serene - posted on 12/04/2010

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I gave both my kids rice cereal at the age of 3-4 months because they were both sitting up with support and they were smacking lips everytime i ate something. My daughter is 6 mos and i give her stage 2 baby food because she is sitting up without any support. When i would feed her a small jar of baby food she would cry for more. My doctor told me that i could start her on rice cereal when she was 3 mos and she told me that i can start her on stage 2 since she has been eating the baby food for a while now.

Lise - posted on 12/04/2010

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We did babyled weaning at 6 months. My daughter has never had purees... Her first food was avocado and it's still her favorite.

Lydia - posted on 12/04/2010

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there is no disadvantage in delaying solids, but it can cause the baby trouble if given to early. so 6 months is better.

i know some moms who exclusively breastfeed beyond 6 months and introdced lumpy solids around 10 months, which is fine too. They're not missing out on anything if they skip the pureed food.

Nichole - posted on 12/04/2010

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I waited until my kids were six months. It wasn't that long ago that six months were the standard. But overeager parents who want to get away from the breast/bottle and get their kids to sleep longer pushed it more towards four months. And of course the baby food companies want you to start feeding them earlier. The reason you're supposed to wait until six months, is because your baby's digestive system is still developing. Giving your child food ealier can stress thier system and cause problems. Not necessarily ones that are noticable now, but just think of how many fiber and probiotic products are on the market now because the majority of adults have problems going to the bathroom. I simply wait because I think it's better for my childs health. At six months, and not a day before, I start with some rice cereal that is very thin, thickening it up a little more every few days until it's to the recommended consistency. Once my baby is eating that twice a day(full serving) I start to introduce half a jar of fruit/veggies with each feeding so that their system isn't overwhelmed by all this food when they're used to breastmilk. Also, I give my kids water to drink from a cup while eating to help wash down the bites, and also so they get used to drinking water. Once I weaned my kids, I gave them milk at meals and simply have had a straw cup of water available for them all day long. I almost never give them juice because it's just empty calories. Most people are shocked that my kids actually prefer water to juice. My in-laws always try to fill my daughters cup with juice and she gives it right back, lol. Anyway, I hope this helps you and that you have success with feeding solids!

Mary Renee - posted on 12/03/2010

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I think 6 months is SAFEST, but that said I started my daughter at 5 months. There's a huge difference between different baby's development. Some babies are ready earlier than other. I would never FORCE a baby to eat solids, even if they were 6 months. But my 5 month old was trying to eat everything, trying to grab food off my dinner plate, out of my hands, out of other people's hands. When I finally gave in and fed her solids (I started slowly, only introducing one new food a week) she grabbed the spoon away from me and fed herself her very first time eating.

Sarh - posted on 12/03/2010

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Sonja, try some barley or oats cereal. Rice cereal is low in fiber which is why babies can become constipated from it. Or you can add some "P" fruits or green veggies to the cereal.

Nina - posted on 12/03/2010

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i would wait for 6 mos. i would not risk allergies and other adverse effects of introducing solids early.

SONJA - posted on 12/03/2010

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I GIVE MY DAUGHTER A TASTE OF SOLIDS EVERY NOW AND THEN- BUT I HAVENT YET FED THEM TO HER EVERYDAY. AS A MATTER OF FACT MY MOTHER INLAW STARTED HER OFF WITH NON DAIRY WHIPPED CREAM FROM HER MILKSHAKE. AND MY HUBBY GAVE HER A LICK OF HIS JOLLY RANCHER STICK (THE LONG FLAT CANDIES NOT THE TINY ONES) AND MY MOTHER INLAW ALSO GAVE HER SOME MASHED POTATOES AT THANKSGIVING. SHE IS ONLY 3MO. BUT SEEMS TO REALLY LIKE HER BIG GIRL FOODS. WE TRIED THE RICE CEREAL BUT SHE GOT CONSTIPATED FROM IT SO WE STOPPED.

Sarh - posted on 12/03/2010

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I agree Elizabeth! According to the Gerber website my son's development is not typical for his age and they refuse to let me select sitter for his age.

Sarh - posted on 12/03/2010

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You can start a new food after 3-5days, I've never heard every 7-10 days, but every doctor is different.

Elisabeth - posted on 12/03/2010

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I started my son on cereal in the evening at 4 1/2 months when he stopped sleeping through the night suddenly, and it worked. His doctor told us he could start on baby food at 4 months, but we had to reschedule his 4 month appointment due to my schedule, and the other doctor we saw said 6 months. I think you should just watch your child and figure out when they're ready. And only start one new food every 7-10 days so you know if they are allergic to the new food.

Leaher - posted on 12/03/2010

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my GP advised me to put my little man on solids at 17 weeks because of his reflux, his milk always came back up and he only weighed 10lb! It did him no harm and now hes 11 months and nearly 20lb!

Julia - posted on 12/02/2010

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I think it's a case by case basis. They say when the baby doesn't push it out with their tongue and they lean forward with their mouth open (eagerly) then it's about time. I had a friend who's baby started solids at 3 months. My son wasn't ready until about 4 months, but then he had throat surgery and only recently at 6 months started up on them again.
I would say it's really what you are comfortable with, every doctor says something different. The older they are the earlier they will recommend, it seems.

Candace - posted on 12/02/2010

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My pediatrician told me she starts babies at four months but since my son was born almost two months early he started at six months

Christina - posted on 12/02/2010

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I started my son on the rice cereal at 5 months but waited til 6 months before I gave him Fruits and Vegetables. They tell you to wait until a baby is 6 months old but milk wasnt satisfying my son so I gave him some cereal

Eloise - posted on 12/02/2010

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I started putting rice baby porridge in my son's bottle at 3 months because he was underweight and not finishing the amount of formula he was supposed to at that age. At around 4 months I started with spoon feeding him the porridge and now (at 5 months) baby brand veggies and fruits and yoghurts! I think that all babies are different tho, you will know if he's ready, just try and if he's spitting everything out then you know to wait awhile. Good Luck!

Stifler's - posted on 12/01/2010

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It's more like when they're ready... when they're interested and watching you eat and have good head and neck control.

Anna - posted on 12/01/2010

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We started our daughter at 4 just to see how she would react and she could get an upset tummy so we waited until 6 and she did fine but my sisters little boy stopped sleeping threw the night at 4 months so they started food and cereal and he is sleeping all night again :) hope that helps.

Stephanie - posted on 12/01/2010

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at 3 months i put rice in my daughters bottles, i was told it would stop her from spitting up, started her on rice cereal at 4 months and baby food at 6

Sammie - posted on 12/01/2010

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I started my now 18 month old on pureed fruits at 12 weeks, just a little bit after 3 months. She loved it. By 4 months I was making all her food and she is such a fantastic eater :) She loves fruit and eats anything. The only food she won't eat in oranges. She has been on full cream milk since 12 months. She has no allergies at all and has taken to every now food happily. She loves to try new things (definitely doesn't get that from her Mummy!!) Each child is different, some are hungrier than others etc. Your child health nurse should be able to provide you with some guidance if you need it :)

Sarh - posted on 11/30/2010

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Oh wow! Glad you got it figured out!! Thanks, the allergist is also an asthma specialist and my mom worked for him for years before the economy took a dump and lost her job. So, I know he is a great doctor. I'm hoping it is not asthma as her chronic cough is at night time, but I also don't want it to be food allergies, I don't have any, a small reaction to eggs during my testing, but I eat them w/no problems. She is on Singulair which can help "treat" both allergies and asthma.

Sorry Serena, for getting off topic!!

Shauna - posted on 11/30/2010

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I would agree Sarh no food allergies here either i have heard waiting too long can trigger allergies. My son too had a constant runny nose and bad ezcema at one point i thought it was something i fed him. Turns out hes allergic to Latex and daycare was wearing gloves when lotioning him. Good luck at the allergy test!

Sarh - posted on 11/30/2010

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Also, Shauna, I do agree about the picky eaters! My daughter almost 5yo eats everything! My son is 5 1/2 mo and eats just about everything (that he can at this point).
Also, my daughter does not have one single food allergy!!! Or at least that we know of, she goes for allergy testing on Thursday due to a chronic runny nose and chronic cough since birth. She has had an adenoidectomy and that only helped w/the snoring and not the runny nose.

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