is it ok to eat solid food in four months old baby?
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Gail - posted on 02/28/2010
2003 the World Health organisation Recommendation changes from the 3-4mths (1994) to weaning from 6months.
A bit of history for you. (taken from Baby-led Weaning by GIll Rapley and Travey Murkett - an intersting read if nothering else but does make a lot of sence and will give you a few ideas for food to)
At the turn of the centuary most babys were breast fed by either their mother or wet nurse but attitudes changed and advise given to feed at certain times so the mothers milk wasnt enought (like now aways were feeding on demand is the way to go, helping to produce enought milk) requiring other milk/food. Baby food on shelves only came on the scene in the 60s and was aimed at 6mths onwards and in 1994 could put from age 4mths onwards as these were the guidlines of the day.
Each baby is different but if they are healthy and wetting/soiling plenty of nappies then why rush to wean them. Also by waiting till they are 6mths you can give them almost any food (watching the salt and sugar content of course) but will be more eager to feed themselfs and no need to purify all the foods down as will be able to cope with texture and will love being given finger foods.
Anyway as the saying goes MUM KNOWS BEST so good luck in what ever you choose. Enjoy the messy times and have a camera ready to.
Stephanie - posted on 03/01/2010
Like most ladies said, your baby will let you know when he is ready for solids! my baby boy would stare at my food and open his mouth when i would eat. it was so cute! so i started him on rice cereal about 3.5 months. and now hes 4.5 and starting veggies! it so much fun to watch them try new things. have a great time!!!
Fiona - posted on 03/01/2010
yes ihad my eleven year old on solids at twelve weeks and my four month old twins are on them three weeks now .i started them of very slowly maybe two three spoons three times aday for aweek or so ..now their having breakfest diner and tea and they love it .i always think when a baby starts staring at you eating its time to start them ..good luck
Sarah - posted on 02/28/2010
You'll Know When Your Baby Is Ready To Eat Solids. Look For Signs, Like If They Open Their Mouth When Something Is Coming Towards Them, Grab At What Your Eating, Can Move Their Food Back And Fourth With Their Tongue **Start With Baby Cereal, Then Work Your Way To Oatmel, Then Veggies And Fruits, Then Other Solids. You Just Want To Be Safe And Make Sure Your Baby Isn't Allegric To Any Foods.** Good Luck!! (:
Kate - posted on 02/28/2010
My ped told us to start fruits at 5 months and veggies at 6, cereal at 4 months. My baby would not take cereal out of a spoon, although he had already been on cereal in his bottle because of reflux. However, we decided to put fruits with his cereal, and he has been eating it like crazy ever since! His bottle was not satisfying him! Everytime we eat, he stares at us and makes chewing motions, so we thought he was ready... Every baby is different and every ped is different... Just watch for signs of allergies...
Angie - posted on 02/28/2010
We started our son at 3 1/2 months because he was hungry all the time. We found a brand called Ella's organic baby food at Babies R Us. This baby food says it's made for 4 months plus where all the other says 6 months plus. It also introduces them to alot of foods you wouldnt normally get with Gerber or Beechnut. He absolutely loves it, especially the pumpkin banana... It is a little more money wise but watch they run it on sale alot for 10 for $10.
Cheryl - posted on 02/28/2010
i was a pediatric nurse before i had my baby so i wet o what i used to do at work. i started rice cereal only at 3 months then moved on to veggies trying one at a time to make sure he wasnt allergic to anything. then fruit same as veggies then i started meat at 6months. it all depends on your baby though. is ur baby getting enough to eat? is your baby on a schedule? is your baby able to sit in a highchair? when you start, use a very small amount and tap ur babys lip with the spoon, if he opens his mouth (or her) then he should be ready. good luck!
Samantha - posted on 02/27/2010
I started adding a little bit of rice cereal to my daughter's bottle when she was 10 days old. She didn't care for it too much so I stopped for a while. She is now 2 months old and I've been making rice cereal and adding about a teaspoon of bananas or applesauce to it. I tried a feeder bottle that introduces solid foods to babies,but she didn't like it. So I use a baby spoon. She seems to like it and she hasn't had any problems with it. You will know when they are ready. The formula seems like its not quite enough for her.
Rebecca - posted on 02/27/2010
my doctor said that the earliest they recomend startings solids is 4 months, and he latest is 6 1/2 months. she said to start with really runny cereal, and to have fun with it, if they spit it out, wait a week and try again, no pressure, it's more on thier time.
Jenny - posted on 02/27/2010
I have read in books and also been told by my doctor that starting baby food too early is linked to obesity and allergies if started prior to 6 months. Some people say this is incorrect and go ahead and start their baby on food. If this is the case for you, most doctors recommend starting with veggies first. Fruit is sweet and once a baby tastes fruit, they want fruit instead of veggies. I have also read and been advised that when introducing foods, introduce one food over a period of three days. If there is going to be an allergic reaction, it will usually happen within that three day window. If all is well, then you can introduce the next new food over three days and go from there! I personally am waiting until I hit the 6 month mark with James.
Amanda - posted on 02/27/2010
with my eldest two (age 12 and 11) it was recommended you start at 3 months. so i did. with my 18 month old i was told to breastfeed or formula feed til 6 months before starting solids. (things changed so much in the intervening years!) so i just went with it. i didn't find much difference really. 3 months is a little harder when it comes to getting them to try it but they grew well and were healthy. with my toddler starting at 5 months WAS a bit easier as she took to it much more readily. although she seemed to gain weight at a slower pace. honesly i say just go with what feels right. you know your child better than anyone.
Alesha - posted on 02/26/2010
We started jar foods @ 4 months with both of our girls. When we had our first daughter (4 years ago), we were told to start jar food at 4 months. Our pediatrician (same lady as before) told us not to start jar food until 6 months, with our now 4 month old, due to allergies. We give our daughter plenty of time to get used to one food before we start another, so we can watch for any signs of an allergic reaction. Do what you think needs to happen!
Michelle - posted on 02/26/2010
Yes. They now recommend 6 mths but if your baby seems ready then go for it. All 3 of my children i started weaning at 4 mths and had no problems. Just keep to fruit and veg until 6 mths and stick to one thing at a time so if they have a reaction u can pin what it is. Signs they are ready are drinking loads of milk but not seeming satisfied, staring at u eating. Good luck!!
Emily - posted on 02/26/2010
Starting solids too early has been linked to higher chance of allergies and obesity.. I would wait if you can. Really there should be no rush unless there's a medical reason. I know it's "fun" to start solids, but often their tummies just are not ready. Plus their poop is a whole lot smellier after you start solids ;)
Eleanor - posted on 02/26/2010
I can tell you your baby will decide for you try them with a little puree of baby rice if they like it stick with it and watch for any signs of ill health (checking poo is the best sign of any problems) if they don't like it don't force them wait a while.
Lisamarie - posted on 02/26/2010
Hi, I'm in England and they advise to start solids at 6 months. With my three year old daughter, I was told by the doctor to put her on solids at 4 months because she was a hungrier baby, but with my 7 month old, I was told to wait until six months! I think all babies are different but your baby is getting all the nutrients it needs from the milk, so there really is no need to start until 6 months unless advised by a doctor/health professional! Hope it helps! :)
Alicia - posted on 02/25/2010
My baby is 3 days shy of 3 months old and he started on solids!He wasn't getting enough with his bottle...and he was ready for the cereal because he didn't spit up at all and didn't have a hard time eating it... your baby will let you know in his/her own way =)
Rebecca - posted on 02/25/2010
I just went to the pedi yesterday for Adrionna's 4 month visit and she said to start her on solids 1st foods. not to give her juice cause it's just suger and that she didn't need water till 6-9 months and even then only a few oz's. every pedi is different so it's pretty much up to you on how you want to do things... Good Luck!!
Louise - posted on 02/25/2010
it is recommended you wait till your child is 6 months old before you start them on solids, however both my girls were hungry babies and by 4 months milk (even hungry baby milk) was not filling them up so i started them on solids. you will know when your child is ready
Tamara - posted on 02/24/2010
i started my son at just before 4 months as he was stealing my food lol n not being satisfied by his bottle so i found it ok but your baby might have some constipation problems from putting him/her on solids and becareful of allergies so try a food then wait a day or so before giving it again incase of problems hope it helps :)
Danielle - posted on 02/24/2010
i started my son on rice cereal first he was 4 months then at 4 1/2 months i started veggies once he went through all of those it was on to fruits(give a minimum of 3 days per veggie to make sure they r not allergic to anything). good luck!
Nikki - posted on 02/24/2010
we started at 4.5 months because my son was eating 12oz of formula a feed,... they recommend you wait til 6 months because of allergies and their digestive system... your baby will let you know if they are ready... if they arent the will constantly spit it up when you try to feed them, if so try again next month and see if it works
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