not starting soilds until baby is six months exactly is good or bad?

Shalini - posted on 02/14/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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i have not started solids for my baby as yet as he is not six months, but i see around me all mums have already done it, is this bad on my part?

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Rebekah - posted on 02/15/2010

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my doc told me to start cereal at 4 months and fruits at 5 months and veggies at 6 months. well my almost 5 month old will not eat cereal! and she has no interest in baby food. she dont like the spoon. so if you want to wait til 6 months you wait! its your opinion! im waiting cause i dont want to force something on Laila that she dont want.

Cassie - posted on 02/15/2010

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Only formula or breastmilk should be fed to a baby using a bottle. Cereal and other purees should NEVER be added to a bottle. It is a choking hazard and can lead to sensory issues with a baby later on. Cereal and purees should only ever be fed to a baby on a spoon when they are developmentally ready.

Rochelle - posted on 02/15/2010

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I agree with the majority...your baby will let you know. We started solids when my lil one was 4months that because she was begining to grab and place things in her mouth. She is now 5months, and we try different things in her bottle. We mix the food with the milk...some things she like others she hates. LOL
I recommend try puree the solids and mixing it with the milk before giving it to your baby by itself.

Kelly - posted on 02/15/2010

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As a mother of 4.. Id say your baby will let u know wen he or she is ready. My chilren hae all been weaned at different ages my eldest hes now 11 he was started 2 been weaned at 2 month that cos he wa a gready baby... like all my kids really... my youngest now is 4 months n iv been givin him baby rice sine he wa 3 months thats just cos formula wasnt fillin him any more.... Just read ur baby ul notice signs like they wont go through the nite any longer.. Theyl become more interested in your food n watch u.... I dont think there a right or a wrong time every baby's an individual !!! hope this might help but ur totally doin nothin bad x

Jessica - posted on 02/15/2010

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my doctor put my daughter on cereal when she was 2 months old and said it was fine to give her fruits and veggies as well he said it just depends on the baby some babies need more than just formula or breast milk at different ages. just give him 1 solid food for 1 week so if he has an allergy you will know what caused it.

Carol - posted on 02/14/2010

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Thanks ladies! I had the same question. I might start with cereal if my baby wants when she is 4 months.

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i am waiting until my daughter is 6 months. at her 4 month check up last week my dr. told me to stay on formula, and that's what I am doing,

Melissa - posted on 02/14/2010

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Not bad on your part at all! Babies don't need solids before 6 months. We started my son at 4 1/2 months on rice cereal. It was more that I was itching to feed him off a spoon. It doesn't hurt to do it early, but they sure don't need it. My recommendation now would be not to start it. Why rush it, they need formula or breast milk. At six months, especially for nursed babies, it is more important to start a cereal because they start to need more iron, and breast milk doesn't provide much. I am glad to hear you have been able to stand your ground and do what you think is best for your baby. Don't let anyone tell you you should be feeding him solids because it is just optional. Good luck!

Renae - posted on 02/14/2010

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As Sandra said, you should start when your baby is ready. Your baby will tell you by becoming very interested in eating and do things such as, stare at anyone eating, reach out to grab the food, try to touch your face when you chew to see what you are doing.



You have absolutely done nothing wrong by waiting until your baby is over 6 months. There are lots of professionals who argue that starting too early can cause problems for your baby, but I have never heard anyone say anything about there being a problem with starting too late (within reason obviously).

Sandra - posted on 02/14/2010

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As the mother of six children I can tell you that none are alike. You should take clues from your babies actions. My youngest baby was reaching for my food and trying to eat it while I was eating and very interested in eating at a very early age. We actually started her at four months old. However, some of my children were'nt interested till well over 6 months old and it seemed a waste of time to try. My daughter is nine months old now and eats voraciously at times and very little at other times. Just remember no honey or cows milk till after a year old except yogurt is fine.

Cassie - posted on 02/14/2010

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No. There is absolutely no need for an infant to have anything but breastmillk or formula until they are a minimum of 6 months old. It is even ok to wait longer than the recommended 6 months. After the age of 6 months until the age of 12 months, solids are to be supplementary to breastmilk/formula. They are simply practice for your baby. Everything baby needs until 6 months or later is in breastmilk/formula.



If you are interested, you can look into baby led weaning in which the baby only starts solids when he is able to reach for food, grasp it, chew it, and swallow on his own. In baby led weaning, baby food purees are not offered, rather, the child is allowed to try age appropriate food off of mom or dad's plate. Just a suggestion in case you are interested. You could always google baby led weaning to learn more about it. :)

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