Too early for oatmeal and fruit??

Felicia Neikolle - posted on 11/05/2010 ( 18 moms have responded )

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My son is nearly 10 weeks old and according to what the online advice sites has the skills acquired that he should have to begin feeding him at least oatmeal and fruit (holds his head on his own or with help, when on tummy can fully support himself on his arms with elbows fully extended and moves pureed food front to back with his tongue) but I don't know if this would be considered too early for him. My oldest son started about this time too b/c he was being breastfed and I wasn't producing enough to sustain him. I am not breastfeeding my 10 week old but he seems to get hungry too often from just the bottle (IMO). When did you start your baby on oatmeal and fruit?

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Emily - posted on 11/09/2010

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If the baby is still hungry try adding an ounce of formula/breastmilk to each feeding. When they are still sucking, & the bottle is empty then they need more. Adding cereal too early is not good b/c they cannot digest it properly yet. They only need formula/breastmilk until about 6 months (i actually started about 5 1/2 months b/c she was grabbing for food on my plate). It is also not recommended to put rice cereal in the bottle b/c they need to learn that food is taken from a spoon.

Sarh - posted on 11/06/2010

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I started my daughter on rice cereal and veggies/fruits at about 3 weeks old, she was already sleeping through the night before I started this, she was a big baby. Born almost 10lbs. I was breastfeeding and it was not enough.
W/my son who is almost 5 months old, I started him on rice cereal and purees at about 4 weeks old, he was also sleeping through the night before I started him on the solids. I only started him on solids because he has reflux and the pediatrician was ignoring it so I had to take matters into my own hands and w/breastfeeding him obviously I couldn't switch formulas till one helped. Both of my babies have done awesome w/the early solids.
My daughter will be 5 yrs old in Jan and she is not obese, she is 65lbs, but 4 feet tall!! She does not have one single food allergy, IMO babies who were not introduced to solids until 6+months have a higher risk of developing allergies. She also does not have any digestive issues.
If you do start w/purees start w/veggies because they are less constipating.
Here is a link about constipating baby foods. http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/constip...

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Momof1 - posted on 11/09/2010

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You can start a baby on solids at 4 months, but you should really wait until 6 months.

Aubrie - posted on 11/09/2010

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Yeahy just thikin the bottle with some rice or what ever you pick. also get the nipple with the X in it. it will help alot!!!! i would do bbay food yet!

Aubrie - posted on 11/09/2010

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Im not exactly sure on how old my son was .. im guessin probably.. 4 months somthin i know it was right away. i started him on oat meal in his bottle bc the formula would notttt fill him. n now hes a year and a month old he is fine and is not extra fat or anything either(:. And i think im gonna have to do the same with my daught bc shes starting to not get full for very long off of formula. hope i helped (:

Lise - posted on 11/08/2010

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Sarah 6-8 oz of formula every 3 hours, right? Because breast milk is different...

Sarah - posted on 11/08/2010

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I would suggest talking with your doc. 10 weeks is generally to young to start cereal and fruit. Cereal is usually started a few months before fruit or veggies. Some people recommend starting veggies before fruits due to the sweet nature of the fruits. There are also certain things to do and watch for when introducing food to make sure there are no allergies. So talking to your doc first would be a good idea. The internet is a good resource, but you can also find just about anything good AND bad on the internet for advise. They should also be drinking about 6-8 ounces every 3 hours before you start any kind of food. Milk is what gives them the nutrition they need the food really holds no nutrition at this age, so it is important that they are getting enough milk and not decreasing in their milk intake when you start food. You baby will grow fast enough...don't try to rush it even though it is fun to go to the next stage you never get to go backwards in their growing process....so enjoy it now.

Camille - posted on 11/07/2010

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I think 10 weeks is a little young for oatmeal and fruit. I started my son on some rice to thicken his formula for reflux. If your son is showing signs of hunger and feeding him extra bottles is not helping, then I would thicken his formula with rice before I would give oatmeal and fruit. My sons nurse told me to give RICE ONLY until the doctor said it was okay for other types of cereal because that can result in allergies, rice doesn't. I would try that first, and ask the doctor as well. Then maybe when he's 3-4 months you can add in veggies. I say veggies because studies have shown babies who were introduced fruits before veggies favored the sweetness and had a harder time taking in the veggies. So start him on pureed avocado (closest thing to fruit for now lol) and other greens. Then after a month of greens and rice cereal, introduce fruits. Do each for 3 days in a row at a time, so in case the baby does form an allergic reaction you can know what the cause was instead of wondering if it was the oatmeal, bananas, or applesauce, ya know? In the end, you are the mother, you know your baby, trust your instinct but also go slow. His tummy is so new and small amounts of thickened formula just may do the trick and hold him off at least til he's 4 months.

Danielle - posted on 11/07/2010

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He's too young. It's not only about being able to hold their heads up and work food well in their mouthes, it's about the size and development of his little tummy. Maybe try some plain rice cereal but I wouldn't do oatmeal or fruit until he's at least 4 months old.

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Way too young end of...4 months is the very earliest, preferably 6 months. We started weaning our son at 5 1/2 months.

Roxanne - posted on 11/06/2010

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Your baby is too young, do him a favor and wait until he is 6 months or so. I nursed my son every 2 hours for 3 months and at 4 months he gave me a break, he nursed every 3 hours LOL!! lucky for me he was sleeping a full night by week 5.

Sharol - posted on 11/06/2010

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10 weeks is definitely way to young. Also they don't recommend you giving fruits until you've gone through ALL the vegetables, due to the fact your baby will not want to eat them since fruits are sweeter. I would wait until your baby is 4 months.

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10 weeks is too young. They used to recommend starting solids at 12 weeks but we now know that babies digestive systems are still too immature. Wait until he is 4 months at the very least. 6 months is better. If he seems hungry, offer him more frequent feeds. Breastmilk/formula is all he needs.

Nikkole - posted on 11/05/2010

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i started my little girl with rice cereal at 4weeks BUT she has refulx and i only put 1teaspoon per ounce because if i didnt she would puke everything up i would do what you think is best but i just started her on fruits and veggies and shes 4months

Liz - posted on 11/05/2010

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We introduced our b/g twins when they were about four months old to baby food. I think 10 weeks is too young, and when you start out you shouldn't start with oatmeal. They reccommend starting with rice because that is the most basic and the least amount of babies have an allergic reaction to. Also I'd suggest starting with veggies because they arn't as sweet as fruits, and the baby may not want the veggies if they start with fruits.

With my youngest who will be four months on the 12th we are gearing up to start him on baby foods soon.

Cassie - posted on 11/05/2010

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10 weeks is much too early. Your son is barely out of the womb and you're wanting to introduce solids already. All he needs is breastmilk or formula at this point. If he still seems hungry, give him more. Any solids you would be able to introduce would be less nutrient dense than breastmilk or formula and most likely have fewer calories.

I won't be introducing any solids to my daughter (who is 4 months) until she is somewhere between 6-8 months when she can grasp soft, mushy foods on her own and bring them to her mouth herself.

Lise - posted on 11/05/2010

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I waited until 6 months, which is the current recommendation. What makes you think he's hungry too often? Keep in mind that babies bellies are the size of their fist. They should be eating small quantities frequently.

Also, between birth and 3 months is one big growth spurt. Babies eat more at that time, which is common.

http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/solids...

The 6 month guideline is for the development of your baby's gut.

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