when did u start letting baby try solid foods? and what food?

Samantha - posted on 04/04/2012 ( 11 moms have responded )

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my daughter is 10 weeks old, shes a big baby, she was 13 pounds 9ounces when she got weighed last week. She doesnt sleep through the night she still gets a bottle every 3 hours and wakes up crying for it. I was thinking of starting to let her try some baby rice or something.. what did u give your baby to start off with, and what age?

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Cynthia - posted on 04/10/2012

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Starting solids early has been linked to food allergies and childhood diabetes. I'm not starting my daughter on solids until about 6 months, which is what is recommended. The signs that people point to (sitting up, holding her head up, tongue-thrusts, interest in me eating, etc.) are all there with my 11-week old, but I'm still not going there. Breast milk only for my kiddo for a few more months. I'll likely take her straight to fruits and vegetables to start rather than go with cereal.



Also, I've had friends experiment with giving formula at bedtime (formula-fed babies supposedly sleep longer) or cereal mixed into the bottle to try to get their babies to sleep longer. It doesn't work. She'll start sleeping longer when she's ready. Until then, nap when you can.

Janice - posted on 04/07/2012

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It is 100% normal for babies to wake through out the night at 10 weeks. Their tummies are not ready for solids, so you should wait an absolute minimum of 4 months. The cereal thing is a myth. Every baby is different. My daughter wanted to feed all night - roughly every 3 hours for many months. However my son who is now 4 months has been sleeping through most nights (9-5) for about a month. Both breastfed and born at similar weights.



I started my daughter with rice cereal - bowl &spoon - at 4 months. I think I will be waiting a bit longer with my son and start with pureed veggies & fruit.

Emily - posted on 05/11/2012

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Delaying solids until the appropriate age is not an example of "children running their mother's life." It's called following healthy guidelines based on the most current research. Cereal in milk is most certainly a solid. It requires entirely different bacteria in the gut to digest, which is why it's not appropriate for young infants.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 04/06/2012

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WAY to young for solids. Recommended ages are 4-6 months. 6 months is the best. She needs to be able to sit up on her own, hold her own head, and show interest. Things like tongue thrusting will be your sign. That is normal for her to wake up every 3 hours. Do not give rice and all that other crap it is not good for them. Just increas your ounces of formula or BFing more frequently. She could be going through a growth spurt, and during those times they need to eat more. 10 weeks is TOO YOUNG for solids or adding rice or other crap to her formula. Don't doit.

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Jillian - posted on 04/18/2012

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It really just depends on what you and your baby are comfortable with. Cereal in milk is not a solid!!! Mothers are killing themselves because their children are running their lives. My son is not king of my domain. He is 3yrs old and a healthy a healthy can get. He loves fruits and vegetables he isn't overweight.

Danika - posted on 04/17/2012

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When my son was 4 months old, I started feeding him pablum mixed with formula. When he was 6 months old, I started giving him apple sauce, he loved it. He is currently 3 years old, and loves everything.

Jillian - posted on 04/17/2012

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I started giving my now 3 year old son cereal when he was 8 weeks old. The difference between our children is that he was sleeping through the night at 13 days old and he was drinking 4 oz. every 4 hours by that time as well. Try her as soon as you're comfortable with it. Every baby is extremely different. Good luck!

Sarah - posted on 04/13/2012

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My boys were both big as well. I started them both around 4 months with some really really watered down rice cereal. Stuck with the rice cereal for 6 weeks or so gradually decreasing the liquid so it was thicker. But talk to your doctor if you're concerned baby isn't getting enough to eat. I wouldn't think most would suggest starting solids quite this early (though when I was a baby, my doc recommended my mom add a little cereal to my bottle which helped between feedings). As for waking during the night, most do at that age.... mine continued to wake for food until 13 months and 14 months. At 10 weeks she should be feeding every 2-3 hours still. It's tough on you, but do the best you can!

Rebekah - posted on 04/09/2012

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Yes, I agree with the others that say she's too young. I started all 3 of my kids on rice cereal at around 5.5 months (when they could sit up completely unassisted in a high chair). Then started with purees (veggies, then fruits) at 6 months. It did absolutely nothing to help their sleep.



My first (son), was waking every 2.5-3 hours until he was 6 months old.

2nd (daughter), slept 8 hours from about 6 weeks.

3rd (son), is almost 6 months old and still wakes about every 4-5 hours (and he eats rice cereal daily).



The only thing that changed when I introduced solids was that it slowed down their digestive system, they stopped pooping every single day, and were constipated more often.

Vicki - posted on 04/07/2012

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6 months, and straight to table foods is what we did. Waking and feeding every 3 hours is normal for a bub her age. My boy was slightly bigger than yours at that age, size doesn't really have anything to do with the need for solids or not.

Emily - posted on 04/04/2012

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Please please please do not start your baby on solids at this early age. Her tummy is just not ready for that yet. Being a big baby, eating a lot, waking up at night.. none of these things are reasons to start solids (in fact at 10 weeks, it's NOT abnormal to still be waking often to feed). The currently recommendation is to wait until around six months. This is when a baby's tummy is mature enough to digest more complex foods. Starting too early you risk your baby's health, both short-term and long-term.. not to mention the high choking hazard.



I messed up w/ my first and started too early, with my second I knew better and waited until SHE was ready for solids, which meant she was trying to snatch stuff off my plate! She was eight months. Her first food was applesauce.



Even when you start solids, breastmilk or formula should be the MAIN source of your baby's nutrients for the first year of life.

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