When is the earliest to start a baby on solids?

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Quoting Bernadette:

This is something I am very passionate about, WHO (World Health Org) says 6 months and no earlier, now the above post states that the earlier the more chance of allergy's, I would like to say that Women are feeding their babies later in life then EVER before and yet there are more allergy's then there ever were FACT. Now I would like to know how someone can say that earlier causes food allergy's? From what I have heard the earlier the better (I do not agree with a very young baby eating solids) as the baby actually builds up its system against the food you are giving him/her. Women used to feed their babies cows milk from BIRTH and weetbix from 2 -3mths for the hungry babies, people in my generation and my parents generation have less food Allergy's then the children and babies now, I ask you, How does that happen?
I would urge anyone to stop "following the pack" and find out for yourself, first hand and with your own research Best of luck..


http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/early-s... - Again, please read the article. It is very informative and answers the above questions and more.



No website can replace your pediatrician's advice, but the following are comprehensive explanations from well-respected sources...



From about 1/2 way down the (wholesomebabyfood.com link) page:     "It is said that infants have an "open gut" or a "virgin gut". This state of the gut (intestines) extends from birth to between 4 and 6 months of age. "After birth the gut mucosa is challenged by a myriad of antigens, from viruses to commensal microbiota and dietary antigens. Although controlled in the mature gut, these antigens may induce inflammation in the developing gastrointestinal tract."



Studies have shown that an immature gut may allow whole proteins, microbes, pathogens and possibly bits of foods to pass into the bloodstream. It is quite possible that this is a causative factor in developing food allergies and "colic"."



http://www.askdrsears.com/html/3/T032000... - From AskDrSears.com, the supplemental website to the Sears' parenting library: 3rd paragraph:    "Baby's intestines need to mature. The intestines are the body's filtering system, screening out potentially harmful substances and letting in healthy nutrients. In the early months, this filtering system is immature. Between four and seven months a baby's intestinal lining goes through a developmental growth spurt called closure, meaning the intestinal lining becomes more selective about what to let through. To prevent potentially-allergenic foods from entering the bloodstream, the maturing intestines secrete IgA , a protein immunoglobulin that acts like a protective paint, coating the intestines and preventing the passage of harmful allergens. In the early months, infant IgA production is low (although there is lots of IgA in human milk), and it is easier for potentially-allergenic food molecules to enter the baby's system. Once food molecules are in the blood, the immune system may produce antibodies to that food, creating a food allergy . By six to seven months of age the intestines are more mature and able to filter out more of the offending allergens. This is why it's particularly important to delay solids if there is a family history of food allergy, and especially to delay the introduction of foods to which other family members are allergic."



Please keep in mind that too-early food introduction is not the only cause of either environmental OR food allergies. Our children's bodies are exposed to many, MANY more chemicals in general throughout childhood than we or our parents were ever exposed to during that time. Also, the state of medical research is currently lightyears ahead of what it was even 20 years ago, and early detection and reporting of allergies is much more common and comprehensive than it has ever been before.



I agree that one should not "follow the pack" - even if, unfortunately, the pack sometimes includes our parents or grandparents.

Eleisha - posted on 10/14/2009

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I know that most people say between 4 and 6 months, but in reality, you have to go with your gut. If you think your baby is ready, give it a go. If it doesn't work out, then leave is a week or so and try it again. I nannied for 4 years before I had my first child, and I introduced the little boy I nannied for to solids and 3 mo (with the permission of his mum and dad). He has never looked back. He has NO allergies, and has always eaten all his veges and was never a finicky eater. My daughter was 3 1/2 mon when i gave her rice cereal (she had stopped gaining weight and was not settling for her sleeps or at night). She improved immediately. Now at 4 mo and 1 week she enjoys 2 meals a day, farex and breakfast and veges at tea, and does not have any issues. Good luck and remember that you know best!!

Bernadette - posted on 10/13/2009

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This is something I am very passionate about, WHO (World Health Org) says 6 months and no earlier, now the above post states that the earlier the more chance of allergy's, I would like to say that Women are feeding their babies later in life then EVER before and yet there are more allergy's then there ever were FACT. Now I would like to know how someone can say that earlier causes food allergy's? From what I have heard the earlier the better (I do not agree with a very young baby eating solids) as the baby actually builds up its system against the food you are giving him/her. Women used to feed their babies cows milk from BIRTH and weetbix from 2 -3mths for the hungry babies, people in my generation and my parents generation have less food Allergy's then the children and babies now, I ask you, How does that happen?
I would urge anyone to stop "following the pack" and find out for yourself, first hand and with your own research Best of luck..

Lindsey - posted on 10/12/2009

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The earliest my doc said was 4 months. I tried to start my son on rice cereal at 3 months, thinking that since he was such a veracious eater he would be ready, but he was not. At 4 months their stomachs are mature enough to try out rice cereal. Try that for like 2 weeks to see how it goes and then start introducing a new food a week. The Gerber website is a wonderful tool in helping to know if your baby is ready for the next stage of eating

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Tere - posted on 06/22/2013

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3 months?isn't that too early?i've heard that babies usually start eating solid foods on their 6months to avoid alergys

Kara - posted on 06/21/2013

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I started on 3 months as he was a big baby and ready for food. His first meal was avocado. No food allergies ever! My

Sara - posted on 10/18/2009

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I think a lot of mothers of newborns think about giving solids when their child just doesn't seem "satisfied" by milk or formula alone. However, when going through this with my own child, and a group of mothers with children of similar age, we discovered that this usually ended up being the signal of an impending growth spurt. Other cultures don't feed newborns solids until MUCH later than we do in the western world. We're always in such a rush, aren't we?

Keep in mind also, cereal and baby food have MUCH less nutritional value by volume than breastmilk or formula. Really, solid food shouldn't really be considered much of a source of nutrition for the first few months they're on it.... It's more for learning about taste and texture. Not to mention... the addition of solids brings a whole new world of stink to the diapers!

I think Kyrsten's post is great, and has a lot of good information. I also think that there are LOTS of reasons why more kids have allergies now than they used to. Pesticides and antibiotics and growth hormones in our foods... well, those are all relatively new, too!
Good luck with whatever you and your pediatrician decide!

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Talk to your child's doctor before making any diet changes. Pediatricians are urging parents to wait for as long as possible to make sure your child's tummy's are ready. Introducing foods too early can lead to problems down the road such as food allergies. Babies only need breastmilk/formula for the first 6 months. Look for signs of readiness such as: baby being able to sit up unsupported, lost tongue-thrust reflex, can hold food between thumb and finger...etc. Your doctor can help you figure out when the right time is.

Cleo - posted on 10/16/2009

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i started feeding her solids when she was at the end of her third month about a week going into her fourth.

Carly - posted on 10/15/2009

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I Started Mt Little Girl Girl When She Was 4mnths Thats The youngest you can start! just The little stage one jars will be fine they have got the age on each jar anyway x hope this helps honey x

Brooke - posted on 10/15/2009

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6 months.. any earlier and it may or may not harm your baby, I wouldn't take a chance

Ashlyn - posted on 10/14/2009

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my son starting eating baby food at 6 weeks do to the fact he was a very big baby and couldnt go full just on milk alone just see what your baby does and if he can handle it or not

Megan - posted on 10/14/2009

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I started my son on solids when he was 3 1/2 months old. He just wasnt filling up on milk alone. He had good head control and was very interested in what I was putting in my mouth and still is. I started him on rice cereal then a banana.

Bethany - posted on 10/13/2009

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AAP and WHO both say that you should wait *at least* six months before starting solids.

I personally waited 10 1/2 months before starting, but that's just personal preference.

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The general recommendation now is between 4 and 6 months, 4months being the very earliest. Any earlier than that, and you increase the risk of food allergies as you introduce more solids. It is not good to put rice cereal in a baby's bottle, as it decreases a baby's ability to know when they are full, which is important as they get older.
Here is a great website that explains the reasons behind these precautions: http://wholesomebabyfood.com/early-solid... They have a LOT of good info about feeding in general, what to start with, and when to introduce certain foods, etc. Very helpful! :)

Claire - posted on 10/13/2009

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I started mine at around 8/9 weeks he was 10lb 7oz born and i just couldnt fill him with milk. I gave him baby rice off a spoon tho I wouldnt advise putting it in the bottle as it makes them have to suck harder and it can leave them frustrated. Hope that helps.

Vanessa - posted on 10/12/2009

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I started rice cereal with my baby at 3 weeks(mainly as a family choice). And my doc was okay with that. She is an old fashion doctor and isn't so anal about things like these more modern doctors. My daughter has handled it well...i just started with the 1tbsp and increased every 5 days by a 1/2tbsp. But its whatever you feel comfy with. I was okay with it since my grandma and mom had done it with all there kids including me.

Tania - posted on 10/12/2009

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I have also been told by doctor that 4 months is the earliest for solids, I would ask your doctor if unsure as their bodies are not ready any earlier. my son did not start until 6 months as he was pretty satisfied with breastmilk alone. All the best :-)

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