at what age would you give your baby solids some say 4months some say no way wait till 6months

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Sarah - posted on 07/18/2010

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13 weeks ago i had my 3rd child, my oldest is 6 yrs old and when she was 4 months i gave her solids same with my 2nd and that was 4 yrs ago. Now they say wait till 6 mth why whats changed it didn't hurt my two girls i think just do what you think is best for you and your baby i will Xxx

Karen - posted on 07/18/2010

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I started my son on baby food at 2 months. he gets cereal in his night time bottle. and one thing of baby food every night. do veggies first for bout 1-2 months then introduce fruits. if you introduce fruits first all they want is sweet tasting foods which is what causes obesedy in infants. once they get really good at eating veggies then you can give fruits. i gave him fruits for like 2 days then gave veggies for the rest of the week and each week i added one more feeding of fruits now he will eat either. whatever you do DONOT just give him only orange food!! it will turn ur baby orange!! i did this with my newphew when his mom was on her deployment! it will reverse it self but it takes a while. but still gine them fromula or breastmilk. i give him his baby food then about 2-4 ozs of formula. it is up to ur baby. if they eat it they are ready if they dont they arent ready. i recommendan infafeeder. you can order it online. it is a bottle made to help the transition to solids. it works wonders! once they take that really good then start spoon feeding. my son will be 3 months on the 22nd of july and he eats by spoon. kinda long sorry but i hope it help!

Elisha - posted on 07/13/2010

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Both my boys where a month old and getting cereal in there bottles i started my oldest around 3 months on baby food and I just started my 3 month old on baby food a week ago mainly when they started watching me eat and could hold there heads

Tila - posted on 07/13/2010

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they say as soon as your baby can hold his head on his own. which is around 4 months. i have 4 children and i started them all on cereal at 4 months. just the single grain cereals though. i would wait for the mixed grain until 6 months old. when you introduce cereals for the first time start only one at a time and wait a few days before trying different kinds. this way it will give you time to see if your baby has any allergies to it.

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Jessica - posted on 08/31/2010

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my doctor told me every baby is different wait till there at least 4 months and then just when ever there milk isnt filling them up any more u know u should try cereal but start with it really thin and slowly get up to what the box says.but my little girl is breastfeed and my doc says sometimes breastfeed baby dont need cereal untill there a year old and that is good for them.its kind of what im hoping for i want her to be a baby as long as possible and she is already doing more than most kids a month older than her.

Kim - posted on 08/30/2010

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My daughter is almost 5 months and I started her on solids last week. Mostly due to doctors recommendation. She was already up to 40 oz a day and still hungry. I would talk with you dr about their eating habits and make a decision from there. If they are showing the signs of wanting to eat might as well try.

Sarah - posted on 08/29/2010

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I have heard both but call and ask your doctor. My daughter is just over 4 months and has started on stage one baby food. And she really seems to enjoy it! We started her on it the day of her 4 month dr appt and she gave us the OK that she was more than ready. :)
Hope your little one enjoys the new taste!

Sunet Smit - posted on 08/27/2010

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Ive started my baby of 4 months on baby cereal about a month ago, but i only introduced it to her very slowly I dit not give it to her every day, only a few times a week so that her tummy can get use to this new type of feeding, bcause it is new to them. about a week ago i started giving it to her everyday twice a day, thus far everything has been going very well. I don't see any harm in giving them solids at a young age as long as you give them the right food for their age and don't try all sorts of stuff that will just mess up their whole tummy, it needs to get use to one thing at a time.

Sunet Smit - posted on 08/27/2010

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There are foods that doctors and sisters at clinics know of that do give allergies like eggs and yoghurt and there are some other as long as you don't give these to the babies untlill it is no-longer a threat "if you can call it that" for them to get allergies they won't get allergic. but first make sure which other kinds of foods also contribute to allergies and don't give those to your kids until the threat is over for them to get allergies.

Katie - posted on 08/27/2010

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We definately wanted to wait until 6 months, but my daughter has acid reflux, and wasn't gaining at the rate in which she should because she wasn't keeping enough calories down. Her pediatrician wanted her to start on cereal for the extra calories. (She's 4 1/2 months, so she could start solids anyway) From what I've heard, you can start at 4 months, but it's still best to start at 6 months. If you start at 6 months, you have a less likely chance of them having weight issues, and less likely of them having food allergy's.

Sunet Smit - posted on 08/26/2010

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with my son i started at 3 months but only with baby porridge and after that at about for months start with soft vegetables. I know sisters at the clinic and the dieticians say that you should'nt give them anything before 6 months or so and sofar my son and my daughter of 4 months with wich i have started solids has had no negitive effects of that. Just don't give them eggs before they are a year old that i know is bad for them.

Heidi - posted on 08/25/2010

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The Dr. told us to start our daugher on rice oateal or barly cereal (one time a day) for 3 weeks at 4 months then start a veggie after 3 weeks of cereal. When starting fruits and veggies give them the same thing for three days straight so you know what they ate if they get an allergic reaction. Good luck

Brandy - posted on 08/25/2010

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my son is almost 4 mo n he has been acting hungry after he was jus feed then he would watch us eat we jus today started him on solid foods n he loved it i think u should do it when u wanna start

Brandy - posted on 08/25/2010

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i started givin mine bavy cereal when he was a month and a half old and hes fine

Katie - posted on 08/25/2010

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I say talk to your dr. & when your ready you will know, and you will know when your baby is too, most of the time they look for your babys weight to have doubled, being a supported sitter, and things like that.. I started my daughter at 2 and half months with a infant feeder. 1oz of food daily to introduce her to tastes and smells, then after time I started spooning the food to her, and once she got ready to eat from spoon and swollow I started her on daily food meals (baby food that is) but my daughter was born almost 10 lbs so she needed alittle more then most babies and food will help slow weight gain when its going outta control because of the formula. but talk to your dr first, mine suggested rice cereal at first.. but you will know but look for basic signs like i said above double weight able to sit supported, and practing with spoon i would let my baby chew on spoon (while i was RIGHT there with her) and she got used to what it was then came home from work and just tried spoon feeding and she opened her mouth to spoon and swollowed food PERFECT!!

Carine - posted on 08/25/2010

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I started my son on Rice cereal when he was 3 and a half months old, pediatricians does not recommend it but I strongly do. 4Months is a good start. My son has reflux and when I started him on solids he barely vomited like he used to, he gained quite a few grams though but he is doing so well now. He's stronger and much happier!

Rachel - posted on 08/24/2010

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We have two little guys, and the first one we started on rice cereal at around 4 months simply because that is what the doctor reccomended and he was a VERY fast growing little boy. (At two and four month he is almost 40 inches and 35 lbs) With our newest little guy, we have had our trials and tribulations. We were told to give him a bottle of breastmilk with cereal to help his reflux and to help him gain faster because even though he was very large at birth, he failed to gain fast enough to keep up with his age group. That constipated him very badly, so we stopped, and at about three months we started feeding him avacados to help give him the boost of healthy fats he needs to gain with his age group. We still also breastfeed and now at four month he eats 6 tablespoons of fruits and vegetables every day. Two of fruits and 4 of vegetables, but he was also fast to develop and be able to sit on his own, and lose his tongue thrust, and most importantly, he was interested in solids and opens his mouth for the spoon and refuses when he is full. It's really up to you and your baby when to start, but I would definitely suggest laying off of the all cereal diets in babies. It constipates them and also puts them at higher risk for obesity and diabetes later in life. Hope this helps!!

Liz - posted on 08/24/2010

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I actual just started my 17 week old on solids today. I sat her in her bumbo chair and fed her 1st stage carrots. She loves them. It took some getting use to but she got the hang of it. I have been putting rice cereal in her night bottle since 6 weeks also. As long as your baby can hold her head up and not spit the food back out with her tounge reflex then she should be fine. I didn't have and gas or constipation issues, in ave she slept better. Every baby is different. Just ease her into. Doing one meal a day and see how she responds.

Allison - posted on 08/24/2010

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I started my 4 month old on rice cereal because he started waking again in the night wanting to eat after sleeping through for 2 months, and he was also showing tons of interest when i was eating. However he became constipated and didn't poop for 6 days, in which he got prune juice to help. So now we are giving him barley cereal as it is supposed to be less constipating and so far so good. It all depends on your baby and yourself.

Bethany - posted on 08/24/2010

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I tried solids with my little one and she's 18 weeks old. Not a good thing! Fussy and gassy. So I've gone back to getting up in the middle of the night feeding her. I'd rather get up than have a little one cry in pain.
My older two were on solids by now. I honestly think it just depends on the little one.

Nicole - posted on 07/29/2010

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thank you so much everyone for all of your advice its been very comforting to know im not alone!!! great advice will take from it what i need to!! :)

Cristie - posted on 07/27/2010

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My pediatrician recently said usually from 4 months unless you have a premi like me. Also, the general rule of thumb is once baby can hold their head up well and seem interested in food (watching you eat and looking like they want to try it out). Anywhere between 4-6 months is good. :)

Amber - posted on 07/27/2010

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With my older daughter i waited till she was 5 months old. And from what the docs told me and what i read, do not start any earlier then 4 months, and they will let you know when they are interested. ie is interested in what your eating, trying to reach for what your eating things like that.

Katie - posted on 07/27/2010

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I also bought a feeder bottle to introduce her to soilds couldnt find it in store but i bought it online sassy brand works AWESOME. plus i hear that its best when they are that young to start them with feeder bottle so they can get used to smells and tastes and by this way you can know what they like and dont like, spoon feeding at first was horrible for her, i think i will wait until 6 months to start that ordeal...

Katie - posted on 07/27/2010

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My daughter was born at 9lbs and 13 oz, by the time she was 2 months she weighed 12lbs the dr said it would be a good idea to introduce her to solids (rice cereal) so i tried it but it stopped her up so i went to the store and bought some organic baby food, and she loves it, so i started giving it to her only once a day right before bed. but now at almost 4 months i give it to her in the morning and before bed...

Cassie - posted on 07/27/2010

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when u fell your baby is ready but dont leave it too long because your baby will be verry fussy with there food x

Hollie - posted on 07/26/2010

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My daughter will be 4months august 2nd an i just gave her some rice cereal an i also tried oatmeal cereal but just a lil bit an she seems to take it well i bought a feeder today an ima try some applesauce tonight but its really up to u an u will kno if the baby is ready by how its body reacts to it but good luck!!

Brenda - posted on 07/26/2010

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my son's Dr. told me to wait until he was over 4 months old but he was eating 8 oz. of formula every hour and a half at 4 weeks so i started him on single grain rice cereal, and he did very well on that. he will be 4 months on the 1st and he's getting teeth in, trying to crawl, and can almost sit up by himself. he also watches anyone that has any kind of food. and would much rather have baby food than formula, he even "chews" his food so to speak.

Amanda - posted on 07/26/2010

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babies will let you know when they are ready... as many already stated AAP recommends introducing solids between 4-6 months. if you try it and baby isn't ready, then she'he will let you know, don't force it if they keep pushing it out (they arent ready). also, unless your Dr. tells you too, its not good to put cereal in a bottle. solids should be introduced by spoon, if baby can't use a spoon then they aren't ready, you shouldnt need something to "transition them from bottle to solids". I recommend checking the AAP website for more guidance on feeding.... better safe then sorry...

Aleksandra - posted on 07/26/2010

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I'm Polish, and in Poland they introduce solids quite early. My daughter is 3mths and one day old, and yesterday she got baby rice for the first time - she was so happy, she slept really well at night and has got no allergic reaction so far. If she is ok,I'm going to introduce mashed carrot and potato next week.

Mary - posted on 07/20/2010

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the american academy of pediatrics says that infants 6 months and older can handle solids. they *used* to suggest that 4 months is a good age to start but they now know that the longer you wait the better it is for your infant.

http://action.web.ca/home/nutritio/attac...


i, however, will wait longer than that to start solids as baby's dont need solids until they are 9-12 months. i know that the longer i wait the easier it will be. delaying solids proctects baby's digestive tracks longer making it easier for them to fight of potential illnesses, avoids allergies by giving the digestive system time to mature, helps protect baby from anemia, and helps protect againt obesity.

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

Wendy - posted on 07/18/2010

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With our first, we started introducing beginner baby food and rice cereal at about 3 and a half months of age (due to communication breakdown when he was born he was given formula without our consent and after 3 full months of trying very hard he just did not want to breastfeed). Our daughter is just now almost 3 months and until last week she only ever had breastmilk, although we do plan to continue breastfeeding as much/long as possible (had my birthday and wanted to have a couple glasses of wine). We plan on introducing beginner baby food around 4 months. We hope to keep her tummy full a little longer, so that I can spend a little more time with her 22month old brother as well. And hopefully get a little more sleep at night! Toddler + infant = very tired!

Kirsty - posted on 07/18/2010

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hiya hun my little boy is now just over 3 months and he has started to have baby cereal just before bedtime due to he wakes up about every 1 - 2 hrs if not. It all depends on your baby, i have only done this due to my son is a very hungry baby he is already on the hungrier baby formular and is having 7-9 ozs and is having about 5-6 feeds in the day time plus what he has through the night and his food. you know your baby better than anyone else so do what you think is best, if you think your baby is fine on milk then stay with it but if your baby is hungry i would introduce food. I hope this has helped hun

Jodi - posted on 07/18/2010

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When i had my oldest who is now 3 i was told by my early childhood nurse it's not recommended to feed solids before 6 mths because their digestive system hasnt developed enough yet & they can have problems later in life. Started my boy after 6 mths & he is happy & healthy, my youngest is 3mths & i'll be starting him at 6mths too.

Elisha - posted on 07/16/2010

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Forgot to mention my youngest son was put on rice cereal by his doctor at his two week check up because he has reflux but most important your baby will let you know mine where ready for baby food at 3 months they'd drink 8oz and still hungry

Lisa - posted on 07/16/2010

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I just started giving my son rice cereal a couple of days ago and so far so good-he doesn't push out with his tongue anymore so he is ready in my eyes. He loves it-I think you should trust your own judgment with this.

Sherry - posted on 07/16/2010

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It all depends on your baby. my first one started eating cerael at around 5 months. They have to be interested in food. Some kids are perfectly content on breast milk or formula for the first 6 months, and that's ok, but if your child watches longingly as you eat, they might be ready for solids. No matter what you do, your baby will be okay. There really is no right or wrong answer here!!

Katie - posted on 07/13/2010

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I would start rice cereal at 4 months if you want, but I plan to delay really introducing food as a staple until 6 months. This is a personal decision. My little guy is doing quite well weight wise on breastmilk and I don't think he needs any extra calories early!

Cj - posted on 07/13/2010

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I'm breastfeeding and I'd prefer to exclusively breastfeed until she's six months old. I figure that the sooner you start them on solids, it's that much closer to having to change really stinky diapers. I'm alright for changing breast-milk diapers for now, LOL. However, I am considering mixing cereal and breast milk for her before bedtime feeding, after she turns four months.

Ashley - posted on 07/13/2010

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my little is eating rice ceral with alittle bit of breastmilk. because the breastmilk isn't filling her up. i put 1/2 teaspoon in a bowl and use a spoon to feed her because she can hold up her head by her self. but that just me. i was told if they seem interested in your food she might be hungrier. but its all up to you. and what you want to do. if you know your baby is still hungry and formula or breastmilk isn't doing it give her or him some rice ceral ..your around your baby more than anybody else

Katherine - posted on 07/13/2010

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my son's doctor told me that they have changed there minds ten times in the last century about when to introduce solids and that we are one of the only countries in the world that delays introducing foods. Most do it within the first few weeks of life. You should know better than anyone when your baby is ready. My son has almost tripled his birth weight, has lost his tongue thrust (when they push all the food out of their mouth to keep from chocking) is a supported sitter and is very interested in solids, at only three months old. I get a lot of slack from people for giving him food, but i agree with his doctor, and he's doing beautifully with his new diet. Personally, i wouldn't listen to anyone but your doctor, and your instinct.

Susan - posted on 07/13/2010

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I waited until 6 months with my older son, and I will wait until 6 months for this son also.

My doctor said their tummies are still developing, and isn't ready until then. Although I've heard anywhere between 4-6 months. But some moms have already starting using cereal in formula on this board and others I read. But if there is not a medical reason, I feel no reason to rush it. They have their whole life to eat solids, and cereal doesn't have nutritional value that the breast or formula will provide. Kind of long winded, but hoped it helped some.

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