Solids

Michaela - posted on 08/06/2010 ( 57 moms have responded )

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Has anyone started their april babies on solids yet ?
Cody is 3months 2weeks and had her 1st can yesterday!

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Melaina - posted on 08/18/2010

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Leona, when your baby is constantly hungry despite normal feedings, and/or they start mimicking your eating, then you'll know they are ready. We introduced my son to cereal at 4 months because he would literally eat all the time and try to grab whatever we were eating. My almost 4-month-old daughter doesn't seem anywhere near ready, though she is starting to watch with more curiosity as we eat. Despite the "rule" being 6 months, I've only rarely met babies who make it that far.

Nicole - posted on 08/07/2010

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my doctor actually recommended it so my little girl put on weight she loves it i was hard at first because she wasnt used to it but i think between four and six months is fine i know friends who started earlier than 4 months and their kids seem fine all babies are different!

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Chantelle - posted on 08/23/2010

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my son is is just over 4mnths, my doctor reccommened that i start him on soilds when sent in to get his 4month needles, as he was showing sings of wanting more! he absolutly loves eating!!

Cathy - posted on 08/22/2010

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Hi Michaela. I started with rice cereal (the 1 that u just add water) once a day when Maddi was 3 months old. Just gave her a teaspoon for the first week. She would never get full on formula. When she turned 4 months i slowly introduced purity. I was told that it's best to begin with fruit. I started with banana cos thats the least sour out of all the fruit. After 4 days i started with the veggies. She now absolutely love sweet potatoe and butternut. It's best to feed 1 specific kinda food for a few days to see how baby likes it and if it has any adverse effects. She'll be 5 months on the 3rd and she's eating twice a day. Cereal in the morn & purity between 5 & 6:30. The reason they recommend u start later with solid is because kids might develope allergies if u start off to young. Want to hear a shocker? My mom fed me oats when i was seven days old...

Bethanie - posted on 08/20/2010

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hey :D:D my buba zack is going to be 4months on the 30th, we started him on solids just before he was 3months by a few days, he was hungry all the time, he abserlutly loves his food, there isnt really anything he doesnt like, the dinner and ceral baby rice boxes are really good, easy to use and work out alot cheaper than jars, zacks really good with lumps, he'll eat anything tbh, good luck x

Amanda - posted on 08/20/2010

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I started my daughter on Barley cereal at 3 months when she started showing interest and hunger beyond nursing. She was a pro from the start. I havent yet started her on anything but the cereal but I intend to the next time the fruit truck is in town and I can get some great fresh veggies.

Jenny - posted on 08/20/2010

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my daughter is 4 1/2 months and i started her on solids when she turned 4 months and also give her about 4 oz of apple juice after she eats her foods!!! I did the same thing with my first child!! All depends if your kid is ready or not!!!

Janice - posted on 08/19/2010

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My first baby, I started her on solids at 5 1/2 half months because that was when she was showing an interest in food. I tried my 4 month old on some rice cereal, and even though he did eat it, he actually got quite an upset stomach from it, so I figured his digestive system just wasn't ready. I will try again when he is a bit older. Breast milk seems to be doing the trick for him at the moment, and he is thriving on it. I make my own baby food too. My daughter loved what I made her, and I'm hoping that he will be the same. Experts say six months to avoid allergy risks and digestive imbalances, but anytime between 4-6 months is fine as long as they are showing an interest in the food that you are feeding them.

Eliete - posted on 08/19/2010

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I am wonder everybody say we need wait until 6 month to start with solids, but my pedc told I could start now at 4 months old. some one know why??

Anna - posted on 08/19/2010

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yea..I started my son on Solids a few days before he turned 4 months and he loves it!! he makes me laugh because he hates peas but he'll eat green beans..whats the difference in the two?

Keren - posted on 08/19/2010

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i started mine on rice cereal a week ago and it has been going great! talked to dr before doing so and they agreed he was ready.

Going to skip right to vegetables (stage 1) next week.

My son was born 4-7-10

Trust your instincts

Shell - posted on 08/19/2010

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Hello, My baby is 18 weeks old and has been eating cereal since she was 10 week old. She has been eating solid baby foods since 16 weeks now. She is doing fabulous with it. She sleeps 12-13 hours per night. She was also born one month early.

Diana - posted on 08/19/2010

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My Doctor told me to hold off on feeding my son solids until he is five months.I know that my son is wanting to eat solids because he is displaying interest in foods but I am waiting because he has some medical issues. He has had a few problems with choking just taking medicine so I have to wait. But I am so ready for him to be able to have solids. He seems to eat all the time. Aidan is already 15 lbs with out solids

Natalie - posted on 08/18/2010

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Leona - I know what you mean! Ultimately you spend the most time with your child so listen to your gut, it can't hurt to start early if your baby needs it or seems to want it but they suggest between 17-24 weeks as their stomachs aren't quiet ready to digest before them - but gosh if you baby looks keen - give it a go - they may not even like it and then you know you will have to wait a few more weeks!
Good signs to know they are ready are;
1. When they watch you eat - our son Oscar was watching us from about 12-13 weeks but became really interested in how the food was 'disapearing' from about 15-16 weeks and started to open his mouth when we took bites! I think they just watch first and then suddenly thy start to look at it differently!
2. Putting EVERYTHING in their mouth (this is also a developmental thing they learn at 4 months though)
3. Waking through the night when they used to sleep through - Oscar was sleeping from 10pm till 8am from 8-9 weeks and in the last week or two he's been waking for a 3am feed again (he's now 17 weeks!)
4. Eating more frequently - Oscar has always eaten lots during the day (7-8 feeds where everyone else in my mother's group has their babies only eating 6 times). This didn't worry me as he was sleeping through the night but now he's not I've realised he's still hungry so we've given it a go!
I was hoping to hold off until Oscar was at least 20 weeks but he just seemed so ready for it and like another mum said - if my baby is hungry I'm going to feed him! He was 17 weeks on Tuesday so we started him then (I'm in Australia so it's now Thursday as I write this!). The real clencher for us was watching my partner eat an ice-cream of all things! Oscar would open his mouth everytime his dad took a bite and when it was finished - gosh did he (our son!) have a 'tanty' - needless to say I think he's going to have a sweet tooth when he's older!
He hasn't been too keen on the baby cereal but suprisingly is quiet willing to go back for more.
Hope this helps!
Nat

Noam - posted on 08/18/2010

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Where I come from (Israel) it is accepted to start tastings at 4 months and then full meals as of 6 months. My daughter just turned 4 months old and I started mixing rice cereal w/ her formula. I can tell that her system needs time to adjust- so i'll gradually let her taste veggies and fruits that i'll steam up at home for her. I was told to first let her taste the veggies and only then to start w/ fruits b/c they are sweet. We'll see how it goes. This is so exciting!

Jennifer - posted on 08/18/2010

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My son is 4 months old and I just started him on bananas this week. I was going to wait until 6 months but my son is giving me all the signs he is ready (can sit up, watches intently while we eat, and was anxious to take the first bite.) I would be cautious to start your baby before 4 months old as their digestive systems aren't ready for solids yet. You should read this article just to be sure you want to start so early. http://www.askdrsears.com/html/3/T032000...

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I have been tempted but am waiting for my 4 month appt.
How did it go? and what did you feed him?

Loleta - posted on 08/18/2010

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Nope my daughter is a preemie and will not be able to process the food. My doctor says 6 months the earliest.

Njideka - posted on 08/18/2010

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i seem to be way behind in the solid food department. Odein turned 3months on 26th pril when i started him on 1bottle of formula amidst his breastmilk. Last week we added a night time formula feed and noticed it made him sleep better/longer, i plan to introduce a 3rd formula feed this week. he still eats only between 4 and 5oz but he seems to be developing well still, we ighed in at 13.2Ibs at his 3month check. at this rate we will get to solids in the prescribed 6month mark.
well done to you all with such advanced babies :-)

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Yes my son is on solids once a day and is 4 months tomorrow, I gave him solids at 3 months and he ate pears (kind of likes) and pumpkin an sweetcorn which he loves! --- My parents gave me solids at 3 weeks old and I was eating a whole bowl of baby cereal by 4 months and I turned out completely fine (I had a extremely fast metabolisim an breastmilk an formula was not enough for me) yet my sister refused solids until 7/8 months - so each and every baby is different as to what stage they start.

Victoria - posted on 08/17/2010

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wait until your baby is 17 weeks then she will be able to digest properly. I weaned my first son at 17 weeks (last year) and I will be weaning our second son when he is 17 weeks my eldest is a great eater and very healthy.

Tammy-lee - posted on 08/17/2010

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ur baby will let u know when they r ready in there own way if not its just triel and error if they r not ready they soon let u know that too

Erin - posted on 08/17/2010

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I have not and unless he acts hungry and his formula does not fill him, I will not do it untill 6 months. The doc's and capital health say the digestive system is not mature enough. I am in no rush.

Eliete - posted on 08/17/2010

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I just started, he is 4 month now, I make his own, i am giving a lot for him, like avocado, bananas, apple sauce1# and vegetables same times i give most of them, potatos, carotes, swet paptotes, and same times i mix 2 of them... he is doing well... I just wonder because he doesnt like juice, i try few of them and he doesn't drink, after 1 hour he eats he ask for his breast milk!!

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My son has eaten rice cereal since he was 2 months, but never put it in their bottle. :] Also, last week he started eating sweet potatoes and tried apples for the first time yesterday. He loves it. I know doctors always say wait but babies have been eating real food for years and have been fine. I think it's perfectly okay.

Karen - posted on 08/16/2010

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My little girl is 4 1/2 months and hasn't tried solids yet, I'm not in any hurry mainly cause I can't be bothered with the preparation side of things again yet lol, she's a healthy 8kg baby so I don't feel like she needs it yet and she is still sleeping through the night, maybe once she starts waking I will have to start thinking about solids :) Good luck!

Tiffany-nichole - posted on 08/16/2010

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my daughter will be 4 months in 2 days and i have started her out w bananas and applesauce... she also eats a bowl of rice cereal in the morning when she wakes up and before she goes to bed..

Renee - posted on 08/16/2010

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My doctor also said around 6 months, but everyone I have spoke to said they started with rice cereal/oatmeal at about 3-4 months. Slade will be 4 months in a few days so Im still up in the air! Thinking about starting him shortly.

Jessica - posted on 08/16/2010

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My daughter is 4 months and I havent started her on solid foods yet.I wanna get the Go Ahead from the doc before I do so.Ive heard to wait until they are six months old.

Roimee - posted on 08/16/2010

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Nope not yet, my pedia said to start solids at 6mos. so i have to wait until he was 6mos before feeding him solids, his fine with the milk for now.

Jennifer - posted on 08/15/2010

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my little girl just turned 4monthes 3weeks ago (aug 2) we started out rice cerial when she 2 or 3months and now she has been on solids for about couple of weeks her favorite is pears and peaches

Titilola - posted on 08/15/2010

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No I haven't started my little April Diva on solids yet. I'm not going to until she's 6 months.

Raana - posted on 08/14/2010

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Nahh not yet...my baby is 4 months but the Dr has told me to start it from the 6th month , he says until the baby takes 30 oz of milk per day they dont recommend it !!

Krystle - posted on 08/14/2010

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I started Grace on rice cereal in the bottle at about 1 and a half months, but just at night because the bottle was not satisfying her. I know the doctors say no, but in reality if it was hurting her, Grace would have let me know. at about 2 and a half months I started her on applesauce cause the power where I live went out and Gracie was screaming at me. I pulled out the applesauce and she LOVED it. Did that for a week then Bananas, She loves those even more. I did sweet potatoes for 4 days.. She doesn't like them too much. Then I had her try peas for 4 days and she likes those, except when my dad is around... she'd more interested in her grandpa then food. lol. Last night I had her try carrots and she enjoys those too. I'm a very happy momma. I know the doctors say 4 months, but honestly all doctors are different. My sisters doctor said 3 months to start them on solids. It is to each there own. Plus Grace immediately took to the spoon so she was more than ready. :)

Jessica - posted on 08/14/2010

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Haven't started him on it yet. He'll be 4 months in 16 days. I think I'm waiting until 4 months, that's what the doc said. We have tried some rice cereal and he just spits it out so far.

Becky - posted on 08/14/2010

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I started both of my boys on rice cereal at 3 1/2 months and they did just fine. Doc said not until 4 months, but hey my now four month old was starving at night. He loves the rice cereal mixed with breastmilk. We have been doing it a little over a week and he now lunges at the spoon! I think it may even be time to increase the amount to more than one tablespoon.

Diana - posted on 08/13/2010

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My girl will be 4 months on the 15th and there is no way that I will be giving her anything until at least 6 months old. There digestive system is just to young for that, they have found that giving food to early can cause problems later when you are older and that is exactly what happened to me so I will not take the chance for that problem for my daughter as it is in no way any fun to have all these problems. Everyone is entitled to do what they want and so as for me I will discuss it with my doctor when I see her but until she turns 6 months I won't do it, just want to protect my little one. My doctor has already told me no food until 6 months anyway and I trust she knows more than I do.

Allison - posted on 08/13/2010

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my baby has been on rice and baby food (stage1) since about 2 1/2 months. i have found that the oatmeal works better for him though because its thinner than the rice and mixes better. so i give him a scoop (i use the scoop out the formula can) for every 4 ounces of formula. and then he usually eat 1/2 jar to 1 whole jar in the morning and 1/2 jar at night if he is still actin hungry. might not be best for him. but he spits up his milk so bad an i think he holds down the solids better.

Whitney - posted on 08/12/2010

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My son Chase just turned 4 months on the 7th of August and we have been feeding him rice cereal for three weeks now. We have also tried squash and he loves it. No fruits though, don't want to spoil him off of veggies.

Sandy - posted on 08/12/2010

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I have started Savanna on Solids and she is doing wonderful with it and she is 3months old, we have done sweet taters and green beans and squash and pears. She dont like banannas or sweet peas. But just be careful on not too feed to many Orange color food for your baby will turn Orange

Stephanie - posted on 08/12/2010

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My daughter will be 4 months old on the 21st and she is already eatting solids. She is mostly eatting fruits and she loves it. I know the peditrician at the hospital when I had her told me that if she is drinking formula every 1 1/2 to 2 hours it means that it isn't satisfing her. I am currently stationed in Germany so she is getting the 4 month old German baby food which needless to say I have to ship some home before I leave here next year. She loves it. I think I am going to just stick with it while I am here.

Cassie - posted on 08/12/2010

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Yess i started my little Girl Ella with rusk mixed with breastmilk bout 4 days ago now.. some babies are ready alot earlier than others x

Lesley - posted on 08/12/2010

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they say 6 months but my son who is now 3yrs old was on solids at 3 months as he was fed every 2 hours and my little girl who will be 4 months tomorrow i started her with solids last week,i did try rice and that but she spat it out so tried with veg and she loves it, i think you know when your child is ready for solids x

Vanessa - posted on 08/12/2010

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Yes - Al's a big boy! The health visitor suggested it as he is over 14lbs! She suggested a couple of weeks on baby rice then adding fruit and veg for a couple of weeks then adding meat and fish in a months time.

Denise - posted on 08/11/2010

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yes, my son will be 4 mo. next week. I started giving him rice cereal and he spit it out so now I am mixing bananas with it and he likes it better. My doctor says wait till 6 mo. unless they are still eating every 2 hours then I could give it to him.

Jessica - posted on 08/11/2010

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I started my son on rice cereal in his nigthtime bottles at two months and at 3 months i started giving him cereal with bananas in the morning and a veggie for dinner. He loves it. It was a little awkward at first since he wasn't use to a spoon but gradually they get the hang of it. I use the gerber baby food in the plastic containers and they are just fine. As long as you start out with the stage 1 since it is thinner that the other stages i dont think there is a problem with starting them early. Every mom i know started their baby on baby food before the "recommended" time. You know your baby best so im sure whatever you decide will be just fine :0)

Arielle - posted on 08/11/2010

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My Son Is 3 mon.and i started him on solid food at the end of 2 mons... he really loves it and i havent had problems with him with it yet.. i geuss it all depends on the baby and the parents.

Kristy - posted on 08/11/2010

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Our Paediatrician said its safe to start at 3.5 months but just on baby rice cereal as its low allergenic. After 4 months you can introduce vege's one at a time. When they start getting interested in you eating that's a sign their getting ready. And drinking more frequently and crying after as though they're still hungry.

Sarah - posted on 08/10/2010

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My son is 3.5 months and I think he is ready for solids. I have been puting cereal in his bottle for about 4 weeks now and he is fine. Dont do it all the time but at least once a day. Going to start feeding him veggies in about a week or two. Doctor said it would be fine just feed him one thing at a time so if he has a reaction, you know what it is. Never hurts to try things. Dont push it.

Leona - posted on 08/10/2010

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Im having this same conversation with my partner. His mates had there babies on food by 11 wks so hes pushing to try her. Im not sure what to do as they say 6 months shes 3.5 so ill wait a few more weeks but im not sure if this is the right thing to do. She is very hungry and drinks milk constantly. What are the signs that a baby is ready for food?? I would love some help.

Kristy - posted on 08/07/2010

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Our Paediatrician said you can start from 3 and a half months. Some babies are "hungry babies" and need the food. Only rice cereal to begin with as it's low allergenic and then after 16 weeks, introduce potato and other vege's - bland foods first as they develop a sweet tooth. I started my little fella on solids at 14 weeks but stopped after he got sick recently. He's 16 weeks now and doing well with an increase in formula so might wait another week and see how he goes before I start again! Definitely making my own food. The jar stuff is terrible...lol

Ashley - posted on 08/07/2010

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I recently started my daughter on it and she is 4 months and she seems to really like the bananas. haven't talked to the doc but honestly if she is gonna be chewing on stuff and is eating it just fine and no intestinal problems so far, then I'm gonna keep giving it to her

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