Baby food @ 2 Months. Too early.?

Katie - posted on 03/07/2010 ( 35 moms have responded )

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My sister in law has a baby boy about 2 months now and she gives him baby food instead of formula when he is hungry. She says he eats about 8 to 10 oz of formula at every feeding, so she substitutes some formula feedings with baby food. I personally find that too early. Her doctor told her that she is overfeeding and is going to cause him to become obese and having eating problems. He was 8 lbs 12 oz when he was born and he is 2 months and weighs almost 16 pounds. My son is 3 months and weighs 14 and only gets formula. I am not planning on giving my child baby food until around 5 to 6 months like your supposed to. She told me that it keeps him fuller longer and that she doesn't go through formula like crazy. She also started giving her son half rice cereal half formula at 2 weeks old. I think she is trying to rush things and I believe in the long run he is going to get really sick. He like projectile vomits really bad. What do you all think.?

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Nicole - posted on 11/26/2011

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wow i think its funny how many of you moms are bashing another mom...lets see..well first off my baby was born at 7lb 12 oz and doubled his weight by his 2 month...that was without baby food but he did have cereal in his bottle...so is my child going to be obese because he doubled his weight in 2 months? also all of you are moms havent you noitced that once your baby starts crawling and walking all that baby weight starts to shed off...like i said before my pediatrician said as long as your baby has the skills to swallow food it is ok for the baby to eat it...every pediatrician has their own ways of raising babys and one will say one thing and the other will say the complete opposite..like for instance kirsten's doctor said dont even think about it until 4 months where my doctor said theres no reason not to give it to them around 2 months...so again they are there to be your guide and you deicde what is best for your child..also if a baby is eating to much its really not that difficult to figure out..they either one will continue to spit it out of their mouth...or they will constantly be throwing it up because there is too much in their belly's..unless there is acid reflux involved but thats completely different...but what katie says is kind of confusing?? the doctor said his stomach was expanding but he was digesting it very well but he was also projectile vomiting...clearly his stomach was not digesting it very well if he was projectile throwing it up..and that would be a clear sign that something is wrong and if the baby is not healthy if they are throwing it up..once again every baby is completely different..like for instance a child normally sits up on their own around 4-6 months but mine baby is 3 months and has been doing it for a couple of weeks alreayd by himself...so clearly you have notice every baby is different and every baby has different growing patterns and digestive systems.. my child can eat babyfood and have no problem..ive been feeding him baby food since he was 2 1/2 months old..hes not obese the doctor said hes perfectly healthy and is just growing faster...so let me ask you this have you ever noticed on the baby food containers they say 4 months so to al you moms who says OMG not until 6 months um gerber would not be able to put that on their containers unless it was ok to feed thge baby at 4 months duh!! and to all those moms who think even 4 months is to young sorry wrong again...yes you are correct in saying that formula has the nutrients the baby needs but that doesnt mean you cant put in some baby food in there...baby food also has other nutrients that formula does not have...dont hate on other baby;s moms just because your child does not have the skills to swallow food yet...EVERY BABY IS DIFFERENT...are you not going to let your baby walk at 7 months because the normal time to walk is around 1 year?? now that just sounds silly to me...and to candice..do you even know what your talking about?? my son has no food allergies how the hell do you get food allergies from eating to early...your baby may be allergic to foods but dont become allergic to foods if you eat to early thats the silliest thing i have ever heard make sure you read up on that before scaring people about that...again there is no need to help her she is doing what she feels right for her child...and to stephanie why is it that you definitely not agree with the baby food..if you did exaclty what half of these nimrods did on here your not supposed to feed your baby rice that early either..are you gonna listen to them on that..no your not because you feel that your baby needs cereal in order to keep the formula down..how do you know that her baby wants more than just bottles all the time..we dont even know the whole story..we were just told how her sister is replacing some bottles with baby food..do we know how many bottle the baby is getting fed a day..what if the baby is getting 8 to 10oz ever 4 hours? i think replacing one or two of them a day is not a bad idea...my son eats 3 8 oz bottle a day and 2 baby foods a day..if he doesnt want the baby food in the morning i wont feed it to him but he normally always wants the one at night time..you get to know your baby..dont force your baby to do anything just because you think he or she should be like every other baby..i actually feel bad for all the moms who feel all their baby's have to be exactly the same and do exactly what statistic says..you do realize statistics is just the average of all baby's throughout the years..that is why pediatrician are always changing their ways..that is why before embilical cords used to be wiped with alcohol and where now they say to leave them alone and they will fall off without anything...Jessica thank god you are a fresh of breath air..im so happy one mom is in their right mind..i would continue to go on but i think some of you know now how bashing someone feels...next time you want to tell someone their doing something wrong why dont you look at what your doing and realize your not perfect either..lets look at it this way..at least her child isnt starving...and to all the other moms on here who agree with jessica and feel that only the mom really knows best thank you..for all the rest i hope your child turns out as perfect as you are...

Nicole - posted on 11/03/2011

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well im a new mom and i told my pediatrician that my baby was very hungry all the time and he was eating 6 oz every 4 hours at 1 month..then he told me to start spoon feeding him cereal...i asked him again just to make sure i heard him right and he told me that there is no reason to not give them cereal this early as long as they have the skills to sallow it...so i tried it and timothy hated it so instead i put it in his bottle and everything was great..then i had asked my friend how her baby was sleeping 10-12 hours through the night for her because my baby at 2 months still was waking up every 4 hours on the dot...so told me to put 3 oz of cereal in a 6oz bottle...i asked my pediatrician and he said instead of that go back to 8 oz bottle and at lunch feed him fruit and bottle and dinner feed him fruit cereal and bottle...the only thing i changed was instead of just fruits i give him one vege and one fruit...i dont want him to just get used to fruit and not like veges...so this is my baby's schedule..8oz bottle at 5am with 4-5 scoops of oatmeal cereal, then at 10am vege, then 12pm 80z bottle with 4-5oz of oatmeal cereal, at 5pm fruit, then at 8pm 80z bottle with 7 scoops of cereal to make him sleep longer...again its probably not perfect but he sleeps from 8:30 - 5:00 and hes growing healthy...i believe pediatricians are there to help guide you and steer you away from any really wrong desicions..let your sister know that she should replace her baby's one feeding with just baby food because the baby still likes the feeling of sucking on a bottle and there are vitamins and nutrients in baby formula that baby food does not have..they need these nutrients this young at life for healthy growing...but i do not see any problem with giving a baby food thsi early..as long as they are able to swallow it correctly then they are ok..they say to wait from 4-6 months because most baby's do not have the capabilities to swallow at 2 months..i hope this helps..right now my baby is going to be 3 months on the 18th of november and doctor says he really healthy just growing faster than normal..he is the height and weight of a 4 month old but not at all obese just a happy growing baby..

Darlene - posted on 11/11/2011

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Although I believe that there are circumstances where babies can and should be given cereal early (both my sons started at 3 months. My mom started me at 6 1/2 weeks!) it sounds like your nephew isn't tolerating it well at all. There is a difference between overfeeding and supplementing.

Candice - posted on 03/08/2010

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I've heard from halth professionals and read bubs should wait till 6months now - when I was little it was 3 months old (who knows why it changes) but they say not to give food till 6months as their little digestional tracts are not fully developed like ours and they can choke more easily on food compared to a 5-6month old baby who has mastered swallowing capabilities to handle thicker foods like puree's. I know i'll be starting to offer my little man food from probably about 5 months - if he looks interested at 4 months I may just start on the rice cereal but he is happy on formula for now. He weighs about 15 lbs ( approx 6880g) now and is 63cm long so he is growing very well.

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Tessa - posted on 04/14/2014

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To to early. A babies digestive track is still developing. It could do way more harm then good. Babies are only supports to be on breast milk or formula for the first 4 months besides if a doctor says cereal is okay because of issues.

Emily - posted on 01/26/2014

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I must say Nicole, you are awesome lol. I would have said the exact same thing as you and tore into people the exact same way lol. My baby is almost 3 months now an formula just isn't enough. The dr said he eats too much formula cause he's eating 5-6 oz everytime but even that just isn't doing it anymore and he was 7pounds exactly when he was born and is only 11 pounds now. And he is sitting on his own as well. So you are completely right every single baby is different from one another and people need to realize that an just get over it lol.

Leah - posted on 05/04/2012

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it's reccomended to wait til 6 months to start on any solid foods, 4 months at the earliest.
So i'd agree that it's far too early to be doing it. If the doc had told her to do it then fine but since she's been told she's over feeding then thats prob why he's being sick

Lauren - posted on 04/27/2012

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I think that you should sit her down and have an intervention of sorts. She could really end up harming her child. I know that baby food has nutrients, but at that age they really only should need the nutrition available from formula. My mother in law is a NICU nurse, and when I gave my son baby food at five months she was wary of this. Apparently if they haven't reached a certain size yet, they can very quickly begin to lose electrolytes and get extremely ill.

Tina - posted on 02/07/2012

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As for allergies. I read an article about a study recently in Australia. That shows Australians have one of the highest rates of allergies in the world. Because 1) Australian are too clean and 2) Don't introduce foods early enough. We hold off on introducing foods. Food allergies have increased alot over the years.

Tina - posted on 02/07/2012

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I never judge a mother on how early she decides to give solids. But if the child is vomiting that badly and the doctor says she's over feeding him. That should be a sign to ease back. Like I said she may just need extra support. Whether that be around the house because she's tired or financially. Like this woman said. They through formula like crazy. So maybe help her out and buy her some tins. Around Christmas we got asked by relatives what we wanted. We asked for formula and nappies. Anyway this is a pretty old post. I hope mum and baby are doing well now.

Jénean - posted on 02/07/2012

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Feeding a baby before four months baby food or cereal just because they eat too often is crazy!A newborn will need to be nursed 1.5hrs and yes it will eventually be longer between feelings ,but rushing it doesn't work..babies are hard work ..there's no cutting corners !

Summer - posted on 11/14/2011

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that is BEYOND ...WAY TOO EARLY !!! the earlies recomended age is 6 months !!! but the later you start foods the better

Tina - posted on 11/10/2011

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it does sound like she is giving the baby too much I know a mother who fed her baby everytime it cried the baby ending up in hospital and lost a heap of weight from vomiting. Every child is different and will show signs of wanting solids at different ages mine did. But you can over do it. Poor child I don't normally like to judge on how people feed their kids but that is too much too young. My daughter is four months and is having solids once a day. She expects is at a certain time like clock work. My son was a little younger when he showed signs. The baby will show signs of readiness and you get to know when and how much too give them. And bad vomting is a clear sign that this baby isn't healthly. Maybe she needs more support if she is struggling with money or exhaustion that could have alot to do with it.

Stevie - posted on 03/12/2010

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I think before 6 months of age it should be based on what the pediatrician says. We've not had digestive problems with the exception of Rowan having 20 inches of her bowel removed. Feeding a baby food too early like everyone else says causes isses in the short term and long term. I wish all the babes the best of luck and I hope someone in your family speaks up and addresses the health issues for the baby. Not having the digestive system to break food down doesn't help them in the slightest. But you can't lead a horse to water and expect it to drink and certainly can't fix stupid.

Tia - posted on 03/12/2010

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my son eats 32oz or more of formula every day.. the doc told me to start feeding him rice cereal.. hes only 3 months old.. i think he takes it very well.

April - posted on 03/12/2010

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honestly id go with what the doc. said but to early for baby food... maybe for jared food but the rice cereal is fine. my nefew had to eat fomula and rice cereal since he was born due to him being premie. the vomiting is because of eating to much babys tummys are only about as big as their fist so imagin putting 8oz in to something that small. i would try and talk to her about that it dont seem healthy he could get ulcers.

Kristy - posted on 03/12/2010

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My daughter is 3 months old. She weighs about 13lbs and is app. 24 in long. She drinks 28-30 oz a day of expressed breast milk and is supplemented with formula because my supply has dropped since I have been back at work. She only drinks about 5 oz at a time during the day and at night gets 1 tablespoon of rice cereal with 4 oz of breast milk before going to bed. Her pediatrician says she is perfectly healthy and wants me to keep feeding her just the way I have been.

Grace - posted on 03/10/2010

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i think that is too early to give baby food. just give the baby needs as long as they healthy not having problem in eating. my baby boy was born 10.8 pounds at 2 weeks old he drinks 4oz every 3hours i ask my doctor about that she says give him when hes asking, and now he was 10week 16lbs drinking 5-6oz every 2hours

Tonya - posted on 03/10/2010

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lets be realistic people honestly it is not the doctors who know best they get there info from other drs who get it from another dr who did a study or what not because it has changed over the years and probably will again. i still say a mother is the only expert on their child but still say this example is wrong a baby shouldn't get food and no formula but that's just my opinion but the mother of that child has made a choice and she has to deal with any negative outcome so just state how you feel to her and let it go. Also question Katie, what does the father have to say about the situation???

Sophie - posted on 03/10/2010

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my son has been having 9oz bollte of extra hungry baby formula evry 3 to 4 hours in the day . he has had a taste of baby rice but i certainly dont feed it to him . and he is a very hungry baby but you just need to offer more food . if your baby is gaining weight then they are clearly thriving on their milk . alot of the time babies get confused with hunger and tierdness. im thinking about starting my son on baby rice at 4 - 5 months . i think the doctors know best . why would they say it otherwise ?

Kelly - posted on 03/09/2010

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I personally give my daughter baby oatmeal from time to time with her bottles, I started about a month ago when she was two months old, But I'd never give her food instead of formula, and it's not an everyday thing either. my daughter drinks 6oz bottles every 2-3 hrs during the day. I guess it just depends on the baby and the mother.

Sheryl - posted on 03/09/2010

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My 1st child started pureed pumkin about a tea spooon at 5mths and feed breast till he was 18mths I think 2 mths is far to early for this much soileds the baby is probley pushing most of it out with his tounge as baby wont have the swallo under control at 2 mths yet and over feeding is not very wise

Katie - posted on 03/09/2010

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your not supposed to give your child baby food so early.. & if she wants to do it anyway she should at least still be giving him formula. there are vitamins in the formula they need & his digestive system probably isn't ready to take on food yet.. i feel sorry for the baby.. theres a reason doctors decide when to do these things.. they dont just guess.

Tonya - posted on 03/09/2010

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my doctor says that a baby should be interduced to other foods between 4-6th months because this is the best time to catch food allergins or to lower the risk of having them. I just started giving my son rice cerial (about 4 days ago) in his morning and bedtime bottle because he would wake up every 2-3 hours and wasn't getting good sleep so he was crancky he was eating 4-5oz every 2-2.5 hours all day and night. So now I know why he is a big boy, he just went to the drs. today for his 2month visit and he is 14lbs 5oz, 24 inches. But the my dr. still wishes I would hold off till his at least 4months but i refuse I know my baby and he needs the extra cerial in his bubba. As for baby food I would never start that till at least 4months closer to 5 cause all it is going to do it teach the child to eat more and more or bigger and bigger portions and although he may not get sick now i think he will may struggle with eating too much later in life.

Stephanie - posted on 03/09/2010

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See that's what the pediatrician had me do to was put formula in my daughter's bottle and she's perfectly healthy.

Jessica - posted on 03/09/2010

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Well you guys can bash on me all you want with what I'm about to say. My son is 3 months old. When he was born he was only 5lbs 12.5ozs. He was eating like crazy when he was born. At a month old we had to start putting rice in his formula because he was eating 4ozs every 1 1/2 hours. Well that helped for some time. Well I was reading in a baby book that was put out in late 2008 from Baby Talk Magazine that you can start your child on cereal (rice cereal) at 3 months of age if they are eating a lot. If I don't put cereal in my son's bottles he is eating 6ozs every hour on the hour. I have started him on cereal this past week once a day. He gets a small portion in a baby bowl at around 10:30- 11:00 every morning and he eats formula with rice the rest of the day. It is what the mother feels her child needs but when her child has problems such as allergies it is her own fault. By the way I was told by the pediatritian to put the cereal in my son's bottles. But go with your own instinct but I do agree with you that your sis is starting her baby out a lil too early on baby food

Candice - posted on 03/09/2010

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I feel sorry for the baby too - it will probably even develop allergies as this is another reason not to feed food so early and it will definitely have to get sick in the long run. My bub was born 8lb 12 oz too and he is just about to hit 15lbs (he is 2 months and 1 week) and he is in the 95% percentile for weight. I thought he was getting overweight but he isnt i've been told. He doesnt look chubby apart from his "footy" legs and he has been fed formula since 2 weeks old.
Hope you can talk some sense into your sister in law before it's way too late for that little baby. I certainly couldnt give my bub any food just yet. Doctors usually know best and know the consequences of things like this so she should really listen to her health professionals.

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I agree with Kirsten. If she isn't listening to her doctor then there is nothing anybody can do for her. And I feel bad for the child for not having stronger parents to know what is best for the health of thier child. That sounds too me like that baby weighs too much and is going to have this problem for the rest of it's life.

Stephanie - posted on 03/09/2010

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well the rice may not be as big of a problem, but definitely don't agree with the baby food. My daughter has had rice in her cereal since she was a month because she wouldn't just spit up she would projectile vomit after every feeding, but her pediatrician was the one who told me i could put it in there. she did eat for awhile one teaspoon per ounce of formula, but now eats 6 ounces of formula with 4 teaspoons of rice. the only reason i cut her back was because i didn't want her gaining too much wait too fast, but shes doing good. so she needs to ask the doctor what she should do and take his advice not just do what she wants to do. i'm sure he doesn't recommend baby food, but i would stick with just the formula and rice at least.

Kirsten - posted on 03/08/2010

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Wow it sounds bad, like those ppl that have the hudge kids you see on TV, but there is nothing you can do about it. I doubt she will listen to any of us, she should listen to her doctor. My doctor said not to even think about anything but breast milk till 4 months.
As for how much the baby weighs, my guy is 14 lbs 5 ounces, and only 9 weeks. I feed him 4 ounces every 3 hours (longer is he is sleeping) and 5 ounces at 11pm and 5 am (with nothing between). Thats all he gets. I'm sure we are not over feeding him, and hes not really chunky so all babies are different, you can't go just by weight.

Hannah - posted on 03/08/2010

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my son is 9 weeks old and has bene on 7oz of hungry formula since 5 weeks and because he has reflux he has a small amount of pureed rusk 3 times a day to help him keep food down as his rate of growth is slow...has she tried hungrier formula my son was 8lb 3 oz and birth and weighs 12lb 4oz now because he is getting the food he needs perhpas cutting down what she gives him and putting him on a fuller milk it can make babies really poorly if they have to much sounds to me as if it is being forced on baby rather then baby being ready for it... if he is brining it back up then its deffinatly way to much too soon and baby obviously doesnt want it...x

Katie - posted on 03/07/2010

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I can understand rice cereal for certain circumstances, but just to keep your kid full so you don't have to get up as often is just ridiculous. My cousin was feeding he son almost all rice cereal and the doctor them they had to stop because he stomach was expanding because it was digesting it very well and he was too young. He was also projectile vomiting and it was because they were overfeeding him. The doctor told them to stop or they would kill him from overfeeding and his stomach expanding to maximum capacity.

Danielle - posted on 03/07/2010

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My daughter is 2 months old and has been eating rice cereal for about three weeks now. We had to feed her a little before certain feedings to keep her formula down (she spit up a lot during the first month she was born). She had her two month check up last week and weighs 11 pounds 9 oz which is in the 50th percentile. Personally, rice cereal doesn't seem to make my daughter fuller at all. whether she eats cereal or not she still drinks between 4 and 5 oz of formula. If he is throwing up all his food, then she is definitely eating too much. My sister-in-law is in the same situation. She has a seven month who weighs almost 30 pounds. There is nothing really you can do once the baby gets used to eating that much food.

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