My son is 4 months old, should I start feeding solids?

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Amber - posted on 07/10/2009

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istarted my son on jar food when he was 21/2 months then i waited to give him more then just jar food when he got his top two and bottom two teeth in

Mel - posted on 07/09/2009

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oh read the other comments dont worry about allergies my daughter has a dietitian and all the otehr child specialists for the past 13 months and there is no higher risk of allergic reations from introducing solids early. this is what they believed many years ago. they had mine on peanut butter on rusks at 3 months :) good luck

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Esther - posted on 07/12/2009

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No, because it may cause problems as their inside has not fully developed yet. Even at 6 months you start on baby cereal and only very little solids like mashed carrots/ sweet potato and etc. So they can get use to it. One mum I met, her kids is allergic to vege and noodles and they are 3 and 4 years old and she start them too early around 4 months.

Janene - posted on 07/12/2009

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You should try to wait until your baby is 6 months old if you can, but that is not always possible. I had to start feeding my second baby solids at 4 months old. He just wasn't getting quite enough from me. Just start with rice cereal if you really feel he needs more than just milk and eventually work up to vegetable.

Nickie - posted on 07/10/2009

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I have read a lot on this subject. I introduced a little rice cereal in the bottle to thicken it up when my daughter was 3 1/2 months old. Apart from that it is not good to introduce anything else until they are at least 6 months because their digestive system has a hard time processing it and they may not get enough of the nutrients they need. Breast milk or formula is best for them always! Don't rush into feeding solids because it comes time to introduce them very quickly anyways!

Natalie - posted on 07/10/2009

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its up to you. if you think your child is ready just try it. I had to put my daughter on solids at 2 months because she was a hungry baby. you know your child at the end of the day and if milk is not satisfying them, i believe anything is worth a try. baby rice is normally a good starting point or very mushy rusks made with either breastmilk or formular.

Lesley - posted on 07/10/2009

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Quoting Samantha:

I started my son at 3 months. He is now 4 months and doing great! You should talk to your pediatrition first to see what he/she says about his development. I was told I was able to.


Thanks for that advice.  My son is 4 months and everytime he sees me put something to my month he fuses.  The same with a drink cup.  He's already drinking juice, also.  



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Glendine - posted on 07/09/2009

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My son is 5mths and 1wk and breast milk alone cannot fill him, i give him Gerber fruit (pear and apple), rice cereal mash carrot and pumpkin along with breast milk, I boil water and put it in the fridge for him to drink. The doctor say that he should drink more breast milk, than water tho, because baby needs a lot of calcium and he would get it from the milk,so i would express the milk and give him from the bottle

Heather - posted on 07/09/2009

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I started my daughter on solids at 4 months. She was showing all signs of wanting them so I just listened to her cues. She has been doing great ever since with no problems! If he acts like he wants your food then go ahead!!!

Lynlee - posted on 07/09/2009

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I would suggest you try and wait until 6 months - it is the best option for them really - until about that age, their stomach can not handle solids properly. Yes they will watch you and try to get at your food but that doesn't mean they are developmentally ready for it.

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Quoting Sam:

Hi, My little one is 6 wks old and we have started her on Farex (baby rice cereal). She was drinking 150ml every hour and a half for nearly 2 wks untill we started her on the Farax and now feeds every 4 hours. So my advice would be when ever you feel you and the baby are ready.


She should drink more formula/breast milk at this ago at least every 3 hours. If you feed your baby cereal to young you can cause some very serious digestive problems. Their little bodies have not developed enough to handle anything but formula and/or breastmilk. Just because your baby might take it from the spoon does not mean its ok to feed them this young. Please do some more reseach about the effects of food to young and wait until your baby is the appropraite age. I'm really not trying to be rude or anything I just want to make sure you know the danger that is involved with feeding soooo young.  

Samantha - posted on 07/09/2009

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I started my son at 3 months. He is now 4 months and doing great! You should talk to your pediatrition first to see what he/she says about his development. I was told I was able to.

Melissa - posted on 07/09/2009

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my doc told me when he drinks an 8 oz bottle and wants more its okay to start

Leah - posted on 07/09/2009

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My little 1 is 4mnts old 2 and i have just started to wean her on to solids its the best thing i av dun, she is so much more satifted then milk a lone can do, She allways sleeps threw the nite now 2. You will no when the time is rite go with ur baby>

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Yeah my doctor told me he started feeding his @ 4mths (same as ourselves), when we were talking about when we started feeding our babies (we both have four girls). If your baby is showing signs of being hungry in between feeds (especially watching you eat and mimicking you or crying whilst watching you, they need food), you'll know if they're ready.... if not they'll spit it out.

Sam - posted on 07/09/2009

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Hi, My little one is 6 wks old and we have started her on Farex (baby rice cereal). She was drinking 150ml every hour and a half for nearly 2 wks untill we started her on the Farax and now feeds every 4 hours. So my advice would be when ever you feel you and the baby are ready.

Mel - posted on 07/09/2009

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whenever you and the baby are ready. i am in australia and they put my daughter on solids at 3 months for weight gain. sometimes baby's need them or want them sometimes they are not fazed. it depends on the baby. all you can do is try little bits here and there if you want to

Paula - posted on 07/09/2009

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Quoting Raelene:

In Australia, we were told that a baby does not need anything apart from breast milk or formula for the first 6 months of life. Having said that, if you feel your bub is ready for something else, you can start to introduce rice cereal mixed with your breast milk or formula from when they are 4 months old.



We are told exaclty the same thing in South Africa too, but the reason being if you or the father have allergies you can mitigate the development of allergies in the child by waiting until 6 months to give solids.  My twins are 4 months old (today!) and I am also wondering whether I can wait until 6 months before giving solids.  I'm not sure what the "signs" are that they are ready for solids.  One of mine who was sleeping through comfortably is now (this week) waking up several times in the night looking to be fed, so I wondered whether that was a sign that he's not satisfied with just formula now.  But it could also be becaus ehe has a cold and it's waking him up!  Its so difficult to tell!

Raelene - posted on 07/09/2009

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In Australia, we were told that a baby does not need anything apart from breast milk or formula for the first 6 months of life. Having said that, if you feel your bub is ready for something else, you can start to introduce rice cereal mixed with your breast milk or formula from when they are 4 months old.

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