solid foods?

Christy - posted on 12/28/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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when can i start giving her baby food?

she's 3 months old.

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Anna's right. 'They' (several well researched and educated sources) say 6 months is the best time to start solid foods. I know a lot of mum's feel their babies are ready earlier but I am reading my 4 month olds signs differently to most, as I know the research behind the wait till 6 month advice and agree with it. Sure my son is staring at my families’ food when we are eating and yes he swipes for it, but he stares and swipes at everything I hold all the time. It's just a sign of interest in his surroundings. I also think as our babies change their behaviours so regularly as they grow, often mother's are looking for reasons to solve problems (less sleep from baby, more irritability in baby) and turn to increasing food consumption as an answer when generally the problem is not food related just 'baby growing up' related. I also think Dr's and G.P's often tell mother's they can start solids earlier than later for a similar reason – as a 'possible' solution to fix a babies behaviour although there is really nothing to fix as the behaviours are just a baby being a baby. As my son is still growing, putting on weight, and 90% of the time settled, I say my breast milk is doing its job.

Ultimately it's your choice for your child but definitely do some research so your decision is an educated choice.

Anna - posted on 12/28/2009

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It's best to wait until 6 months - if you feed them earlier than that, it increases their chances of getting allergies, digestive disorders & other health problems. This is the World Health Organisation recommendation.
When you do try her on some rice cereal, make it very watery. If she pushes it back out of her mouth with her tongue, she is not ready. This is a reflex designed to stop them choking.

Jessica - posted on 12/28/2009

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i would wait till at least 4 months, unless you have been told otherwise by your doctor. however up untill 6 months milk must be their main source of food, so if you do start at 4 months make sure milk is offered first.



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