When do you start an infant on baby food?

Autumn - posted on 01/06/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My daughter is three months old and sometimes it seems like an botle isnt doing it for her.....so when is the right time to begin baby food?

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Shay - posted on 01/07/2010

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I started my Daughter on 'food' when she was roughly 3 months old; she kept copying my Fiance & I when we were eating and seemed fascinated by food so we thought it was a good time to try. We only give her a tiny bit of food (1oz formula milk mixed with 1/2 a farley's rusk) every 1-2 weeks. When she reaches 4 months we'll probably try her on food once or twice a week instead :)

Claire - posted on 01/07/2010

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There are so many different opinions regarding when baby should start eating solids .. I found this info on Pregnancy Weekly:

"Although some friends and family may advocate feeding your baby solids early to encourage her to sleep longer at night, you should feel confident if you decide to wait a little longer and continue nursing exclusively. Studies show that introducing solids before six months of age may cause your baby discomfort because her still-immature digestive system isn't quite ready for solid food. The end result is often less sleep, not more. Your little one will not be harmed by your decision to wait, and you'll both enjoy the final weeks of exclusive nursing".

Lisa - posted on 01/07/2010

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Babies are supposed to have 2 ounces of formula/breastmilk per pound, so I would first make sure she is getting enough in her bottles. You may need to increase how much she is getting at each feeding, or maybe add an extra feeding in the day. I am waiting until my son's 4 month appointment on the 12th to see what my doctor says about introducing baby food, he told me at my last appointment not to give him any until then. We did give our 1st son rice cereal mixed into his formula when he was a few months old because he had acid reflux and it helped coat his stomach more. He did fine with it, but did gain weight more rapidly.

Carolyn - posted on 01/07/2010

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I just left my son's 4 month well check and asked about starting rice cereal. My ped recommended to wait until at least month 5 if I could and keep him exclusivley on breast milk but if I really wanted to start the rice cereal he wouldn't strongly object. For now I'm going to just wait it out until he's 5 months old. I was hoping to start the rice cereal to see if he'd sleep longer-he's averages 5-7 hour stretches.

Brandy - posted on 01/07/2010

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I'm a mother of five and my youngest son is 4 mons on the 10th and I started him on homemade bananas. I just blended them in a mixer with formula. My oldest is 14 yrs and all the kids did great with being this age and starting. I only give him soilds once a day though and my doctor said thats fine. You just need it to be a little runny.

Annick - posted on 01/07/2010

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All the books and peds say not before 6 months, but I'm on my fourth child and I always started them on food as soon they would drink an 8oz bottle of milk and seem still hungry. I wouldn't give alot of cereal, about 1 baby spoon of cereal with some formula in the morning. After 2 weeks I would give the cereal morning and night(around super time) If the baby would drink less then 8 oz I would stop the cereal for some time because it could be a growth spurt they are having and eat a little more in that time.

Jennifer - posted on 01/07/2010

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standard recommendation is breastmilk only for the first 6 months. Baby should have met all of the following signs of readiness before the introduction of solid foods:loss of tongue thrust, ability to sit up and sit unaided for extended periods, doubling of birth weight. Before the age of one, solids are primarily for exploration and are nutritionally inferior to breastmilk.

Rebekah - posted on 01/07/2010

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My son is 3 and a half months old and I thought the same thing so instead of giving him baby food I mix rice cereal in a bottle with breast milk. You can also mix it with formula. They say that their digestive system is usually ready between 4 - 6 months for baby food but really you are the mother and you know your baby better than anyone else. It is up to you when you start feeding them. However I suggest just starting with a small amount of the rice cereal mixed in a bottle, (not spoon fed) once a day. I give it to my son at night before bed that way he sleeps for a longer stretch of time. Just mix 1 tablespoon of cereal with 2 oz of formula or breast milk and then gradually increase if your daughter takes to it well. Good luck!

Danielle - posted on 01/06/2010

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i just started my son on baby cereal on the 1st and he is 4 months old. the thing i was wondering was if i should give him a month to get used to the cereal and the feeling of eating something other than formula or if it mattered.

Rebel - posted on 01/06/2010

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Four months. Is she gaining weight okay? Starting foods early has been linked to food allergies. But every baby is different. They say you will know when your baby is ready. My son will be 4 months on the 12th and I tried giving him rice cereal yesterday cause he has acid reflux and I heard sometimes that helps but he didnt want anything to do with it! You should ask your ped next time she goes in! :)

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