is anyone introducing solids yet.

Cheri - posted on 02/06/2010 ( 273 moms have responded )

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My Dr. said I can start feeding my son solids. He was born Oct 25th. He is doing great, eating rice cereal with apple sauce mixed in. Just wondering if anyone else is feeding their Oct baby yet.

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My baby was born Oct 29th and I have been trying her with rice cereal once a day. I get it in her mouth but she spits most of it back out. I read about that in the What to expect the first year book and it says to just keep trying.

Jessica - posted on 02/12/2010

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I would not give my baby anything before AT LEAST 5 months and current guidelines are not recommending you start before 6 months. I understand every baby is different but starting solids too early is not good for their digestive tract and leaves them more prone to developing allergies. Fruits esp things like apples can be very constipating too. Not a great idea, they are too young for solids!

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Oh man. The AAP doesn't recommend solids until 4 months at the EARLIEST!!!! It is better to hold off longer especially if you are breastfeeding. If you are determined to start solids early it is better to start with fruits and veggies. Rice cereal has no nutritional value and can actually cause constipation.

Jessica, it doesn't matter which fruits or veggies you start with, just make sure you wait several days before introducing new ones so if baby is allergic you know which he is allergic to.

The earliest I started my kids on solids was 6 months and my DD started at 10 months. My new little one will probably start closer to 10 months also. None of them have any texture issues and all eat a very wide variety of healthy foods.

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Oh and imitating eating is not neccesarily a sign of being ready for solids. Babies are naturally curious and intrigued. They imitate everything and they start really imitating at 4-6 months (when we THINK they are "asking" for food). Example, if you stick your tongue out they will do the same.

I am not judging. I am just stating facts.

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Summer - posted on 03/22/2010

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my son was born oct 10th and has been eating solids with absolutely no problems since he was about 3.5 months old. We started him off on cereal with breastmilk only at nights and are now eating several different kinds of veggies and fruit...bannanas are constipating but prunes help out great although can be hard to digest

Liz - posted on 03/21/2010

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My son was born on October 24, and hes been eating baby food for about a month now. His doctor told us at his 4 month checkup that we could start giving him baby food, which we had been for about a week by that point. He LOVES all the fruits, and sweet potatoes. Hes not too sure about the carrots yet and hates the green beans. I mixed in some rice cereal with his sweet potatoes last night before he went to bed and he slept all night long! He's gotten to try a few bites of mashed potatoes too, and boy was he excited about that!!

Krystal - posted on 03/20/2010

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my daughter was born 5th october n i have tried farix but shes not interested im still breastfeeding but it doesnt seem anuff my first child ate farix with no problems can someone give me any ideas

Mary - posted on 03/20/2010

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i have been feedin my daughter sum solid for over 2 months now. she was born Oct. 21st

Traci - posted on 03/20/2010

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My son was born on the 29th and I started him on cereal earlier this week. My doctor wanted me to wait till he was 6 months due to allergies in our family. He is breastfeed and was sleeping through the night and now he gets up again. He was very interested in what we were eating so I decided to try it. He loves it, lunges at the spoon and has actually eaten 2 bowls at one sitting. But it is up to everyone as to how to proceed and what they feel comfortable doing. Honestly with having 4 kids I was hoping to wait because it is now one more thing that I have to do.

Rebecca - posted on 03/19/2010

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Bella was born on the 10th...I've just been giving her rice cereal everynight for a couple weeks now. She likes it, I'm holding off on everything else right now. She's almost through the box. I've read to go to barley, than the oatmeal. Once they get the taste of the fruit, it will be hard to give them veggies (per many moms)...so go with what you think is best!

Jasmine - posted on 03/19/2010

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Dorelle, go with what YOUR gut tells you. However, some studies recommend starting at 4 mths, because by the time the baby is 6mths and needs the extra nutrients, they are only getting tastes, not the needed amount. Also some baby whisperers swear that there is less food refusal in later years when solids have been introduced from 4mths.

Sylvia - posted on 03/19/2010

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i started my 2 older ones between 16-20 weeks the usual stuff baby rice, cereals fruit veg mush, this little man was a halloween baby and we tried him with a few things but not too interested but he is when we eat, so he s having bottle top up with no.2 hungry formula besides breast for now, and will properly start him over easter hols when my oldest is off school so we got time to faff about in morning.

Louise - posted on 03/18/2010

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My boy Sam (born 28th Oct) does seem interested in foods and although he is big for his age (18lbs) I am not starting foods for a while yet. He is growing and developing well with being exclusively breastfed and that's the way I'll keep it till around 6 months. He enjoys it, I enjoy it and the latest research suggests not starting solids till then anyway (as well as continuing breastfeeding).

I'm not normally a stickler for doing everything by the book but I want to give my little guy the best start in life and for us, this works. For you it might be different and that's OK (provided you have sought medical assurance you are doing the right thing for your bub) : )

Cyndi - posted on 03/18/2010

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My daughter was born on the 17th and we haven't started yet since she's not showing signs of readiness...sitting up on her own, doubled birth weight, losing the tongue thrust reflex (where they push everything out of their mouth with their tongue), and the AAP recommends not starting 'till 6 months anyways...not sure why some peds say to start at 4 months. Babies that start solids too soon are more likely to develop food allergies.

Ariana - posted on 03/18/2010

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My daughter was born the 8th October & I started feeding her solids when she was 4 months,the bottle was just not enough for her.She loves the tin canned baby food so now I'm gonna try vege's.She's slowly starting to crawl as well.But the mother just know's when their baby is ready for solids or not.My daughter is perfectly fine & happy eating solids & it's just another great experience feeding it.& why have they created 4 month old solid foods now anyway.If it's not to be used for 4 month old babies.

Judith - posted on 03/18/2010

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I had giving him solid food about four months but doesn,t like i will try when he six months

Candace - posted on 03/18/2010

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My son was born Oct. 3rd and hes been eating Oatmeal Cereal since about 4 months. He doesnt really like the rice cereal, and wont eat either of them by itself, he has to have it mixed with something, green beans, carrots, bananas.. I think applesauce is sour to him cause he always makes wierd faces at it, and I just recently started giving him the jars of Turkey Rice Dinner, and the Vegitable Beef Dinner. I cant find chicken and apples, I wish I could.. But hes lovin it!! 6 months on April 3rd!!

Julie - posted on 03/18/2010

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My baby boy was born on the 6th. He has been eating rice cereal for a while in the morning and evening. I mix it with some of his formula and I also put a little apple juice with it, he likes it like this. He started carrots about 3 weeks ago and last week he started squash. I feed him the carrots or squash in the evening with a little cereal and he eats this well.

Laura - posted on 03/18/2010

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My son was born Oct 16. We have been trying rice cereal for a couple weeks and he wants nothing to do with it. We are going to try bananas night, I read that breastfed babies do well with these since they are sweeter than other foods.

Molly - posted on 03/18/2010

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My son was also born Oct. 25th and I have been feeding him rice cereal with a fruit mixed in. I found that one small jar will last for three days. So far I've given him bananas and peaches and he seems to love both. I also mix about 4 to 5 oz of formula up and give that to him after his cereal to wash it down. He seems very satisfied afterwards. This is my second child and I did the same with my first.

Veronique - posted on 03/18/2010

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My daughter was born on the 29th and my doctor said that between now and six months i can try. She said since i'm not a 1st time mom ( my oldest is 21 months ) that i can see the sighs when she'll start needing solids. She's not drinking more then 40oz of milk so i will wait a little. My oldest daughter i waited till she was 6months. I have a friend that started her kids solids at 2 months, so really it's a personel choice.

Krismi - posted on 03/18/2010

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My pead recommended that we give my daughter who was born on Oct 26 rice cereal once a day when she turned 4 months. It has been going great, I feed her in the morning and we started after 2 weeks to give rice cereal in the afternoon aswell. You must never replace a bottle feed with solid food though. Formula every 4 hours is still very important as this is their main food supply until they are a year old. I got a really nice post on introducing solids on a fan fage on facebook called great expectations. I really gives you a very good guideline on where to start and what to introduce when. Good luck!

Christine - posted on 03/18/2010

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My son was born Oct 24th and is on breast milk, we were told we could start rice cereal at 4 months. We waited a week or so after his 4 month shots to make sure if there were any reactions it was do to the food not the shots. He was not interested at first but after 5 tries he has gone from 1/2 tsp to 2 tbs a day amd he will only eat if he can hold the spoon and bowl himself. Of course I help guide him.

The doctor also suggested to do stage 1 vegis at 5 months and than fruit no earlier than 6. He mentioned if you do fruits first it is hard to get them to vegis. I know I prefer fsweets over vegis! LOL He also mentioned to introduce only one item every few days to make it easier to watch for alergies.



As for water I read that Giving a baby younger than 6 months old too much water can interfere with his body's ability to absorb the nutrients in breast milk or formula. It can also cause his tummy to feel full, which curbs his desire to feed. (While small sips of water probably won't hurt your baby, it's best to check with his doctor beforehand during those first six months.)

As I have read there are alot of differnt opinions and you have to do what works for you. Gosh My mom fed me solids and 6 weeks and I was born 6 weeks early and I lived. LOL

Good Luck with everyones food adventures! :)

Kali - posted on 03/17/2010

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I started my daughter who was born on halloween on rice cereal at the beginning of the month and she LOVES IT, she took to eating with a spoon very well and very quickly!...I feed it to her plain because I don't want her to rely only on the sweet stuff. A couple of weeks ago I started her on her green veggies and now we are on carrots. I chose not to start with fruits because not only does vegetables help their digestive tracts develop it also makes them want more vegetables rather than the sweet fruits.

Shauna - posted on 03/17/2010

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My daughter was born October 21st and I've been feeding her baby food for about 2-3 weeks now. She does extremley good with it... her favorite thing to eat is Banana's and Carrots.

Tricia - posted on 03/17/2010

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My baby was born oct 13th and he's already had rice cereal, peas, green beans, carrots, apples, prunes, and sweet potatoes, I am making all his baby food. It is so easy and SO cheap!

Katy - posted on 03/17/2010

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I started about a week ago...my baby was born on Oct 27. It seemed like she was not getting full enough from formula. Her doc gave me the green light. I started with a few spoonfuls of baby cereal, and then I tried sweet potatoes few days later and she seems to love it! Doctor recommended that I don't replace any meals yet, just give her a little as a "dessert". Hope that helps!

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My daughter was born on 10/27. A few weeks ago I swore we would wait until 6 months. But when she downed an 8oz bottle of breastmilk and started showing a lot of interest in our food, we figured we would give rice cereal a try. When we tried it, on the 2nd spoonful, she grabbed it and fed herself. Hubby and I looked at each other and agreed she was ready. :)



Regarding the rice cereal - it made her constipated so we got the OK from her Ped to move on to Oatmeal. So far so good!



Someone asked about a feeding schedule. Here's a great resource for all things "solids".



http://wholesomebabyfood.com/

Candice - posted on 03/17/2010

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My son was born on 26th of october and he has been on solids for about 2 weeks now. He was put onto solids because his bottles weren't enough and he is doing great.

Andrea - posted on 03/16/2010

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I started my son on solids at 4 1/2 months. He was born on Oct. 13. We started him on rice & now he is eating vegetables mixed with the rice. He seems to really like his veggies, except for carrots!

Sarah - posted on 03/15/2010

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My daughter was born Oct 13. She hated the spoon. And i tried it again a couple of weeks later and now she is getting used to it ! She Loves Peas :-) But she still has to have her 8oz bottle right after she gets done eating them lol !

Juliette - posted on 03/15/2010

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My son will be 5months on the 18th March he is eating pear at lunch time and a mixture of kumera, carrot and pumkin for dinner and he loves it now. Was a struggle with the veges in the begining but never had a problem wth the pear. Does not seem to like baby rice much unless mixed with pear.

Toya - posted on 03/15/2010

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my baby was also born on oct 25th as well and i started solids 1 week ago - he luvs it but he still gets breast during his solids - mornin cereal and evenin feed

Jacqueline - posted on 03/15/2010

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Im going to wait until mine is 6 months old. He's happy breastfeeding and it's free so why mess with it?

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My son was born 4th Oct but he was 19lbs when he was 15 weeks old (big baby). I didn't want to introduce solids too soon and cause him to bulk up even more. I am waiting until he is exactly 6 months. He seems satisfied with what he's getting now, so I'm not worried about him. Hope the weaning is going well for everyone!

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Celeste - posted on 03/15/2010

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No human is a text book... I agree... My mother has 7 children and she started feeding us solids all earlier then 4 months.. You always start with solids that are easy to digest..Like bananas and pears and applesauce.. And slow like a teaspoon and wait a couple days and if no bad reaction try again with more..ect. My daughter is going to be 5 months and she hates fruit loves veggies and spits a mouth full of food when she is full. I think it is her way of saying she is through eating.haha. Good luck to everyone.

Celeste - posted on 03/15/2010

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No human is a text book... I agree... My mother has 7 children and she started feeding us solids all earlier then 4 months.. You always start with solids that are easy to digest..Like bananas and pears and applesauce.. And slow like a teaspoon and wait a couple days and if no bad reaction try again with more..ect. My daughter is going to be 5 months and she hates fruit loves veggies and spits a mouth full of food when she is full. I think it is her way of saying she is through eating.haha. Good luck to everyone.

Rianna - posted on 03/14/2010

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my son was born prematurly on 22nd oct & we started him on baby rice with fruit puree at the end of feb,hes doin very well,has been trying diff foods for his dinner & started givin him breakfast 2day.hv's say 6 months but if a baby needs it,they need! as long as their main diet is their milk,there is nothing wrong with it!

April - posted on 03/13/2010

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My son also refuses cereal. Any part of it! Can't mix anything in it either. He eats plain old mashed up vegg. We started with carrots (he had an allergic reaction) so we moved onto squash. Now he's on peas. Loves all of it! Never took to cereal though, even in a bottle form.

April - posted on 03/13/2010

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When my son started taking 12 oz in a sitting and looking at me 2 hours later as if I didn't feed him, it was time for solids. Rice makes him sick so we asked the pedi if we could do solids. This is what he said:

1. Veggies first. Then you can introduce fruit. You don't want him adjusted to sweet before savory, all he'll want is sweet.

2. One new food a week and feed it to him for at least 4 days to determine if he has a food allergy/sensitivity. We found out real quick that B is allergic to carrots of all things.



Hope it helps!

Pamela - posted on 03/13/2010

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I have twin girls that were born on the 29th of October. I just started rice cereal last week on the advice of my doctor. He went though and explain the stages of cereal (rice, oats and barley) to go through, and start with plain veggies, then sweeter veggies and then fruit.



I think, after reading a lot of these posts, is that everyone has their own way - whether from past children or with the advice of the doctor. I don't believe really that any are right or wrong, just different approaches.



Good luck

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My daughter scarfs down half a jar of 2nd foods vegetables in one sitting with no problem and barely any mess. lol, she's a fatty though.

Jenn - posted on 03/13/2010

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my baby boy has been eating solids since 3 months. he's breast fed and formula fed but defiantely more breast. I usually feed him both breasts in the morning right when he wakes up and then i wait an hour or so and then feed him the cereal. then the rest of the day i breast feed or formula (dpending on the situation) and then supper comes around 5 and i give him more solids and then he has a bath and then after that he'll take 1 breast and then go to bed. he's like clock work. 5 =supper 530= bathtime 6= sleeping.. he's chosen 6 to be his bedtime and we can't get him to stay up any later!

Traci - posted on 03/12/2010

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I actually just tried rice cereal for the first time today. he didn't eat very much and i didn't push him to eat a lot. but what I don't know is how to do a feeding schedule once you introduce solids. he is still only breastfeeding...and i do a bottle once a day...but what does a normal schedule look like when you are doing solids and breastmilk?

Deborah - posted on 03/12/2010

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Just started with baby rice this week as my baby was waking during the night. Going okay so far but onely doing one meal at the moment.

Hayley - posted on 03/12/2010

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IM not at all interested in starting my son on solids.. not only is he thriving on Breast milk, i dont want him to grow up too quickly .they are not little for long and im waiting for the 6 month mark b4 i start

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Our son was born Oct. 1, and we started feeding him solids when I went back to work on Feb. 1. We make our own baby food, and he's liked everything -- yogurt, apples, pears, prunes, bananas, butternut squash. The only thing he hates is the one thing we haven't made, rice cereal. I hear it tastes like cardboard. Otherwise, he LOVES his solid food.

Kayla - posted on 03/12/2010

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I have Been feeding my daughter rice cereal and applesauce since she was 4 months she eats it great and now seems like milk doesnt completely satisfy her! My doctor said they recomend them to be five or six months before introducing solids but he said as long as she eating fine then its ok!!

Jennie - posted on 03/12/2010

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My son was born october 29 and was getting really upset watching us eat dinner. So .....Yes I have got him on beginner veggies and fruit at dinner time and he is doing excellent. Dr's are always going to go by the book if the baby is wanting it or wants to try let him keep an eye on him for constipation and worsening gas but if he handles it well go for it. And it is so much fun watching them try new things.

Sharline - posted on 03/12/2010

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my little girl was born on 10, 07. She is enjoying rice cereal or oatmeal with a fruit mixed in. Sometimes I will add a little veg. to get her use to it. Her poop is a little more harder from the solids and she has some difficulty with passing it. however, i was told by the Dr. to give her water after or during each meal. This seems to help. She loves her solids.

Sharline - posted on 03/12/2010

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my little girl was born on 10, 07. She is enjoying rice cereal or oatmeal with a fruit mixed in. Sometimes I will add a little veg. to get her use to it. Her poop is a little more harder from the solids and she has some difficulty with passing it. however, i was told by the Dr. to give her water after or during each meal. This seems to help. She loves her solids.

Dorelle - posted on 03/12/2010

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Everyone keeps telling me that I should introduce solids to my son's diet. But doctors here in Canada swear that solids should not be started before 6 months (witch I find absurd 'cause when I had my daughter 6 yrs ago, doctors then said that solids were to be started around 4 mths) My baby boy is healthy and has been sleeping through his nights since he was a bit more than a month old. He drinks 8ozs of formula and has VERY chubby cheeks!LOL! People that see him always comment on how big he is (not to say fat). My mother and my best-friend says that I should add cereals to his diet, that this might help him not be so ''big'' cause formula is very fattening. For all those moms who have started solids, what does your gut feeling tell you? Should my boy join the ''solid food group''?

Joanna - posted on 03/12/2010

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My daughter was born on the 23rd of October and she has been eating solid foods for about two weeks now. My doctor said it was ok to start her at 4 months. She has oatmeal in the morning and night with a bottle and veggies at lunch time. This seems to be working really well for us considering she is sleeping twelve hours a night now. I don't think she could be a happier baby! I think everyone should do what they feel is right for their baby.

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