what age do you start giving baby juices and gerber baby food.

Victoria - posted on 03/14/2010 ( 14 moms have responded )

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What age do you start giving baby juices and Gerber baby foods.

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Janan - posted on 03/18/2010

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water is always the best "drink" for children, well & for adults too, it's a good habit to develop. There's a lot of sugar in juices, if I were going to do a juice, it would be a tiny splash & all watered down basically a hint of juice for flavor..but mainly water. Your baby's pediatrician will advise when to do cereal, about 4-5months is traditional, but let your Doc tell you, of course you can ask 1st :) Like they mentioned above, introduce veggies 1st, 1 at a time, keep each new item a few days apart & feed early in the day, to see if any allergy, like a little rash stuff like that may happen. Stay away from berries, anything with nuts or honey, no, no, no! So keep it simple at 1st. Do not put cereal in bottles with formular UNLESS Doc tells you to. they only need a tiny bit at 1st. too many new things too early can cause food intolerances. they need bland things early. I also did a comination of making many of my own fresh foods & bought Earths Best baby foods, I would eat those foods myself. I felt the quality of Earths Best was far superior than gerber, but that was just me, also organic & much healthier, you can see for yourself, babies r us sells foods by the case too. I'd buy 1 sweet potato, and string beans, whatever I saw on baby food labels for the stages they would supposed to be eating & make those items & puree them in blender & water them down a tiny bit like "baby food" and she loved it..my little one LOVED Yams & Sweet potatos, mind you she absolutely loves Veggies, she does not eat any fast foods she is over 2 yrs old now & I give her an apple everyday, she is very healthy & extremely strong. A childs diet is a huge deal, your immune system is mainly in your digestive tract, so you really "are" what you eat...make it good Mamma, I am sure you already are doing an outstanding job...

Mandy - posted on 03/30/2010

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I started my boy at 6 months of age for all the juices and foods the 1st foods, but when he was 3 months I was feeding him applesauce in rice cereal.

Michelle - posted on 03/18/2010

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we started homemade food around 6 months and we never do juice

Rebecca - posted on 03/14/2010

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For the food usually 5-6 months is a good time to start. Do veggies first and make sure to go 3-4 days before introducing a new food. You can give rice cereal when the Dr gives you the go ahead usually around 4-5 months and once you notice your baby showing signs to eat more food then you can go ahead. If your child shows signs of allergy to a food within the 4 days of trying it, stop and wait 7 days before trying another food. This will insure everything is out of the system and you are starting fresh as well as giving the baby time to "heal". Also, give the food in the afternoon so you can see if there is an allergy opposed to night time and them sleeping and you being unaware. Wait on the fruits. If you introduce fruits too early they can become accustomed to the taste and not want veggies. My 8 month old has had fruits once and she hated them so we're waiting to try again. She loves veggies though:) Our son was the same way and to this day i have to take a banana with me and cut up green pepper for his snacks lol.

Talk to you child's Dr about the juice. I have been told by my Dr's it is not good to give a child juice at any age as a normal drink. There is nothing useful in it and it doesn't matter what the label says. Our oldest is 2.5yrs and only gets juice if we are at a restaurant, we do not keep it in the house. Our youngest is 8 months and she hasn't had juice yet and she wont until she is over one, eating normal table food and if we are out at a restaurant.

Good luck!

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Kavitha - posted on 11/19/2013

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I have 3th baby .so I need information about when and what can give to baby for good health and growth .because I have loss 1baby so I can take any chance any more

Victoria - posted on 03/18/2010

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thank you all for your helpful advice, i will give him no juice only water,will wait to see what doctor says about feeding solid food at his next clinic's appointment, thanks again.

Josie - posted on 03/18/2010

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My son started eating Rice cereal at 3 months. Every week after that I would introduce a new food. I think I started giving him watered down apple juice around the same time. And when I say watered down I mean, water with a splash of juice. lol

Christine - posted on 03/17/2010

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Just say no to juice! I have a 12 year old and twin boys. I allowed my oldest juice when he was little, although I avoided all other sweets (besides the occational treat), I even diluted the juice with water, brushed his teeth and really believed I was doing the right things.



Oops, turns out I wasn't because at 4 years old he had to get 4 silver caps on his molars...juice. Now I just don't do it. (Unless, my twins are sick and I just want to give them something cool to drink and they aren't drinking anything else.)



But ,yes, wait on the foods until about 6 months it lessen the chance of developing allergies.

September - posted on 03/17/2010

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I've never given our son juice or gerber foods. I've always homemade our son's meal and snacks and he drink's milk and water at this point. I believe that 6 months is recommended for both. I would suggest that you talk to your doctor about more specifics.

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Juice? No juice in this house......my daughter is 18 months old and all she gets is water......if I happen to make her a smoothie or need to use some milk in cooking I use whole fat goat's milk as she's allergic to the proteins in cow's milk!



No jarred food either......sorry! I made all her food! She started on solids right around 6 months!



Good luck!

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It is also VERY easy to make your own baby food and healthier, plus you know what's in it. Besides it being TONS cheaper.
If you don't already have one, get a blender.
here's a website with lots of great recipes and a schedule for introducing foods.

http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com./

I got that from mums on here, and it's great.

What i do is make my own, but keep a bunch of store bought on hand, that way I can carry a jar or two when I'm out and if my little one is hungrier than usual I can feed her and the jars can just stay in the diaper bag and no worries about it going bad if I don't use it.

My daughter started cereals at 4 months rice, barley and oat, each a week apart, then veggies.
At 6 months old I started giving her sips of watered down juice, 1oz of juice to 3 or 4ozs water, only all natural no sugar added juice. It is very dry and cold where we are and she would behave as though she wanted a bottle, but then not take it after a few sips, she was just thirsty. Most days though I offer her sips of just water, depends how much fruit she has eaten.

Rebecca - posted on 03/14/2010

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For the food usually 5-6 months is a good time to start. Do veggies first and make sure to go 3-4 days before introducing a new food. You can give rice cereal when the Dr gives you the go ahead usually around 4-5 months and once you notice your baby showing signs to eat more food then you can go ahead. If your child shows signs of allergy to a food within the 4 days of trying it, stop and wait 7 days before trying another food. This will insure everything is out of the system and you are starting fresh as well as giving the baby time to "heal". Also, give the food in the afternoon so you can see if there is an allergy opposed to night time and them sleeping and you being unaware. Wait on the fruits. If you introduce fruits too early they can become accustomed to the taste and not want veggies. My 8 month old has had fruits once and she hated them so we're waiting to try again. She loves veggies though:) Our son was the same way and to this day i have to take a banana with me and cut up green pepper for his snacks lol.

Talk to you child's Dr about the juice. I have been told by my Dr's it is not good to give a child juice at any age as a normal drink. There is nothing useful in it and it doesn't matter what the label says. Our oldest is 2.5yrs and only gets juice if we are at a restaurant, we do not keep it in the house. Our youngest is 8 months and she hasn't had juice yet and she wont until she is over one, eating normal table food and if we are out at a restaurant.

Good luck!

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