is my baby ready to start eating baby jar foods

Lyndon - posted on 12/28/2009 ( 76 moms have responded )

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is it okay to start giving my 5 month old baby jar foods and if so how much do i start giving him at first

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Stephanie - posted on 01/02/2010

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of course it's fine.. I've had my baby on solids since he was 3 months.. jared food.. apple sauce and such.. as long as it's for the correct age on the jar no problems. oh and don't worry about people saying 'give them greens from an early age or they will get a sweet tooth' my first child we did this.. made NO DIFFERENCE at all! ha ha! he won't touch a veggie at all..he's now 5 and I still can't get even a pea past his teeth so so much for the cooking, steaming, siving etc.. I did when he was a baby!! now my 2nd child.. she had jars from early age and now eats anything!

Melanie - posted on 02/03/2013

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Thank-you Alysa iv give him a spoonful of baby rice and he opened his mouth for it on every taste he seemed to really enjoy it he ate it all :) but was sick after and very whingy for the rest of the day:(.He is a crier at the best of times so i cant be certain it was directly due to the rice.Il try him with the baby porridge instead today.When would be the best time to feed it him morning or bedtime thanks :)

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Melanie - posted on 02/06/2013

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Nearly 23 yrs ago when my daughter was born (very big age gap) and 16yrs for my son i started them on solids at 3 month as recommended ,but because of all the ohhahhh over the 6month age now its all confusing.I feel like a 1st time mum now.So many things have changed except for our maternal instincts.Hes really enjoying the porridge so solids here we come.Brilliant idea with the ice cube trays im a believer in home cooked food so il get myself a few trays to start freezing.Thanks for the response :)

Romina - posted on 02/05/2013

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I started solids at 3 months, and by 5 months my sons were both eating fruits and vegetables. I just gave my them a few spoons, you don't really need to give it as a meal, you just want to introduce the foods at first. If you have the time, just boil and puree fresh fruits and vegetables it's soo much cheaper. I just made a big pot and froze it in ice cube trays, then bagged them.

Alysa - posted on 02/03/2013

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id try him morning as youd then be able to keep a close eye on him easier for the day

Alysa - posted on 02/02/2013

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aniso are you breast feeding or on formula? if breastfeeding try giving it in bottles as most babies i know prefer bottles if formula could be make as all tate different slightly speak to your health visitor see what they say. if they still refusing try baby rice only tiny amount on plastic baby spoon

Alysa - posted on 02/02/2013

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melanie my daughter was the same so we mixalised everuthing as much as possible n gave her part of a teaspoon full at a time but talk it through with your health visitor.

Melanie - posted on 02/01/2013

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My 4month old has 5oz of hungry baby milk every 2hrs which obviously is 10oz every 4hrs.He wakes for 2 feeds during the night also. I personally think he is ready for weaning any advice as to what to do :)

Sarah - posted on 12/01/2012

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Yes I'd say is safe to give him. Just give him a small amount to start with or maybe see how much he would take. Would most likely be about half the jar. I home cook all my baby foods as the little tyke dunt like jars (always have to make life harder :p) just start with 1 meal a day until you notice more hunger signs.

And obviously give the dedicated aged jars

Hope I helped x

Patricia - posted on 11/30/2012

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Well I am against jarred foods myself, but one good food to start on that causes a lot less reactions is avacado. It is healthy and a good fat. Start with simple veggies- smashed peas, sweet potatoes, carrots, greenbeans, cauliflower, etc. Then save the fruit until he gets used to the veggies.



Most babies are not ready for solids until atleast 6 months old. Talk to your ped first.

Tara - posted on 11/30/2012

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my daughter did the same thing, but my doc said not to give her anything till 6months old because she could have digestive issues

Tara - posted on 11/30/2012

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my doctor said to wait till she was 6months then at six months start giving her veggies a half a jar for three meals a day and the same veggie for atleast a week before changing to a new veggie just incase an allergy comes about... then after she eats her half a jar she should still have her bottle, but she will gradually eat less and less of her bottle..my babys now 8months and she eats 7 oz of baby food and 2oz of juice three meals a day, and she has a bottle mixed with oatmeal at bed time...

Anisa - posted on 11/27/2012

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After i read ur commentz i think i wont have the idea of giving my month baby girl food, but is it ok to start liquid food instead? Although she is just 4 month old but she always look at peoples mouth when they eat everyone in my family can notice that and since she is my first child so i really want to take good care of her. Her health is very good. So any suggestion?

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studies show starting ur baby this early increases his rick of obesiety .. Just another reason to hold off. Bresfeed babies dont really "need" solid foods for the first yr if u dont want them to have any.

Jessica - posted on 01/09/2010

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No he is not ready. Giving him jar foods at this age could be potentially dangerous for your little one. Try cereals for a while instead. No rush on the food! Start with a rice cereal and go through the cereals before trying jar food.
I know people who had to deal with food allergies due to feeding foods too early. This is serious. This is not "better to find out early". Their child ended up with bowel surgery.

Also, cereal in a bottle. BAD IDEA. If they are too young to eat it from a spoon don't bother! Some try this from birth. I say, why bother wasting their appetite on something with no nutrients!! There are very little nutrients in cereals. Way more in brestmilk/formula. This is why they say to wait.
Either way it is your decision. 5 months is a good time to start creeals. My daughter is over 6 months and is still on rice cereal. She was interested in food at 3 months but we chose to wait until 5. I just breastfed her more.

Lianne - posted on 01/06/2010

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My son is 5 months old. My doctor told me to start feeding him cereal at 4 months and baby food jars (veggies only) at 5 months old. He said to start with the lighter coloured veggies first then move on to the darker ones. He told us to wait until 6 months to start fruits and meat. I give him hafl of a little jar for now. I guess everyone has different opinions. Just do what you think is right for your baby! :)

Tanesheia - posted on 01/06/2010

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When Remy was 4mth old our Dr. recommended starting him on rice cerial, so that he can get use to the texture.
Tried it with him & he didn't like it at 1st, but now he's almost 6mths old and he's been having it once a day, just before his bed time.

Elizabeth - posted on 01/05/2010

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My doctor said to start solids at 4 months. She said to try cereal for a week then slowly add non-acidic fruits then green veggies. I started her with rice cereal mixed with formula but my daughter didn't like it and would spit it out. Then one day I decided to try the cereal with just warm water and now she can't get enough of it. She also tries to feed herself by grabbing the spoon.

Tracy - posted on 01/05/2010

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This is my second baby and with the first one she didn't get solids until 6mths and really wasn't even interested in them then until about 9mths. With this baby we started solids a week before Christmas, she was 5mths dec 26. I followed her ques, she had been interested in my food for over a month. Watching every forkfull of food from the plate to my mouth and if I was holding her, occasionally she tried to grab my fork. But when she grabbed a chunck of banana right out of my hand when I wasn't paying attention and started sucking on it, then screamed when I took it away I decided to start feeding her. I mushed up some of the banana in my fingers and finger fed her, she loved it.
She eats twice a day now, usually rice cereal in the morning and cereal mixed with vegetable at supper time. So far she has had banana, squash and just started sweet potato last night.
I plan on buying some jar foods but will mostly make my own like I did with my first daughter.
This sight is great for anybody who wants to make their own baby food, it has good recipes and suggestions for different stages/ages.
http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/

Molly - posted on 01/04/2010

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Baby jar foods are a waste of time and money. We waited with our boys to give food until they were able to pick up finger food and feed themselves. David was 6 months; Jesse was a few weeks shy of it. Jesse, now 6 months, eats green beans, broccoli, cucumber, and pears. He doesn't get much in there, but he does get some, and he does it himself. The learning and experience is so much more important than the food at this age. Also, this way you don't have to get them to eat the puree and then teach them to eat other food later. Some kids stay on puree for WAY longer than they should.

Amber - posted on 01/04/2010

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My baby is 5 months old and will only eat formula, cereal and oatmeal- all things that taste like formula. We have tried all friuts with her and she refuses to eat anything else. maybe she just needs more time. she is gaining weight and healthy.

Shona - posted on 01/04/2010

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My uncle was on solid foods at 1 week old because when he was a child there wasnt anything for babies allergic to milk. So he HAD to be on solids. However much the health visitor said it was gonna hurt him and things..he is now 39, 6'3 and a very very healthy man, as far as i know he has never had any real illness or nothing and ive been told he took to solids like a dream.

Nicole - posted on 01/04/2010

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the best thing to do it try.give just one food at a time to test for allergies. If you get the Gerber brand foods they tell you what ag group there approved for like supposrted sitter sitter crawler toddler and preschool. There is also a website you can visit that could give you some more advice. Gerber.com. Good Luck.

Elizabeth - posted on 01/04/2010

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my health vister said to try and hold off for aslong as possible but for him 2 definetle 2 b on soilds by 6months or i would have trouble feedin him but i found that my baby was always realy hungery so she said it was fine 2 feed him aslong as he was no younger the 17weeks he has been getin fed from around 17weeks so i dont understand y there is so much concer for waiting till they are six months if the are hungery alot i started off giving him small amounts 2 start with n now hes on 3 meals a day and is 24weeks

Amanda - posted on 01/04/2010

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I also have a 6 month old daughter and a 5 year old son, I started my son on solids at 6 months, my daughter just started at 5 months and she is doing okay, I am giving her rice cereal & formula with a 1/2 tsp. of Gerber (stage1) banannas. I tried sweet p taters and she hated it. My son was a very picky eater as an infant, I fed him the baby desserts (custards etc.) quite often because he would not eat many of the other baby foods. But as he got old enough to pick up food with his hands, he started eating cooked veggies and he still loves veggies to this day! So don't worry about sweet tooth problems. My son grew outta' that thank goodness! Try what you think your baby will like and go slow, one thing at a time, you'll do great!

Alysa - posted on 01/04/2010

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my little boy is 5 months old my health visitor and pediatrition said that i was to start my little boy on a teaspoon of baby rice. however he wont eat it. the following day i tried him on a teaspoon of a fruit jar and 2 days later he is eating 1/3 of a jar at a time 3 times a day. so id say try them on a small amount and see how he goes. they will let you know if they are ok with it or not

Shona - posted on 01/04/2010

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well..your ment to wait until they are six months, but you can start early if your careful. Dont push him into it. Try porriage or ricepudding first and then move onto differentflavours. My daughter is 5months 2weeks nd a day and she has breakfast and dinner consisting of porriage or ricepudding for breakfast and a baby dinner jar and a yoghurt for dinner along with milk of course.

Alison - posted on 01/03/2010

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My son's pediatrician said to go ahead and feed him solids as long as he is able to support his head well and that no food allergies run in the family. He has been eating 1/2 - 1 jar of baby food and 2-4 tablespoons of cereal a day plus just as much formula as he was previously on. He is large for his age, over 20 lbs and turned 5 months old on Christmas but I also started my older son on solids when he was even younger, about 4 months old and he was nowhere near as big of a baby. Plus, my youngest is tongue-tied (his tongue is tied down to the bottom of his mouth at the tip of his tongue making it harder for him to manuever his tongue like normal) and he still has no problem with foods!

Jessica - posted on 01/03/2010

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I have three boys and all of them had rice cereal put in their bottles about 2 1/2 to 3 months. My youngest is 5 1/2 months old and he has been eating oatmeal cereal with vegatable mixed in. Most pedatritions recommend waiting until your baby is 6 months to start them on any type of baby foods. I've always fed them what they were ready for. If you do start on jar foods, make sure you aren't forcing him to take a spoon. If he shows no interest, he's not ready. Start with vegetables as you don't want your baby to develop a sweet tooth for fruits and refuse the veggies later. Make sure you give him only one new veggie at a time so make sure he isn't allergic to any specfic kind. I would also recommend that if he isn't already on cereals to begin with those first. Their tummies need to adjust to the grain solids before anthing new is introduced.

Michelle - posted on 01/03/2010

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Hi there. On a recent visit to my paed he recommended from 4 months. This enables the early appearance of allergies to foods etc. My baby has been on them since 3.5mths because he was so hungry and he loved them. I think it is whatever works. As long as they are still going to bathroom as usual then no harm is being done and their livers are working fine. You know your baby best and what he needs so will know whether he is ready or not after you give it a try. I started with 2 tablespoons twice a day...whether he ate all of that is a different story!

Tina - posted on 01/03/2010

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my baby is eating baby food and she is 5 month, she got it when she was 4 month old

Jessica - posted on 01/03/2010

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My baby just turned 6 months but she has been eating purees and rice cereal since she was 4 months. Her breakfast is some rice cereal mixed with formula, her lunch is ususally a jar of carrots or sweet potatoes and for dinner if she wants, she gets a little bit of applesauce. She has cut out about 2 bottles per day and she sleeps all night. Plus her doctor just confirmed her health as being excellent! I think if you want to be a by the book mom, its ok to start at 5-6 months but for me it's better to just go by the cues your baby will give you. No one will know better than you what your baby needs or wants.

Diane - posted on 01/03/2010

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Our local nurse said 4 months is fine, start with light coloured veges like potatoes, parsnips, carrots, and then progress to gluten and lactose food like cow's milk (if you aren't already doing that since birth), then introduce the fruits (banana, pear, apple). Avoid strong coloured fruits/vege like red beets, tomatoes, etc. Lastly, meat and fish. To be intoduced around 5-6 months old.

SIMONE - posted on 01/03/2010

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Our Doctor said to start at 4 mths but we started about 3 mths and it went well ...start small.. they said to start with orange veggies

Maggs - posted on 01/03/2010

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hi all, i started giving my baby girl some baby rice and cereal when she was 4 months old. just a tiny bit at first, say maybe 1 little spoonful of rice to start off with. i'm also making my own food for her now cos i know exactly what i'm putting in it but i dont really know whats in the jars (plus its much cheaper) dont be put off by your baby spitting it out all the time cos it takes a baby at least 10 tastes of any food before her brain processes the taste!! good luck

Marsha - posted on 01/03/2010

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I started my daughter on cereal at about a month old because she has reflux and the doctor suggested thinking her formula to see if it help. I also started her on baby food at 4 months. I would make sure you start on vegetables first and do 1 at a time for a few days to check for allergies. My daughter started out on about 1/2 of a jar of vegetable for 2 or 3 days, then when there was no sign of allergy I would start a new vegetable. After I got through all the vegetables then I started introducing the fruits one at a time. Hope this helps!

DIedre - posted on 01/03/2010

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I have a 5 month old and a 5 year old. I didn't start my 1st son until he was 6mo old. I have already introduced my 5 mo old to cereal and applesauce. The cabinets are stocked and ready to go. My baby will be 6mos old on Jan. 17th. I would follow your pediatrician's advice. I've known people to start their babies earlier than 6mo. and the seem to do okay with it. :)

Donna - posted on 01/03/2010

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My doctor told me at my sons 4 month well baby that it was okay to start him on fruits and veggies. I started him on oatmeal with a spoon at 3 1/2 months, and he ate it like a champ!! Watch for the tounge reflex they have. If they are still pushing the food out with their tounge then they are not ready yet for solids try again in a week they develop quick. You know your baby and if you think they are ready than give it a try. I suggest veggies first because fruits are so sweet they won't end up liking veggies if you start with fruit. Happy Feeding :)

Haily - posted on 01/03/2010

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One more thing. If your baby starts to be interested in the food you are eating they say that is a sign they are ready. My son cries every time I eat and is always trying to eat the food on my plate

Haily - posted on 01/03/2010

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My pediatrician recomended starting my son on jars of food at 4 months start first with the yellow and orange then the green just because of the texture. Dont start friut until you have done all the veggies or they will be less likely to enjoy the veggies I feed him half a jar with his milk for breakfast lunch and dinner he eats every 3 hours so it ends up being every other day time feeding.

Candice - posted on 01/03/2010

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I have started feeding my son, who is 5 months baby jar food. I only feed him fruits and veggies though.. NO MEAT!

Robin - posted on 01/02/2010

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I started my son on rice cereal at 4 months 3 weeks. He was very interested in food and was ready to eat. I know most pediatricians say to wait till 6 months, but he was just going through way to much formula a day. I kept him on just the cereal for almost a month and just recently added home made baby food - just veggies for now. So far we've just tried peas and cauliflower. If you think your baby is ready, then go for it. You know better than anyone if he is. But start with the rice cereal first before introducing veggies.

Danielle - posted on 01/02/2010

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i started Zaiden on rice cereal at 2 months. his doctors wanted to check on him and he was going amazing with it and at 4 months i started squash and he just lovedit. but i only give him half a tub of gerber. i find its cheaper to buy the tubs 1st stage of course because then you can spilt the food. he sucks it right off the spoon and does a great job. you just know as a mom trust your instinct. a lot of mothers tell me i am "awful, horrible, & a bad mother" but i know my son better than anyone else and his doctors all tll me how well he is doing and how healthy he is. so trust your gut!!



Also the whole avoide sweet things isnt true.. babies are born with a sweet tooth. i mean dont just do fruits but there is no harm in doing a veg and then a fruit 5 days later... they love breast milk and if you have ever tried it IT IS VERY SWEET!!!

Gail - posted on 01/02/2010

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guidelines in the UK are 4-6 mths to start weaning.

Ive just started giving my 5mth baby rice so will stick with that for a couple of weeks whilst he gets used to it. You know your own baby so if you think they are ready go for it,, its trial and error.

Only advise i will give you is that only ever introduce 1 new food item at a time and do so for 3 days that way if they are allergic then you will be able to pin point what triggered it. Also avoid sweet things to start off with other wise they will get a taste for it and you will find it harder to give them savoury stuff when they are toddlers..

good luck

Alicia - posted on 01/02/2010

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SInce my daughter normally eats every 3 hours, my ped said when she consistently wants milk every two hours its time to start food. So I started her on rice cereal first, but she hated it. So then I tried veges and she loved it. Now she eats a 6 ozbottle when she first wakes up, oatmeal w/ peaches and 4 ozmilk at next feeding, then 6 oz bottle, then 1/f jar veges and 1/2 jar fruit with 4 oz milk, then 6 oz milk and she's out for the night

Ashley - posted on 01/02/2010

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Age is a factor my doctor said 4 months but take it a week at a time. introduce rice or oatmeal one week then the next start with the other that way if an allergic reaction starts you'll know what is new to him. also he needs to be able to support his head when sitting up. if his head is still flopping around it presents a higher risk of choking! it sure is fun though to watch them eat! my daughter loves her oatmeal! every time her spoon gets near her she gets excited. its so cute!

Tracey - posted on 01/02/2010

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My daughter just turned 5 months and is eating a little rice cereal and some jar baby food, like pears. Her Dr. said it was fine to feed her jar food, as long as it was stage 1. She eats it in the morning and at night and it also helps her sleep better.

Morgan - posted on 01/02/2010

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My son Jude is about to turn 6 months on the 9th, he has been eating fruit and vegetables for almost 2 months now and he loves it!! I have talked to my peids doctor about it and he said as soon as he has good enough head control to sit in a high chair to go ahead. I make all of my baby food homemade so I know exactly what is in it, and it is cheap and easy! Just make sure you introduce one food at a time and wait a couple days to try another so you are sure there are no food allergies, (rash on bottom is usually an indicator). And as for how much the doctor said he would only eat a couple of tablespoons, and when he is done he will turn his head away. Since eating he has also developed a better sleep pattern, which is really nice for me!! Good luck!!

Jenny - posted on 01/01/2010

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My baby will be 6mos on the 9th and we have been giving him baby cereal sence he was 3mons now and we started baby foods at 4mons

Kelli - posted on 01/01/2010

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Oh, and be careful with putting cereal into the babies bottle. It CAN choke them if they're not ready and cereal in the bottle just isn't a good idea in general. There is actually no proof to back up the thought that it will help/make your baby sleep because 'their belly is more full'. I know someone who put cereal in their babies bottle and he wasn't ready for it and he pushed so hard to poop that he got a hernia. Just a heads up!

Kelli - posted on 01/01/2010

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My daughter showed an interest in what my boyfriend and I were eating. We started her with cereal mixed with formula around 4 months old and we started her on the baby food (stage 1) around 4 1/2 months. She moves the food back and forth in her mouth---a sign that she is/was in fact ready for it. She won't eat ANY fruits, but she absolutely LOVES vegetables. She especially likes green beans, squash, and sweet potatoes. If you notice your baby shows an interest you can try cereal mixed with formula first. I noticed my daughter enjoys the oatmeal cereal more than the rice cereal. Make sure you make it nice and 'watered down'... just make sure you mix enough formula or breast milk in with the cereal. Maybe try just a little bit and see how your baby takes it. If your baby moves it back and forth in their mouth then they are ready. Your babies doctor will give you their recommendation, but I've learned to just read my baby to see what she wants.

Chelsi - posted on 01/01/2010

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My lil guy was 5 months on the 30th and has been having rice cereal in his bottle since he was about 3 1/2 months old. At 4 months I started feeding him rice cereal w/ a spoon at lunch time. I put 1/4 cup rice cereal into 10ozs of formula before bedtime and at lunch I start w/ 1 tbs of rice cereal in a bowl and mix in the formula slowly until it falls off the spoon easily (not clumpy at all). I think now at 5 months I will go ahead to the oatmeal until he is 6 months and then start the baby food. Ultimatly it is up to you as there are plenty of moms who have started there children on baby food well before 5 months!

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