Katarina - posted on 07/31/2009
I have been waiting for my baby-boy to start showing interest in food, because I heard it´s the best time to start introducing food when baby gets interested. I breastfeed, but planning to start giving food after he´s 5 months. Some start earlier, especially if baby is not growing "enough" on milk. In Finland they recommend that you start giving solid food somewhere about 4-6months. And when you begin, start making a routine: breakfeast, lunch etc.. try keeping a schedule so that your baby gets used to eating at certain time
i just started my girl on solids 3 weeks ago. first the cereal mix w formula in the bottle.and now she gets mixed cereal w/fomula & w 1/2 jar of food all mixed together off a spoon and she loves it, i have learned that the cereal gives it a little different texture they seem to like it more.
Awyn - posted on 07/29/2009
i haven't started my son on solids yet. he has good head control and seems curious about foods but he isn't sitting well. we also have a lot of allergies in the family and i'm just being cautious. he's breastfed exclusively and i never feed him from a bottle. he eats up to 8 times throughout the day and usually once or twice overnight. breastfed kids generaly don't need any solids until 6 months, but i'm going to watch him and if he's ready at 5 months, and his doc agrees, i'll give rice cereal a try. :)
Brandi - posted on 07/27/2009
I started my son on cereal and he loves it... even from the very first time we gave it to him, he ate it wonderfully. I tried starting the veggies... but we both managed to catch a stomache bug being away from our home for the past month (my husband has been sent for training and we tagged along) .. waiting for him to get over it to go on with the veggies.
Nicola - posted on 07/27/2009
my boy is 4 months on fri day but we started him last sunday (whats a week really?) he was just always hungry and i dont want to put him on anymorw formula as he already has 2 bottle in the arvo...we just gave him some mash banana with some beast milk in it to thin it up...he loves it!!!
i haven't thus far but i swear ex-hubbies aunt is giving her some kind of food, but i was told by my doctor wait till she's at least 5 months but there are cereals that say it's for as early as 4 months so it's your personal choice they more likely say it so your child has a better grasp on things and learn spoon to mouth coordination better...mmmh.....
Amanda - posted on 07/22/2009
My daughter has been eating cereal, spoon fed, like a pro for a couple of weeks now. I mix a couple teaspoons with some formula, then give her a decreased oz. bottle afterwards, then put her down for a nap at about noon. she also has some cereal with her formula at night before bed. I have mixed stage 1 gerber fruits with the cereal, and that seems to agree with her, but I do that a little sporatically. And just a little bit! The acid from the fruit alone may upset their little tummys!
Elizabeth - posted on 07/21/2009
I have started my baby on solids. He is 4 1/2 months old and has great head control and was starting to nurse every hour or so. We started with rice cereal for dinner and have added a veggie to dinner and rice cereal for breakfast. He only gets a tbsp or so every feeding and always nurses about 30 min before to make sure he is still getting the nutrients he needs.
Amber - posted on 07/19/2009
My son is 4m, 1 w and has been on solid for 5 weeks now. We started with rice cereal in a bottle at 3m, 3w, then started giving him rice cereal in a bowl 3m, 4w....baby food started at 4 months. Currently he gets a 6oz btl in the morning when he wakes up, followed by three more 6oz btls (3-4 hours apart) and half a thing of baby food. Before bed he gets a 8oz bt, 3 scoops formula and 1 scoop rice. He is very healthy and growing well. The Ped said we could even start to take out one of his mid day bottles if we wanted to start giving him more baby food instead.
Everest - posted on 07/19/2009
We are on our 4 week of soilds. My son loves everything expect carrots. We have been giving him rice cereal since 1 month because of spit up.
He can eat a whole container of veggies in one sitting. Today I gave him banannas for the first time and he kinda like them. I have replace one bottle with a soild and thinking of adding another feeding at night. I have also introduced apple juice 3 parts water 1 part juice.
Kristy - posted on 07/19/2009
I started my son at 4mths on cereal and veggies. My doctor told me to go ahead since he sits well and shows interest in our food. The first two days I gave him a small amount of oatmeal cereal mixed with formula (I was told by my doc not to give him rice since he has constipation problems already) I gave him a small amount in the morning and at night. He would take a few bites and was done with it. The 3rd day I gave him some peas and he LOVED it. Just like my first two I only started him on a new food one at a time giving him 2-3days on the same food to see if he had any allergic reactions or things like that. I dont have him on a constant schedule right now. I do try to give him cereal in the morning and some veggies at lunch and then at night. He isnt thrilled with the cereal so I have been mixing it in with his veggies. He eats from the spoon great and leans in and opens his mouth for more and keeps his mouth closed and turns away when he is full. Some days he'll eat a good amount the next day he may only take 4-5 spoonfuls. I dont force anything. He has tried all the veggies and eats them but has taken a big liking to peas. *LoL* Im going to introduce fruits this week in the morning again one at a time for 2-3days. Its more of a fun thing for him and I have him in a high chair and he does great in it. I have also gave him a sippy cup with water for him to play with. When I had my 2nd my oldest daughter gave her a sippy cup at 5mths and came running to me in the kitchen and said mommy sydney drank my juice. I didnt believe her of course but she handed her the cup and there she drank it. So my son is 4mths and I give him the cup with water when he is in his high chair and in his exersaucer today he actually took a sip of it but it dribbled out of his mouth because he wasnt sure what that was *LoL*
Melissa - posted on 07/19/2009
I'm put cereal in his bottle at nights now for about a month. Any time I've tried to spoon feed him, though he gets really frustrated and only eats about 4-5 bites. But I keep trying :o) I don't know if he's just not ready or he is irritated because it won't get into his mouth as fast as a bottle!
Heather - posted on 07/18/2009
I started my little one on rice cereal! He is four months old....and after trying it for a few days I don't think he is ready. Instead I will just mix the cereal with his breastmilk twice a day and thicken it up and hopefully get him ready to try at a later date.
Watch the video of us feeding him! We tried it, then he screamed and the only thing I could do to calm him was to breastfeed him.
Becky - posted on 07/18/2009
My little girl is 3 1/2 months.. and sleeps through the night... she is a champ with eating.... she drinks abotu 4-5 7oz bottles a day... and we just started her on rice cereal this week.. she loves it now.. she gets it about 2 1/2 hrs before bed.. and i have her sit in her bumbo chair... she gets 2 tablespoons mixed with her formula not water... and she is spoon fed.. she loves it.. she leans into the spoon now... it's hilarious.. and does the mmm.mmm sounds when she is trying to swallow it...
Sabrina - posted on 07/18/2009
I introduced rice cereal at 3 months, with just a tbsp of rice cereal mixed with 3-4 tbsp of previously boiled water. I also mixed her formula (8oz bottle) with a tbsp of rice cereal to get her used to it. 1 bottle a day for a week for the morning feed. I started with the rice cereal that you mix with formula/breast milk, now I use the one you mix with water - you have to calculate exactly how much to use when using the one with formula/breast milk mix or else you change the nutition value.
After a week, I started to use more rice cereal in the formula (at this time, change the nipple level as the formula doesn't come out).
The 3rd week I did every other bottle with the increased amount of rice cereal in her formula. She still loves it.
Rule of thumb is, if they throw-up or have diarrhea, then they're not ready. You'll notice within a week as to how they react. That's why they say give it a week to see if they react, it really does take that long.
At first She didn't understand how swallow, so almost everything came out like drool. I started with the mornings and then realized she was too fussy and hungry to even try eating properly. I then switched to the afternoons, just before I knew she would ask for a feed. This way, she's not starving and is patient enough to eat slowly with a spoon. I kept trying to feed her with a spoon, but I skipped a few days here and there to give both of us a break. This week she finally started swallowing properly and liked eating with a spoon. I still bottle feed her, but at lunch I first start with spoon feeding and the finish with the bottle.
Ashley - posted on 07/17/2009
My little one just turned four months old this week. He has great head control, but we are going to wait until he can sit up better in his chair before we start solids. He just started sleeping through the night this past week as well. Right now he eats roughly 5-6 times a day and anywhere from 4-7 ounces. He usually eats every 3-3.5 hours, but sometimes wants to eat again 2 hours after he wakes up. We have been mixing some rice cereal in with his bottle before bed for about a month.
Courtney - posted on 07/17/2009
We started feeding Penny solids last night. She had her four month check up this past Thursday, and her doc said that since she is doing so well with rice cereal, rolling from front to back and from back to front, and sleeping all night, why not. She said that she usually recommends starting it around 5 months, but told us that she thought we should go ahead and try now. We tried sweet potatoes and she hasn't liked them yet. We bought the Gerber stage 1 food, and she ate barely anything out of the container. I think she just needs to get used to the texture. We tried mixing it today with rice cereal, but she still didn't like it too much, so we are going to try one more day and then try something else. We feed her out of the spoon once or twice a day. If it is rice cereal she eats about a tablespoon and a half. Penny's doc said when you first try a fruit or veggie that you must have them on the same one for three days to make sure that there are no food allergies to that one. After that you can try something else, or add to the one she likes because then you will know if there is a reaction, that the second add-in is the one to blame. Have you gone to her four month checkup yet?
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