3 month old having baby food?

Samantha - posted on 08/22/2011 ( 104 moms have responded )

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I gave my 3 month old same apples just a few spoonfuls he liked it is it too soon to keep feeding him fruits i know they say 4 months and others say 6 months but hes so tiny im hoping it will fatten him up a little!

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Ellie - posted on 06/26/2013

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Hey now babies have reflexes if you decide to try giving a taste of mash banana to a baby say 3 months old, they start to poke there tongues out ways that is a reflex called tunge thrust meaning baby not ready, baby actually pushing food out with tunge, if you give baby food and baby uses tunge to take food back to the throat to swallow then it's okay for starting baby on sample tastes, some ppl get this tunge reflex as in baby is enjoying or licking food wrong, this reflex is given to us to tell our caretaker not ready or ready no doctors when we were primates. Child psychologist ... Hope this helps also ask your GP

Merry - posted on 08/23/2011

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I wouldn't, my baby acts like she wants food but I know her intestines aren't ready for digesting stuff like that. She's getting nothing but my milk for 6 months minimum after that I'll watch for the signs she is ready
-sitting unsupported
-lost tongue thrust reflex
-pincher grasp mastered
-able to chew
I won't spoon feed her, she will feed herself small soft chunks when she's ready.
Apples and fruits have waaaaaay less fats and proteins then human milk or formula so feeding your baby purred fruits won't fatten him up! If anything, feeding him fruits in place of his milk will make him gain weight slower!

Samantha - posted on 09/30/2011

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Depends on who you're talking to. With my oldest son (5 now) his grandmother (dad's mom) and my grandmother BOTH gave him random southern "goodies" before he even reached a full 2 months...I was soo angry!!!!!(I was a new mother and my newborn was being fed cornbread!?)...but he came out just fine. Corn bread smushed up, sweet potatoes baked till they mush, and a drumstick, yes, a CHICKEN BONE( gristle removed). well...I thought they were crazy. he didn't react to it in any sort of negitive way and he ended up skipping jar food and went straight into "table food"...my second son (now 3) almost the same but a little bit later. He was 3 months when we introduced the rice cereal...then my grandmother barged in again with the sweet potatoes. Our new baby girl is a little over 2 months and we've started her on gerber cookies...she drools like there's no tomorrow and her doctor gave us the "Yep she's teething, enjoy!". she has also tried rice cereal and watered down apple juice. I'd say talk to his doctor and if there's no family history of allergies, do what your motherly intuition tells you to. Good luck! :)

Jennifer - posted on 09/19/2011

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Women, Infants and Children..It is a program in the States that help out "low income" families with babies, kids up to 5 and pregnant women. Pregnant women get vouchers for things like milk, bread, eggs, etc. And breastfeeding women up to one year the same. Formula babies receive vouchers for all their formula thru age 1 and baby foods from 6 months-1 year. Then children 1-5 get the same as pregnant women and breastfeeding women. I have several friends that use it and its a lifesaver for families that can't afford formula!

Ruby - posted on 09/28/2012

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i have raised 7 children and i started giving them rice cereal at 4 weeks, if they are hungry and you don't make the food to heavy they can eat it. doctors don't like it but i have raised 7 with my youngest 21 years old and my oldest is 47 years old. so baby food like gerber step #1 is not going to hurt your baby. Try just a little at time and see how your baby reacts to the food to make sure there are no allergies to the food.

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Sylma - posted on 04/01/2014

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I have a 3 and a half month baby. I had been adding 2 spoonsful of baby food (bananas, pears, squash, sweet potatoes and carrots) to his bottles. He went thru 12 formulas after I wasn’t able to breast feed and kept throwing up. After I thicken the milk its been the best thing for him. Pediatrician told me to give him cereal and he started with symptoms of asthma and bad constipation, as soon as I took him off everything went away. With the food he goes fine, and no more snorting like a piggy at night. Not all babies are the same. My cousin baby boy is 3 weeks older than mine. He is in the 40% growth on the charts mine is in the 95%. Her baby wears 3 months clothes, mine wears 9 months. Not because he is fat, but because his dad is 6'9" and Im 5"10. My baby turned at 2 weeks and everyone thinks the way he reacts and acts around that he is bigger. As mom we all know our babies. We can read all we want, but not all babies will develop the same. Some of us will wait until 6 months, because that’s what the babies need. Others have to go in early with the feeding. I haven’t spoon feed my son until he is ready, he just drinks it inside his milk

Abier - posted on 12/03/2012

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I gave my 3 month old baby apple sauce and she loved it ...her Doc.said she can have some veggies to but i still did'nt try it ...

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I agree with other post. Check with your Pedi. My sons almost 3 mos. and his said wait til he's 4 mos.

Stephanie - posted on 11/17/2011

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I have five children, the oldest is 12, youngest is 3 months. They were all fed according to how I felt they needed to be. They all eat whatever is prepared every day! I have seen the 12 yr old put away an entire spaghetti squash by himself!! My two yr old, I think she isn't satisfied until she is full of any type of beans. I have pictures of her squealing with excitement thanks to greens and beans on her plate at eight months old! I am pretty sure according to some doctors, mine were eating solids too early, but my family has no history of allergies diabetes, etc, and my kids are healthy as can be. Five kids and only one ever non scheduled dr visit! I could go on and on. The baby will be four months on the 20th. She sits in the highchair and is fed with a spoon rice cereal, applesauce, and whatever veggie I have steamed for dinner and pureed for her. She never fusses any more. Believe me, with five kids, I would not dare risk giving her a tummy ache! I have happy healthy kids! Just start with gentle foods and use your motherly instinct!

Lisa - posted on 11/17/2011

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i also think these days people think about shit waaaaaay too much and dont just get on with it i waas 16 when i had my 1st and to b honest never put much thought into wether it was veg or fruit! but funny enough my son eats more veg then fruit! i think people need to losen up stop worrying aaaaaaaaaaaaalllllllllllll the time and enjoy the weaning process for what its ment to be FUN!!

Lisa - posted on 11/17/2011

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personally i hink all babies r different ...my 1st son who is now 7 i had to wean him at 2 n half months he was on hungry baby and feedin 8 - 9 oz ever 1 -2 hours health prodfessionals tol me this was best, my 2nd son was totally different, he had collic and even at 5 months even though bottles wasnt completly satisfying him he was feeding every 2 - 3 hours weaning bought on bad collic, and we was told to go against it! so we had to wait longer, wer as my youngest she is 3 months and i have started her on baby rice as she was watching us eat aggitated and still trying to suck and chew her fingers and she has taken to weaning just fine, now my 1st son eats absolutly everything, my 2nd son is so fussy (but he also is being assessed for autism) so he doesnt eat all that much at all, my daughter is doing really well, my 1st son has no medical problems what so ever, and diabetes i personnally think has nothing to do with early weaning, u either get it due to lack of healthy life style or a virus that can attack the pancreas! i think some health proffesionals r trying to blame obecity for early weaning too which i find funny, but hey thats me, mums should do what THEY feel best for THEIR babies :)

Kalisa - posted on 11/14/2011

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My baby is 4 1/2 mnths old and we started out giving him banana puree, then apple and peas. I agree variety is important I do not believe that giving your baby fruits first will cause them to not like vegetables. So far, so good! He loves everything we have given him so far. I also, make all of his baby food. I think it's normal to receive so much advice and suggestions that it's hard to know what is "best", but as parents you have to do what works for your child, and just know as parents we are all doing the best that we can to raise healthy children.

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What you put in your second post was completely different to your first Olivia, I completely agree that if babies are ONLY given fruit for extended periods they are likely to prefer sweet foods and may be more likely to reject vegetables. But giving baby apples (for example) as their first food won't make them reject veges. We introduce a fruit then a veg then a fruit then a veg etc etc so the children get a mix of everything variety is the key because the opposite could happen too if the child only has veges they could reject fruit as it's too sweet...variety is important.



But as I said it is an old wives tale that babies should eat veges first, but they should have a varied diet where possible!

Summer - posted on 11/13/2011

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that is waaaaaaaaaaayy too young. if anything try adding cereal to his breast milk. BUT the sooner you start foods the hihger the risk of food allergies and diabetes and several othe issues

Olivia - posted on 11/13/2011

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I am breastfeeding both my babies fully with self weaning when they are ready, and I know and understand that breastmilk is naturally sweet. I am just sharing the knowledge that my midwife shared with me who has been working with babies and keeping up with current information for over 30 years. Just sharing what I know to help.

I know there are many wives tales and I do not believe any of them but this specific information makes sense to me and I have seen it in kids that where given just fruit. I am not against fruit in the beginning, just dont forget about veggies. What they eat this young their taste buds are use to and if they are ONLY use to sweets they WILL reject the not sweet veggies, maybe you can eventually get them to like them and maybe they wont. Just something to take into consideration.

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"and for tastes purposes its best to start and focus on veggies, fruits are natural sugar and if they get use to the sweets they will not want their veggies."

That's an old wives tale, it's not true. Breastfed babies are used to sweetness because naturally breast milk is sweet yet breastfed babies still enjoy vegetables.

Olivia - posted on 11/13/2011

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It does absolutely nothing for them, they do not take in the nutrition at this time and in some cases it can sort of rot in their stomach. The reason they say 4 months is the earliest (still even too soon for most) is because the digestive system needs more developing and getting use to things.



If you are set on starting to feed solids at 3 months start off with just a pea size taste to make sure there is no allergy's and they take it well. Then after a week you can increase it more. Do not do more then one thing in a two week span, it can sometimes take that long for something wrong to show up. But after you slowly increase to 2 spoonfuls by around 5-6months then they can handle more. But still for the next few months after that you don't want to do more then one type in a week span, but around 6 months you can feed them more often like ever 2 days or so.



But nutritionally solids do absolutely nothing for babies until they are around 8,10-12months old. This time period before then is solely to expand their taste buds.



This is just general information you are your child's mother and the sole person who has a degree in your child so in your gut you know whats best if you are attached to your child and them to you.



edit: and for tastes purposes its best to start and focus on veggies, fruits are natural sugar and if they get use to the sweets they will not want their veggies.

Christine - posted on 11/11/2011

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my little one just turned 3 months and i have started to feed her some fruit and some baby oat meal. cause the bottles doesnt seen to fill her up

Angie - posted on 11/08/2011

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I wonder as well - WHO says babies should be breastfeed till 6 moths and that's when weaning should start...but I also read that weaning can begin when the following conditions are fulfilled: baby is at least 17 weeks, holds his neck, is interested when people are eating and some also say that the baby should have at least 1 tooth... also I heard that some people start weaning at 4 months unnecessarily as this is when babies have their growth spur....more questions that answers. Re your concern - all babie's gain weight differently so as long as your LO is gaining it's all ok, I guess there's no need to burden babies maturing digestive system too soon; he'll have his all life to eat solids ;)

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Jennifer maybe I'm misunderstanding you but if could give your baby a bottle with rice cereal and milk in why couldn't you just give milk?

Merry - posted on 11/01/2011

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Solids don't help babies gain weight. Breastmilk has the highest fat and calories and protein in any baby safe food.

Jennifer - posted on 11/01/2011

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Too each their own because every baby is different. I gave my son rice in his bottle at 3 months because we were going on a 3 hour trip and because it was a shuttle service to his doc apt in nashville we couldn't stop to feed him. Then at 4 months the doc said start solids because he was under weight. Go to your babys doc and see what they say.

Merry - posted on 10/28/2011

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How much does she weigh? I've never heard of a baby thats too fat! They don't even calculate BMI until 2 years!

Rachel - posted on 10/28/2011

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I started my daughter on foods at 3 & 1/2 months. Shes fine! But I have the opposite problem! She is really chunky and I'm trying to get her on a schedule of not eating as much as she used to to get her down to the weight that I feel is okay.

Rachel - posted on 10/28/2011

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I started my daughter on foods at 3 & 1/2 months. Shes fine! But I have the opposite problem! She is really chunky and I'm trying to get her on a schedule of not eating as much as she used to to get her down to the weight that I feel is okay.

Kalisa - posted on 10/25/2011

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I plan to start giving my son bananas soon. He will be 4 months at the end of this week, next I will try sweet potatoes. To my knowledge these are safe first foods.

Chelsea - posted on 10/25/2011

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This is the thing! Food allergies only came to be within the last 30 yrs or so. My dad is 70 yrs old him and my grandmother who would be 102, both fed their children mashed potatoes, and anything else you could mash by the time the baby was about a month old. None of my aunts, uncles, or any of my siblings have any medical issues because of it. Now giving your kid all kinds of sugared down crap yea you need to hold off on it preferable a yr, but if you chose to give it earlier it shouldnt be before they are 9mos. Everyone is so freaked out over allergies. Well if there are no issues with allergies in your family then I wouldn't worry about it. Also if you notice they are doing fine with just the formula/ breast milk then stick to that only. However if you notice they dont seem to be getting enough start out slow and work your way up, just remember there can always be issues starting the foods, and/or even holding off. Babys digestive system is getting stronger everyday and in MY opinion its best to give them a start at everything before they are 1 so that way the immune system has already had time to adjust to all the foods you might intake in the future. After the immune system is fully developed is not the time to start them on these things because then it might not tolerate it, and thats when the allergy will set in.

User - posted on 10/24/2011

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I wouldn't start cereal yet..my baby boy is almost 3 mos and he's just gotten to a 4oz formula bottle..he's 13.5lbs and he's ok. It's ok if your baby is tiny, mine is big :) Listen to your baby before giving cereal. My doc said 4-5 mos I could do cereal/solids

April - posted on 10/24/2011

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my lil guy is 11 weeks and he has rice cereal. formula alone isnt cutting it for him and was making him spit up. since introducing cereal he almost never spits up and is more content. id say do what you have to do, children from our generation were fed food a lot younger that "recommended"and we are all fine.

Merry - posted on 10/21/2011

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Ok I'm all for thinking outside what just the dr says but at least think about your drs recommendation! And try to be even more careful then the dr recommends not more careless.
Our feelings aren't always best. Solid medical findings are best.

Linnaea - posted on 10/21/2011

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you should start with vegies first but other then that no i fed my first baby food at 3 months..... dont listen to dr's about stuff like that do what you feel is right....

Roxanne - posted on 10/19/2011

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the longer you wait the better. Starting foods too early can promote food allergies. also, their digestive system isnt developed enough for it. Their little intestines wouldnt even be able break it down to absorb the nutrients. There is alot less calories in baby food than there is in formula or breast milk, so you want your baby to gain weight then the best thing to do is increase their milk intake. Some babies, like people have faster metabolisms than others, so unless your doctor says too then I wouldnt worry about fattening her up. She will let you know if she is not getting enough nutrition.

Chasity - posted on 10/05/2011

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Waiting til six months like recommended for all babies by the aap.

Jennifer - posted on 10/04/2011

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But not the majority :) I say go with your gut. If your gut says yes and it goes well thats awesome! If not, give it a bit and try again! :-)

Bec - posted on 10/04/2011

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I'm considering the same with my 11 weeker. He's m 4th, the rest were all breastfed and weaned from 4 months, and I didn't seem to have any problems. Did it help sleeping through the night??? I'm pooped and need some sleep :)

Rachel - posted on 10/03/2011

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Babies have developing digestive systems until 6 mnth, feeding him/her food now will not harm just keep a full belly longer as it takes lots of work to break down the food. If your baby isn't getting enough from formula try giving more at a feeding or adding rice cereal to the bottle.

Jennifer - posted on 10/03/2011

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Tons. But everyone will go with what they want to so if you want to wait until whatever research you've done tells you to wait..then thats great..for YOUR family.

Merry - posted on 10/02/2011

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Yeah if it's undecided I go with my gut too. Is there any conflicting facts in starting solids?

Jennifer - posted on 10/01/2011

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Oh I didn't mean that in a mean or negative way..sorry if it came off like that.
Yes..but for every "proven fact" there is another that says just the opposite..so for things like this..I just go with my gut.

Merry - posted on 10/01/2011

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I think you're doing great too :) I think it's *better* to wait 6 months but I think it's *fine* to start sooner.
I'm a HUGE advocate of trusting your instincts, like not letting baby cry, not scheduling baby, letting baby sleep with you, self weaning, etc. But if my instincts go against a fact then I have to adjust my feelings to make sure they don't go against any proven facts.
Make sense? I hope so.

Jennifer - posted on 10/01/2011

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That's nice.
But overall...You can follow any guidelines you want to and there is no certainty that nothing will happen to your child when it eats for the first time..whether that is 3 months or 9 months or a year. So go with your instincts. If I couldn't trust my own instincts then I feel I would be better off not becoming a mother in the first place. IMO.
Every mother knows their own child best and can do whatever they feel is best for that child. Can't really compare binding feet to sampling food at certain ages..
Maybe what I do for my children isn't the best option for your children..but my instincts tell me I am doing a great job :-)

Merry - posted on 10/01/2011

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I guess i don't trust my motherly instincts blindly, I mean moms were quite happy to bind their baby girls feet, or scar their faces, or circ their daughters. Their societies said this stuff was good and fine so they felt fine doing it. But in reality it was and is dangerous stuff! I like a good balance between medical facts and my instincts.

Tawnya - posted on 09/27/2011

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My daughter was not only eating all the time and not just during growth spurts but she quit gaining weight. She didnt lose any but she wasnt gaining either. Mind you I did the same with my 5 year old and she is 3ft 7in and 39lbs. She is thin, but eats alot, but healthy foods and is always playing outside, hiking and riding her bike.

Tawnya - posted on 09/27/2011

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My 3 1/2 month old takes zantac for her GERD and cereal in her bottles, but I have pumped exclusively for 12 weeks and breastfed before that. I started pumping due to breastfeeding problems and no access at the hospital or town I live in for help until we were established on the bottle. But I feel as long as the baby is getting breastmilk, why does it matter how they get it. I still have skin to skin contact with the baby while i bottle feed her and am closer to her then I was to my oldest when I formula fed her. Im also healthier now, eat healthier and down to my ideal weight because I eat and exercise to make sure that my baby has the best milk and mommy possible.

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Tawnya my son was the same (except instead of breast milk he was drinking 8 9oz bottles of hungry baby formula a day, we couldn't keep up), we started him on solids at 3 1/2 months because he was ready but most babies aren't, I advocate for readiness rather than an age because that does differ...my daughter is almost 4 1/2 months and is not showing signs of readiness yet.

Merry - posted on 09/27/2011

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How do you define 'too much breastmilk' ?
It's the healthiest thing we can eat!
Not that I'm arguing, just curious how there could be too much breastmilk.

Tawnya - posted on 09/27/2011

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Everyone always says they they need to watch for the signs she is ready
-sitting unsupported
-lost tongue thrust reflex
-pincher grasp mastered
-able to chew
But my daughter is 3 1/2 months and has been doing these things for 2 weeks now. She is developing early as she can roll over from belly to back and back to belly and scoots on the floor on her arms and knees. I have talked to her Pediatrician and since she does all these things and the Pediatrician has seen them, plus she is now not sleeping through the night and drinks way to much breast milk, I was told to start her on Oatmeal cereal because the other ones constipate her and fruits and vegetables and juices.

Rebekah - posted on 09/23/2011

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Every baby is different! Rowan started rice once a day at dinner time because he would eat 14 oz of breastmilk and started to wake up at night because he was still hungry. We are now eating solids 3 times a day with 7 oz bottles 4 times a day.....and he won't be 4 months for another week. Rowan takes after Daddy....long, skinny and a bottomless pit of a stomach. The guidelines aren't for every baby. Talk with your doc to get an opinion on the matter, but remember that you're mom and you have the final say!

Ashley - posted on 09/22/2011

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i started my son on baby food around 3 month i would just give him some rice every other night because all he wanted to do was nurse! now that hes just a little over 4 months he wont eat the rice. so i say go for it give your baby some food wont hurt him any!

Kelsey - posted on 09/22/2011

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Well Colean is 3 1/2 months and formula just wasnt filln him up so now he is eating fruits and cereal

Stephanie - posted on 09/22/2011

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Absolutely! Just to let everyone know,,, I took Karlee to the dr yesterday, and she is exactly where she needs to be according to standards. they said she is 'perfect'. she is only two months old and only has cereal and diluted juice so far, but hey, this is my fifth child. I still believe there is nothing wrong with it

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