when is a good age to start baby on food

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Dana - posted on 01/18/2009

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I was also told by my doctor that I could start my son on Step One baby food at 4 months. He started eating rice cereal at 2.5 months before going to bed so he could sleep longer throughout the night. He was waking up every hour on the hour to eat. I have fed him the rice cereal with a spoon since I've started feeding it to him to make the transition later on easier. My son was also 16 pounds and 28 inches long at two months.

Micha - posted on 01/18/2009

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WEll I Have Started Feeding My Little Boy Porridge And Rice. My Midwife Told Me Theres Nothing Wrong With That. Hes My Baby I Choose When, Some people May Not Agree With That. But I Spent Alot Of Time In And Out Of Seein Doctors And Nurses Because He Has Reflux. We Tried Everything Gaviscon, Gripe Water in The Bottle And He Narrowed it Down To Givin Him a Bit Of Porridge Or Rice In The Morning And Ever Since Hes Kept His Food Down. If He Didnt Have This I Dont Think I Would Give It To Him Till 6 Months But I Doesnt Do Anyharm.Some People Are So Against It But Do As You Want To At The End Of The Day This Is Your Baby And You No Whats Right 4 Him.

Stefanie - posted on 01/17/2009

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Im waiting until at least 6 months (see the last paragraph of Megan's post as to why). Originally I was going to wait longer (closer to 8 months) to make sure his gut was completely mature, but I think my son's gut is maturing already (I can tell b/c his poop is changing), so I'm just waiting for the other things to fall into place (sitting unassisted, tongue-thrust gone, pincer grasp established, etc.). I think I'll start feeding him when he grabs it off my plate, as long as he is 6 months. ;)

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I'm waiting until 6 months to start my daughter on solids. Megan above is right about the readiness signs. I also agree that your doctor is nuts. My daughter nurses or has bottles (i work) every 2 hours but sleeps from 8/9pm to 7/8am typically. She's tanking up to sleep so well.

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Quoting Heather:

I was told as soon as baby is not getting full off just bottle or breast. My 3 month old is 14 lbs and is also above average for weight. If baby can't go 3 hours between feedings they're not getting full. Every baby is different so it really depends on the baby. 6 months is just an average, not a mandatory start time. Different drs say different things. Go with your gut, whenever you feel baby is ready try a small amount of runny consistency cereal ans see how they handle it. My son handles it just fine. But only do it once a day at the beginning.



Wow, who told you that?! My son eats every 1.5-2 hours, and has since the day he was born. He breastfeeds on-demand, so it's up to him how much and when he eats, but he's never gone more than 2.5 hours without eating. Every pedi I've ever spoken to has said that babies SHOULDN'T go more than 3 hours between feedings, except at night. =-X



My son is also above average for height and weight (16.5 lbs, and 24.5 inches at his 2-month check-up), and will not so much as smell solids until he's AT LEAST 6 months old. As a child development specialist, I can tell you that 99.9% of infants are not physically developed enough to start solids, let alone their little digestive systems. IF YOUR INFANT CANNOT FULLY SIT UNSUPPORTED AND STILL HAS THE TONGUE-THRUST REFLEX (when he/she seems to 'spit' food out when you put it in his/her mouth), HE/SHE IS NOT READY FOR SOLIDS! Please research this for yourself, rather than listening to every grandma or friend on the street. It is so much safer to feed a bottle/breastfeed a little more often, and wait until your child is truly ready. Choking, future obesity, reflux and serious food allergies are just a few of the serious and all-too-common consequences of starting kids on solids before they are physically ready/developed.

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6 months is the recommended age. Some people still believe 4 months is long enough to wait, but the risks of developing food allergies are SO much lower if you just wait that extra two months.

Ashleigh - posted on 01/16/2009

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my son is 3months old i recently started givin him baby rice or baby porridge be cause he was not satisfied with just his milk he was havin 6oz every 2 hours so i use milk out ov his 6oz bottle to make a runny porridge or rice an what is left over he drinks. But i only feed him food once a day. Nobody can tell u the right time there is only you that nos wot ur baby wants an needs. All babys are different i think doctors an health visitors are there to put the fear ov god in to you. Hope i helped. good luck xx

Ashleigh - posted on 01/16/2009

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my son is 3months old i recently started givin him baby rice or baby porridge be cause he was not satisfied with just his milk he was havin 6oz every 2 hours so i use milk out ov his 6oz bottle to make a runny porridge or rice an what is left over he drinks. But i only feed him food once a day. Nobody can tell u the right time there is only you that nos wot ur baby wants an needs. All babys are different i think doctors an health visitors are there to put the fear ov god in to you. Hope i helped. good luck xx

Heather - posted on 01/16/2009

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I was told as soon as baby is not getting full off just bottle or breast. My 3 month old is 14 lbs and is also above average for weight. If baby can't go 3 hours between feedings they're not getting full. Every baby is different so it really depends on the baby. 6 months is just an average, not a mandatory start time. Different drs say different things. Go with your gut, whenever you feel baby is ready try a small amount of runny consistency cereal ans see how they handle it. My son handles it just fine. But only do it once a day at the beginning.

Nancy - posted on 01/16/2009

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The norm according to most Ddoctors is 6 months but there are exceptions to this rule. My daughter is almost 12 weeks and weighs 15lbs. When we went for her vaccinations last week the practitioner nurse told me that because my daughter is in the upper percentile for growth development (she was born a big girl) and because she's able to hold her head up by herself, I could start her on cereal by 4 months. I know that to start earlier than the 6 months they have to be able to hold their head up so they won't choke.

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Because a baby's digestive system is very sensitive in the first number of months, it isn't recommended to feed baby food until 6 months of age.

Ainslee - posted on 01/15/2009

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I just asked the doctor about this, he said forsure no sooner then 3-4 months but there is a higher risk of your child developing food allergies if infant cerel is introduced before 6 months.

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