When is my baby ready for solid food?
Your baby has been drinking breast milk or formula since birth. How do you start the transition to solid food, and how do you know whether your baby is ready?
I have a breastfed baby, 3 months old, weighing in at 19 lbs and we have not started any foods yet. We were told to wait until he is 6 months old. Since he is doing so well we will continue to only breastfeed until 6 months old.
baby's saliva changes when they start getting teeth, before this, best food is breast milk. Once teeth start, begin slowly with least allergic foods, Dont offer foods that either parent or close relative has allergy or intollerances to. Many Parents begin food too soon, told that giving, say Cereal will help the sleep. This is because, their system isnt ready, and it takes so much energy to digest, they dont have the energy to wake up!. If the poop begins to stink, then, the baby is not digesting the food correctly. If they begin to have nasty gas, again, they are not digesting well, setting them up for digestive problems later on.
when they have first tooth, thats when you introduce something new, drop by drop and slowly increase dau by day, one drop the first time and so on. Make sure you observe for the reaction in poop and gas.
6 months or later. When infants are sitting up and look interested in food, they may be ready to try. I'm a firm believer in at least waiting until 6 months. We started my son at exactly 6 months, because my husband was anxious for him to eat. Well he ate way more of the oatmeal then the box said an infant would for the first feeding. However now that I know more about waiting for solids, I may wait longer if/when I have baby 2. My son was EBF for the first 6 months.
There's some studies I read that says baby rice cereal is actually not suitable starter foods! No time to google on this now, but personally, I think starter pureed vege and fruits, esp those like sweet potato be good! Sugar would be natural too, instead of baby cereal.. also for those with milk allergy, be sure not to opt for the cereal with milk powder.
Mei of EczemaBlues
Sorry i dont know how to post a question! But I was just wondering when the right time to start introducing my 3 month old baby solid foods? she is breastfed and is wanting to be on the boob all day. She use to only fed every 4 - 5 hours and have 2 reasonable naps and a few little ones a day and would sleep from about 8:30pm to about 7:30am every night. But now she has 20 minute naps wakes up has a little play and a feed then goes back down for another 20 minute nap and does the same thing over and over again all day and of a night she wakes up very for 4 or so hours to be fed?
Well that depends on your baby. My baby started pulling on my plate at 3 months and he doctor me that i could start giving her rice cereal when she was 4 months. And the reseason was that she was already opening her mouth when she saw somebody eating. Now she is 5 months and eating baby food and she loves it. So i think you should ask your baby's doctor before you start feeding it anything different other than fromula or breastmilk.
Well my doctor recommended waiting to start until 6 months old. I read if your child watches you eating and reaches for the spoon they are probably ready. For the first month my son couldn't figure out what to do with his tongue so he would just push the cereal out. Once I turned the spoon sideways and just let him suck the food off the spoon less came back out. Now he opens up his mouth for the next bite. Now we're just trying to figure out when he will be ready for finger food. He doesn't pick up anything including toys and put them in his mouth.
Wow, my baby stared to eat baby food at 4 months.She had rice, carrots, veggies and chicken blended at 6month. She even had boiled yellow egg with bannanas. She is not playing with food. lol... Now she is grabbing things from the big kids. We have to give her cheese curls for snacks.
i started my little girl on mashed banana's at 14week as she was on the extra hungry milk and taking 4oz every hour and half (this is how i new milk wasnt enough and gradually build up to dinner and then tea and she is now almost 7 months and as her 3 meals a day and woteva she see me and her daddy eating lol xx
very early on my son looked longingly whenever anyone ate near him (3 days) by 8 weeks he was starving so we began baby rice (he was over 13lbs in weight) he loved it and hasn't looked back by 4 months he was grabbing full slices of toast off my plate. He's not a fan off baby food and loves to try whatever we're having, so if he doesn't eat much thats fine, I know he's getting his nutrition from his formula milk.
I've started my 4 month old on rice cereal- 1 tsp at first and gradually building up to 5. We do this morning and evening. At 5 months we will start to introduce a sweet pureed veggie for lunch... this on the advice of a baby clinic we visit.
We give my 8mth old son stage 2 baby food but whn we try to give mashed taters he acts like he's choking he does that with veggies also. So idk if he justs doesn't like it or he's not ready for it?
take it slow, try a bite here a bite there, he or she will let you know when they are ready to move on to more.
When they start gumming their way through a teething rusk lol
Seriously, when they can sit up, are drooling at the sight of people eating, and are trying to grab food of peoples plates. I started with a rice cereal and moved on to puree'd fruits and vegies. With my son we moved very quickly to finger foods due to his disinterest in mush after a month.
I heard Dr. Paul Fleiss speak at a LLL Convention a few years ago. He's a very well respected pediatrician from Beverly HIls. He said that when they start drooling and grabbing at YOUR food, they're ready.
As I recall, he said that the amount and character of the saliva changes at the time they're ready to process more complex more complex foods.
I kind of figured that when they want what's on your plate, it's probably time to ease them into solids, but I didn't know about the drooling being an indicator.
I started giving my kids fruit puffs and softer foods about 3 months old