When is she old enough for baby food?
At what age do you think your child is old enough to begin eating baby food? What are some tell-tale signs you can look out for to know for sure?
My two sons just eat. Their father is over 6ft tall so you can guess who they take after. With my eldest, from about 6 weeks on every second day he would be on both breasts for the next 24-30 hrs. I felt drained exhausted and irritable because I couldnt put him down to go get something to eat or sleep. I just sat their drinking water swapping boobs. My mother told me to try him on solid food. He was 4 mths old by then. So I gave him some farex (baby rice cerial). I also gave him our own food but with breast milk and it was pulverised. When my second son was born he started to do the same thing as his brother. So I started him on the farex and formula. He was 2mths old. Just a couple of baby spoons a day with some breastmilk twice a day helped. His tummy was fuller, he was happier and he slept better and I didn't feel twice as wrecked. Depending on the baby, if they just want to eat all the time and you are breast feeding, giving them some baby cerial a couple of times a day is great. its made for that reason. If not, try formula. Babies will tell you when they are ready. All you have to do is listen. If you are unsure, ask someone.
Spooning processed baby food into an infant's mouth is a complete waste of time and money. It has no nutritional or developmental use until the child is capable of spooning it in themselves. By then they can eat what the rest of the family is eating--perhaps cooked softer or cut smaller depending on that particular meal.
Whan are they ready to join in the family meal?
Baby food companies say 4 months.
The AAP says 6 months.
The WHO says 1 year.
I say when they grab it off my plate and eat it, I'll get them their own plate. That was 5 months for my first and 9 months for my second..
With my oldest, he was a few days shy of 6 months. With our second son, I introduced it at 7 months, but didn't push the issue, and he didn't take to it until after a year. It is just unnecessary fat, and not nearly as high in calories as breast milk, so I saw no need to push the issue.
Sally- I am laughing my head off because that is just what my did.
Now mind you she really could not eat solids until she was closer to 2 1/2 because of the immature digestive system, lactose intolerance, other intolerances- chemical and food, and a boatload of allergies, but my Husband I were sitting eating our hamburgers in front of the tv and she just comes over and grabs my big old hamburger right out of my hands and takes a huge bite!!! hahahaha. Poor baby. It was right after then I had to get on the ball and try to find organic starter foods she could have.
She stopped doing that once we got her onto some pureed veggies and avacado which at 10 1/2 she still loves.
my oldest was 4 months, my second 2 months and my youngest 7 months when they were ready for solids, i think you just know, theres a few early growth spurts but my middle fed every 2hrs on a 9oz bottle on hungry baby milk and was never satisfied until he had mashed apple or a bit of baby rice daily, he was on proper family food cut up by 7 months were as my youngest wasnt ready until 7 months so it changes child to child x
when they start to show interest in you eating, they want your spoon/fork and imitate the movements that you make. every baby is different, somewhere between 4months and a year is normal.
my son jayden was never introduced to baby jars. I started introducing my son on soild blended pured food when he was about 2 - 3 months old. I was recomended by my GP because he wasn't getting the vitams he need form formula milk. He was going through about 3 - 4 bottles every 2 hrs. I think as a parent you should go with your inticit because you know what is best for your own child better than anyone else in their lives.
Our pedi told us we would know when she was ready. Your baby is the best indicator. One clue is when the baby no longer thrusts the tongue out when you put a spoon there. A quick simple test to find out for sure. I started my oldest at 4 months (cereal) and my youngest at 3 and a half (she needed more to fill her up, nursing issues to battle) But I waited until 6 or 7 months to start fruits and veggies purees
My daughter is 4 months and her doctor actually recommended starting her on baby food because formula just isn't satisfying her enough (she eating 6oz every 2hrs during the day). I started my 1st daughter at around 5 months and she did just fine (she is now 3). But I guess do what you feel is best for your baby. I don't completely go off of what the "experts" say. Only you know your child. They say with cereal if your baby can sit up with support and opens mouth for spoon but as for food I'm not sure if there are "signs".
We chose to wait until 6 months to allow the gut to close. It's also what the experts (WHO, etc.) recommend.
There is no set age. Each baby/child is different. My daughter started on baby food at 4 months and she did wonderful with it! She is now a year and she is table foods mostly. But some babies are not ready at 4 months, some need to wait until 6 or 7 months. You have to sort of experiment and try it with them and feel out your baby and what you think is best :)