when to start spoon feeding?

Melissa - posted on 12/03/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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when can i start spoon feeding my baby? i know they say at 6 mo you can start baby foods but can you spoon feed cereal earlier than 6 mo?

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Renae - posted on 12/04/2009

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Let your baby tell you when they are ready!

When your baby is ready to start eating food they will automatically become very interested in you when you eat, try to touch your face while you chew to see what you are doing and stare at your food like they really want some. This is nature telling you that their little digestive system has matured and lengthened enough to start eating food. Giving food too early can cause problems, pain as the immediate consequence but also longer term intestinal problems.

Babies get very LITTLE nutrition from food until 12mo as their bodies can not absorb most of the nutrients in food yet. Most of their nutrition still comes from milk. Giving food before 12 mo is about learning how to eat and sensory experience.

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Renae - posted on 12/04/2009

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PS earlier than 4 months is too early for their digestive system so wait until at least 4mo. 6 months is better.

Sara - posted on 12/03/2009

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My daughter is almost 3 months and we started her with rice cereal in her bottles then that stopped working so we started spoon feeding it to her, and added oatmeal cuz they say it's more filling.

Ririn - posted on 12/03/2009

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I didn't start spoon feeding until 6 months and after checking with my doctor. I started with rice cereal mixed with breast milk.

Teresa - posted on 12/03/2009

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We started spoon feeding cereal at 5 months and then started introducing stage 1 baby foods at 6 months. We mixed it with the cereal for starters just to get her used to it. And you can always stop if your baby doesn't seem to be handling it very well. :)

Denise - posted on 12/03/2009

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My son was huge and was eating more formula then normal so my Doctor recommended that I start to spoon feed him cereal at 2 months old. It worked great for us. I would check with your Doctor just to be sure.

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My son started spoon feeding at 4 months old. He ate about a tablespoon of rice cereal at a time. I mixed it with his formula and gradually started adding veggies then fruits. As his appetite increased so did his portions. Just make sure he is still getting his main source of nutrition from breast milk or formula. Spoon feeding him solids should supplement but not replace.

Cristina - posted on 12/03/2009

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I did too, my son started to eat baby food stage 1 at 4 months, it does depend on your little one, try a bit of baby cereal first, then go get your baby food, read the label it tell you what months to start on.

Amber - posted on 12/03/2009

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I did. Have you put cereal in the baby's bottle yet? It all depends on the baby's development.

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