Nouni - posted on 08/27/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )
Nouni - posted on 08/27/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )
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Janay - posted on 11/15/2012
When should my four month old start eating baby food
Maggie - posted on 09/01/2009
I would recommend buying and reading a book called "Super Baby Food" it lets you know when to introduce solids and pretty much anything else you need to know about feeding a baby from the time you start solids to the first birthday (portion sizes and everything!) This book has been the best reference!!
Chiron - posted on 09/01/2009
Sabrina - posted on 08/31/2009
I'm sorry rachel and amanda but my doctor said four months old can start to have the really runny creal, but not in bottle!! 1 of the causes for the really bad tooth decay AND not good for bottles. Sorry but doc says to feed with spoon, but to leave really runny so the baby can "drink" cereal off of sppon and learn to table feed at the same time. Dont forget baby food starts soon and what better way than to have baby already adjusted to eating like a big person. Hope this helps.They both have great advice just things I've heard differently.
Missy - posted on 08/30/2009
At 4 mons I always gave my kids cereal and stange one apple sauce.
Stacie - posted on 08/29/2009
My son seemed that he wanted to eat more when he was around 4months. Family said to feed him, Doc said not yet. I would just say go on what you feel and go slow. At first I put baby cereal in his milk bottle (pumped breast milk), then I put it in a bowl and feed it to him with the milk and made it runny, but not too much. He loved it! After a month or so, we put the baby cereal in w/stage 1 carrots...OH the look on his face was priceless, HE Loved it. From there we would just give him one item a week just to make sure he was not allergic to it. Carrots, then apples, great beans and so on. Veggies first!
Sarah - posted on 08/29/2009
Formula fed babies start rice cereal at 4 months & breast fed babies start cereal at 6 months. If your LO is showing cues that they are ready to start rice cereal (good head support, not staying full, not pushing the food out of the mouth with their tounge) then start on rice cereal. Always ask the doctor first to make sure & always remember that breastmilk &/or formula is more important at this age than solids are.
Usually, you start out with one meal of rice cereal & gradually increase it to 3 meals a day (usually around 6 months) Around 6 months (or sooner if you like) you can start on fruits & veggies. Good luck & I hope all of these suggestions help you out =]
Stacy - posted on 08/29/2009
It really depend on what he can do like sit up unsupported, or hold head up for a longer time, but at his age I would suggest Gerber stage 1.
Kathi - posted on 08/28/2009
That's about the same age my son is right now. He gets rice cereal, apple sauce, bananas, sweet potatoes and green beans. Sunday we're trying oatmeal. I try a new food every 4 days and alternate between fruits and veggies. So, after the oatmeal, I'm going peaches and then carrots. Obviously everything is the pureed baby food variety. I did it this same way with my 3 1/2 y.o. and it went very well. I haven't tried juice yet. I think I'm waiting til 6 months for that. Good luck!!
Edited to add: He still gets his same number of bottles/oz a day and I only give him solids 1-2 times a day.
Kelly - posted on 08/28/2009
I think Mary Cortez's reply is spot on. The recommendation is that babies aren't weaned until 6 months, but it doesn't always work that way! They sometimes need a bit extra in their diet, although not before 17 weeks/4 months. My daughter didn't seem full after her feeds, was doing a chewing action when I ate, and started waking more during the night. She was quite unhappy and seemed frustrated, so i began by mixing a little baby rice with her milk (breast milk or formula). The instructions on the packet are only a guide; you can add more milk to thin it down a bit. After her first meal, she was so much happier and seemed contented. As she got used to handling 'non-fluids', I introduced a little banana. At 4 months, I don't think there's much more than baby rice you can give them, but that should be enough to satisfy him for now. As time goes on, he can start to learn to eat thicker foods and try new flavours, but the goal just now is to make sure he's full after a meal, and learning to eat instead of drink. As long as he's still putting on weight nicely, then its fine.
P.S. Don't be surprised if he gets a little frustrated (not distressed) at being spoon-fed - until now he's been used to a continuous flow of food as and when he wants it, but now he has to wait for the next spoonful! This is normal, and he will soon learn that the next spoonful comes!
Arienne - posted on 08/28/2009
Breast milk or formula is a must. After that, do whatever you like! Just make sure you feed just one type of food for a week or two to make sure he doesn't have a reaction to anything. I've tried it all ways, my first only had cereal from 4-6 months, and then started with vegetables, and my youngest started on fruit (pears, then mangoes!) and they all eat just fine. They preferred my homemade baby food for veggies, but they all eat like champs now! So don't worry too much about what to start with.
Daniela - posted on 08/28/2009
I think babies should be only breastfeeded (or formula) for at least 6 months. Then start like Mary Cortez wrote, I did it that way twice and it was perfect for us.
Nikkea - posted on 08/27/2009
i feed my daughter wat i felt she culd eat....
i startd her on farex wen she was 2 mths coz milk was keepn her full enuf than startd her on the baby custards 3 mths...imy friend did it by the book and her baby is under weight...my daughter is 20 kilos and jus turnd 25mths
Rachel - posted on 08/27/2009
Cereal. Make it with breastmilk or formula. make it really runny so baby can drink it through a bottle with an open flow nipple until they get the idea of something new. Rice cereal to start then try it with fruit flavors or the oatmeal....
Amanda - posted on 08/27/2009
All babies are different but where i am from they recommend only breast milk or formula for the first 6 months and thats what i stuck to..about a week before the 6 months i gave her a little rice cereal and now she is a 1 year old who enjoys everything we give her... dont rush it.. they are only little for a short time... if u have concerns that your baby is not getting enough you should talk to your babies doctor.. they can recommend if your child needs more and what..
Mary - posted on 08/27/2009
This is what I followed. My daughter's been at a healthy weight her whole little life and so far... she will choose a cucumber and water over candy and soda any day so I think it worked... lol. Although, disreguard the breastmilk/formula "instructions". Everyone has their own preferences for that. I stopped breastfeeding when my daughter was 3 months old and she was on formula until she turned one and then we made the switch to whole milk. :)
Sorry this is a lot of info. I just remember how frustrating my search for info was and still is.
4-6 Months: Breast milk on demand. Formula: 30-32 ounces per day. Rice cereal with a spoon. Start rice cereal following the instructions on the box. Start with one feeding per night, then after several weeks, give morning and night.
5-7 Months: Breast milk or 30-32 ounces of formula. 4-6 Tablespoons rice cereal morning and evening. 4-6 Tablespoons vegetables mid-day. Begin with yellow vegetables (carrots, squash, and sweet potatoes) then green vegetables. One new food per week.
6-8 Months: Breast milk or 24-32 ounces of formula per day. 6-8 Tablespoons cereal morning and evening. 2-4 Tablespoons fruit. 6-8 Tablespoons vegetables. Can give 2 ounces diluted juice in a cup per day.
8-10 Months: Breast milk or 24-32 ounces of formula per day. 3-10 Tablespoons vegetables. 6-8 Tablespoons cereal. 6 Tablespoons fruit. 1-2 Tablespoons meat. 4 ounces juice in a cup. Some table foods. Stage 2 foods.
10-12 Months: Breast milk or 16-32 ounces of formula. 12-14 Tablespoons vegetables. 8 Tablespoons fruit. 3 Tablespoons cereal. 4 ounces juice. Â½ cup potatoes, rice, noodles, or spaghetti. At one year, one whole egg 3 times per week.
**At 8 months, milk intake decreases as solid intake increases. 1 jar of baby food equals approx. 6 Tablespoons.