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When did u start feeding your babies solids??

Shantel - posted on 08/09/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )




Hi have 2 twin boys and I was wondering when can I put them on solids.?

They are nearly 3 month 0ld but is seams that they are still hungry 1hour later . They are on formula and drink every 4 hours at 250 ml each.


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Kim - posted on 09/27/2009




I put at little bit of cereal in their night time bottle at 3 weeks. They needed the extra to get them by a little longer. Then we gave the boys fruits at like 3 months. They would split a small jar of fruits. Just enough to hold them over longer but not enough for them not to want their formula.

Summer - posted on 09/27/2009




Some doctors say 4 months, and some say 6. My oldest son was 9 lbs. 2 oz. when he was born. He drank formula like it was going out of style from day one, so we started him on cereal at 2 weeks and it helped tremendously. I think it was more like 3 or 4 months before we gave him amy baby food though. With my twins though we waited until 4 months because they were just slightly smaller than average single birth weight each, and we started with cereal once and then twice a day after a week or so. Then we gradually added one 1st baby food at a time after they had been on cereal for a few weeks with at least 4 or 5 days before trying another one. We started with fruits mixed in with their cereal, then fruit on its own, then veggies (we started with the yellow and orange veggies and progressed to the greens), then meats eventually. My doctor recommended not using any of the mixed baby foods or the stuff that has additives like sugar because the reason you wait several days before trying something new is so that your baby can get used to that food and determine if he or she will tolerate it well and if you give them mixed foods you don't know which food in it is giving them problems. The biter bisciut cookies helped greatly with teething too. Then once mine were tolerating the 1st foods and spoon feeding well, we started switching to the 2nd foods which are a little less runny. But I found at like 9 months or so when we tried to go to the 3rd foods, my guys simply would not take any baby food at all anymore. Even when I tried to go back to the 2nd foods. They had plenty of teeth, so I started giving them the food that I prepared for the rest of the family and mashing it up like mashed potatoes or I'd give them soft food like thoroughly cooked carrot slices. I think every baby is different though. The reason doctors caution against starting solids too early is that if their little digestive systems aren't ready for it then it can cause them to develop allergies toward certain foods. Hope this helps.

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my twin boys are now 9 months old and have been on cereal since 4 months old.... they were drinking 10 oz at a feeding and still hungry, so the doctor had us try cereral early to see if they were ready for it. we were hesitant because they were 9 weeks early, but they did great... we now have just started them on stage 3 food and have cut them back to 4 oz of formula at their 2nd feeding with 8 oz at their other two feedings... Once they got some food in them, they were happier, but they have to be ready to take on the cereal... they have been doing cereal 3 times a day since we started it...

Jocelyn - posted on 08/12/2009




My boys are almost 18 weeks and I just started spoon feeding them cereal and bananas this past weekend. We were adding cereal to the bottles (about 1 tablespoon for each 4 oz bottle) at their 10 pm feeding since about 12 weeks. It seemed to help them slept better at night and they gradually slept longer. I know they say not to do it but I've know a ton of people that have done it and it's been fine. They are now sleeping around 6-7 hours at night. I've been doing the spoon feeding at their 7 pm feeding and nothing but formula in the bottle at 10. It won't hurt to start now, just watch for reactions and do a little at a time. One of my boys had a hard time pooping in the beginning so take it slow! Good luck!

Connie - posted on 08/12/2009




I have 14 month old twin girls and I started them on baby food around 4 months old. I started with the Beech Nut baby food and then I would give them baby puffs, the kind that dissolve easily. Also, I would get regular fruits and just mashed them up and spoon feed them. Make sure you have plenty of bibs!!! You also might want to ask your pediatrician though bc each child is different! Good Luck.

Janai - posted on 08/12/2009




My twin boys are 17 months and we started cereal at five months. It was tough to do with a spoon so they took it in a bottle before bed and when they woke up. They we started food a couple of weeks later. I started with veggies first. We did greens then the others before yummy fruits. Our doctor said to try for five days. Don't let them get away with not eating it. They don't know they don't like it. Hope this helps. Good luck!

Dawn - posted on 08/09/2009




I would speak with a pediatrician about it. My daughter was about the same age when I asked her doc about supplementing with cereal. He said it was fine, but to be very careful with it. I would mix it with formula it was kinda like really really watery cream of wheat, and I bottle-feed it to her. always ask the Dr about it. Don't do it unless you have the Dr's ok. I did not give my twins solids until 4 months, because they didn't want or need it, so each situation with each child is different.

EchoAnn - posted on 08/09/2009




my twins eat all the time they are 13 weeks they eat 4 to 6 ounces a feeding but i have already slowly started them on ceral with a spoon and also some fruits they seem to be doing well you just have to watch for reactions i only give ceral 2 times a day and bout an ounce a feeding with a spoon and with the fruits i give bout half to 3 quaters of a jar between the both of them hope it works if you decide to try it di for me

Sarah - posted on 08/09/2009




hi shantel,

you aren't supposed to feed babies solids until around six months old - this is because, before that, their digestive systems aren't fully developed and they don't have the proper enzymes to break down the foods they are getting. if they get going on solids way too early it can lead to allergies later on in life, or just bad belly cramping (which no one wants!). if they are hungry, feed them however much they seem to want/need. three months is right around time for one of their developmental growth spurts and they could be trying to get as much into them as they can in order to grow. mine nursed every two hours, 24 hours a day right up until we started solids at 6 1/2 months. when they were having a growth spurt they wanted to nurse even more - it was exhausting, but it evened out. since you aren't nursing, maybe try giving them a bottle more often, it might be what they need right now.

good luck!

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