Am I wrong for this?

Babygirl3579 - posted on 06/17/2014 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I chose to start my baby on solids (once a day) at 3 1/2 months old. She can sit supported, has more than doubled her birth weight and also opens her mouth and leans in for another bite. I felt she was more than ready, also because she seamed hungry constantly and was fighting every feeding. She still poops daily and does not seem to me more or less gassy than usual. My family is on my side about starting early, but friends and fellow moms have told me I should have waited. What should I do? Has anyone else started early?

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D - posted on 06/18/2014

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You are the mommy, if you feel the time is right for your baby then do it! No one knows your baby better than you. Every and anyone is going to have something to say about what your doing when your doing it...dont let it get to you, your the mommy and as long as you feel comfortable everything will be fine.

Kayla - posted on 06/18/2014

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All 3 of my kids started solids at different ages. I did wait until at least about 6 months however, because my doctor told me that even if they seem unaffected on that day by the foods, it can cause complications later on in life. He also said that if you introduce solids too soon, their little bodies aren't able to digest or process it properly which can lead to sensitives or allergies to that food later on in life.

Babygirl3579 - posted on 06/17/2014

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Thank you! I just felt she was ready. I do not use it to replace meals by any means.. she eats it and then takes 4oz of milk.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 06/17/2014

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You should have waited. Babies are not ready for the introduction to solids until around 6 months old. And even then, it is just for practice and should NOT be replacing formula or breast milk, which should be the main source of nutrition.

Before offering any solids, baby should be able to sit unsupported, and have full head control. Also should show interest in food, and have proper reflexes.

Starting solids to early can lead to problems later down the road. If your baby seems hungry constantly, then she is probably going through a growth spurt and needs formula or breastmilk in larger quantities, and more frequently.

Virginie - posted on 06/17/2014

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Dear Mallory,
You, and only YOU, know what is best for your child ! Regardless of anybody's opinion, you can definitively tell that your baby is ready for solids ! If you give her pureed vegetables or fruits, it will not hurt her ! If it makes you feel more comfortable, ask your pediatrician.
I tried as everybody said, to give solids to my daughter when she turned 4 months, and she hated it !!! All moms were saying that I should insist and insist ! And you know what ? I knew my baby wasn't ready at all and she suddenly started to eat solids at 1 year old !!!
Just do what you think is right and please don't listen the different opinions out there... they are different, but it doesn't mean they are good !
Good luck with your little one !
Virginie
www.frenchmaternelle.com

Sarah - posted on 06/17/2014

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The best person to check with would be your doctor. As this is the person that knows best about your child's development and growth. For babies they get all their nutrition from their formula or breastmilk. This is why it is not recommended to start solids until 4 to 6 months old. If a baby is acting more hungry then what their body needs is more milk as that is where they get the right nutrition for the proper growth and brain development. Baby food for the first year is for them to learn different tastes and textures. There is not much nutritional value as their milk carries all of that. You may want to talk with your doctor and find out what they suggest.

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