How do I start giving him baby food?????

Jessica - posted on 01/16/2015 ( 15 moms have responded )

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I have just recently started giving him a half a jar in the morning (breakfast) and a half a jar at night (dinner). I want to give it to him three times a day. Like breakfast lunch and dinner. Is that too much? I still give him formula. He eats about 5oz of formula plus cereal( for acid reflux) is a half a jar three times a day too much?

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Ellen - posted on 01/16/2015

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My children are teenagers now, but when my first child (my daughter) was 4 and a half months old, she was very adept at nursing and taking bottles, extreeeeeemly alert and
we laughed so much when we sat down to eat dinner - because she was watching all of us eat - watching the food go into our mouths, watching us chew, watching the fork go into the plate and then into our mouths again! My Mom said I should think about starting to feed her a little rice cereal, maybe just once a day to see if she liked it. I told my mom that our pediatrician said we should wait out a full 6 months, and she said, "every baby is different. This little girl WANTS to try food, she is giving you signs!" My Mom started me and my siblings on rice cereal at 4 months old... my sister was eating all kinds of very well pureed simple foods by the time she was 6 months old!!! - sweet potato, apple sauce, rice cereal, banana. I continued to give my daughter all of her nursings and / or bottles, and added on the rice cereal. She was into it! So we did that twice a day, mixed with breast milk. It ended up helping her sleep better during the night because it filled her up more if we fed her a little before bedtime. She, too, was eating a few well-pureed simple foods by the time she was 6 months old. Needless to say, we have all grown up healthy and now live to talk about it!!! As a mom of teens, all throughout their lives, I try to watch for their cues - and that is what I act on. They have ways of letting you know what they're ready for, and when they're ready for it!

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Sarah - posted on 01/16/2015

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Food for fun until baby is one. That is the motto my doctor goes by for starting solids.
Certainly some babies are ready to start experimenting before 6 months, by not at 1 month or even 3. If you look up the milestones that should be met for starting solids, you will see that most will not be reached until at the earliest 4-5 months.

Jodi - posted on 01/16/2015

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So exactly what were you after? A bunch of women saying it was a really good idea to feed your 3 month old 3 meals a day of jar food? You came here for advice. We've given advice. Experienced AND well researched advice. You clearly have NOT read the research or you wouldn't be arguing over it.

And yes, you ARE skipping feeds. If he is hungry you need to give more formula, that's how it works. By choosing to give jar food INSTEAD of increasing formula intake, you are depriving your child of necessary nutrients.

Jessica - posted on 01/16/2015

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I have read the research. I feel completely sure that he is ready to just practice eating ssolids. I am not replacing or skipping his feedings at all

Sarah - posted on 01/16/2015

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There are valid reasons the AAP has changed it's recommendations for starting solids over the last 15 years. To say that it worked for your mother, or your friend is not proper research. Read the literature. Ultimately you are the parent.

Jessica - posted on 01/16/2015

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I never said I was replacing anything. Coming to this site for advice was a bad idea. Saying what I am doing and what I'm causing him isn't help at all. You do not know my situation. So do not tell me what i AM causing my child. I know parents who started their child on baby food earlier and their child is grown. And completely healthy

Jodi - posted on 01/16/2015

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If he is on cereal for acid reflux due to doctor recommendations, that is NOT licence to be feeding your child jar food. By doing so, you are replacing the vital nutrients he needs in his formula/milk. Infants need these nutrients for brain development and under the age of 1, solids are only for practice, not nutrition. By choosing to replace you son's milk with solid food (and that's what you are doing because an infant can only intake so many calories - you are choosing to use those calories up with solids), you ARE potentially doing damage. It has done nothing harmful to him? You don't know that yet. Your child is 3 months old. You are potentially exposing him to a lifetime of obesity and digestive problems, as well as depriving him of the necessary nutrition in formula or breastmilk that he needs for optimum brain and physical development.

Wait until he is 6 months before you start feeding jar food and other solids. The cereal is merely to help with the reflux, not intended as a nutritional addition to your child's diet .

Jessica - posted on 01/16/2015

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My son has been on cereal since he was a month old on dr recommendation and it has done nothing harmful to him.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 01/16/2015

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Wow, at 3 months, he's not ready for solids. Around 6 months, you can start introducing without fear of creating allergies or bad reactions, but only one new flavor at a time, and 2-3 days between each new one to determine allergies.

by forcing it at 3 months, you risk creating digestive and allergy issues that will be problematic throughout your child's life. Introducing cereal before 6 months can have the same effects.

At 3 months, eating every two hours or so is normal. If he's always seeming hungry, you up the amount of formula or breastmilk.

Jessica - posted on 01/16/2015

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He is only 3 months old but I personally feel like he is ready for baby food. I'm not saying drop bottles or anything but just once or twice a day to get him used to it. He's been on cereal for about 2 months.

Sarah - posted on 01/16/2015

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At 3 months I would not be doing baby food no matter how advanced. Docs. state to start baby food at 6 months. I would not recommend doing more baby food in the day as that will compromise the nutrition that your baby gets......until a baby is 12 months old they get ALL of their nutrition from their formula or breast milk. Baby food is designed to be a learning tool for babies not nutrition......it is for them to learn how to eat by spoon and how to get use to different textures. For proper brain and growth development formula or breast milk is the main source. At 3 months doing 5 ounces every 3 hours is normal.....even 6 to 8 ounces every 3 hours can be normal at 3 months old......my suggestion would be to up the amount of formula baby is taking if baby seems like he needs more to eat.

Jessica - posted on 01/16/2015

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He is 3 months old. But he is very big and advanced. He can hold his head up and sit up supported . He has doubled his birth weight and constantly seems hungry. I've tried less formula more often and even up 'd his formula and nothing works . I gave him less than half a jar of baby food and he loved it. And he seems completely satisfied. And is way less fussy

Liv - posted on 01/16/2015

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Every baby is different but if he has acid reflux you want to make sure you dont over feed him. Ask the pediatrician. They will tell you if at this point 3x is good or to hold off for a little longer

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