Is 4 months too young to start solids??

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Kathy - posted on 03/23/2010

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If your baby is hungry-feed that child! Some infants need cereal at a earlier age. If your child just doesn;t seem satisfied on breastmilk/formula, then try some cereal. I would suggest oatmeal if your child has acid reflux or spits up alot.

Natalie - posted on 03/23/2010

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What a contetious subject! I followed a book called "Save our Sleep" and in it the she suggests starting specific, non-alergenic solids at 4 months because it will take them a month or two to get any food down properly which is just in time for when the actually need solids at 6 months. If you wait until 6 months then it could take a month or two practice before they're getting the nutrition they need which takes you to 8 months.

You wouldn't believe the grief I got from everyone around me about starting so early! People are quite passionate about whatever 'rule' they've heard... even those without bloody kids!

I say read up on it, read articles, talk to your GP, friends, other mums etc. then make an a decision about what suits you and your baby.

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Jenni - posted on 02/12/2011

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A baby can live on BM or Formula alone until around 12 months. Solids anytime before is just to get them use to them and for sampling as well as ruling out allergies.
So it's not necessary and it is recommended to wait until 6 months. But you can start at 4 months if you wish, not really necessary though.
Signs baby is ready to start solids include:
•Baby can sit up well without support.
•Baby has lost the tongue-thrust reflex and does not automatically push solids out of his mouth with his tongue.
•Baby is ready and willing to chew.
•Baby is developing a “pincer” grasp, where he picks up food or other objects between thumb and forefinger. Using the fingers and scraping the food into the palm of the hand (palmar grasp) does not substitute for pincer grasp development.
•Baby is eager to participate in mealtime and may try to grab food and put it in his mouth.
One myth about starting solids is it will help your baby sleep longer at night.
I started my son on solids at 4 months and it caused a lot of tummy troubles (suggested by doctor) So I waited and tried again at 6 months.
With my daughter I waited to 6 months and we used baby foods first. I find cereal, especially rice cereal is too hard to digest as a starter food.

Iridescent - posted on 02/12/2011

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Ok, I just realized this is almost a year old. Why was this dredged up from the anals of time?

Iridescent - posted on 02/12/2011

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The WHO website has guidelines specific for third world countries, where nutritious foods are not available. Babies were dying because the average length of time being breastfed when the guidelines were put into place was 6 weeks, and the babies were being transitioned to either whole milk or foods at that time, and it was killing them. Is this your situation? If so, keep breastfeeding! If not, go on to more realistic guidelines in place for countries with nutritious food available.

NIAID (allergy association research) just released research proving that starting foods early vs late has absolutely no impact at all on whether a child develops allergies or not. http://www.niaid.nih.gov/topics/foodalle... So now it is allowed to start at any age appropriate. Appropriate age is based on the baby! Do they have a desire to feed more? Is the tongue thrust reflex still present? If so, they are NOT ready! Are they able to sit unassisted? When you give foods, are they able to digest them, or do they suffer from constipation, diarrhea, or pain? If so, they are not ready!

Lisa - posted on 02/12/2011

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I started my son on the 1st first foods at 4 months. I didn't give him alot, just to kinda get him used to using a spoon. At 6 months i moved to 2nd food. He's now 11 months, i give him some baby food now, but mostly table foods. He eats pretty much anything, even without teeth. lol

Karen - posted on 02/12/2011

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends ONLY feeding babies breast milk (or formula) until 6 months. There kidneys and digestive system continue to develop after birth and are actually not matured enough to properly process solids before this time. Recent research studies have actually linked the early start of feeding solids before 6 months to childhood obesity issues and later kidney disfunction. Sounds bad...our local community nurses had an advice session on all of this for our Mother's group. Very informative. Google World Health Organisation and go through the links to infant nutrition for more details. I know there's lots of pressure out there from family/ friends; especially Mums who are constantly saying "I was feeding you solids from 3 months and you're alright!" But if the information and advice is out there and recommended I'm sure that's the best way to go. I also remind my Mother that 'in her time' nobody thought twice about smoking around babies or even smoking for their own health wasn't considered an issue. Now we know the possible consequences as research and knowledge has developed so far. I would look into what's best for your bub via the WHO website. Goodluck.

Renee - posted on 03/23/2010

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Depends on the child, my daughter did not start on solids till she was around 5-6 months however my son was eating pork chops at 6 months old, so it depends on the child....if they have thier teeth and know how to chew correctly, go for it

Erin - posted on 03/23/2010

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I started my kids at 4 months because they were starting to get interested in food and had the tongue/swallowing reflex. I started with a teaspoon of rice cereal every day and gradually increased over the week to about 4 teaspoons. Then each week i alternated the days with one new food. So second week was apple, third was pumpkin, etc. Then at 5 months I added at second meal doing similar thing. So my youngest is now 6 months and he has cereal with a fruit (all home made) and a dinner of 2 or more vegetables (whatever I am making, i just do extra for him). If your baby doesn't like something one week, they may like it down the track. Just keep rotating and trying different combinations.

Byrenda - posted on 03/23/2010

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I don't think so. Start with like a stage one and see how the baby's body responds. You'll know if the baby gets constipated or has a problem digesting it. In my experience 3 months is an appropriate time. You just cant over do it. I started my kids by giving them one solid portion a day and had no problems.

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