is it ok to start giving a 4 month bby solid food?
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Mama Marlene - posted on 10/28/2014
I have a 4-and-1/2-month old son whose birth weight was over 10 pounds and is currently 17 pounds so I have been researching this very issue. Some literature says that starting babies (regardless of sex) on sold food as early as 4 months is perfectly safe as long as the baby shows you he/she is ready to receive the food. Some of the indicators of readiness are ability to sit up on his/her own (or at least hold head and chest up with torso support from mom or dad), baby showing an interest in food you're eating, and baby not pushing the solid food off the spoon with his/her tongue when presented with the food. I tried this exercise just yesterday with my son and he seems physically ready to accept solid food but not emotionally ready because he cried after taking a few small spoonfuls of the apple sauce. Since he is now 17 pounds and demanding more food, I have decided simply to continue breastfeeding as much as I can on demand and supplementing with an organic, non-GMO baby formula. Breast milk is by far the most nutritious thing a baby can eat so I'm not in a hurry to get him hooked on solids. When I do, I will continue to breast feed him to provide nutrients the solids won't and also to help him digest the solids. Another reason he may be crying could be that he is teething! I know, sounds crazy but it's true. My son started teething about 3 weeks ago. Some of the signs of teething are crying, irritability, wakefulness, pulling his/her ear, low-grade fever, drooling, rash on chin, and sucking thumb/fingers. Try pressing your baby's gums gently and see if that gives him any relief. If it does, it's very possible the crying is due to teething and not hunger. Hope this helps.
~â¥Little Miss - posted on 10/26/2014
Your baby crying has nothing to do with your 2 previous girls, nor your baby being a boy. Every baby is different, which means every need is different. It is not rec'd to give solids before 6 months of age. When it is started, they need to have full control of their heads, and be able to sit up unassisted. Also, when they start solids it is strictly for practice and should not replace breastmilk/formula
Babies cry for many reasons like hunger, dirty diaper, illness, to hot, to cold, teething....the list goes on. Your baby is not asking your for solid food, but may need increased amount of breast milk or formula. Good luck.
Sarah - posted on 10/26/2014
Babies boy or girl all have growth spurts where they will eat more that typical. Nurse often or add an extra ounce to a bottle for a few days and see if he seems more content. It is early, but he could be teething. Is he drooling a lot more than normal?
I think moms tend to react to crying by feeding baby, whether hungry or not.
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