Is it too early to start feeding my 4 1/2 month old solids?

Kimberley - posted on 01/15/2014 ( 15 moms have responded )

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My 4 1/2 month old son is starting to cry for food. Everytime his dad and I are eating, he sits there, looks at the food, and watches us eat. Most of the time he even cries for it and tries to reach out and grab it. I want to start him on baby food such as veggies, but I'm scared he will get a sore stomach, etc.

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Rachel - posted on 01/20/2014

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Its a generalization to say babies can't start on solids til around six months. My son is almost six months and has been eating solids since his four month appointment. He was nursing all the time and was obviously not getting what he needed, so my pediatrician agreed that he should start on solids. It was the best thing I could of done. Talk to your doc, then you decide what's best for your little one.

Jennifernider - posted on 02/05/2014

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Yes I did with both my girls just keep it simple and start slow might take a few tries before they get the hang of it , I asked my doctor and she said go for it

Chet - posted on 02/02/2014

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The current recommendation is six months. If you're nursing exclusively, I would really try to wait until six months to preserve your baby's virgin gut and make sure that his gut has sealed fully. If he's already had formula it may not matter as much since he's already had "foreign" food, but I still wouldn't do it.

http://kellymom.com/nutrition/starting-s...

I'm not sure that baby food is the answer to the problem anyway. You said that he wanted your food... starting him on baby food isn't likely to solve the problem of him grabbing and crying for the food you have.

I will add too that although lots of people give solids to young babies and their babies seem fine that doesn't mean it's the best thing to do. The human race is designed to survive in sub-optimal conditions. The fact that we are able to cope with less than the best doesn't mean that we shouldn't try offer the best when we can.

Different doctors subscribe to different schools of thought. You can talk to your doctor but the answer you get will be more of a reflection of how old-school or modern your doctor is, how knowledgeable and supportive your doctor is of breastfeeding, how closely your doctor follows current research, etc. Last year the CDC found that in the US half of parents who started solids early did it on the advice of their doctor even though multiple medical and health organizations recommend against doing it.

Current research indicates that early solids (before six months) are linked to a greater of obesity, diabetes and celiac disease later in life.

Sarah - posted on 01/15/2014

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Fruits and veggies can be introduced at 6 months. Right now he is probably reaching for the food not because he wants to eat it more so because he wants to play with it. It is usually not until about 9 months when babies start to show interest in wanting our food we are eating to eat.

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Marissa - posted on 02/23/2014

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This is 100% your choice. I started my son on solid's around 4 months. He also stared at my food and I felt so guilty. I started off slow just giving him 1 a day and waiting 3 or 4 days in between a new veggie/fruit. He loved it! He is a great eater now and he is 14 months so hopefully your little one will be too! At the end of the day do what you feel is right :)

Brianna - posted on 02/07/2014

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Yes, it is too early. Babies need to be on exclusive breast milk (or formula if absolutely necessary) for at LEAST six months to give their digestive systems time to develop. Do not give your 4.5 month old solids yet and especially not cheerios or rice cereal.

Charmaine - posted on 02/05/2014

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You sure can start solids. But keep it simple initially, like rice cereal.

My kids were born prematurely and you would think that that would mean delaying solids till even later. Nope. My neonatal paediatrician advise starting with rice cereal at 3 months! My kids were both born at 33 weeks gestational age. Mix the cereal with some of the milk they would have drank at the mealtime.

Just don't use the solids as a replacement for milk until they get to six months. But give small amounts of solids as a supplement. For some babies, milk alone is not enough from around 4 months of age. And feeding your baby constantly on rich milk to keep them full may just end up with your baby gaining too miuch weight.

Mishra Mummy - posted on 02/03/2014

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I started solid food for my baby at exactly 4 and half months as my baby's ped had advised so. The reason she said was my baby was on formula and so she said instead of waiting till 6 months, I could start solids and so did I.

M - posted on 01/20/2014

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Sure, why not? We started our son on solids ( cereal mixed with breastmilk and then veggies and pureed meat ) when he was 4 months. He loved it-he ate a whole bowl of cereal on his first try and then nursed right afterwards. Feeding him "real" food helped him gain a little more weight than with breastmilk alone.

Jennifer - posted on 01/20/2014

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I started baby cereal at 4 and a half months. My pediatrician gave the ok. My daugther 9 months now and will eat just about anything. Other then honey n peanut butter which we are holding off. Shes a big eater. ; )

Emily - posted on 01/19/2014

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My baby girl is 6 months old now but she started acting the same way around 4 months ... I started with rice cereal and then started giving her stage 1 baby food!

Leigh - posted on 01/17/2014

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I would think it was okay. I breastfed all of my babies until they were 15 months old. The problem I had experienced with my two youngest was that they breastfed constantly. I absolutely loved breastfeeding but the amount of time they were spending on the breast was insane. They would be on the breast for 30 minutes, fall asleep and then wake up 15 minutes later and want to feed; all day, everyday. I wasn't able to get anything done. I was beginning to get so stressed out that I went to his pediatrician and ask her what I could do to prolong the feedings. She suggested cereal. I tried them both with cereal around 3 months old, I think the appropriate time would be about 4 months old. They loved it at first but all of a sudden started turning their noses up at the cereal. So I discussed this with their pediatrician as well. I was just concerned because they had gotten use to eating everyday that I didn't want them starving. So she suggested I start mixing it with fruits. Well I really wasn't fond of that idea because with my first two I started them off with veggies to get them used to the bitter taste. Since fruits are sweet I always figured if they get used to that sweet, yummy taste they will not want to try veggies. Well, their pediatrician told me that "mommy knows best" and said starting them off with veggies would be fine. I started them off on solids around 4 1/2 months as well and they loved it. They were happy babies once I introduced them to some flavor. I would say to start off with a bowl of cereal and mix the first stage baby food into it; he will love it!

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