Is my baby old enough for baby food.
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Happy - posted on 04/23/2012
Babies do not need any foods other than breast milk or formula until they are around 6 months AND have readiness signals: can sit up w/o support, no longer has a tongue thrust when nursing or taking a bottle, has a pincher grasp and seems very interested in foods. It is important that baby had accomplished ALL these milestones, not just one or two, before offering solids. The best solids to offer are not processed rice cereals. Those are absolutely void of nutrition and are loaded with chemicals and are very difficult for baby's gut to process. The best first foods are banana and avacado. Just cut off a small portion, smash up, add some breast milk or formula to thin it out (only need to do this the first time or two) and offer to baby. Voila! Easy as pie, very healthy and super cheap too!
Many Moms get so exctied to have their baby move on to the next step, it's like we feel we are a better Mom if we can say to our Mom friends, "MY child did XYZ at 4 months, or 6 mos, or....whatever." Moms also tend to misinterpret babies normal growth spurt at four months think that they need to add solids because baby is nursing or taking a bottle all the time! Four months is a normal growth spurt time (as is 2 weeks, 2 months and 6 months) and the addition of solids is no necessary, just more breast milk or formula.
Elfrieda - posted on 04/23/2012
Keep an eye on her. When she starts trying to steal food off your plate or following your fork with her eyes while her mouth is hanging open, it's a good time to start. It's very obvious and funny, at least it was with my son. I was trying to wait until 6 months, but he wanted food so bad I started when he was 5 months old. My friend's baby wasn't really interested until 7 or 8 months, so just try to follow the cues of your baby and see what happens.
Lucky you, I LOVE feeding babies solids, it's so much fun. Get the camera ready. :)
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