my baby is 3 month, is it ok to give her baby food??
Johnny - posted on 05/07/2010
The American Pediatric Association says no, virtually all practicing pediatricians & doctors say no, any online health or baby site you will look at say no. And there are excellent reasons for this. So I would say that unless you are specifically instructed to do this by your baby's doctor for a specific purpose, that it would be a dangerous and unwise choice.
Kristin - posted on 05/07/2010
If you are considering giving her cereal/food simply because she is three months, then no. If she is seriously hungry all the time, she may just be going througha growth spurt. Give her more bottle or breast feedings. If she is starting to cut teeth or is grabbing at your food or spoon to try it, then call your daughter's doctor. If you do go ahead with some cereal, watch closely what she is doing. If she's just pushing it back out of her mouth, she isn't ready and you should wait another month. The earliest most physicians will recommend solids is 4 to 6 months, but there is always the exception to the rule. Just get all the info before you decide.
One really important thing though is don't put cereal in a bottle. It may or may not hold her, but is still a big choking hazard. A longer night's sleep is just not worth that risk.
Rebecca - posted on 05/07/2010
If the baby spits it back out she is not ready for food. There is a reason babies have the reflex for spitting out food. When she is ready she will swallow and not spit it out and make a mess. My son wasn't ready till he was over 5 months old. I didn't feed him solids till he was 10 months old. and never regularly just tastes and samples of what we were eating. She will let you know when she is ready for solids. It can be painful to digest if she isn't ready.
Doctors and nurses recommend them to have 6 months of being just breast fed. Nothing more.
Stacey - posted on 05/07/2010
It is your baby, your choice. My first bub didn't start solids until 7 months, he just wasn't interested, but my 2nd bub I started at 3.5 months. He was wanting a bottle every 2 hours and I just couldn't keep up. The midwives at clinic were critical of me, but I didn't care. Start on the ceral if you are going to start though. Stay away from the jar food until a bit older.
Andrea - posted on 05/07/2010
4 months is what is recommended (and that's prob what all pediatricians will stick with) but it also depends on your baby and how interested they seem in eating with a spoon. My mom and aunt both used rice cereal in bottles at night around 3 1/2 months for their kids to help them sleep longer and it worked out really well for them.
Amanda - posted on 05/07/2010
I started my son on baby food when he was less than a month old. He was never satisfied with breastfeeding. He didn't have any issues with digestion or crankiness. All babies are different though. I do know that pediatricians are anti feeding before 6 months. I always went to a family doctor and they never said not to and didn't tell me to stop when I said that he was eating baby food. Good luck on whatever you decide!
I'd have to say probably not. Infant's digestive systems are not completely developed or "closed" before around 4-5 months and starting food too early can lead to all sorts of problems (allergies being some of the lesser ones). It's not a good thing to rush without very good cause.
Abbie - posted on 05/07/2010
What is your reason for giving "food" I am assuming you are referring to cereal. It probably won't make her sleep longer, and will actually make her cranky. Their tummies aren't really ready for "food" yet, she will get all she needs from formula/ or breastmilk. I would not suggest to start cereal any earlier then 4 months of age. And never put it in her bottle ( if you use a bottle) Babies can over eat and it can pose a choking hazard. You should really check with your doctor though regardin all of this!
Shannon - posted on 05/07/2010
This young..I would be a bit leary and propabably say "no". babies dijestive system is too young and not mature enough to properly digest food this young. I went to my baby doctor when my twins were 5 moths and he recommended I could start introducing infant cereal at this time and then start introducing 1st foods (strained beans, squash, sweet potatoe).
Get some advice from a doctor first.
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