What age is best to start giving my babygirl gerber food?

Marylou - posted on 10/07/2015 ( 22 moms have responded )

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She goes through her formula so quick. she will finish a 5 ounce bottle in less than 5 minutes and she's 2 1/2 months old. She loves to eat! Any suggestions?

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Jodi - posted on 10/12/2015

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Honestly Amanda, by starting your children that young, you are setting them up with a number of risk factors. SCIENCE suggests you shouldn't start until 6 months, although some sources suggest 4 months may be ok. A 3 month old baby isn't SUPPOSED to be "kept full for longer". At this age they are supposed to feed frequently because biologically, that is the way they are built. It is NORMAL for them to feed frequently. By feeding a child cereal at such a young age you are:
- putting them at risk for obesity
- taking away the essential nutrients in breastmilk and formula that is not available in cereal.
- giving them something their stomach is not actually physically ready to digest properly and potentially putting them at risk for digestive issues later in life.

And worst of all, putting cereal in bottles is actually a choking hazard.

Telling someone to feed their 2 1/2 month old cereal AND put it in a bottle is really bad advice.

For the OP, here are some guidelines on what the experts say:
http://kellymom.com/ages/older-infant/de...

Raye - posted on 10/13/2015

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Jodi is right on point! Breast milk or formula ONLY, until at least 6 months. Then any baby food you feed them is only to get your child used to eating something with another texture and different flavors. Breast milk and formula should still be the primary source for nutrition until 1 year.

Raye - posted on 01/06/2016

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Cobie, if you were giving 6 oz of milk/formula in the bottle, and are now adding cereal and still giving a total of 6 oz, then you ARE substituting the milk with food (and cereals have no nutritional value and can be harmful to babies). And while it is up to the parents to decide what/when to feed their child, it is also up to the parents to be smart and not put their child at risk (even if their Pediatrician says it's ok). Many doctors had previously said to give water to babies with colic, but that can cause water poisoning which causes irritability, brain swelling, unresponsiveness and seizures. The risk is also high if formula/milk is diluted with too much water in a misguided effort to save money or make milk/formula last longer. So don't go that route either. Water also has no nutritional value, and can make it harder for the child to absorb vital nutrients from milk/formula.

Breastmilk or formula should be the only nutrition for the first 6 months, and then should still be the main source of nutrition for the first year, even after introducing solids.

Many doctors and nutritionists are still recommending cereals starting around 4 months. *They are wrong.* Here's the facts:

In order to digest grains/cereals, your body needs to make an enzyme called amylase. And, guess what? Newborns don’t produce amylase at all. Salivary amylase makes a small appearance at about 6 months old, but pancreatic amylase (what you need to actually digest grains) is not produced until molar teeth are fully developed! First molars usually don’t show up until 13-19 months old, on average.

Undigested grains wreak havoc on your baby’s intestinal lining. It can throw off the balance of bacteria in their gut and lead to lots of complications as they age including: food allergies, behavioral problems, mood issues, and more.

If you feed your baby cereal or other grains, you’re doing more than simply sticking them with an indigestible food. You’re feeding them an indigestible food that their body can’t really use and starving them of the nutrients they need to grow a healthy brain, nervous system, and bone structure.

One of your baby’s most important tasks this year is to grow bigger and develop their bodies in a way that will set the foundation for the rest of their lives. He’ll probably triple his body weight by the time he’s 12 months. A lot of that growth happens in short, intense bursts that need balanced nutrition and more frequent feedings. As long as their weight is proportional to their height and healthy for their age, you shouldn't worry about the amount of food they eat, but you should make sure they are getting the right type of food/nutrition for healthy development.

Raye - posted on 01/06/2016

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Cobie, The probiotic probably did the most good for the acid reflux and may have counter balanced some of the negative effects of the grains. just because 'everything worked out" doesn't mean there wasn't a risk. There are lots of things to try to ease acid reflux in babies, such as feeding them more often in smaller amounts, changing the position while feeding, more frequent burping, reducing your dairy intake if breastfeeding or switching to a more hypoallergenic formula, etc.

Yes, many sources say to add cereals to thicken the milk/formula, but you should know the risk in doing that, and not just blindly go along with any one piece of advice. Do your own research. Become educated so you can make the right choices for your kids.

Cobie - posted on 01/06/2016

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Raye, the reason I was adding the cereal was because I was advised by my highly recommended pediatrician in my area to do so (I am talking 1 tsp.) in order to thicken my bottle because of the acid reflux. My son is as healthy and happy as can be so I wouldn't have changed anything I have done as far as the rice cereal is concerned. It did also contain DHA and a Probiotic which aided in his digestive system.

Every mother is entitled to do as they choose with their baby and whatever they feel is in the best interest, so that is exactly what I did. I would not change anything that I have done and I can proudly say that I have a healthy 20 pound (almost) 6 month old baby :)

I can assure you that he receives all of the right types of food and nutritional values he needs for healthy development.

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 10/14/2016

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Alexander green, take your BS elsewhere. Breastfeeding is PREFERABLE, but NOT ALL ARE ABLE TO.

How did YOU, a MALE, breast feed???????

To every young mother out there: if you, for whatever reason, choose not to breastfeed, YOU ARE NOT A BAD PARENT!!!

NEVER let anyone try to shame you in to thinking differently, ESPECIALLY a misogynistic asshole of a man who presumes to tell a woman what is right or not right for them and their child.

Alexander - posted on 07/24/2016

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I'm not a mom I'm a dad and formula is bad for kids mothers milk is far more healthy for growing babies, and as for Gerber I don't trust them my kids ate home made baby food.

Jean - posted on 05/22/2016

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I think we as mums have a good instinct over what n when t try our babies with anything. My oldest son Benn used to love sucking nan bread that'd been dipped in curry sausage. That was from 3 month old..
Can I please add that Benn has never really been ill had a really good healthy appetite and is also 25 now 😊

Sara - posted on 05/09/2016

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My dear friend is a pediatrician and I have asked her this same question. .. Okay fine, maybe I've asked 3 doctors just to be safe... Every baby is different but what shouldn't be given to babies before a year old is more than 1-2 oz of water at any sipping.I was told it dilutes their minerals. Another was eggs due to the certain type of protein they have. I started BOTH my babies on pureed food at 4 months and the doctors approved it 100%. Never store bought food, always homemade. No salt. I realize some parents do the yellow, green and colored method of approach but I didn't. If your baby wants more food, give her more food!! She's growing, knock on wood. I love sites like this for opinions but calling your doctor is what really should be happening because too many cooks in one kitchen can confuse you

Dr. Iffat - posted on 05/05/2016

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My first question is..... Are you also breast feeding her? If so, how often and how much xoes she weigh?

Cobie - posted on 01/06/2016

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My son was 4 months old when we started feeding him Gerber 1st Foods. He was having rice cereal in his bottles at 2 months. Both of these were advised by our pediatrician. However, we were told not to substitute food for formula and he should still consume his normal 6oz bottles on his schedule (every 3-4 waking hours). My son is now almost 6 months old and we typically give him 1/2 container before his supper bottle around 5pm. He still eats his entire bottle :) I believe it is up to you as the parent(s) when you choose to give your baby food as long as (like I mentioned) you are not substituting formula/breastmilk with the food.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 11/08/2015

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She is a rapidly growing baby! She will be hungrier right before a growth spurt, which is normal. What has your pediatrician said?

Sarah - posted on 10/23/2015

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Marylou, is this an issue you have discussed with your doctor? How is her weight gain?

Amanda - posted on 10/12/2015

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I started giving my children baby cereal In their bottles at 3 months because if not they would drink bottle after bottle . It helps keep them full longer . Start with oatmeal cereal

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