Can I start baby food early?

Deanna - posted on 09/12/2011 ( 26 moms have responded )

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My baby is 3 months and just recently she acts like she's always hungry!!! And she is also waking up a lot more at night. Can I start her on baby food and cereal now instead of waiting another month??

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Lady Heather - posted on 09/12/2011

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The fruit and veggie thing is a lie. Don't worry about it. For when you get to that point, a really awesome first solid is avocado. Don't have to cook it, easily digestible, most babies I know seem to really like it. You can even toss one in your purse when you are going out for dinner or something. hehe.

Bobbi - posted on 09/16/2011

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This is my first day on this site and I am kind of overwhelmed my the amount of debate and animosity that is derived from simply discussing baby food. I thought this was a place to get helpful support from other moms, which is what I think it is supposed to be.

There is a lot of different information out there about when to start solids. In general, they recommend waiting until 6mo if your baby is exclusively breastfed. The 4mo mark is generally okayed if you have been formula-feeding your baby. I think you should go with what feels right for you, your baby, and your family- within reason.

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Veggies before fruit is an old wives' tale.



Breastmilk (or formula) is sweet, so babies are already used to sweet taste when you introduce solids.



The first foods I offered my son (at 6 months) were avocado and banana. He has tasted a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, in no particular order -- and he has no problem with eating vegetables now.

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I did, but my daughter actually stopped gaining weight despite feeding constantly (she flat out refused formula). I would have waited otherwise.

I gave mine a banana mashed first, then gave whatever I felt like, no real order. She ate it all greedily in fact; still does. I tasted all of the food before giving it to her (even jared) if I didn't like it, I didn't give it.

Kate CP - posted on 09/12/2011

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Until one, solids are just for fun!

Breastfeeding or formula should be the main source of protein, calories, and nutrition your growing baby receives. Feeding solids won't help her sleep through the night, that's a myth. She will sleep through the night when she's ready! A baby's stomach is very small: about the size of her fist. So she should be eating small, frequent meals of just breast milk or formula.

Wait until your baby shows signs of being ready for solids:
Sits up with little to no support
Shows interest in your food
Mimics you while you are eating (chewing motion)
Loses her tongue-thrust reflex

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Chelsea - posted on 09/22/2011

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you can my daughters doctor said it was alright when i did it because it seemed that she was not getting enough with the formula

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I would hold off until she is showing you the signs she is ready for solids, can sit up unaided, has lost her Tongue thrust, shows an interest in food, grabs out for food you are eating etc.

Our son hated cereal so we put him onto mashed fruit and veg he has no issues with eating his veg and will pick fruit over sweets as well!

Jay - posted on 09/13/2011

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Please don't! She might think she is ready but her stomach will not be ready until she is closer to 6 months.
The lining of her stomach still has little gaps in it where bad things from the food can get through to her blood, by the time she is 6 months the gaps will have gotten closer together and a film lining will have built up over the gaps.
Please wait.
I am quoting my health nurses and ''what to expect, the first year''
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Lady Heather - posted on 09/13/2011

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I found my kid hated cereal, got super backed up when she ate it and never had a problem eating her veggies after fruit. So I'm thinking the hard and fast rules are a load of crap and you should just experiment for yourself and see what works best for your own kids.

Sherri - posted on 09/13/2011

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I disagree with Kate I prefer to start them on cereal and they love the taste of it.

Also I am one that holds off on fruits. I start on cereal and veggies and once they have a good taste for that introduce fruits if not I find they prefer the fruits and won't eat the veggies.

Kate CP - posted on 09/13/2011

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Nah, just skip the cereal. It's empty carbs and calories and tastes awful. Fruit's good. :)

Elfrieda - posted on 09/12/2011

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It's probably a growth spurt, like the other posters said, and you just need to feed her more milk while she's growing like a weed.



If you wait with baby food until she's lunging at your plate and staring and chewing at you while you eat, you'll know she's ready for solids! (that was my baby at 5.5 months; I didn't have the heart to wait the half-month until he was 6 months old)

Sherri - posted on 09/12/2011

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I would wait till 4mo's which is the recommendation of all the pediatricians in my area. Also the recommendation is cereal and veggies first holding off on fruits till they have a great taste for the veggies.

Deanna - posted on 09/12/2011

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I formula feed. And yeah I heard to put a lil of fruit in with cereal too. I guess I will just wait to see how she acts at 4 months on whether or not we should give her baby food or wait.

Kate CP - posted on 09/12/2011

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Well, according to the AAP:

"...The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends mothers breastfeed exclusively for at least 4 months but preferably 6 months and continue breastfeeding after introduction of solid foods until 12 months of age..."

and the WHO recommend starting at 6 months or later. Gerber funded studies recently saying you should start solids at 4 months, though. ;)

Sal - posted on 09/12/2011

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someone told me on the weekend it is back to 4months....if you want to try i'd go a bit of rice cereal, maybe with a bit of fruit to make it taste better, and remember her stomache is tiny and a few teaspoons will make a dfference so don't go for masses of food

Kate CP - posted on 09/12/2011

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At four months her intestines have not developed enough beneficial bacteria to properly digest solid food. By six months, some babies even later, they usually have enough bacteria in their gut to digest and process solid foods.

Babies LOVE sweet stuff. That's why formula and breast milk are SO sweet. Honestly, she will take to solid foods better if you start off with sweet stuff first.

JuLeah - posted on 09/12/2011

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Six months is waht I was told. She is eating breast milk, correct? At three months she is growing fast, maybe she just needs to eat more

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If your pediatrician is saying 4 months, he is not giving you accurate information. Its 6+ months.

Stifler's - posted on 09/12/2011

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I agree with Julianne she's probably just having a growth spurt and feeding more. Food won't stop her waking through the night

Deanna - posted on 09/12/2011

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Alright. Thanks everyone! And she is 11pounds. And she is now taking 6 oz every 3 to 4 hours. Her pediatrician said we could Start her on cereal and fruits at 4 months. Tho my mom suggested giving vegetables before fruits cuz she may not like vegetables after tasting fruit. ?

Bonnie - posted on 09/12/2011

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I would wait. At 3 months they can't digest solids properly. The recommended age is 6 months. I would wait until she is at least 5 months and see if she is ready then.

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At 3 months babies usually go through a massive growth spurt. They need to be fed more frequently. That doesn't mean solids. 3 months is too young. Waiting until at least 6 months is ideal. Milk/formula should be the majority of their nutritional source until a year.

Krista - posted on 09/12/2011

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No, I wouldn't. She's probably gearing up for a growth spurt, which is why she's acting like that. When my son was about to hit a growth spurt, he just about sucked the label off the bottle.

At 3 months old, they're just not ready for solids. It's too hard on their tiny digestive systems. Ideally, you should wait until she's 6 months old before starting solids.

You may need to feed her more frequently for a little while, and then she'll settle back down.

How much and how often are you feeding her right now? And how much does she weigh?

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