How old do you feel an infant should be before they taste real food such as a taste of ice cream?

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Brandy - posted on 05/01/2009

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Enjoy your baby. 3-4 months old let the baby tast the ice cream. If you don't it'll be an aunt or a grandma that gets to experience that first goofy face. I have to agree with a previous post as well. I fed my first child jar baby food and he developed into a very picky eater, and to this day only likes bland food. My second child I used some jar food, but most things I pureed from our family dinner. She will eat anything at 2.5, which is normally a picky eater age. Enjoy your baby and trust your instincts. Women were successfully rearing healthy children long before the American Academy of Pediatrics started telling them how.

Amber - posted on 04/30/2009

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I cant beleive how close minded you people are being. You treat these feeding guidlines like they are the bible. Like going against them is a sin and will cause you to spend enetrnity in hell. I have two children and with my first child I let him TASTE ice cream, pudding, mash potatoes anything that wasnt solid. He is now an extremely smart and thriving child. Jaime has simply tried to open you eyes to the world outside of your doctors office. I think seth Rogen said it best "how did anybody ever give birth without a baby book, like the egyptians craved what to expect when your expecting on the pyramid walls" we all know they didnt, so what would you do if these books didnt exsist? You would go with your maternal instinct, it has worked pretty well over the past years otherwise many of us wouldnt be here. What will you do when a situation rears its head and there isnt a book with a guideline in it?

Jakki - posted on 04/28/2009

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Here is Australia all the advice is that you sholdn't start kids on solid food until 6 months. But a bit of a taste of some plain foods (eg rice cereal, stewed fruits) before then won't hurt.



I would avoid giving a little kid ice cream or any other really sweet food for as long as possible, so they get used to healthy tastes first. If you don't give them any sugar at all (until they start going to parties etc) they're more likely to agree to eat healthy foods.

Amanda - posted on 05/01/2009

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whenever you want to! Chloe tasted lemon sorbet at 12 weeks and her face was a picture! If you watch for intolerances then you should be fine. We held off weaning until 6 months, but she'd had the odd chocolate button and taste here and there of food. at 6 months she went onto proper food, chopped, but not pureed, and fed herself with a spoon. she's nearly 13 months and can feed herself 100% now, with a spoon or not. She struggled chewing at first coz had no teeth, but she liked the taste so gummed it to death, mand x

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You shouldn't feed infants solid food for at least the first 4-6 months of their little lives. Just breastmilk or formula, whichever you do. And, I would err on the side of caution and postpone solids till the 6-7th month, and then start out with something like babyfood carrots (or you could make your own baby food...very easy, nutritious and cheap to do! Go to the library and find a book on how to make your own baby food). You don't want to start out with the sweet stuff (fruits) cause baby's (like most of us) will prefer the taste of sweet over savory. So start with the veggies. Also, invest in a good infant book "What to expect the first year" is very good. It's best to postpone the sweet stuff, like ice cream....Good luck!

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Carol Faye - posted on 08/05/2012

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On eating chocolates and having allergy reactions.... I think it doesn't apply to all babies. The moment i started giving solid food to my babies, including ice cream, chocolates, eggs, etc, praise God, i didn't experience any allergy signs coming out from them. They enjoyed munching every bit of it. I know of one who has a problem of it. My friend's baby has allergy on oil. At months old, I pity her....she can't enjoy most of the food.

Melissa - posted on 05/04/2009

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Quoting Esther:



Quoting Melissa:

to just give them a taste about 4-6 months. it doesnt hurt for them to have a little taste of most foods. mine loves chocolate and ice cream on the occasions we give it to her! she had her own ice cream cone at about 7 months. my daughters dietician always told me to make sure i give custard after all her meals, not baby custard the normal adult one. i had only been giving mine baby food til then.






I'm a firm believer in not giving any solids until your pediatrician tells you they are ready for it (most pediatricians will tell you to wait until 6 months) but I wanted to particularly place a warning re. the chocolate. Chocolate is a highly allergenic food that most doctors will tell you to hold off on until the child is about a year old. Clearly some kids are fine eating chocolate earlier, but you won't know that until you try and the risks of them having an allergic reaction at an early age are far greater than they are at a later age. My friend's mom, who babysat her baby boy during the day, gave him a tiny piece of chocolate when he was about 5 months old. They had to rush him to the hospital because he was swelling up and could barely breathe. So talk to your doctor before you feed him/her anything other than breastmilk/formula.





I think you have an excellent point on the allergy reason its something I would think about when trying new things all the time

Kellianne - posted on 05/03/2009

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i started all three of mine on trying foods when they were interested in trying them, they are healthy little boys 6, 4 and 20mths and none are over weight or unhealthy, and all internal areas are good never had a problem, depends on how u feel about what others say or if u want to give ur child what they want, some children walk before they crawl and if there interested why not! and as for some mothers feeling like they are a bad mum because of others comments dont cause everyone raises there children different and its not like there is a mannual

Megan - posted on 05/03/2009

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I think at least a few months. A small taste of something cant do any harm. My bubba loves new things!!

Kathryn - posted on 05/02/2009

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I don't think that they recommend giving babies under 1 year any refined sugars such as ice cream. It has a lot to do with their developing systems and hopefully decreasing the risk of developing diabetes.

User - posted on 05/02/2009

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I would say whenever the infant starts having cereals and juice it would be ok for a few other soft foods like ice cream. Maybe around 4 months. It all depends on what your baby's stomach tolerates.

Shawna - posted on 05/01/2009

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Gee... i been reading this and my son is 6 months and still only breastfed! We plan on starting soon. Once i start solids i plan to let him taste icecream among other things.

Natalie - posted on 05/01/2009

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In the uk we are told that we should wait till baby is 6 months before weaning onto solids, unless they are showing signs of being majorly unsatisfied after a feed and their weight is dropping, but defo never ever before 17 weeks.



Also we are told no dairy products or honey until a year old.

Natalie - posted on 05/01/2009

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Ladies,



what the frick is Key Lime Pie ? are we missing out here in the UK ???????

Jaime - posted on 05/01/2009

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It's true that babies don't really know the difference between what we consider nutritious and what we consider treats...but who's to say that some treats don't have nutritional value to them? Certainly ice cream has some merit in the nutrition department---it's a dairy product after all. There is also natural sugar in "nutritional" foods--especially fruits and vegetables...so even then children are being exposed to the non-nutritional side of nutrition. It's all in moderation...that seems always, to be the key when making choices about food for our tots.

Jamie - posted on 05/01/2009

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Well, are we talking real food or sugar? My baby started on baby foods at 4 months but as far as stuff like ice cream goes, for me I won't let her have any of that stuff until she's at least a year old and even then I'm going to limit the sweets. I just feel like it's important she get the best nutrition possible and when they're little it's not like they know a difference.

Jaime - posted on 05/01/2009

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(for Melissa H): No one is picking fights...we are just having a bit of a debate. Differing opinions is really what it comes down to. We are all being mothers looking out for or tots. Welcome to round 8...lol

Esther - posted on 05/01/2009

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Quoting Melissa:

to just give them a taste about 4-6 months. it doesnt hurt for them to have a little taste of most foods. mine loves chocolate and ice cream on the occasions we give it to her! she had her own ice cream cone at about 7 months. my daughters dietician always told me to make sure i give custard after all her meals, not baby custard the normal adult one. i had only been giving mine baby food til then.



I'm a firm believer in not giving any solids until your pediatrician tells you they are ready for it (most pediatricians will tell you to wait until 6 months) but I wanted to particularly place a warning re. the chocolate. Chocolate is a highly allergenic food that most doctors will tell you to hold off on until the child is about a year old. Clearly some kids are fine eating chocolate earlier, but you won't know that until you try and the risks of them having an allergic reaction at an early age are far greater than they are at a later age. My friend's mom, who babysat her baby boy during the day, gave him a tiny piece of chocolate when he was about 5 months old. They had to rush him to the hospital because he was swelling up and could barely breathe. So talk to your doctor before you feed him/her anything other than breastmilk/formula.

Kristi - posted on 05/01/2009

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i have been giving my son REAL food since 4-5 months old. puree'd of course. but just watch dairies and fatty greasy stuff, and gassy veggies and your kidshould be fine ;)

Sarah - posted on 05/01/2009

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Quoting Emily:



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Quoting Rachel:

The advice is always changing from one day to the next...my gosh...how did we manage to survive before everyone had an opinion.

I figure that if your bub seems interested in a food...let them have a small taste.

My boy didn't start solids till 6 months as he just wasn't interested until then but I have friends whose babies started at 3-4months as they were trying to grab food off their parents plates.

Go with your feelings on it, you know your baby best after all.











 












I agree!  Always go with your gut...every baby is different and only you can decide if your baby is ready for solids now or not.  Just start with small amounts and go from there.  There is no medical evidence that suggests that giving a baby solids before 6 months is harmful...I think it's just precautionary because of allergies.  Back in the days of our Great grandparents and beyond they had to do everything by trial and error...not much has changed today except we have all sorts of dos and don't thrown at us when we are pregnant and it's difficult to sift through all the pamplets and books to come to our own conclusions.  If you want to feed your baby ice cream then I say go for it!















 










I'm a little late to this bitch fest, but I really have to say something about this comment. There IS medical evidence that you should not give a child under 6 months solids. I suggest you research open gut and tongue thrust. A child that young does not have mature enough intestines to digest anything but breastmilk or formula. Even the AAP doesnt reccomend solids before 6 months. I'm sure they didnt pull that statistic out of their asses.










Back in the day our grandparents never used carseats. So really, you cannot come to the conclusion that because your grandparents fed your mother early makes it okay. If you want to parent 1930s style, you should probably stop using the internet ;)












Emily -- as a student of pediatrics you really should know what the AAP suggests before you give advice.  The AAP actual recommends solids are started between 4 and 6 months.  Last I checked this was before 6 months.  If you are going to post something as fact, you should really make sure it is correct.









 






 






 Thanks but I'll go by what I've learned in school instead of your google findings.





its actually not google findings, it was what I learned in school, i have a degree in child development just for the record.  But yes, if you go to the official AAP site it also says 4-6.

Sarah - posted on 05/01/2009

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Quoting Melissa:

Sarah are you still mad that I vaccinate my kids seriously??? I am not even going to acknowledge you because we are on a no drink campaign here in Canada and since Doctors have been doing this our children with FASD have not been happening so often some people dont know how to stop after one and still will say they are one it always starts at one.. Thats is all and have a great day



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I am really confused by this comment...I think you have me confused with someone else.  I am actually very PRO vaccination and think everyone should do it...so glad to hear that you vaccinate.  And you are right, some people don't know how to stop after one and that is just wrong of them :-)

Melissa - posted on 05/01/2009

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Oh and also to all these people about waiting till 6 months and they should have nothing before that , talk with your doctor and see what their theory is. My son started on baby food and cereal at 4 months. Thats when pedi told me it was ok to

Melissa - posted on 05/01/2009

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I dont understand why in every single post people are picking fights on every little detail. How did a question of ice cream end up being a fight about who ate what during pregnancy and drug use during pregnancy. melissa I also agree with you on having the books as a reference, but you dont need to follow it page by page. I also ate tuna during pregnancy, and had coffee ( 1 a day). Everything in moderation. People need to talk to their pedi. and just be a mother noone knows their children better.

Emily - posted on 05/01/2009

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Quoting Sarah:



Quoting Emily:




Quoting Jaime:





Quoting Rachel:

The advice is always changing from one day to the next...my gosh...how did we manage to survive before everyone had an opinion.

I figure that if your bub seems interested in a food...let them have a small taste.

My boy didn't start solids till 6 months as he just wasn't interested until then but I have friends whose babies started at 3-4months as they were trying to grab food off their parents plates.

Go with your feelings on it, you know your baby best after all.









 










I agree!  Always go with your gut...every baby is different and only you can decide if your baby is ready for solids now or not.  Just start with small amounts and go from there.  There is no medical evidence that suggests that giving a baby solids before 6 months is harmful...I think it's just precautionary because of allergies.  Back in the days of our Great grandparents and beyond they had to do everything by trial and error...not much has changed today except we have all sorts of dos and don't thrown at us when we are pregnant and it's difficult to sift through all the pamplets and books to come to our own conclusions.  If you want to feed your baby ice cream then I say go for it!












 








I'm a little late to this bitch fest, but I really have to say something about this comment. There IS medical evidence that you should not give a child under 6 months solids. I suggest you research open gut and tongue thrust. A child that young does not have mature enough intestines to digest anything but breastmilk or formula. Even the AAP doesnt reccomend solids before 6 months. I'm sure they didnt pull that statistic out of their asses.








Back in the day our grandparents never used carseats. So really, you cannot come to the conclusion that because your grandparents fed your mother early makes it okay. If you want to parent 1930s style, you should probably stop using the internet ;)









Emily -- as a student of pediatrics you really should know what the AAP suggests before you give advice.  The AAP actual recommends solids are started between 4 and 6 months.  Last I checked this was before 6 months.  If you are going to post something as fact, you should really make sure it is correct.





 



 



 Thanks but I'll go by what I've learned in school instead of your google findings.

Jaime - posted on 05/01/2009

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It's good that you are very diligent about keeping up with nutrition--especially when it comes to babies. I too am going to make sure that my Son learns good eating habits. My point was not that I feel a laid back approach is best...it's what I feel is best for me. My opinion that there is not right or wrong way still stands because I believe that different circumstances, situations and lifestyles need to be considered when approaching a subject about appropriate vs. non-appropriate. You sound like a very competent, well-rounded Mother and I truly value your opinion--I just happen to disagree with some of your points.

Melissa - posted on 05/01/2009

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You are right nutrition to begin with is very important to me, I have taken so many courses for just myself, so I am twice as careful in to what I put in my childs body especially so young I want to give hime the best start I can and I do feel strong about no alcohol during pregnancy, I do get that during breast feeding some people can drink responsible I personally wouldnt do it as I would probably feel one drink as I dont drink very often. I do firmly believe in Vaccinations, I take it very personal when people play with childrens lives and then expect me to as well

Melissa - posted on 05/01/2009

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You are right nutrition to begin with is very important to me, I have taken so many courses for just myself, so I am twice as careful in to what I put in my childs body especially so young I want to give hime the best start I can and I do feel strong about no alcohol during pregnancy, I do get that during breast feeding some people can drink responsible I personally wouldnt do it as I would probably feel one drink as I dont drink very often. I do firmly believe in Vaccinations, I take it very personal when people play with childrens lives and then expect me to as well

Jaime - posted on 05/01/2009

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I was just pointing out that I am being portrayed as a trouble maker because I am expressing an opinion. I am not calling you a trouble maker, if you read the post from Emma you will understand why I said that. I think it's great that we are debating back and forth...your passion in your opinion is what makes it a great discussion. You stated earlier in this forum that you left and your name was continuously being mentioned...well if you really don't want to be a part of this discussion I feel that you would have ignored it altogether...but something tells me you are just as eager to debate this as the rest of us. No hard feelings...that's what is so great about freedom of speech!

Melissa - posted on 05/01/2009

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I am a trouble maker because I get told my name STILL keeps popping up and I shouldnt stand up for myself, okay that makes sense. I have every right to stand up for myself so get over yourself.

Oh my go I cant control people on the net what can I do no..

Melissa - posted on 05/01/2009

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I am a trouble maker because I get told my name STILL keeps popping up and I shouldnt stand up for myself, okay that makes sense. I have every right to stand up for myself so get over yourself.

Oh my go I cant control people on the net what can I do no..

Jaime - posted on 05/01/2009

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So much for being done with this forum eh Melissa A?...and I'm the trouble maker! LOL

Melissa - posted on 05/01/2009

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Sarah are you still mad that I vaccinate my kids seriously??? I am not even going to acknowledge you because we are on a no drink campaign here in Canada and since Doctors have been doing this our children with FASD have not been happening so often some people dont know how to stop after one and still will say they are one it always starts at one.. Thats is all and have a great day

Jaime - posted on 05/01/2009

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Dear Emma, when I posted that comment Amanda was still part of this forum...perhaps you need to re-read the entire debate so that you can get your facts straight. I am not causing trouble for anyone. Had I been slinging mud the entire time instead of commenting specifically on other posts related to my original comment then I would expect others to think I was causing trouble. There is nothing wrong with disagreeing with another person and debating an issue is a great way to expose information. The name calling wasn't because I was talking about people that left this forum, it was because a few people didn't like my opinion. And those people that claim to have left this forum in actualilty did not, and you will see that as you scroll through the correspondence--or did you just read a few and make up your mind to be ignorant because you too disagree with my opinion? And meh is just meh...does it really matter?

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Meh, the fact that you have had to resort to name calling shows clearly just how intelligent you are. Thanks for proving my point!


maybe she is resorting to name calling but you have been talking about people who left this forum alone.. trouble causers are not needed here.. and WTF is meh!!!! 

Mel - posted on 05/01/2009

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its not 9 months Tamara for dairy ive never heard of it being 9 months its more like 6 i know since mine was in hospital for so long so i know by what foods they bring her there and what foods her dietician told us were ok at certain ages. just letting you know.

Tamara - posted on 04/30/2009

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Dairy should be held off until 9 months at the minimum. Solids shouldn't be introduced until at least 6 months.

Sarah - posted on 04/30/2009

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Quoting Emily:



Quoting Jaime:




Quoting Rachel:

The advice is always changing from one day to the next...my gosh...how did we manage to survive before everyone had an opinion.

I figure that if your bub seems interested in a food...let them have a small taste.

My boy didn't start solids till 6 months as he just wasn't interested until then but I have friends whose babies started at 3-4months as they were trying to grab food off their parents plates.

Go with your feelings on it, you know your baby best after all.







 








I agree!  Always go with your gut...every baby is different and only you can decide if your baby is ready for solids now or not.  Just start with small amounts and go from there.  There is no medical evidence that suggests that giving a baby solids before 6 months is harmful...I think it's just precautionary because of allergies.  Back in the days of our Great grandparents and beyond they had to do everything by trial and error...not much has changed today except we have all sorts of dos and don't thrown at us when we are pregnant and it's difficult to sift through all the pamplets and books to come to our own conclusions.  If you want to feed your baby ice cream then I say go for it!









 






I'm a little late to this bitch fest, but I really have to say something about this comment. There IS medical evidence that you should not give a child under 6 months solids. I suggest you research open gut and tongue thrust. A child that young does not have mature enough intestines to digest anything but breastmilk or formula. Even the AAP doesnt reccomend solids before 6 months. I'm sure they didnt pull that statistic out of their asses.






Back in the day our grandparents never used carseats. So really, you cannot come to the conclusion that because your grandparents fed your mother early makes it okay. If you want to parent 1930s style, you should probably stop using the internet ;)





Emily -- as a student of pediatrics you really should know what the AAP suggests before you give advice.  The AAP actual recommends solids are started between 4 and 6 months.  Last I checked this was before 6 months.  If you are going to post something as fact, you should really make sure it is correct.

Sarah - posted on 04/30/2009

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Any doctor will tell you they are unsure how much alohol will cause problems THERE IS NO AMOUNT GIVENT TO US TO KNOW HOW MUCH IS SAFE that being said if you know you are pregnant DONT DRINK!!
You have not provided any proof any resources other then other people survied well you know what since the moms who listen to to themselves and doctors and sound advice on how to reduce the risk of sids and for us who take complete consideration into not putting our children indangerous situations it is because of that the sids rate has lowered and infant deaths due to injury have lowered

YOU GUYS ARE RIGHT ITS DUMB AND DUMBER I AM NOT TO SURE WHICH ONE IS DUMBER THOUGH
Those poor innocent children.



This is not factual.  Drinking a glass of wine on occasion during pregnancy is actually beneficial and reccomended.



As far as the sids rate goes...first this has nothing to do with this thread!  Second of all, do you realize that no one knows what causes Sids?  Sudden Infant Death syndrome is a blanket term for all babies who die WITHOUT a reason, therefore it is not something that you can really and truly figure out how to reduce.  They don't know why it occurs!



Back to the real food question...



It is recommended that you begin your child on cereal and baby food at 4 months of age, DEPENDING on the child's readiness.  Some children will be ready slightly earlier, others a bit later.  This is where being a mother and knowing what is best for your child comes in.  Allowing a young child tastes of certain foods is  not bad as long it is just a taste.  However, i would be carefully with things such as ice cream since it is recommended not to start any dairy before 12 months of age since even cheese and yogurt have cows milk in them.  Foods where these things are cooked in are said to be okay though.



Just my two sense.

Mel - posted on 04/30/2009

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i to gave my little girl first first lolli pop about 6 months she loved it! shes had 3 since and is really good with them. dairy products being introduced at 1 year is wrong bottle fed babies especially should have cheese and yogurt etc in their diet. anyway if solids were so bad before 6 months ladies then my doctors would not have reccomended them if they were actually going to do damage and another note this was for a baby that was far behind with development including lack of head control yet they also say "dont give you baby solids til they have good head control etc". so you dont always have to go by the guidelines like Jaime said it is just a guideline. whenever you feel your child is ready then that is fine.

Jaime - posted on 04/30/2009

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(in response to Melissa A) It's not a matter of stubborness, it's a matter of different opinions. And drawing from your last post "feeding a child before they are ready can be harmful"-- I agree! However, starting your child on solid foods before the recommended guideline will not necessarily yeild a harmful or worrisome result. I believe that any parent choosing to introduce solids to their infant has most likely consulted the books, but more importantly watched their child's development and is confident in the decision to give it a try. When introducing solid's it's always trial and error because you need to find the right amount and consistency of certain things, so it's not something that is ever entered into lightly. As for back in the day...there are so many things that we do today that trace back to the olden days when our parents walked up hill both ways in their pyjamas...but what is interesting about the olden days is that evolution also plays a huge role in the advancements of technology, communication and yes--the human form! Perservatives may not have been present back in the day (at least not things like msg) but they have almost become a staple ingredient in our food supply since at least the 80's and probably even earlier (but just to be safe, I will use 1980). As a result of our diets being rich in perservatives, our bodies have had to adapt in order to process these new additives--otherwise we'd be in excrutiating pain all the time. That being said, (and yes, there are several studies to prove this with certainty), as the years roll on and new babies are born, they are born with the ability to withstand perservatives. Not all babies though--just to be clear--some babies are still not able to stomach certain foods (hence lactose intolerance, celiac disease, etc). The majority though, is born with the proper genetic mechanisms in place to process the perservatives when they begin to eat the foods that contain them. Introducing solids to your child is not rolling the dice, it's not denying them the best possible start to life, it's a choice that you make when you feel your child has reached that invisible marker of "time for something new". And, although a 9 week old may not jump up and say "Mommy I think I'd like to taste some chocolate pudding today", it is by no means irresponsible to let them experience something that likely will not harm them--at least not to the extent that you carry it out to be. You will never know if it's the right time because there is no book out there that will tell you the EXACT, CORRECT, time to do anything with regard to raising your child--it does not exist, it is a myth I promise!

Melissa - posted on 04/30/2009

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I know I am stubborn on this issue I can admit it but did they have pudding back then well obviously home made but not snack pack or whatever did they have lollipops did they have all the crap with preservaties in it back then no so it was a differant time and there have been studies on top of studies proving that feeding your child before they are ready can be harmfull might not be 100% of the time but why roll the dice and see what you get. I t isnt worth it for me

Melissa - posted on 04/30/2009

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I know I am stubborn on this issue I can admit it but did they have pudding back then well obviously home made but not snack pack or whatever did they have lollipops did they have all the crap with preservaties in it back then no so it was a differant time and there have been studies on top of studies proving that feeding your child before they are ready can be harmfull might not be 100% of the time but why roll the dice and see what you get. I t isnt worth it for me

Jaime - posted on 04/30/2009

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(in response to Emily) While I applaud your efforts to join what you refer so lovingly to as a 'bitch fest', once again I stand firm on my point that back in the day our grandparents and their parents did things by trial and error. Using the carseat as an example of how to try and discredit my comment does not make sense because it has been proven that children can die if they are not strapped into a carseat... but correct me if I'm wrong, I've never come across a news report headlined: "infant dies from tasting ice cream". As for doing my research, I have done so and would not enter into a discussion about something with so much conviction if I had not. I took my Son to see his pediatrician this past week and I received a bulletin outlining certain things about his development over the next couple of months. As I was reading I came across a quote that states: "There is no specific age for introducing solids. A breastfed baby does not usually need solid foods until the age of 5 to 6 months. On the other hand, a bottlefed baby may be ready for solid foods at 3 to 4 months....most experts recommend starting with iron-enriched baby cereals". Note the use of the words 'no specific age', 'does not usually' and 'may be ready'...these statements all coincide with the belief (even from the perspective of the medical professionals) that the recommended ages are a GUIDELINE...and I'm pretty sure this information was passed from the pediatrician's hand into my hand, not from his ass!

So, to sum up...trying to crush my advice and comments won't work because I stand by what I have said. And really, the original question used the word "taste" of ice cream. I'm sure this mother is not looking to begin her child's solids diet with the inclusion of a full serving of treats...she is merely asking the OPINIONS of other mothers as to when they feel would be best to let the children taste different things. I see no harm in telling her to go with her gut and trust her instincts after she has looked through all the books and considered all of the medical advice. It's a subjective choice for each individual parent...every child is different. Not all babies are ready to start solids at 2 weeks and not all babies are ready to wait 6 months.

Amanda - posted on 04/30/2009

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ok Amanda so because i said that I knew people that smoked and drank during pregnancy and that it was ok to have a glass of wine every now and again during pregnancy (which any doctor will do you btw), does this mean i said i smoked? As stated i smoked before i knew i was pregnant but seeing as how i never smoked after wards i would never ever have said that i a forum. show me where i stated that i smoked during my pregnancy and drank up to 3 times a week?

Also until you have been there since day 1 with my daughter for the first 12 months, DO NOT TELL ME THAT FORCE FEEDING OUR CHILD CAUSED HER ASPIRATION. would you like me to email my entire story to you if you think this is the case? I have it on my computer in a document. dont talk about things you know nothing about. for your information it was force feed my kid or starve it to death she could barely wake up as she had no energy from not eating and as soon as her aspiration was discovere (which she had from birth by the way it is something they are born with that heals it self up), this it when they started thickening her bottles and feeding all liquids thourgh the NG tube. now the nurses only force her so that she does not forget what she is doing and they need to see thatshe can swallow and that she continues to practise it. not that i even have to explain myself to you by why dont u get your facts right before you decide to post on here that you know more about my childs medical condition then i do.


this will be my last post on this thread.



I just wanted to tell you one last time to open your eyes and read what I post carefully.



I never said forcefeeding cause your child to aspirate. what I said was force feeding a child can cause them to aspirate.



do you see the diference there?



take a close look because there is a diference.



good bye wacko, take care

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Quoting Melissa:

ok Amanda so because i said that I knew people that smoked and drank during pregnancy and that it was ok to have a glass of wine every now and again during pregnancy (which any doctor will do you btw), does this mean i said i smoked? As stated i smoked before i knew i was pregnant but seeing as how i never smoked after wards i would never ever have said that i a forum. show me where i stated that i smoked during my pregnancy and drank up to 3 times a week?

Also until you have been there since day 1 with my daughter for the first 12 months, DO NOT TELL ME THAT FORCE FEEDING OUR CHILD CAUSED HER ASPIRATION. would you like me to email my entire story to you if you think this is the case? I have it on my computer in a document. dont talk about things you know nothing about. for your information it was force feed my kid or starve it to death she could barely wake up as she had no energy from not eating and as soon as her aspiration was discovere (which she had from birth by the way it is something they are born with that heals it self up), this it when they started thickening her bottles and feeding all liquids thourgh the NG tube. now the nurses only force her so that she does not forget what she is doing and they need to see thatshe can swallow and that she continues to practise it. not that i even have to explain myself to you by why dont u get your facts right before you decide to post on here that you know more about my childs medical condition then i do.


this will be my last post on this thread.



I just wanted to tell you one last time to open your eyes and read what I post carefully.



I never said forcefeeding cause your child to aspirate. what I said was force feeding a child can cause them to aspirate.



do you see the diference there?



take a close look because there is a diference.



good bye wacko, take care

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Ice Cream is terrible for anyone. Why give them a taste if they don't know the difference? My opinion is to wait until they are old enough to request any type of junkfood... including foods with table sugar and salty foods in them. From the beginning I've been building my baby's (he's 9 y.o. now!!!) immune system. Too often we forget that that is what food is for... building immunity through vitamins and anti-oxidants. You baby will be thrilled just to get pureed veggies and some pureed fruits along with cereals. Each baby's different. We started small amounts of cereal at 3 months and small amounts of babyfood at 4 1/2 months. We did this with my son and he LOVES vegetables and likes an occasional sweet treat, but it is rare. He doesn't feel neglected... he just prefers nutrient dense foods.

Jennifer - posted on 04/30/2009

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Ice Cream is terrible for anyone. Why give them a taste if they don't know the difference? My opinion is to wait until they are old enough to request any type of junkfood... including foods with table sugar and salty foods in them. From the beginning I've been building my baby's (he's 9 y.o. now!!!) immune system. Too often we forget that that is what food is for... building immunity through vitamins and anti-oxidants. You baby will be thrilled just to get pureed veggies and some pureed fruits along with cereals. Each baby's different. We started small amounts of cereal at 3 months and small amounts of babyfood at 4 1/2 months. We did this with my son and he LOVES vegetables and likes an occasional sweet treat, but it is rare. He doesn't feel neglected... he just prefers nutrient dense foods.

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Quoting Siobhan:



Quoting Amanda:




Quoting Andrea:

My daughters have a very old fashioned doctor, which I have come to like, because everything she does works out. She started my kids out with cereal at 3 months. You want to leave a couple of days space in between trying new foods because of allergies. Also, I would recommend to give them what you eat instead of food out of a jar. For instance, if we had roast, potatoes, and veggies for dinner (which would be something that you would try after you have tried each thing individually), I would throw them in the blender with a little gravy and my kids would love it. And my kids are perfectly healthy, rosy cheeked, little ones. I am sorry, but the first post on here is not very good advice. You are raising a human child not a doll, they need to eat some food. Just keep the salts and sugars at a minimum and it will be perfectly ok.








actually you should not start solids until 6 months so the first post WAS correct and good advice. Kids do not need gravy and stuff like that, certinly they do not need empty calories like ice cream.








The first food should be rice cereal followed by single veggies.








starting solids to early can lead to things like diabetes, and food allergies










Just wanted to add that cereal is a filler also, mostly empty calories, and docs are now saying that its great as a starter because it is one of the most non-allergenic foods out there.  However, it is not the only way to start.





this is true about the cereal. Babycenter.com has a great step by step feeding guide. yes there are other foods you can start with.

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some babies are ready for foods before 3months. my son was 2wks and the doctor put him on cereal. he was eating and gaing to to much weight and it was very unhealthy amount of weight.

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Quoting Jaime:



Quoting Rachel:

The advice is always changing from one day to the next...my gosh...how did we manage to survive before everyone had an opinion.

I figure that if your bub seems interested in a food...let them have a small taste.

My boy didn't start solids till 6 months as he just wasn't interested until then but I have friends whose babies started at 3-4months as they were trying to grab food off their parents plates.

Go with your feelings on it, you know your baby best after all.





 






I agree!  Always go with your gut...every baby is different and only you can decide if your baby is ready for solids now or not.  Just start with small amounts and go from there.  There is no medical evidence that suggests that giving a baby solids before 6 months is harmful...I think it's just precautionary because of allergies.  Back in the days of our Great grandparents and beyond they had to do everything by trial and error...not much has changed today except we have all sorts of dos and don't thrown at us when we are pregnant and it's difficult to sift through all the pamplets and books to come to our own conclusions.  If you want to feed your baby ice cream then I say go for it!





 



I'm a little late to this bitch fest, but I really have to say something about this comment. There IS medical evidence that you should not give a child under 6 months solids. I suggest you research open gut and tongue thrust. A child that young does not have mature enough intestines to digest anything but breastmilk or formula. Even the AAP doesnt reccomend solids before 6 months. I'm sure they didnt pull that statistic out of their asses.



Back in the day our grandparents never used carseats. So really, you cannot come to the conclusion that because your grandparents fed your mother early makes it okay. If you want to parent 1930s style, you should probably stop using the internet ;)

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I don't feel you should give an infant a little taste of real food until maybe 6 months old and older to see how they tolerate the food.

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My pediatricain told me start on stage 1 foods between 4-6 months, depending on the child and go up from there. my daughter started with the vegetables but for some reason every single one of the vegetables she throws up, even if we do homemade, and i'm talking projectile vomiting. so we stick with the fruits, and suppliment with vitamins. Every child is different so you have to try different foods to see. now as far as ice cream, i wouldnt do that until the baby is at least a year old, preferably older than that. i think that goes right along with not giving the baby regular milk until a year old they just aren't ready for it, not to mention you start with it that early you are going to have issues in the future

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Babies tummies aren't able to digest dairy products till past the one year marker. That's why you use formula not milk the first year.So ice cream would be a bad choice. I personally won't give my child any food products that they don't need. At this point in their development, they should only eat what they need, what will help them grow. Ice cream won't. I'd stick to baby food.

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Quoting Amanda:



Quoting Andrea:

My daughters have a very old fashioned doctor, which I have come to like, because everything she does works out. She started my kids out with cereal at 3 months. You want to leave a couple of days space in between trying new foods because of allergies. Also, I would recommend to give them what you eat instead of food out of a jar. For instance, if we had roast, potatoes, and veggies for dinner (which would be something that you would try after you have tried each thing individually), I would throw them in the blender with a little gravy and my kids would love it. And my kids are perfectly healthy, rosy cheeked, little ones. I am sorry, but the first post on here is not very good advice. You are raising a human child not a doll, they need to eat some food. Just keep the salts and sugars at a minimum and it will be perfectly ok.






actually you should not start solids until 6 months so the first post WAS correct and good advice. Kids do not need gravy and stuff like that, certinly they do not need empty calories like ice cream.






The first food should be rice cereal followed by single veggies.






starting solids to early can lead to things like diabetes, and food allergies






Just wanted to add that cereal is a filler also, mostly empty calories, and docs are now saying that its great as a starter because it is one of the most non-allergenic foods out there.  However, it is not the only way to start.

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