is 3 and a half months too early for solids?

Gemma - posted on 06/03/2009 ( 323 moms have responded )

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my little girl is only 3 and a half months and already she is watching the rest of the family eat with great interest and make eating movments with her mouth. Should I start her on food?

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every kid is different i started my son at 4 1/2 months because he did the same thing and acted like breastmilk wasn't enough. most doctors will tell you to wait until they're 6 months old. I gave my son a tablespoon and mixed it with breastmilk or water, or you can use formula too. It's really up to you, try it later and see how they respond.

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i started my son on rice cereal at 4 1/2 months because he acted like he was starving. I mixed it with breastmilk or water or formula.

Chelsea - posted on 06/03/2009

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Much too early for solids. Early introduction to solids can cause stomach upset and more seriously food allergies.

Vicki - posted on 06/03/2009

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Quoting Melissa:



Quoting Vicki:

Today, I had a visit with a worker from a parent outreach program, referred to me from a social worker who had visited when my son was four months old, citing concerns that I was feeding him rice cereal. She gave me two papers with information about first foods. One is from BC Ministry for Children and Families, revised 07/00, stating breast milk is the BEST food for six months, and infant cereal may be introduced at 4-6 months. The second paper is from BC Health Files, revised 03/06, recommending introducing food at 6 months.



What Tamara says is correct.
Melissa D is incorrect.





 






 






*sigh* i knew there had to be someone on here who would try and tell me im wrong one of the believers in not starting solids til 6 months. Vicki these people have worked with my daughter for 12 months now which includes weekly checkups due to her being failure to thrive, i think they would know what they are talking about. please remember just because one person you see thinks its wrong doesnt mean that they are right in their beliefs. theres no wrong or right. the child and mother makes the choice there are plenty of signs to see f the baby is ready or not.





 



My grandma also thinks she knows what she's talking about when she says a baby can drown if your water breaks too early, or a baby who learns to sign will never speak, or formula is better than breastmilk.  :)

Mel - posted on 06/03/2009

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Quoting Vicki:

Today, I had a visit with a worker from a parent outreach program, referred to me from a social worker who had visited when my son was four months old, citing concerns that I was feeding him rice cereal. She gave me two papers with information about first foods. One is from BC Ministry for Children and Families, revised 07/00, stating breast milk is the BEST food for six months, and infant cereal may be introduced at 4-6 months. The second paper is from BC Health Files, revised 03/06, recommending introducing food at 6 months.



What Tamara says is correct.
Melissa D is incorrect.


 



 



*sigh* i knew there had to be someone on here who would try and tell me im wrong one of the believers in not starting solids til 6 months. Vicki these people have worked with my daughter for 12 months now which includes weekly checkups due to her being failure to thrive, i think they would know what they are talking about. please remember just because one person you see thinks its wrong doesnt mean that they are right in their beliefs. theres no wrong or right. the child and mother makes the choice there are plenty of signs to see f the baby is ready or not.

Vicki - posted on 06/03/2009

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Today, I had a visit with a worker from a parent outreach program, referred to me from a social worker who had visited when my son was four months old, citing concerns that I was feeding him rice cereal. She gave me two papers with information about first foods. One is from BC Ministry for Children and Families, revised 07/00, stating breast milk is the BEST food for six months, and infant cereal may be introduced at 4-6 months. The second paper is from BC Health Files, revised 03/06, recommending introducing food at 6 months.





What Tamara says is correct.

Melissa D is incorrect.

Katie - posted on 06/03/2009

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i started my son on rice cereal at that age. give it a try and see how she does

Katie - posted on 06/03/2009

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As far as a general rule of thumb--4 months. WIC--begins supplementing infant diets with formula at 4 months. The dieticians that I have worked with there are very knowledgeable. Earlier may be okay after a review with your doctor. My son has started pureed babyfood three times since 4 months. Since we're living in a new region--we've all been sick a lot. He has gotten 3 viruses this spring since late January and with each has regressed to 100% nursing--just because of a lack of appetite. However, he is pushing 8 months and has great interest in our food--so we share! Our older daughter was nearly feeding herself at 8 months! :) Just consult a doctor who cares!

Mel - posted on 06/03/2009

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Quoting Rebecca:



Quoting Tamara:

YES!!!!!!!!!! It is FAR too early to start on solids. Wait another 2 and half months before you embark on starting solids. the most important thing is breastmilk (or artificial breastmilk) right now. Solids are for play and experimentation and shouldn't be be started before 6 months of age.






I completely disagree with Tamara. Solids are another source of nourishment and minerals. You teach babies to eat food not play with it. I respect your opinion but i have been told differently by many health care proffesionals and mum's!






 






I started my daughter on solids at 3 months old and she has developed fine. She too was showing signs of wanting food (moving mouth, watching us eat etc)  As long as you continue to breastfeed/ formula feed as normal i think it should be fine.






 






Every baby is different so try her on rice cereal and if she doesn't react well to it try pureed fruits. You will know if she is not ready as she may be sick etc. Start off with a teaspoon or so at each sitting and increase as it suits you.






 






Goodluck! :)





 



 



i agree i was shocked to read some things Tamara was written in other posts nothing against her but some of the things she writes are a little misinformed and sometimes she pushes her beliefs to hard on others and refuses to accept any other opinions. food is not at all for play it is for nutrition and development and after 6 months they actually require it in their deit other wise they can become behind. sometimes babies have it at 3 months because they are hungry, soemties they are showing signs such as watching the parents eat, it may be to help with reflux if the baby needs smething in their tummy to hold down the milk or as in my case it may be for weight gain. whatever the reason it would not be recommended by the respected professionals at the childrens hospital if it was in any way dangerous to the child. of course you have to watch they have no reactions but reactions are very very uncommon. dont want to start any fights here please just wanted to let you know because i dont want the OP to be misinformed by one of the posts

Niomi - posted on 06/03/2009

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It depends on if ur a text book mum or not....they have recently said that u should wait till they r 6 mths however i found that my babies both needed their solids started around 3.5 months and neither of them had any trouble and were also both sleeping straight through the night from 4 months and i believe it was because their bellies were full

Rebecca - posted on 06/03/2009

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Quoting Tamara:

YES!!!!!!!!!! It is FAR too early to start on solids. Wait another 2 and half months before you embark on starting solids. the most important thing is breastmilk (or artificial breastmilk) right now. Solids are for play and experimentation and shouldn't be be started before 6 months of age.



I completely disagree with Tamara. Solids are another source of nourishment and minerals. You teach babies to eat food not play with it. I respect your opinion but i have been told differently by many health care proffesionals and mum's!



 



I started my daughter on solids at 3 months old and she has developed fine. She too was showing signs of wanting food (moving mouth, watching us eat etc)  As long as you continue to breastfeed/ formula feed as normal i think it should be fine.



 



Every baby is different so try her on rice cereal and if she doesn't react well to it try pureed fruits. You will know if she is not ready as she may be sick etc. Start off with a teaspoon or so at each sitting and increase as it suits you.



 



Goodluck! :)

Rebecca - posted on 06/03/2009

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Quoting Tamara:

YES!!!!!!!!!! It is FAR too early to start on solids. Wait another 2 and half months before you embark on starting solids. the most important thing is breastmilk (or artificial breastmilk) right now. Solids are for play and experimentation and shouldn't be be started before 6 months of age.



I completely disagree with Tamara. Solids are another source of nourishment and minerals. You teach babies to eat food not play with it. I respect your opinion but i have been told differently by many health care proffesionals and mum's!



 



I started my daughter on solids at 3 months old and she has developed fine. She too was showing signs of wanting food (moving mouth, watching us eat etc)  As long as you continue to breastfeed/ formula feed as normal i think it should be fine.



 



Every baby is different so try her on rice cereal and if she doesn't react well to it try pureed fruits. You will know if she is not ready as she may be sick etc. Start off with a teaspoon or so at each sitting and increase as it suits you.



 



Goodluck! :)

Catherine - posted on 06/03/2009

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I started early with my daughter becase she wasnt satisfied with formula anymore, she was about 4 months old. I started giving her ricecereal in her milk and it would fill her up. As for actually solids, personally I would just yet, but it would be best to speak to a peditrition about that. Good Luck :)

Jacinta - posted on 06/03/2009

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I started my girl when she was 3 months because she was feedin too often, i started her on one solids (pureed food n rice cereal) feed a day till she was about 6 months then i introduced more. But with my son i didn't start till he was almost 6 months, he wasn't interested. Each baby is different n they let u know when they ready.

Teresa - posted on 06/03/2009

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If you are having to feed him/her more often that means they are ready. Take it slow, but don't be scared to feed them. Mine ate cereal at 2 1/2 months. It just fills them up more and you can go back to feeding them less often. I would even do it before bed time, they slept longer.

Amber - posted on 06/03/2009

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6 months is very conservative. I agree with Melissa, it's not too early if your child is showing the signs, which look good. My son started at 3 and a half months and it was perfect for him! He is 10 months now and has always been very healthy. Every child is different and individual, they all go at their own pace. If you think she is ready, start with only cereal, then slowly add in fruits and veggies in the next few weeks.

Mel - posted on 06/03/2009

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yeah milk is still the main nutrition with regards to what Patty said, i think most mummies start solids around 2-4 months these days but solids dont become the main nutrition til 6-9 months my deitician says. i know this because my little girl barely eats and mary jo worries and said to me back then you know babies should be eating more food then milk at this age lol. unfortunately i still rely on heaps of bottles a day with mine.

Anne - posted on 06/03/2009

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every culture is different and every baby is different. if your infant is showing signs that she is interested in foods then you and your family should consider it. i started both my girls early because they were interested in the food i was eating and in my family it was normal for infants to eat off our plates. i must say they are both excellent eaters and ive never had a problem that most of my friends have had with their kids.

Steph - posted on 06/03/2009

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each baby is different. the doctors told me not to start my daughter on solids until she was 6 months old but at 2 1/2 months she was up nursing every 15 minutes at night. i started her on cereal than. around 3 months to 3 1/3 months i started stirring fruit in the cereal.

Patty - posted on 06/03/2009

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I was told by my dr to start my baby on solids when she was 3 months old but to keep giving her formula/breast milk. He said it was more just to teach babies how to eat and shouldn't be relied on for nutrition. i hope this helps good luck

Mel - posted on 06/03/2009

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oh another thing i wouldnt do rice cereal mine screamed as if i was hurting her with the rice cereal, i just gave pureed fruits and vegies and baby rusks with spreads on. of course watch her with the rusks though if you try it. they can choke on them if they done have any teeth, mine didnt get teeth til 7 months but she never choked on them at all so i was lucky. good luck :)

Tamara - posted on 06/03/2009

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YES!!!!!!!!!! It is FAR too early to start on solids. Wait another 2 and half months before you embark on starting solids. the most important thing is breastmilk (or artificial breastmilk) right now. Solids are for play and experimentation and shouldn't be be started before 6 months of age.

Mel - posted on 06/03/2009

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its not too early at all every baby is different and that is a definate sign she is ready. i intended on waiting but my daughters dietician and pedi suggested putting her on solids at 3 months and i know they wouldnt have done it if it was harmful. im just greatful to now know that early solids doesnt harm a baby and intend to give my next food early as well :)

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