pureed foods @ 3mths is it too early?

Kelly - posted on 06/04/2009 ( 229 moms have responded )

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mi lil boy is only 3mths and i think he needs to start eating pureed food, any advice please?

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Tamara - posted on 06/04/2009

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It is absolutely unequivocally too early to start any kind of solid food. Breastmilk (or formula) is the ONLY nutrition a baby needs for the first 6 months of life and after 6 months, solids play a small complimentary role while mostly serving as experimentation with textures and tastes.

From Kellymom:
http://kellymom.com/nutrition/solids/del...
Although some of the reasons listed here assume that your baby is breastfed or fed breastmilk only, experts recommend that solids be delayed for formula fed babies also.

* Delaying solids gives baby greater protection from illness.
* Delaying solids gives baby's digestive system time to mature.
* Delaying solids decreases the risk of food allergies.
* Delaying solids helps to protect baby from iron-deficiency anemia.
* Delaying solids helps to protect baby from future obesity
* Delaying solids helps mom to maintain her milk supply.
* Delaying solids helps to space babies.
* Delaying solids makes starting solids easier.

Medical bodies that recommend delay of solids until a minimum of 6 months or longer:

WHO
UNICEF
AAP
AAFP
US Department of Health and Human Services
American Dietetic Association
Australian National Health and Medical Research Council
Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Health Canada

Most babies will become developmentally and physiologically ready to eat solids by 6-9 months of age. For some babies, delaying solids longer than six months can be a good thing; for example, some doctors may recommend delaying solids for 12 months if there is a family history of allergies.

Tiffany - posted on 07/08/2009

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I started my boy on solids at 2months old. and i put rice cereal in his bottle to not to thick though, but I think if you think its right to start him on solids then go for it in the end its ur decission

Guggie - posted on 06/06/2009

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Ladies this is just common sense regarding the physiology of the human body.



Human milk is the most densely caloric food in liquid form that a baby can eat. Formula is made to mimic this. A baby will get more calories/fat from human milk or formula than solid foods, pureed foods and baby cereal. It is physically impossible for a little baby with a tiny tummy to eat enough pureed food to equal the amount of calories in human milk and formula.



Supplementing with solids/cereal/oatmeal/puree makes no sense. It is less calories. You are not only forcing your child's gastrointestinal system to digest something it is unprepared to handle, you are forcing your child to eat fewer calories.



On top of that, the reason other foods should not be introduced has to do with the function of the digestive system. Babies intestines are not "closed' yet. Their goblet cells are not fully matured. This means the building blocks of food (proteins) go right through the endothelial walls into their bloodstream. The studies done on this have noted that on average, babies do not have functioning digestive systems until 6 months. And the 4-month figure is an outlier number included at the very end of the statistical range.



Introduce tastes of food when you see these signs:



-baby can sit up unassisted (not tripod)

-baby can take food into the mouth and the tongue doesn't push it out

-baby shows interest in the food, can reach for it with a pincer grasp and place it in the mouth

-baby can push up with straight arms while lying on the stomach

-baby is drooling, showing signs of teething or has teeth



Do not start with bland, nutritionless foods such as oatmeal, baby cereal etc. Babies do not rely on food for the 1st year. What they need is the experience. Let them taste new flavours, touch new textures and feel interesting foods in their mouth. You should not be concerned with feeding them an actual amount; the reason for introducing solids is developmental not nutritional.



http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn...



“Dr. David Ludwig of Children's Hospital Boston, a specialist in pediatric nutrition, says some studies suggest rice and other highly processed grain cereals actually could be among the worst foods for infants.

"These foods are in a certain sense no different from adding sugar to formula. They digest very rapidly in the body into sugar, raising blood sugar and insulin levels" and could contribute to later health problems, including obesity, he says.”

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Quoting stephanie:

Listen, when we were little, doctors didnt put age limits on when to start feeding them food. My mom started me on formula with rice cereal in bottle at like two weeks. I did the same with my kids, not as early, around 3 weeks and know what they sleep longer at night. Then around 3 months I started feeding cereal and baby food with spoon. Their tummies were fine with it. If you notice when you do it something not right then stop.



When you were little they said smoking caused no harm to an unborn baby! Did you smoke while you were pregnant just because your mom may have??? Its proven now that putting rice cereal in a babys bottle is very dangerous. They could inhale small amounts of the rice cereal into their lungs, which led to pulmonary problems. As for cereal making them sleep longer, scientists at the Cleveland Clinic studied the effect of cereal on sleep and found that adding the cereal did nothing at all to speed up the age of sleeping through the night. That first uninterrupted 6-hour stretch of sleep came no earlier in those who took cereal early. Here's the website, it makes for some interesting, educational reading.



http://www.drgreene.com/21_861.html



Found this on the WIC webpage (just a thought) ....maybe do some other research and talk to your doctor before making the final decision:

Why shouldn't cereal be put in your baby's bottle?
It is an old wives' tale that putting cereal in the bottle will help your baby sleep better at night. Babies should not go more than 4-6 hours without being fed because their stomachs are so small.
Around 4-6 months, your baby will be ready to eat cereal from a spoon. This is a very important learning step for your baby. Putting cereal in a bottle may prevent your baby from learning this new skill.
Cereal in the bottle can increase the risk of choking because you have to increase the size of the hole in the nipple to allow the cereal through. If too much comes through the nipple, your baby could choke.
Putting cereal in the bottle may cause you to overfeed your baby.



http://baby.families.com/blog/5-reasons-...

Tara - posted on 07/08/2009

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i have 2 kids an i first starting feeding them at 3 mths.. they are both fin and love there food.. they try anything and everthing.. i didnt go over board and stupid with it tho.. but yea both my kids had food at 3 mths.. and they are great!

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My first child started at 4 months and my 2nd child at just after 3 months. She had 2 teeth and clearly showed interest and desire to eat so I started feeding her. The first had 2 teeth and did the same thing. Both were breastfed exclusively at first and then breastfed all the way to 2 (and the youngest is still going a little after 2). I never used oatmeals or rice cereals or prepared baby food - just started "puree-ing" what we were eating for dinner. Both started with sweet potatoes and moved into steamed broccoli and pumpkin and fruit sauces i made. No problems at all for either of them that early. my kids see a naturopathic doctor and she was all for it!

Terese - posted on 07/08/2009

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Hey Kelly. If your little man looks at you eating and watches what you do with food its a good sign. Just start real basic. He will soon let u know! Good luck.

Kaci - posted on 06/12/2009

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I was advised not to feed my little girl baby food till she was at least 6 months. She started on the baby food at 5 1/2 months b/c she showed signs of wanting what i was eating. They ususally say wait till your baby is ready or shows any signs of interest other than breastfeeding or bottlefeeding.

Kaci - posted on 06/12/2009

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I was advised not to feed my little girl baby food till she was at least 6 months. She started on the baby food at 5 1/2 months b/c she showed signs of wanting what i was eating. They ususally say wait till your baby is ready or shows any signs of interest other than breastfeeding or bottlefeeding.

Katie - posted on 06/12/2009

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Theres nothing wrong with wanting your baby to eat pureed food at 3 mnths. Ask you doctor if they think it is right for your baby.....My son was born premature so he wasnt ready yet but that doesnt mean your son isnt......every baby is different and if he shows interest in it or does well with it then do it!!! It is good for him and it will help him develope earlier and better.

Keri - posted on 06/12/2009

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Remember, these posts are only suggestions. You're his mom, and only you know your baby best. Don't ever let someone tell you what you are doing is wrong, just because they believe it should be done another way. There are a lot of people out there that grew up perfectly healthy no matter when they started solid foods! If you trust your pediatrician, make sure to discuss this with them first.


Personally, I think 3 months is way too soon. If you are breastfeeding, that is a baby's PERFECT food (even the formula companies will tell you this). Most research I've done, is actually suggesting that wait to introduce solids till 8 months and stay away from the purees. Waiting to start babies on solids till they are older will help reduce food allergies and choking hazards. "Sucking" down purees does not teach them how to chew properly and can lead to picky eaters when they are older if not exposed to a wide variety of flavors and textures. No additional vitamins or other "solid" foods will give them any more nutrition than breastmilk or formula. It's great to "play" with purees for exposure to flavors and introducing the spoon, but it isn't nessessary for their healthy development.


The biggest myth (and it is NOT true) is that feeding your baby cereal will help them sleep through the night. Cereal fed too early can be hard for them to digest and just sits in their tummy making them feel full, but not providing any additional nutrition. In fact, they are missing out on the breastmilk or formula they should be getting. 4-6 hours is the longest a baby should ever go without eating for the first few months.


Good luck to you and your baby boy!!

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You should only do it if he seems really interested (like if he's grabbing at your spoon or eyeing your food while you eat). Babies get all the nutrients they need from formula/breastmilk (especially breastmilk because it's fortified with iron) and can survive on that alone until they're 1 year old.

Theresa - posted on 06/11/2009

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Quoting Corrine:



Quoting stephanie:

Listen, when we were little, doctors didnt put age limits on when to start feeding them food. My mom started me on formula with rice cereal in bottle at like two weeks. I did the same with my kids, not as early, around 3 weeks and know what they sleep longer at night. Then around 3 months I started feeding cereal and baby food with spoon. Their tummies were fine with it. If you notice when you do it something not right then stop.






When you were little they said smoking caused no harm to an unborn baby! Did you smoke while you were pregnant just because your mom may have??? Its proven now that putting rice cereal in a babys bottle is very dangerous. They could inhale small amounts of the rice cereal into their lungs, which led to pulmonary problems. As for cereal making them sleep longer, scientists at the Cleveland Clinic studied the effect of cereal on sleep and found that adding the cereal did nothing at all to speed up the age of sleeping through the night. That first uninterrupted 6-hour stretch of sleep came no earlier in those who took cereal early. Here's the website, it makes for some interesting, educational reading.






http://www.drgreene.com/21_861.html






Found this on the WIC webpage (just a thought) ....maybe do some other research and talk to your doctor before making the final decision:

Why shouldn't cereal be put in your baby's bottle?
It is an old wives' tale that putting cereal in the bottle will help your baby sleep better at night. Babies should not go more than 4-6 hours without being fed because their stomachs are so small.
Around 4-6 months, your baby will be ready to eat cereal from a spoon. This is a very important learning step for your baby. Putting cereal in a bottle may prevent your baby from learning this new skill.
Cereal in the bottle can increase the risk of choking because you have to increase the size of the hole in the nipple to allow the cereal through. If too much comes through the nipple, your baby could choke.
Putting cereal in the bottle may cause you to overfeed your baby.






http://baby.families.com/blog/5-reasons-...






my daughter only just hit 3 mnths and she is fine 2 sleep through the night coz i asked my health vister and she has no worries about my baby sleepin through the night as long as she has every 3-4 hrs of bottles feeds in the day

Lyndall - posted on 06/11/2009

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Hi Kelly. I have had 4 children - all decent weights. I kept mine at bay with formula until 5mths. I don't think their stomach is developed or ready by solids at 3mths. You should really speak to a doctor or childrens health clinic for better advice.

Cheri - posted on 06/11/2009

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All of my babys started formula and cereal around 3 or 4 weeks cause they weren't getting enough. And my mind serves me right I pureed my baby's food starting with only veggies and fruit but I didn't put seasoning on any of it I think thats what upset there little tummies. Before you know it you'll be doing whole little meals and you can tell if it going to work.

Marci - posted on 06/11/2009

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Wow, Kelly, people are being a little rude to one another on here. I guess people just feel strongly about their opinions. Anyway, here is my two cents worth. I have two boys - one is 6 and one is 2. When they were each about 3 - 4 months old, I started giving them rice cereal in their bottle. They were just not satisfied with milk alone. I made it to like a milkshake consistency and cut a slightly larger hole in the nipple. After I started doing that, they slept much better, and were just happier in general. Cereal is the only think I would give them until 6-7 months. Just the plain, not mixed with fruit. I really hope this helps. The bottom line is, take all of the advise given and do what you feel is right for your child.

Ingrid - posted on 06/11/2009

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we did not feed our children solids until they were six months old. Check with your ped. I know that in the Netherlands they do allow you to feed your children earlier than here in the US. My youngest never took tp the pureed stuff and did not start eating much of anything unti lwe started giving him pieces of food. You want to make sure that you do not start feeding them too early.



If you do start him on foods start with yellow stuff, like squash, then orange stuff, like sweet potatoes and carrots and then move to greens like green beans. Introduce on food at a time and feed the same food for four days, this is to see if they are allergic. Start with veggies and then move to fruits so they get used to eating other things than sweet thins first

Gemma - posted on 06/11/2009

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I agree with kirsty, try it and see, only you will know whether he is ready or not. I started giving all three of my children pureed foods at about 5 weeks old and they have all turned out amazingly healthy. Just give a go

Julie - posted on 06/11/2009

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I would consult his pediatrician for a professional opinion. Just explain why you think he needs food and see what they say. Ultimately, he is your son but it may be a bit early to start baby food.

Kenisha - posted on 06/11/2009

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Pureed food is too earl for a 3 month old. Introducing your child to these foods can cause allergies that can be avoided. I would suggest adding rice (like gerbers rice) to the milk. Rice is hypoallergenic.

Cynthia - posted on 06/11/2009

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The World Health Organization now recommends that solid food not be introduced until at least 6 months of age. Talk with your child's health care provider if you want to introduce earlier.

Miranda - posted on 06/11/2009

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I started my litttle girl at 4 months because she was drinking 10oz bottles n still sometimes seemed hungry but i believe its totally up to the mother.. My doctor told me it was fine.. I dont agree with waiting till 6 months unless u want a book baby evrey child is different.. but u should wait untill the child is able to hold their own head up

Desislava - posted on 06/11/2009

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Why do you think so? Is there any reason to do it? My daughter is 5 months and a half and I still breastfeed her. My pediatrician told me to give her apple and carrot juice (30 ml) when she was 3 months old in order to give her more vitamins. But I never did it. She does not even want to drink water. I think mother's milk gives babies everything they need until they get 6 months, or at least 4 months. If I didn't have my milk, probably I would give her breast-milk substitute until she gets 6 months. 3rd month - it is very early for pureed food. It may bring colic and the child may become nervous.

Kerry - posted on 06/11/2009

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my son was 9 weeks when i started him on baby food, i felt he needed to have it cuz milk just wasnt enough for him, he was stil havin milk with his food so he didnt miss out on that. feeding him also helped him 2 sleep better in the day aswel as through the night, he was alot more settled. u no your own baby so do what u think is best for him xx

Courtney - posted on 06/10/2009

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I though circle of moms was supposed to be an encouraging and supportive place to come for information. Why are so many people so negative and mean? Where is the nurturing instinct from all you mothers? Mothers have it hard enough trying to figure out what to do the first time around with their babies. It doesn't help any first time mother who comes on these message boards to ask for advice to see that people are being ridiculed for offering an opinion based on what they have experienced with their babies. Depending on the doctor, the magazine, book or internet source you will either read that it's ok to start solids at 4 months or that it's better to wait until 6 months. There is research and medical opinions supporting either of these. It's all dependent on the mother, her baby, her pediatrician's opinion and their unique situation. It is not black and white, so people on this message board should stop trying to make it so.

There is no reason to be so hostile and I hope the mother who asked this question isn't completely put off by circle of moms now after having read this discouraging thread.

Good Luck Kelly. My daughter started on solids at 4 months and took to it right away and has been completely healthy and happy. I have a friend who tried solids with her daughter at 4 months and she's 10 months now & still isn't too interested. you just have to trust your gut and try it if you think you and baby are ready and if you're not just come back to it later on. You have your baby's best interests at heart and I'm sure you'll do what's best for her. The best advice I can give is take everyone else's OPINIONS with a grain of salt and consult with your pediatrician regarding any questions or concerns you have before doing anything new. That's what they are there for and their job requires them to stay current on all the latest developments and research on your baby's developement and health. Your pediatrician should be a powerful & supportive resource for you and your baby and if they are not you should find one who is.

Bridie - posted on 06/10/2009

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Jeez does every thread on the Circle of Mums have to turn into a major argument?? Chill the hell out people everyone is different and advice changes over the years. Its a real turn-off getting onto a thread and having to wade through bitchy posts that have huge quotes! STOP IT!!!



My advice to the original q - I don't recommend putting food in the bottle because its a different swallowing motion, just offer it on a spoon. My son was on Farex by 3 months coz he was such a big lad though he was sleeping through at 7 weeks. Hes still a big fella at almost 2 and healthy as. I think you should do what you're comfortable with chick. If you do want to start on pureed food then baby rice and pureed fruits are a really good option. My son loved apple and banana and I just mixed abit into his rice. Keep in mind 1-3 teaspoons will fill his tum at the start! :)

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Sorry, but the food thing in the bottle never worked for my son. It doesn't work for every baby. I FOUGHT against it because IMO putting cereal in a bottle versus on a spoon is flat out laziness on the parent's part. I gave in and tried it for a week, and guess what, he woke up at the same times every night...babies will sleep thru the night when they are ready. My son also wouldn't eat foods from a spoon until almost 7 months. Now he's 12 months and eats like a champ. Giving purees too early can put your child at risk of iron deficiency. The formula and breastmilk are iron rich, and take it from a mom who has to force that horrible stuff into her baby for 6 months, it sucks. Give your baby formula, and wait until baby is a little older to introduce foods. And Cheyenne, babies only know formula or breastmilk, they don't care about food at that young age. Tongue thrust reflex is there at that age for a reason, so they don't choke on food or other objects introduced too early.

Filomena - posted on 06/10/2009

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Talk to your pediatrician. Does your little one wake up at night after having been sleeping through the night? Does he seem to want formula or breastmilk every two hours and still not satisfied? My son weighed 8 lbs 12 oz at birth. I gave my son cereal first (at four months) and waited a while before letting him taste pureed fruits and veggies. Is your baby on a schedule? I would say increase the amount and frequency of breastmilk and formula and feed him at consistent intervals (cut back if he spits up from getting too much). At four to six months, start with the cereal.

Tamara - posted on 06/10/2009

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Quoting Melissa:

grr i just saw Tamara's post her info is out of date the latest research shows early introduction of solids DOES NOT cause food allergies. Tamara please refrain from posting out dated information unless you have got it direction from a child dietitian in recent times


Melissa, please show me where my information is outdated complete with links to what you're referencing so I may investigate.

Sarah - posted on 06/10/2009

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As a child w/ severe food allergies - YYYYEEEEESSSSSSS!!!!!!!!

I know there r people out there that do, since their parents did it and it must be good enough then, but there were not as many allergies out there then either.

PLEASE, wait till ur little one is 6 months or older, your could be saving his/her life.

Melissa - posted on 06/10/2009

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i started my baby on solids at 4 monthes because my pediatrician reccommended it... it bothered her tummy.. he told me to hold off and in 2 weeks try introducing rice cerial again. and if the same happens try again in another 2 weeks...

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Quoting catherine:



Quoting Katie:




Quoting Melissa:

actually speech pathologists deal with anything to do with the mouth INCLUDING EATING/DRINKING A BOTTLE. so yes they were the first people to tell us to give her food and are the ones who teach her how to eat and develop her co ordination and swallow. its not all to do with speech. 3 month olds dont talk







You posted a thread about your baby not eating that much at the age she is now. Do you think that feeding her as young as you did has any effect on the way she eats now?








A friend of mine started her baby early as well, and not properly (gave her all sorts of new foods in the same day) and now she has a really hard time feeding her anything. Her doc thinks this is linked to feeding her so young. 










Why u ladies think it is ok to personally attack others on here is beyond  me!! i think melissa has had enough attacks from other ladies she doesn't need you adding to it!!!...brb i have to clear away my alcohol bottles too!!!!






 






And regarding your friend,  Just because she obviously didn't have a clue on how to wean her baby, does not mean that because i weaned my son at 15 weeksdoesn't mean he is gonna have problems with food in the future, do it correctly in the first place it's as simple as that!!!





 



haha wow thanks Catherine you gave me a laugh. i know i definately weaned mine correctly haha the only reason she doesnt eat now is because tube fed babies get lazy. think they can get all their nutrients that way. xx

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I gave my daughter Gerber 1st foods at 3 months. I started with the same one for a week to watch for reactions. She did just fine. No one can tell you whats right for your child. You will know if she opens her mouth and takes it.

Do'Che - posted on 06/10/2009

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i know for sure i didnt wait til 6months try stage 1 foods, i put that in my babys bottles the bannanas peaches, the fruits thats why my kids are chunky but they are healthy their dr told me to continue what i was doing but if you scared then check with the babys doctor

Catherine - posted on 06/10/2009

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And tammy i think u coming up with your own ideas to why mothers wean early is to make thier baby sleep longer or to shut them up is a nasty horrible thing to say, your no perfect mum none of us are we do ehat we feel is right and do things best for our OWN kids....keep your nasty comments to yourself!!!

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Quoting Nicola:



Quoting Tammy:

Wow. Once again the slanging match. I must weigh in on this because it is so amazing to me that this is even being debated. This is one of few questions regarding infant care that actually has a definitive RIGHT answer. A infant should not be fed solid food until they are at least 6 months of age. Every expert on the entire planet says this. Every book, every magazine, every scientist, every health organization. There are concrete, well studied REASONS, as Tamara has clearly spelled out why this is the answer. Can you find some random whack-job doctor who will tell you anything you want to hear? Oh, yes. Clearly. Does that mean it's the best thing to do? NO. I think this becomes such a debate because there is actually a question BEHIND the obvious question. When someone asks me "Should I start solid food at 3 months?" I ASSUME that the question being asked is, "Is starting solid food at 3 months the best thing to do for my child's health and nutrition?" Clearly Tamara and others also made that assumption and gave the CORRECT answer. If that is the question you're asking, then the answer is "absolutely not". Instead, I think a lot of people who ask about when to start solid food (and many people who answer them) are really saying, "I think that doing this will make my child shut up/sleep/leave me alone for a few hours/whatever, so can I get by with doing this without causing great harm to my child?" The answer to that question is, "Sure. Lots of people do it. It often brings the desired effect on the baby's behavior and causes them no apparent harm so go for it!" (You may not wish to ponder WHY it makes them sleep, shut up, etc.) That is really the bottom line. If you want to know the real answer you can spend 5 minutes leafing through any baby magazine in the checkout aisle at the grocery. There are a zillion resources to find out the right answer and 99.9% of them say the same thing. On the other hand, if you just want support for what you want to do, read all of the posts here from people who did it and their kids are JUST FINE.


 



So your opinion is nothing at all until the baby is 6 months old?? nothing at all no baby rice not fruit puree nothing? This is starting to get very very old and boring...you have put your OPINION across yes!!! and this girl can look on google herself if she wanted but from what i understood was she was after OPINIONS not text book facts. I waited until my son was 6 months to feed him proper food like the odd jar because by then he was almost on established meal times. Risking my life here by saying this AGAIN but i gave my boy baby rice and pureed pear at 15 weeks and he has just that until he was about 5 months old...there is nothing wrong with this, and i'm fed up of hearing everyone who says wait until 6 months that what others says is wrong just coz we don't agree with you, this thread is never gonna end is it?  



 





 

Catherine - posted on 06/10/2009

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Quoting Katie:



Quoting Melissa:

actually speech pathologists deal with anything to do with the mouth INCLUDING EATING/DRINKING A BOTTLE. so yes they were the first people to tell us to give her food and are the ones who teach her how to eat and develop her co ordination and swallow. its not all to do with speech. 3 month olds dont talk





You posted a thread about your baby not eating that much at the age she is now. Do you think that feeding her as young as you did has any effect on the way she eats now?






A friend of mine started her baby early as well, and not properly (gave her all sorts of new foods in the same day) and now she has a really hard time feeding her anything. Her doc thinks this is linked to feeding her so young. 






Why u ladies think it is ok to personally attack others on here is beyond  me!! i think melissa has had enough attacks from other ladies she doesn't need you adding to it!!!...brb i have to clear away my alcohol bottles too!!!!



 



And regarding your friend,  Just because she obviously didn't have a clue on how to wean her baby, does not mean that because i weaned my son at 15 weeksdoesn't mean he is gonna have problems with food in the future, do it correctly in the first place it's as simple as that!!!

Catherine - posted on 06/10/2009

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Quoting Katie:



Quoting Melissa:

actually speech pathologists deal with anything to do with the mouth INCLUDING EATING/DRINKING A BOTTLE. so yes they were the first people to tell us to give her food and are the ones who teach her how to eat and develop her co ordination and swallow. its not all to do with speech. 3 month olds dont talk





You posted a thread about your baby not eating that much at the age she is now. Do you think that feeding her as young as you did has any effect on the way she eats now?






A friend of mine started her baby early as well, and not properly (gave her all sorts of new foods in the same day) and now she has a really hard time feeding her anything. Her doc thinks this is linked to feeding her so young. 






Why u ladies think it is ok to personally attack others on here is beyond  me!! i think melissa has had enough attacks from other ladies she doesn't need you adding to it!!!...brb i have to clear away my alcohol bottles too!!!!



 



And regarding your friend,  Just because she obviously didn't have a clue on how to wean her baby, does not mean that because i weaned my son at 15 weeksdoesn't mean he is gonna have problems with food in the future, do it correctly in the first place it's as simple as that!!!

Nicola - posted on 06/10/2009

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Quoting Tammy:

Wow. Once again the slanging match. I must weigh in on this because it is so amazing to me that this is even being debated. This is one of few questions regarding infant care that actually has a definitive RIGHT answer. A infant should not be fed solid food until they are at least 6 months of age. Every expert on the entire planet says this. Every book, every magazine, every scientist, every health organization. There are concrete, well studied REASONS, as Tamara has clearly spelled out why this is the answer. Can you find some random whack-job doctor who will tell you anything you want to hear? Oh, yes. Clearly. Does that mean it's the best thing to do? NO. I think this becomes such a debate because there is actually a question BEHIND the obvious question. When someone asks me "Should I start solid food at 3 months?" I ASSUME that the question being asked is, "Is starting solid food at 3 months the best thing to do for my child's health and nutrition?" Clearly Tamara and others also made that assumption and gave the CORRECT answer. If that is the question you're asking, then the answer is "absolutely not". Instead, I think a lot of people who ask about when to start solid food (and many people who answer them) are really saying, "I think that doing this will make my child shut up/sleep/leave me alone for a few hours/whatever, so can I get by with doing this without causing great harm to my child?" The answer to that question is, "Sure. Lots of people do it. It often brings the desired effect on the baby's behavior and causes them no apparent harm so go for it!" (You may not wish to ponder WHY it makes them sleep, shut up, etc.) That is really the bottom line. If you want to know the real answer you can spend 5 minutes leafing through any baby magazine in the checkout aisle at the grocery. There are a zillion resources to find out the right answer and 99.9% of them say the same thing. On the other hand, if you just want support for what you want to do, read all of the posts here from people who did it and their kids are JUST FINE.


 

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hi that post is awful there stomach does not bleed as long as it is properly pureed if it looks too thick when blended add a little cool boiled water to water it down so they can digest it easier my daughter started at 3 month and she is fine

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hi wen i had my lil girl i started on mashed carrots n she as eaten well ever since she is 4 now hun ur the mum go with ur motherly instinct u no best.

Kym - posted on 06/10/2009

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hi wen i had my lil girl i started on mashed carrots n she as eaten well ever since she is 4 now hun ur the mum go with ur motherly instinct u no best.

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I started my little boy on baby rice at 3 months, just a couple of spoonfuls with his evening feed mixed with his formula milk. If your're unsure then check with the professionals, altho they will advise against it probably.

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so they all say 5-6 months but i think every baby is different...looks to see if they are still dripping spit down their chins if they are not solids yet! once they start swallowing their spit it's a great time to start. I also dont believe there is any truth to the idea that solid foods and rice will help them sleep if that was true why do some kids not sleep through the night till they are 1?

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well thats a no brainer of course they do. i feel very privileged to be involved with as many people as i am i have thier mobile numbers and have 24/7 access. when a baby is ready you know about it! and its usually before 6 months.

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Quoting Melissa:

grr i just saw Tamara's post her info is out of date the latest research shows early introduction of solids DOES NOT cause food allergies. Tamara please refrain from posting out dated information unless you have got it direction from a child dietitian in recent times






Get over yourself lady frig .... I actually like Tamaras posts maybe you dont but others do!





its a good post but if its outdated than how is it a good post, so much has changed over time and stuff that our parents were doing is not safe now....so if this is an outdated post than its not such a good post

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Oh I answered the question. REMEMBER: you responded to my answer to the original post.....so technically you bothered me. Ge over yourself.

And to answer the question again.

Mothers should push feeding their babies closer to 6 months for proper development. if people feel the need to feed any earlier ( for various reasons....weight or faliure to thrive for example) they need to make sure they have ALL the CORRECT infromation.

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then why ask? this is not supposed to be for your own personal discussions with someone its to answer the OP. if you would like to talk to me do it privately. otherwise find someone else to annoy lol

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im not really interested in talking to someone about my baby who can be so rude to me on a public thread. send me a personal msg if you would like to discuss my daughters health and if you can be civil.


Why can you be rude to others, but poeple can't be rude to you? This is a public forum and my "rude" responses only came after yours.  Don't worry, you and your child are the least of my worries. 

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im not really interested in talking to someone about my baby who can be so rude to me on a public thread. send me a personal msg if you would like to discuss my daughters health and if you can be civil.

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actually speech pathologists deal with anything to do with the mouth INCLUDING EATING/DRINKING A BOTTLE. so yes they were the first people to tell us to give her food and are the ones who teach her how to eat and develop her co ordination and swallow. its not all to do with speech. 3 month olds dont talk

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For all those moms saying "When your mom and your grandmother were babys"... let me refresh your memory about history... babys might have ate solid foods early then because there was no such thing as formula. It was a contraption made at home by mothers who couldn't nurse with things bought from the store!!! Solid food was better for a baby BACK THEN!! NOT NOW!! Forget the possible allergys you could be enforcing... how about the fact you could kill your child by causing lung infections such as pnuemonia?!?! Has anyone taken into concideration that when a baby chokes they literally inhale their food and the younger they are the more likely they are to inhale while choking on food?!?! 100 years ago the causes of pnuemonia weren't known and were less of a risk then malnutrition due to not being breast feed! What a crazy thing to fight over... make larger bottles if your baby is hungry. Don't force them to grow up and do something they aren't physically ready for!

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Quoting Katie:




Quoting Tamara:





Quoting Melissa:

Tamara you need to accept this is your opinion. as Catherine said ever wonder why the majority are against you. its because when a baby is ready for solids you know about it! my daughters carer who btw has 4 kids and looks after kids for a living and babies just started her 4 months on solids i suppose you think she is wrong too. she said her daughter was grabbing the spoon off her. if you could listen to people for 5 seconds without preaching your crap you might actually realize wow maybe i am wrong. please find another site to do this on im sorry ive tried to be respectful but its really hard , all you need to do is post your opinion and if you like provide a link to it , people read it and knw your wrong and move on. dont keep on going on and trying to sway people to believe your misguided crap









Sadly, this is not my opinion but the recommendations of health organizations around the world, including UNICEF, the World Health Organization, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Dietetic Association, Health Canada, etc.  I do my best to listen however when its the same dangerous outdated advice, I will no longer tolerate it and do my best instead to educate and stamp out ignorance on the subject.










Many may not like that I am showing evidence that runs contrary to their style of parenting and I can accept that.  I provide links so that I can back up my assertations with words "straight from the horse's mouth" as it were so I can show that it isn't must "my opinion" but professional recommendation first and foremost.












You are 100% correct with your infromation. At least in Canada you are.....








I really don't know why people think you are soooo wrong. Even if you do a very simple google search MOST of the infromation people will find proves your FACTS.








Many people do suggest cereal from 4-6 months, but I would stick to the recommendations provided by Health Canada not the recommendations of a bunch of ill-informed people on circle of moms. 








 








 









so the pediatric dietitions, speech pathologists, pediatritions, and nurses from the main childrens hospital in perth are wrong. im sorry il have to remember that next time that the internet  has more accurate information :)





The internet does have the accurate infromation if you are able to do the correct research with properly sourced infromation. I highly doubt anyone from the hospital would ever reccomend giving babies solid food before 4 months unless there is a specific reason to do so ( failure to thrive ect.) 



Speech pathologists? I do believe they deal with speech and DONOT specialize in feeding 3 month old babies.



Did your speech therapist tell you that smacking your child is ok too? Please, spend your time cleaning up your alcohol bottles....better yet, spend some time looking into the correct infromation and research instead of coming on here and posting ridiculous things. 





 

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Quoting Jodie:

I think it is ridculous to postpone food for 12 months, Tamara. Your poor baby would be starving and dont you think the baby would like a different taste by then. Dont listen too all the specialist advice, half of them havent even had babies!!



This couldnt be more untrue! God the misinformation on this website is horrible, somedays I think to myself it needs to be shut down before a child gets hurt. My first daugther did not have soilds until a year, she did not starve to death, she was in the 70% for her age, and now at age 11 is almost 5 foot tall, and over 90lbs. She is one of the tallest in her class (grade 5 and 6s), she has been tested for being a gifted child. She has no food allergies, and no food issues at all (never has). She has been a GREAT eatter since she started.



 



As for all these mothers claiming that the 6 month rule is an OUTDATED rule, god you all really need to educate yourselves. A decade ago the rule was 3-4 months, it was only RECENTLY changed to 6 months, when doctors realized there was a SKY ROCKET of allergies in child, and major obesity issues! Governments make guide lines, to protect you and your children from your own stupidity so listen to them.



 



 

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