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 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  I do my best to listen however when its the same dangerous outdated advice, I will no longer tolerate it and do my best instead to educate and stamp out ignorance on the subject.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. 





 

Amanda - posted on 06/10/2009

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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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hi i had my first child at the age of 16 so i did not know what to do...i had a baby that would cry all the time and would not sleep, i found out when she was 4 weeks old that i had no milk to feed her so i put her on formula, she still did not settle so i went back to the gp and was told to give her pureed food, and to give her farax as a suplament. its up to you what time you start food in your childs diet, you will soon work out weather he/ she is ready.... good luck and welcome to the mother hood. p.s i now have 4 children and they are all different so just keep that in mind when you are making decisions about your child....every one will tell a different story. all the best.

User - posted on 06/10/2009

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hi i had my first child at the age of 16 so i did not know what to do...i had a baby that would cry all the time and would not sleep, i found out when she was 4 weeks old that i had no milk to feed her so i put her on formula, she still did not settle so i went back to the gp and was told to give her pureed food, and to give her farax as a suplament. its up to you what time you start food in your childs diet, you will soon work out weather he/ she is ready.... good luck and welcome to the mother hood. p.s i now have 4 children and they are all different so just keep that in mind when you are making decisions about your child....every one will tell a different story. all the best.

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by the way, one more thing, i spoke to my pediatrician and she told me that the reason why they tell you to wait 6 months or more for breastfed babies is not because of their stomachs, but to discourage moms from weening the baby off the breast too early. as much as they're trying to be "politically correct" about it, respecting the woman's choice to breastfeed or not to breastfeed, those that do choose to do it, they want them to keep doing it for as long as possible (being that it's still a very sensitive issue that for some reason needs to be "sold" to mothers). that's all the mystery, that and the fact that breastfed babies usually get less problems w/ acid reflux & digestion so there is no reason to "change up" their food if they get enough breast milk (and if you don't, they would rather you take measures to increase it rather than supplement). once again, good luck!

Hanna - posted on 06/09/2009

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Ladies, this is ridiculous -- yet another post was turned into a screaming match! From what i can tell here, pediatricians in Canada seem to have a different opinion from those in the US (where they do believe that 4 months for formula babies & 6 months for breast but can hold off until later if you choose). In Europe, my nephew was born 3 years ago and he was told to start off at 3.5 even though he was breastfed and they started with special baby-cookies (some form of cereal) that were supposed to aid his teething process as well.

opinions vary even from doctor to doctor -- this is why any time it's something serious, you're sent to get a second opinion (and third and fourth and fifth if necessary). Speak to your pediatrician -- he/she knows your baby and can make an educated decision based not only on the facts, but what she sees in terms of the development of YOUR BABY. like i said further up, my son was big -- he was 13 lbs at 1 month and 1 week (so technically he qualified on weight) and was holding his head well since about 2 weeks after he was born. now he is 3 months and 1.5 wks and he is fully sitting up (another taboo according to the research), but he sat up on his own and every time i try to recline him, he gets upset and sits back up -- so what am i supposed to do? tie him down? i saw the doctor -- she saw him do it and said it's fine because he's the size of an average 6-8 months old. i still haven't tried the cereal, but about to start because i no longer have adequate milk supply (he eats 6-7oz in one feeding every 2-3 hours), so i barely have enough and i really have to stick to the pumping schedule to make sure that i do (he refuses to nurse because it flows too slow for him).

once again, i would advise you to talk to your pediatrician and just see how "far along" is your baby in terms of development. and if still in doubt, speak to your friends or acquaintances or just moms in daycare or playground with kids similar ages to yours -- just to have a child in front of you as well as a recommendation from the doctor (some may vary because the baby is too small/big, seems to be having a sensitive stomach and/or the opposite -- acid reflux and cereal was added to diet earlier to help control it, etc.). that should help you figure a few things out. Good luck to you!

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Quoting Katie:



Quoting Tamara:




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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 :)


 

Tameeka - posted on 06/09/2009

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i would wait, 3 months is too early.. if u feel he isnt getting enough just give him formula/breastmilk in more frequent feeds

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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. 



 



 



 

Izumi - posted on 06/09/2009

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Quoting Melissa:

it can cause their stomach to bleed and three months is too early...no food till 6mths


Hmmmm, our pediatricians said that all babies (breast and bottle) should be started on the "first foods" between 4 and 6 months, as this is supposed to decrease food allergy later in life (as opposed to those who wait til their babies are > 6 months).  But they also said never start BEFORE four.  So I don't think you have to wait all the way up to six, but...



My son was breastfed exclusively and showed no interest in solid food, though, and I was hesitant to start with the cereal (mostly cuz I was feeling so sentimental about his baby-ness and sorry to see it go LOL!) until one day when he was five months and a week, then he looked right at my plate and went for my spoon.  I offered baby cereal that evening and he ate it beautifully, even helping me to "hold" the spoon and guiding it in a bit, and he had no tummy upset and no bad reactions.



I would just check with your pediatrician and go with whatever she says, though it seems no matter what the topic, they always tell us to do the exact opposite of the generation before, so good luck with your mother and mother-in-law LOL!!!!!!!  Mine were horrified that Ayize was eating so "early"........!!!!  Oh, and also, his docs said to start with cereal first, to get his tummy ready for the pureed food next, so maybe check with them too, to see what they want you to start with?  Sorry, prolly repeating a lot of what other moms have said, but obviously, with a baby underfoot, not much time to read all the other responses!!!!



Take care and good luck!

Trina - posted on 06/09/2009

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I would love to see people post their opinions AND references to research without attacking each other or being attacked. Calm down! I for one REALLY appreciate Tamara's posts, as they give me info it would take longer to find on my own and have good links. Sure, many of us could learn to put information and opinions out there more gently and less judgementally, but I appreciate all the experiences and information, so could folks just focus on themselves and not rip on each other. It would make it less stressful and more helpful to all of us Moms when we choose to spend our precious time reading each others' posts so we can then get back to our mothering and working! Sorry, no answer to the solid foods question, as I have not hit that point yet, but I appreciate reading about those who have AND what the experts have to say!

Stephanie - posted on 06/09/2009

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I started my little boy on pureed foods when he was 3 mths old. Being quiet an active baby from the word go I was finding that his demand for a bottle was increasing as if it was not filling him for very long. So i started him on fruit once a day. I have had not problems with bleeding, upset stomachs etc etc and have found that introducing him to solids at an earlier age has made feeding very easy 5 months down the track. I think its all a matter of trial and error. And theres no harm in it but the one thing i believe is that at 3 mths it should not tack the place of breast milk or formula they should still have the same number of feeds as they usually would.

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He'll show you signs when hes ready, he'll begin drooling a lot (and no its not always because hes teething) and if he sees you eating he'll stare at you the whole time and probably mimick you chewing. If you dont want to do plain rice cereal get the kind thats mixed with fruit. 3 months is a little to early but i gave mine his first taste test at 3 1/2 months, talk to you dr. though,

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WOW! I think a lot of you sound really harsh. She asked for advice not a lecture.



The first thing that always needs to be done is speaking with the pediatrician. My pediatrician told us "3 months or 13lbs, whichever comes first. As long as they have head control." She's been a pediatrician for 27 years, and appeared in Parents mag a few times. She's also worked in field medicine in the Air Force for about the same amount of time. So, I really trust her, and i don't believe 3 months is too early. We didn't feed our sweet baby a lot. It was for NO nutritional value. It was mainly to introduce her to solids, as well as for social purposes (family meals). She got a little (approx 1-2 tsp) rice cereal 2x a day for the first month. I then added pureed fruits and veggies, one at a time, in 1 week intervals. Now, at 6mos, she's eating about 3-4tbs 2x a day. I increase when i feel she can have, and wants, more. She is still primarily breastfed.



I very much agree with Mel... AT THE END OF THE DAY, YOU ARE HIS MOTHER AND WHAT YOU DO WITH YOUR CHILD IS YOUR CHOICE!!!

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WOW! I think a lot of you sound really harsh. She asked for advice not a lecture.



The first thing that always needs to be done is speaking with the pediatrician. My pediatrician told us "3 months or 13lbs, whichever comes first. As long as they have head control." She's been a pediatrician for 27 years, and appeared in Parents mag a few times. She's also worked in field medicine in the Air Force for about the same amount of time. So, I really trust her, and i don't believe 3 months is too early. We didn't feed our sweet baby a lot. It was for NO nutritional value. It was mainly to introduce her to solids, as well as for social purposes (family meals). She got a little (approx 1-2 tsp) rice cereal 2x a day for the first month. I then added pureed fruits and veggies, one at a time, in 1 week intervals. Now, at 6mos, she's eating about 3-4tbs 2x a day. I increase when i feel she can have, and wants, more. She is still primarily breastfed.



I very much agree with Mel... AT THE END OF THE DAY, YOU ARE HIS MOTHER AND WHAT YOU DO WITH YOUR CHILD IS YOUR CHOICE!!!

Robin - posted on 06/09/2009

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Doc says cereal at 4 months. Hes probably just growing and needs to drink more milk.

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It's not ridiculous to wait a year. My mother exclusively breastfed me until I was a year, no solids or formula, and then started with bananas. I was a healthy child, and always a healthy weight and height, and am now a healthy adult, above average height and normal weight. However, with my own baby, I started him on rice cereal at 6 months. That worked fine too. There are many different ways to do things. Just check with doctor you trust and ask other moms that you trust who know your baby and situation..

Elizabeth - posted on 06/09/2009

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It's not ridiculous to wait a year. My mother exclusively breastfed me until I was a year, no solids or formula, and then started with bananas. I was a healthy child, and always a healthy weight and height, and am now a healthy adult, above average height and normal weight. However, with my own baby, I started him on rice cereal at 6 months. That worked fine too. There are many different ways to do things. Just check with doctor you trust and ask other moms that you trust who know your baby and situation..

Jenelee - posted on 06/09/2009

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My doctor had me start my daughter on cereal at 2 months.. she is now seven months and has been cereal, fruits, vegetables, since 2 months.. She is now seven months and doing great even eating pizza and watermelon already.. and whole milk.. Formula at night time

Hanna - posted on 06/09/2009

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it depends on your baby's size and development stage. some babies are really small at 3 months and can barely roll over, others are big and developing early, like my son (who was 19lbs at his 3rd months birthday and 4 days ago he fully sat up, so he was 3 months and a week old). ideally, you should wait till 4 months, however, if for whatever reason you don't have adequate milk supply or are planning to ween the baby off early, then you can slowly start adding a bit of cereal and fruit purees (a tea-spoon at a time and no more than 1 fruit a week) after 3-3.5 months. and see how it goes. if your baby handles it fine, then go for it. just start slowly and don't overdo it and definitely pay attention to baby's reaction -- diarrhea, constipation, change of poop color, etc.

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some would say yes and some no, i say, Babies do what they are ready to do when they are ready to do it. My first four kids ate at 6 weeks old. This one is #5, and she ate at 4 months. If they are hungry, you must feed them, how i see it, if a bottle doesnt satisy, then food it is.

Jane - posted on 06/09/2009

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no all 3 of mine have bin at 3 months did them no harm one is 26 one is 24 and one is 16 i have to granchildren to 2 and 4 and they was 3 months

Sekeithia - posted on 06/09/2009

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Three months is to early for pureed foods, his stomach is not matured enough to hold the food down. Wait until he is 5 months and if ur still not sure consult his doctor.

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Tasha - posted on 06/09/2009

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Health proffesionals recommend not before 4 months at the very least because littleuns organs aren't fully developed to process actual food and they can't cope with it. Without sounding condecending there may be no problem for years but it can cause irripairable damage. This is what i was told by a peadiatrician and a health visitor x my son was ready at 3 but he upped his milk (breastfed) and we waited till he was 4 months xxx

Letitia - posted on 06/09/2009

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my baby boy is also 3mths and ive started him on pureed food. Before you try him with food answer these questions

can he hold up his head on his own?

is he interested in what you are eating?

copying your eating motions?

do you think hes ready?

if you answered yes then i think you maybe able to give it a go just take it slow and let him decide what he wants.

hope this helps :)

Lucy - posted on 06/09/2009

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i started my litte one at 3 months his 5 monthsnow and on 3 meals a day plus bottles his fine x

Tina - posted on 06/09/2009

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if you think he is ready for pureed food then try it, you got nothing to loose. he will ether except it or not, you wont now until you try

Laura - posted on 06/09/2009

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my son is 14 weeks and hes on food because his milk isn't filling him up anymore my health visitor told me to start him and see how he goes..i giv him rusk with his milk at night and now he slleps through from 8pm till 7am which is good at his age and in the day he has 1 jar of food with his juice and thats it and it doesnt do him any harm but just giv it ago and see what happens if he sicks it back up then it is still to heavy 4 him so wait abit longer giv it ago xxxxxxxx

Phyllis - posted on 06/09/2009

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nowadays they seem to keep kids off food forever but my kids started at 1 month and it didnt hurt them any and it sure helped them sleep thru the night hope this is helpful

Bethany - posted on 06/09/2009

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Holy moly alot of intense debate on this. I can see why there would be as if your baby is acting hungry and feeding them some solid's makes them not hungry and sleepy thru the night. However, there tumm tumms, like many more of your babies organs and insides are not done forming to the point needed to process solids. Plus if you condition them younger to need more food at a earlier age you are just setting them up. Best to just stick to the breast or bottle.

Janella - posted on 06/09/2009

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Well I started my daughter on cereal at 3 months, she always seemed like she wasn't getting enough milk and I nursed as well. She loved it, slept better, and stopped crying so much! which made mommy a happy camper!!! LOL

Hayley - posted on 06/09/2009

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hi! i don't think it is too early to give him a little pureed food if he is not satisfied with only milk. My son had to go onto food at 11 weeks as he was a big baby and needed filling up. Obviously don't give him bowls of the stuff just try a couple of spoonfuls either after his morning lunchtime or teatime bottle not after every feed though as he is only 3 months old. Good luck with the weaning x

Cerrie - posted on 06/09/2009

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my little gal is having a bowl or baby porridge one a day becuase the bottles arnt filling her enough anymore i was told this was fine and she is nearly three months but i was advised not to give to much puried food that is really strong untill around 4 months as it advises on tubs and packets in supermarkets

Cerrie - posted on 06/09/2009

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my little gal is having a bowl or baby porridge one a day becuase the bottles arnt filling her enough anymore i was told this was fine and she is nearly three months but i was advised not to give to much puried food that is really strong untill around 4 months as it advises on tubs and packets in supermarkets

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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.

Sandra - posted on 06/09/2009

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my son is 3 months and 19 days. i started giving him baby food last week and he is doing just fine. even poops more regularly than before. i did start givinbg him apple juice to help with that too about 2 monts ago. i don't give him the whole jar. half of it very night. good luck to you :)

Derry - posted on 06/09/2009

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3 months was perfectly fine with both of my sons who are 21 and 12 yrs old (both athletes). Its worth a try, however some kids react differently. I suggest you give it a try and see how your baby handles it. You can always discontinue.

Derry - posted on 06/09/2009

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3 months was perfectly fine with both of my sons who are now 21 and 12 yrs old (both athletes). Its worth a try, however some kids react differently. I suggest you give it a try and see how your baby handles it. You can always discontinue.

Lee-Anne - posted on 06/09/2009

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My daughter was just over a month old and started her on pureed food as she was always very hungry, wanting to feed every hour, was told that 6 months is the norm but it is not a set rule. I agree with Stephanie and with that I had a baby that went to bed at 12pm and woke at 5am and did not sleep through like other babies. She now a health 16 year old that hardly got sick. It can be very scary to want to do what every baby book tells you, but it is up to you to decide what you want to do, if still in doubt contact your pedestrian.

Lee-Anne - posted on 06/09/2009

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My daughter was just over a month old and started her on pureed food as she was always very hungry, wanting to feed every hour, was told that 6 months is the norm but it is not a set rule. I agree with Stephanie and with that I had a baby that went to bed at 12pm and woke at 5am and did not sleep through like other babies. She now a health 16 year old that hardly got sick. It can be very scary to want to do what every baby book tells you, but it is up to you to decide what you want to do, if still in doubt contact your pedestrian.

Tsidi - posted on 06/09/2009

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Pureed food not wise before 4 months at least, the babies tummy is still adjusting to milk etc so pureed food would be best introduced after 6 months of only breastfeeding if you want an extremely happy baby otherwise 4months but only orange type of food then.

Ingy - posted on 06/09/2009

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Seek to ur ped, but its obviously too early. If u shop for baby ood u won't find anything for under 4 months, even z baby serial witch is mixed with formula, milk r water. You should waite a month o 2 more.

Liz - posted on 06/09/2009

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Your the mother do wat u thinks right for your child, everyone has their opinions and all children are different. The mother knows best!!

Linda - posted on 06/08/2009

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I used to have a book called the Super Baby Food Book. It gave the age and also how to prepare (some have to be cooked some can be raw) each food for your baby. The earliest that it said you can feed your baby real food is 4 months. At four months it said to feed you child mashed bananas and mashed avocado.

Linda - posted on 06/08/2009

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I used to have a book called the Super Baby Food Book. It gave the age and also how to prepare (some have to be cooked some can be raw) each food for your baby. The earliest that it said you can feed your baby real food is 4 months. At four months it said to feed you child mashed bananas and mashed avocado.

Guggie - posted on 06/08/2009

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Quoting Maureen:

Mommies shouldn't me be mean and nasty to eachother. Share your ideas, think about others' ideas, research new ideas, do the best you can with your babies' best interests at heart (rather than doing something out of spite or because its the way it's always been done or even just because your doctor said so).

I love reading research and facts, so thank you Guggie. I enjoy reading about what other moms choose to successfully raise their babies so thanks to the rest of you. It's aggravating, though, that you get upset when someone disagrees. C'mon girls, that's how we learn new things. Sometimes it's the only way.

I know for sure though it IS hard to find out..."hey. maybe I'm not doing the best thing." (and I'm not saying anyone one of you should be thinking that) I know I go through that a lot. Don't panic (or get upset at the person who gave you the info) just make new choices if you find out it makes the most sense (through experience AND research), and be thankful that ideas were presented to you to help you do just that.

I believe all advice is "take it or leave it." Not "leave it, but before you do, rip it to shreds and throw in a few insults while you're at." You know? Happy mothering to all of you. May you raise happy, healthy and holy children.

BTW: Seems to me Guggie's original comment wasn't rude. Rice ceral IS bland/tasteless...have you tasted it? Also, it's not uncommon to hear that, nutritionally, babies DO rely on breastmilk and formula for the first year. That's really not anything new.

Peace to you!



Well I think our kids are born tough and will survive our stumbles. I've made a few of them too. For example I used to let her play with my car keys in a crunch such as when grocery shopping or when she was crying in her carseat. I had no idea they contained lead! Apparently California is requiring a notice and other states are looking to implement the same thing. The warning came a bit late for me, but as soon as I found out I stopped it immediately...they were probably germy anyways.



I figure we as moms are so, so busy and we have such an important job that we can't afford to feel guilty. We should just learn and grow and take it in stride.

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Quoting Maureen:

Mommies shouldn't me be mean and nasty to eachother. Share your ideas, think about others' ideas, research new ideas, do the best you can with your babies' best interests at heart (rather than doing something out of spite or because its the way it's always been done or even just because your doctor said so).

I love reading research and facts, so thank you Guggie. I enjoy reading about what other moms choose to successfully raise their babies so thanks to the rest of you. It's aggravating, though, that you get upset when someone disagrees. C'mon girls, that's how we learn new things. Sometimes it's the only way.

I know for sure though it IS hard to find out..."hey. maybe I'm not doing the best thing." (and I'm not saying anyone one of you should be thinking that) I know I go through that a lot. Don't panic (or get upset at the person who gave you the info) just make new choices if you find out it makes the most sense (through experience AND research), and be thankful that ideas were presented to you to help you do just that.

I believe all advice is "take it or leave it." Not "leave it, but before you do, rip it to shreds and throw in a few insults while you're at." You know? Happy mothering to all of you. May you raise happy, healthy and holy children.

BTW: Seems to me Guggie's original comment wasn't rude. Rice ceral IS bland/tasteless...have you tasted it? Also, it's not uncommon to hear that, nutritionally, babies DO rely on breastmilk and formula for the first year. That's really not anything new.

Peace to you!



Well I think our kids are born tough and will survive our stumbles. I've made a few of them too. For example I used to let her play with my car keys in a crunch such as when grocery shopping or when she was crying in her carseat. I had no idea they contained lead! Apparently California is requiring a notice and other states are looking to implement the same thing. The warning came a bit late for me, but as soon as I found out I stopped it immediately...they were probably germy anyways.



I figure we as moms are so, so busy and we have such an important job that we can't afford to feel guilty. We should just learn and grow and take it in stride.

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Quoting catherine:



Quoting Guggie:




Quoting catherine:





Quoting Guggie:

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.”









SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP!!!!!!!










BABIES DO RELY ON FOOD in THE 1ST YEAR










Since my son was 15 weeks he has been on solids!!! he started on baby rice and then  pureed pear, he then went onto small breakfast jars and ate small amounts of it. He is 1 on the 11th june, he eats, pieces of fresh apple, whole bananas, raspberries, grapes, raisins, crisps, biscuits, cheesestrings, sandwiches, toast, sausages, jars of meals ranging from pasta to hot pots, he eats pizza...god the list is endless He never had brest milk he was formula fed and i switched him to cows milk last week!!!!!










 










I am sick of hearing people like you gabble on about not feeding your child food in the first year...tamara said that if the family has a history of food allergies it is best to wait till they are 1....you lot need locking up and your kids fed properly!!!!!!













Since my post was transparently understandable and does not say to refuse solids before 12 months, it appears that you must be a troll.









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.

GUGGIE!!!! WHAT DOES IT SAY IN THIS LAST PARAGRAPH OF YOUR POST???????






If you think i am a troll then maybe it's only troll who can read and rememebr what they have posted, stop finding crap on the internet to post on here, the girl asked for your own personal opinion not for you to do the research for that she can do herself!!!!  My advice would be to read the history then make a comment at leat then it will be a valid one.






Catherine, human infants do not rely on solids for at least the 1st year. As I said previously, my post was quite clear and I put it here again for you. I stand behind what I said b/c that is the way the human body works.



Nowhere did I say to refuse to introduce solids to a child before one year...although some doctors do recommend this when a family has a history of allergies and/or when the child has special needs.



For the average infant, it is vitally important to introduce a variety of foods with different colours, tastes and textures. Again, this is not a matter of providing caloric intake but an extremely important matter of developing certain areas of the brain and cns (central nerve system).



This underscores why feeding boxed cereals and other overprocessed/nutritionless options to young infants is potentially damaging. Besides negatively impacting the intestinal function and endothelial integrity of the infant's digestive system, it can impair or retard the developmental process associated with tactile and visual stimuli.



 



There is already some speculation in the nutritional field that a correlation exists between feeding infants bland foods such as cereal and the later tendency to overeat fried carbs. (Think about it, they are all the same consistency, same colour, same bland taste etc). But that is going off on a tangent....



On top of that, you also have the additional issue of what actually goes into (most) prepackaged baby foods. The manufacturing standards are sorely in need of improvement.



 



Also, my post was not presented from the internet, although I encourage you to go to google.com and type in "infant cereal myth" and check out some studies. If you have access to JAMA, I also recommend reading up on some of the articles available there. The information in my post was obtained from a highschool level "human biology" textbook.



 



 

Sophia - posted on 06/08/2009

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Three months is too early to start on any foods, the babies digestive system isn't ready and the food can cause a blockage that may land your infant in the hospital or worse. Wait until the pediatrician tells you. My girlfriend learned this lesson the very hard way.

Sophia - posted on 06/08/2009

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Three months is too early to start on any foods, the babies digestive system isn't ready and the food can cause a blockage that may land your infant in the hospital or worse. Wait until the pediatrician tells you. My girlfriend learned this lesson the very hard way.

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