When can babies start eating baby food?

Erinn - posted on 04/11/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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My daughter just turned 5 months old a few days ago and right now I'm just nursing her, but it doesn't seem to be filling her up!! We've never been able to get her to take a bottle. I wanna start introducing other foods, but i'm afraid at her age she would just choke. When are babies generally able to be spoon fed? When do babies start eating baby food? Any suggestions??

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Charlotte - posted on 10/17/2011

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Both my sons started eating solids eg baby rice at 8 weeks but it all depends on the baby you will know when there ready

Jaime - posted on 04/11/2009

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It is not rec. that babies start until around 6 months because their bodies are typically not ready for it until then. It can lead to higher chance of allergies, asthma, gi issues, etc. That is why the aap has that recommendation for when babies should start eating baby food. No, not every baby has issues- there is always that parent that willl argue, "My baby started cereal at 6 weeks and is perfectly fine." That is great, but other babies aren't so lucky. Some ped. still may stat saying around 4 months that if baby is showing signs you can start trying, but it is better to hold off if there is no other reason to start- FTT, etc... And if you do start,. realize that it doesn't replace a meal. You still breastfeed first, then the solids afterwards :)



Good luck! Feel free to message me as 2 of my 3 babies never took a bottle and I am well versed in tricks and tips. It might be a change in your supply which can be helped or a change in her feeding pattern that you can't see until you talk them out with someone :) Just let me know!

Sharon - posted on 04/11/2009

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actually you could have started at 4 months.  you can start by feeding her cereal (I use Gerber oatmeal or rice..single grain).  Take a few tablespoons of cereal and mix it with some breast milk.  make it watery so that it doesn't get stuck in her throat.  give her a few spoons and gradually increase her intake.  once you see that she doesn't have an allergic reaction to the cereal you can introduce other foods.  I suggest after she is good with the cereal to start her on yellow veggies (baby food: squash, carrots) then follow up with green veggies (string beans, peas).  you should introduce the fruits last.  with any food always feed her the same food for about a week to make sure she isn't allergic to it.  if you give her different foods everyday when you are introducing it for the first time you won't know what she is allergic too.  when you feed her the cereal for the first time keep a bottle of breastmilk handy just in case she needs to wash the cereal down.  also use a small spoon.  try buying the First start spoons with the rubber.  if you need further information, your pediatrician should be able to answer any questions you might have.  if not let me know.  I'll help you out.  Good luck!!  don't forget to take pictures!!

Rachael - posted on 04/11/2009

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the starting age to wean them is 6 months but if u have a look on the tubs it tells u wen u can start using them. you can also get different textures like mashed and things like tht it as the rite age group on the tubs from 4-6 or 7 months then from 7 months so on

Erica - posted on 12/19/2011

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5 mOnths is ok to start oat or rice cereal. DON'T go with multi grain n e thing, baby's army ready for it. There bodies can't handle fillers like gluten.

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Angelica - posted on 04/11/2009

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Erinn:

When can babies start eating baby food?

My daughter just turned 5 months old a few days ago and right now I'm just nursing her, but it doesn't seem to be filling her up!! We've never been able to get her to take a bottle. I wanna start introducing other foods, but i'm afraid at her age she would just choke. When are babies generally able to be spoon fed? When do babies start eating baby food? Any suggestions??



My daughters started eating baby food at 4 months. Start with baby food especially the fruits like bananas and applesauce and see how she likes it. As long as she is sitting upright and u only give her little amounts she wont choke. She will make a mess and spit it out because her jaw muscles are not used to food but it doesnt mean she doesnt like it but have a camera ready for the facial expressions and diapers for afterwards!

Kate - posted on 04/11/2009

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I started all my 3 kids on solid food, usually rice cereal, yogurt and pureed fruit, at about 4 months. Just try a little bit of everything on the end of a spoon and take your time. She will let you know which ones she likes (or not!).



Once she is eating the smooth stuff, try something with tiny pieces in it (mashed banana, or carrot) and go from there.



Try to give her as wide a range of foods as possible, as she will become fussy if she is only given a limited number of different flavours. My kids will eat most things now, and will try anything once, even if they never eat it again!! Good luck :)

Kelley - posted on 04/11/2009

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My daughter was eating cereal since she was 3 months but "doctors" say 6 months. Trust me it's just a feling you'll get. You will just know your baby.

Laura - posted on 04/11/2009

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I agree.  Every baby is different and the age babies start eating baby food at varies. I had doctors telling me I was crazy for giving my boys cereal at less than 2 months but they were big boys and formula wasn't enough!   Start out with something simple and just try her!   She may be so excited with the new taste she'll eat it all!  

Gretchen - posted on 04/11/2009

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You can start feeding baby cereals and purees anywhere between 4 and 6 months. The AAP recommends beginning with baby-formulated rice cereal (Gerber, Beech Nut and other companies make it) because it is the least allergenic. Now would be a good time to start. After beginning with cereal you can start to introduce some pureed veggies and fruits. Allow anywhere from 3-4 days to 7-10 days in between new foods, depending on your family's history of food allergies, in case there is an allergic reaction. You want to know what the allergy is from and if the foods are presented too close together you won't know. There is a great website that I found for feeding info and recipes: www.wholesomebabyfood.com. You can always ask your pediatrician for recommendations too. Mine gave me a list of food and ages as well as order in which to present foods. Hope this helps.

Jeannine - posted on 04/11/2009

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I started feeding my son with a spoon at 4 months at the recommendation of his pediatrician. I started him with baby rice cereal, oatmeal & first foods veggies and fruits.



However, every baby is different, so my suggestion is to consult your pediatrician first and ask when your baby should start eating baby food.



Good luck!



Angela - posted on 04/11/2009

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Well, since she hasn't been taking the bottle. with her being 5 months old, i would try to give her a teaspoon of baby cereal at bedtime and see how she does with that. if she doesn't have any problems taking it down, i would start trrying the stage 1 vegetables to introduce her. I started my kids on baby cereal in the bottle at 13 days  and 1 week old.. when you start her on the baby food do one food at a time and don't try another food for at least 2 to 3 days to see if food allergies could occur.

Jolene - posted on 04/11/2009

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The usual age that babies start eating baby food at is 6 months. Some people start at 4 months just to get them used to the texture. It's really just trail and error. Start her now and see how she does.

Justina Lee - posted on 04/11/2009

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Babies start eating baby food at different ages. I had one of mine eating from a spoon at a week and all my others were around 4 months. Just start small with watered down food on a spoon and see how she does. She will let you know.

Angelica - posted on 04/11/2009

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Erinn:

When can babies start eating baby food?

My daughter just turned 5 months old a few days ago and right now I'm just nursing her, but it doesn't seem to be filling her up!! We've never been able to get her to take a bottle. I wanna start introducing other foods, but i'm afraid at her age she would just choke. When are babies generally able to be spoon fed? When do babies start eating baby food? Any suggestions??



My daughters started eating baby food at 4 months. Start with baby food especially the fruits like bananas and applesauce and see how she likes it. As long as she is sitting upright and u only give her little amounts she wont choke. She will make a mess and spit it out because her jaw muscles are not used to food but it doesnt mean she doesnt like it but have a camera ready for the facial expressions and diapers for afterwards!

Laura - posted on 04/11/2009

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I agree.  Every baby is different and the age babies start eating baby food at varies. I had doctors telling me I was crazy for giving my boys cereal at less than 2 months but they were big boys and formula wasn't enough!   Start out with something simple and just try her!   She may be so excited with the new taste she'll eat it all!  

Jeannine - posted on 04/11/2009

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I started feeding my son with a spoon at 4 months at the recommendation of his pediatrician. I started him with baby rice cereal, oatmeal & first foods veggies and fruits.



However, every baby is different, so my suggestion is to consult your pediatrician first and ask when your baby should start eating baby food.



Good luck!



Jolene - posted on 04/11/2009

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The usual age that babies start eating baby food at is 6 months. Some people start at 4 months just to get them used to the texture. It's really just trail and error. Start her now and see how she does.

Justina Lee - posted on 04/11/2009

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Babies start eating baby food at different ages. I had one of mine eating from a spoon at a week and all my others were around 4 months. Just start small with watered down food on a spoon and see how she does. She will let you know.

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