my kid is 2 months should i feed her fruit yet?
Natalie - posted on 11/07/2009
Hey Jessica I am 28 years old and my fourth baby is on the way.Being a mother you learn what is best as you go.Always talk to your babies doctor or nutritionist about any feeding questions.But for a lil tip just with my experience start with veggies when you do start solids.I am pretty sure you have to start with single grain food first then from there to veggies and last of all a babies favorite,fruits : ) We have to aquire the taste for foods so start with the not so best tasting even though this is hard to do being so anxious for your baby to enjoy foods.It is a slow and patient process.You will waste alot in the beginning for your baby will not like alot of the foods.Just introduce one at a time every day for 1 or 2 weeks also to be sure on any food allergies and switch.The order I usually did was barley 1 month,rice 1 month,oat 1 month,1 specific green veggie one week at a time until you go through them all,orange veggies one week at a time until you go through them all and after finishing all veggies hopefully with a few favorites chosen by your little one then move to fruits,never start with any mixed fruit single fruits, one, one week at a time.It is hard but it is for the nutrition for your little one.Also before I just leave you with just that,the foods your baby doesn't like you don't have to force feed,just the taste on the tongue is enough to aquire the taste.You will waste alot of food in the beginning and do not reuse if eaten out of container.Saliva eats away any nutrition.No need to heat up first foods room temp is perfect for them ; ) Good luck!!!!
Berdine - posted on 11/07/2009
Hi Jessica, Do not feed your baby before the age of 4months. Their digestive systems at 2 months is not ready toe digest sodid food.
At 4 months you can start on Rice Cereal and after 1 week you can then start on fruit in the evening.
Jennifer - posted on 11/06/2009
I would wait until 6 months. Raw Fruit is an excellent first food, it is most similar in taste and composition to breast milk. Dr. Sears has a great website with great tips on introducing solids. I much prefer whole foods to processed foods thus I don't use the "cereals." Dr. Sears site really sums it up best. My son loves bananas, avocado and we didn't spoil him with sweets like so many suggest (breast milk is very sweet). We had no difficulty intriducing vegetables like carrots, squash and even sweet potatos. Although i recently read to avoid complex cards until after a year as the digestive enzymes and chew aren't there to properly break down the complex carbs. When they're closer to a year and starting to chew-that's when is best to introduce more complex carbs. Good luck!!
Monet - posted on 11/06/2009
I would say go with your gut feeling...as a mom you know whats best for your child...my daughter is only 4 months and I do give her cooked potatoes,and banana..whatever she will have ..she will let you know if she wants it..otherwise check with her doctor.Good luck
Angela - posted on 11/06/2009
2 months is a little early..wait till about 3 months then start with baby rice, then move along to veggies. My doctor told me to introduce veggies before fruits as the fruit is very tasty and that's all the babe will want to eat, not the veggies. If you're worried about her not getting enough, try a little rice cereal in her bottle (1 teaspoon to 4.5 oz) just split the nipple a little as it will clog. It will help her sleep a little longer too, as she stays full longer!
Heather - posted on 11/06/2009
You're baby's tummy is still learning how to digest the milk you are feeding them. Your pediatrician will most likely tell you not to start feeding them anything else until they are 4 months old and the first thing they will have you try is Rice cereal. The other reason for this is that your child could develop allergies. That is why they have you "inch" your way into new food for the baby so you can easily identify what they may or may not be allergic to.
I was always told by my pediatrician that 4 mos. They have to be drinking a certain amount of formula a day to start solids. Feeding solids b-4 4 mos is most likely going to give your baby allergies then or later in life (the peanuts or dairy) Never proven 100% , but they belive it triggers it. If your baby is a hungry baby, put some baby cereal in the bottle to thicken it a bit. It will fill their little tummies longer. Always talk to your Dr first.
i waited with mine until about 4mo and started with baby cereal, then moved to vegetables. I didn't want her to get too much of a 'sweet tooth' with the fruits up front. i think as a result that's probably why she's still so good eating vegetables at 2.
my 1st child i waited until 6mo for cereal and vegetables, but each child is different. definately check with your doctor, but if she's still very hungry so soon after her bottles it may be time to start some baby cereal.
H.J - posted on 11/06/2009
Speak to your doctor they will give you a way better guide than anyone on the net will, It would be best to hold off for a little while yet though. She should be getting the nutrients from her milk for the time being. I have worked in a lot of nursery's in child care centres and have always introduced children to fruit at around 4mths. Take a look at this sight it may give you a hint as to when to feed your child http://life.familyeducation.com/infant/f...
I always introduce banana first as it is easier to mash and for a child to digest.
To Samantha it is a myth to feed veggies before fruits because your child will end up with a sweet tooth. You might find this sight interesting: http://mommymythbuster.wordpress.com
Good luck Jessica!
Tina - posted on 11/05/2009
It really depends on the baby. But I started feeding all of my kids the day I brought them home. But I fed cereal until they were about 3 months old. My feeling is on the whole feeding issue is that they are not just getting milk or formula in womb so why just feed them that when you have them?
Samantha - posted on 11/05/2009
I say NO WAY! You should start with cereal first. Most doctors say 4-6 months. But I did start a little earlier than that. But then you go to veggies! Keep fruits for last. I know that veggies and cereal sounds gross for breakfast once you able to do both. But my 2nd child I thought it would be ok. She has the biggest sweet tooth ever! And she has cavities where the other 2 don't have any. Plus she is a little heavier than the others because of that sweet tooth. The others are thin as can be. Then when the doctor tells you it's ok to add juice. Limit it. You may think you are doing good by offering 100% juice but there is so much natural sugar in it that it is a dentist nightmare. Give mostly milk. Good Luck, I hope all is well for you and your little one.
Joslin - posted on 11/05/2009
They normally recommend that you start a baby on solids at 6 mos. I was told also that babies < 6 months don't have the stomach enzmes to properly breakdown the solid foods for digestion. I've always started mine on cereal at 4 months and baby food at 6 month. But as we know every baby is different.
Ana - posted on 11/05/2009
Every child is different, but if you feel that you baby wants something else other than milk. Try a fresh banana and spooned out with baby's spoon. Make sure the spoon has the splastic covering you dont' want to hurt the baby's gums.
A lot of research has been done over many years arriving at the 'best-practices' doctors recommend - only breast milk or formula until 6mths, then gradual introduction of 'solids' (pureed etc.) through stages - rice cereal... and so forth. This path will help ensure your baby develops properly (physically and mentally), and is the most likely way to avoid digestion or allergy issues.
Here are a couple of websites with good specific guides:
Barb - posted on 11/05/2009
When you start to give your baby solids, it is best to give it to them at midday, as it gives you time to seek help if there is a reaction to it. Begin with a small amount of one thing, and give it to them for a week or 2 before trying another food. I do think that 2 months is too early as their tiny bellies are still developing.
Sherry - posted on 11/05/2009
I have 4 kids and I started them on cereal with formula first, very soupy. Each child was different. It was when they acted like they were hungery all the time or drinking alot of bottles. Start them out at night with a little and the will fill there belly and sleep all night. I would wait for a bit and add a little pears, give the pears for a week that way if there is a reaction to them you will know that is what it is and not 2 or 3 different things to choose from that it could be.
Kadambari - posted on 11/05/2009
I had my baby on the bottle till she was five months old, then started some cerelac rice and two weeks later, what we call moong dal in India (soft lentils basically). She also seems to like the rice and veggies pre-mix. Just don't start new things together. Give her tummy time to adjust to different foods and tastes. Two weeks also gives you enough time to know whether she likes something or not, or whether she reacts badly to something.
No, to start off they do not have the tongue mobilty to be able to swallow it (most will come right back out) The earlier you start the higher possibility of food allergies. Like everyone else says. Ask your pediatrican and they will more than likely tell you 4 - 6 months and to start off with a single grain cereal. My recommendation on cereal is rice because it is the most unlikely one to cause allergy issues
Kim - posted on 11/04/2009
honstly i wouldnt becouse with some kids you can mess they tummys up, i would first start out with baby cereal or baby rice, the baby rice sticks long in the tummy, my friend did that and ended up giving her son colic, becouse it up set hes tummy...i hope this helps
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