Solid Foods, when is the right time?

Nai - posted on 09/19/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I know someone who is giving her baby of 3months solid foods. Doctors recomend 6months, just wondering what everyones thought on that was?

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Rebecca - posted on 09/20/2010

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My doctor said it really depends on your child and where they are developmentally. You should definitely NOT replace any bottle feedings. I started by daughter (now 9 months) on solids at 4 months. I did this because she was a voracious eater (still is!), eating 8 - 10 oz bottles every 3 1/2 - 4 hours, and was also hitting a lot of development milestones early. I spoke with my doctor about it before hand, and he recommended starting her on foods. I only fed her the Stage One veggies and rice cereal, and started with one a day, building up. She loved the food. She now eats whatever my husband and I eat for lunch/snack/dinner, however we just do this without replacing any bottle feedings. Some people feel strongly about this subject matter, but I think it depends on your gut instinct somewhat. You know your child best! Good luck!

Nai - posted on 09/20/2010

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I guess shes not really feeding her but just letting her suck on the food. Does that still have any effect?

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I think it's best to wait until 6months as well. I am not sure what the rush is with all the time. The breastmilk/formula provide all the nourishment baby needs. Starting solids is to teach them to learn how to eat.

Amy - posted on 09/20/2010

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I would wait if you start solids too soon and you could be setting your little one up for problems long term. If you decide to do it my doctor said just one ounce of stage one foods once a day and not in place of a bottle, it's strictly so they get used to swallowing and texture, all of their calories should be coming from formula or breastmilk!

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