Did anyone start feeding baby solids at 3 months?

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Chelsea - posted on 06/16/2010

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To Heather Martzall. Yes it is true that a pediatrician may know more generally about the anatomy of a child's body. But no doctor knows any one child like the mother knows them and if you are willing to deny it then I seriously have concerns for how well you are connected with your children. My parents and ALL my family fed us rice cereal at 6-8 weeks and not a one of us are "fat" as you say it. My daughter is in fact weight wise at a 46 percentile for her age group. She is fed healthily. My daughter held her head up without support at two months and sat at 3 with essentially NO support. Like I said use caution naturally, but as a mother if you know your baby is ready then do it. And "you mom's?" honestly? Is this some competition? Nobody is trying to make their children grow older. sure it may be easier to pop a bottle in their mouth but if the child is SO CLEARLY not getting supplemented enough then add some rice cereal. I am in no way saying start her on baby food at 6 weeks but my daughter started on cereal at 4 months and all baby foods by the time she was 6 months. By nine months she was eating our food. She gets hand prepared meals three times a day and a healthy snack. I am fully aware of what my child needs and wants, and I know that the pediatricians know a lot, however they are in my eyes for guidance help and medicinal help ONLY. What happened to us all when there WEREN'T children's doctors hmmm? We learned from that thing calle maternal instincts and if you are not wise or attentitive enough to understand that then maybe you should reconsider why you became a mother. Not directed towards anyone in general. But any woman who is not in tuned enough with their child to know simple things like this then I do not feel they should have children yet at all. Sorry for the novel but I suppose my last post was a bit unclear to some..

Sarah - posted on 06/15/2010

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first off none of you on here or myself, are doctors. so do not tell this mother she CANNOT giver her baby solids. my daughter had really bad reflux and i started giving her rice cereal by spoon at 8 weeks PER ORDER OF HER DOCTOR. at 3 months she started on squash, 4 months green beans, and then every 2 weeks i added a new veggie, once she had started all the veggies then every week i added a new fruit. by 5 months she was eating every type of stage 2 foods. you will know if your babys belly can handle it, and if he likes it. sometimes you have to try a few times, but he will get the hang of it. ask you doctor what he/she thinks. if he needs it or is ready for it your doctor will not tell you no, and when it comes down to it, mom always knows best! Hope i was helpful! :)

Tania - posted on 06/16/2010

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i started feeding my daughter solids by 2 months ... every baby is different and in the olden days when there was no such thing as formuler what did parents used to do? give them food ... if u feel ready n think baby is too then go for it.. my daughter was constanly hungry,,.. so i had to do what i had to do ...

Jennifer - posted on 06/16/2010

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You could try small stuff. My son was an eating machine as soon as he was born we had to put cereal in his bottle at 2 weeks or he would want to eat constantly, so I understand. Things like applesauce, and other things like that would be fine. You could also try things like yogurt, but nothing they would have to chew because they don't have the teeth for that yet.

Chelsea - posted on 06/16/2010

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I started my daughter out at 4 months because she was not getting enough from simply bottle feeding. You'll know if they are ready. I think it's a bunch of new age bull**** people saying you shouldn't feed solids till after 6 months because they aren't full developed. That's how you get these children who have social growth development issues because the mom's end up keeping them on the boob till they are four. I am not saying by any means force it down their throats, but if you feel your child is not being supplemented enough by simply bottle feeding then possible start adding a little bit of rice cereal into the bottle little bits at a time. My parents among MANY other's in the past started introducing solids at 6 weeks! I have never had ANY health problems nor has my daughter. She is healthy and smarter than you would believe as well as well developed for her age group. AGAIN if you feel your baby needs more food and is not getting enough try introducing it in the milk/ formula first little bits at a time.

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Rebekka - posted on 06/16/2010

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i did applesauce and the gerber banana's at 3 months my daughter seemed to love the change!!

Joanna - posted on 06/16/2010

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I had to start feeding my son cereal and puree foods when he was about 3 weeks old. The formula alone was not filling him. I just added that instant cereal powder to his formula, poked a bigger hold in the nipple of the bottle and he has been fine ever since. I never had any problems with that and his doctor was astounded since (my son is not over weight) but is just a very big boy in general for his age. He is 18mths but he appearance is of a 2 and a half yr old.
You have to think though, all babies are different with how they eat. You can't think since one child was able to that yours will. You have to be careful. It's just how their stomachs are if they are developed enough for anything other than formula or breast milk.

Rene - posted on 06/16/2010

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Does your baby hold his head up really well? I didn't start until 6 months and I don't think I would recommend because he ended up being a picky eater

Jennifer - posted on 06/16/2010

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omg people take all this health stuf 2 serious, u will no wen ur child is ready by the signs u get, my little girl started about 4 months just with rice pudding a little at a time she now eats sweet potato n fruit pureed, just do wat u fink is best for ur child hunni xx

Tania - posted on 06/16/2010

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n NO its not wrong ... i gave her healthy food ..
try this
boil carrets potatos onions and a bit of chicken
blend it ... there u go .. no added salt or colourings or sugar just plain food...

try doing everything yourself ... its just best wen u know whats going into ur babys mouth ,..
obiously give baby milk
i only feed my daughter once a day in the afternoons the rest was breast ...
but once i did the solids she was never moany of hunger again ...

Nicole - posted on 06/16/2010

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You know your child best. If they can move food around their mouth with their toung at 3 months then go for it. My son started baby cereal at 2 1/2 months to keep him fuller longer. He is now 10 months and eat all table foods.

Amy - posted on 06/16/2010

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I found out at 2mths my boy wasnt getting enough from my milk and started him on solids, formula and rice milk and he started sleeping 20/24 so to be honest I'm all for giving babies solids early if they need them. You are the mother you know whats best for your child if you think your child isnt getting enough from the milk then feed it solids.
Good luck and have an awesome day

Brooke - posted on 06/16/2010

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Most recommended literature for new parents says that it is common to start feeding infants solid at 4-6 months, although most pediatricians recommend not before 6 months. This is because the baby's digestive system isn't ready before this. Also, an infant might not show much interest in solid foods, and it shouldn't be pushed if that's the case. It may mean that the infant just isn't ready to eat solids. My daughter started at 6 months, but wasn't really interested for a while after that. It was more about tasting things for her at that point and she didn't really eat enough to get much to replace the caloric and nutrient intake she got from breast feeding. Also, try talking to your pediatrician ... that may help you decide what to do better! Hope this helps!

Jessica - posted on 06/16/2010

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I did... sort of. My son had baby reflux (but not bad enough for medicine) so our Dr. recommended putting a little cereal in his bottle. Evey baby is different...ask your doctor and go with what your baby's needs are.

Heather - posted on 06/16/2010

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absolutely not...it is too hard on the babies stomach lining to feed them solids at such an early age...it may not affect them now but it could cause issues later on in life.

Anna - posted on 06/16/2010

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my eldest was 13 weeks when she started baby rice, my middle was 9 weeks and youngest is 10 weeks old now but is not ready lol i only start feeding my other 2 early cos they were not gaining enough weight with just breastmilk

Angela - posted on 06/16/2010

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Oh and one more thing... everything your baby eats in its first year of life is just practice... they need to have their regular feedings of breast milk or formula. It is just for fun not to cure the hungry baby... please make sure you are at least breastfeeding/bottle feeding before you give them what ever you give them. They need those nutrients!

Gina - posted on 06/16/2010

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I gave my daughter some rice cereal and apple sauce.
I know its not a good idea to feed them before a year due to the fact that they need their body to build the imunity to not be alergic to EVERYTHING!
So i dont feed her solids....maybe once a month give her apple sauce!

Angela - posted on 06/16/2010

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I am seriously sick to my stomach from some of these comments... well most of them with a few exceptions. I will never tell a momma how to raise their child and I will not say it is wrong to do what you do but I will say that if you feel comfortable giving your children over processed "so called" rice cereal to a three month old baby all the power to ya's. Rice cereal is basically refined sugar that turns into a brick in your babies tummy with next to no nutritional value whatsoever.

But hey... people still buy it who cares that it is cheaper and healthier to make it yourself...

To answer the actual question my girl started solid food at 7 1/2 months of age and her first food was mashed Avocado.. The only rice that she has had is whole grain brown rice cooked by me and blended in the processor.

Breast fed babies are not supposed to start solids until after 6 months and the age for formula babies that is "accepted" is after 4 months.

If your babies are acting hungrier than usual it is because they are... Growth spurts people...

Jennifer - posted on 06/16/2010

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I gave my son a little applesauce at 3 months for his digestion. He was so constipated. He had to be spoon fed medicine anyway, so he did really well with the applesauce. I didn't start full blast feeding solids till 6 months though.

Carly - posted on 06/16/2010

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i started at 4 months with a blessing from her pedi...she was way ready, and loved it

Nikkole - posted on 06/16/2010

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my lil girl started on ceral at 3 months and baby food and 4 months her doc said go a head so i did. and we never had any problem with her eat or any thing. and my baby isnt fat, and we started her out at 3 months. i never heard if you start your baby on soild at 3 month it will be a fat baby.

Aimee - posted on 06/16/2010

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no u are not doin anything wrong hes just a hungry baby all babys are diff so there is nothing to worry about. good luck.ps see if he wants any more at night ake if u think he will it

Dana - posted on 06/16/2010

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I have a 2 month old. And I give him 4-5 oz. but he only sleeps 3 hours at night at a time. but I know younger babies sleeping all through the night. Am I doing something wrong??

Jenna - posted on 06/16/2010

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If your baby doesn't like the plain cereal, look for the cereal/fruit combos. My son always hated plan rice cereal. Good luck!

Stephanie - posted on 06/16/2010

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Yes i started to feed her some baby food. My baby was big so breast milk wouldnt substain her. So feeding her a little bit of baby food would help her out. and if you want to feed your baby some baby food you should start out with something that could help out their digestive system like apple sauce or anything green.

Saundra - posted on 06/16/2010

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Wow! A lot of strong opinions. Thanks for all the advice! I've decided to give him a little rice cereal mixed with breast milk. Using a spoon of course!

Jennifer - posted on 06/16/2010

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I did. Babyfood of course. Dr. said it was ok and baby sure was hungry. Noah turned out fine. Talk to the Dr about it. Mine was physically ready for babyfood. Both were actually.

April - posted on 06/16/2010

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yeah i know it bad but i did start feeding him solids and that age i gave him apple sauce adn reall cut up eggs he loved them

Heather - posted on 06/16/2010

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Starting them on food too soon leads to a "fat" baby back in the day mothers would put cereal in the babies bottles thinking that it would make them sleep better. I hate to tell you this people it doesnt work. One other reason pediatricians say no is because of allergies, that it why they even say to start with rice first then oatmeal then vegetables not fruit veggies then fruit then meat. If you give them fruit before veggies they will not want to eat many veggies later in life. Why is it that you mothers cant wait your making your babies grow up too fast. Enjoy that its so easy to feed them with just a bottle.



Oh yeah feeding an infant food before they can sit or even hold their head up is a chocking hazard. Their little heads flop around their not going to safetly get that food down their throats. Why can't people listen to what doctors say they are medical experts and understand more of the babies body then even their own mother will.

Rebecca - posted on 06/16/2010

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Sarah Conway - you have absolutely no way of knowing if every woman who has commented on this thread is lacking a medical degree. It's quite presumptuous of you to assume that none of the women who have commented are NOT doctors. As it is, the majority of the men in my family are doctors, two of the women are pediatricians, and I'm a pharmacy technician with about six years of experience working in a medical office. Perhaps I'm not a doctor, but I know a hell of a lot more about the medical field than one who works at a hotel, restaurant, or insurance office.



Furthermore, anyone who knows a thing about the medical knows that it's the nurses that have all the knowledge. If any of these ladies are, or have been, nurses, I'm sure they can attest to that.



Also - I'm seeing a lot of people mention rice cereal, which I've never actually considered a "solid food," though I suppose, in theory, that it is.



So, if you're asking whether or not it's okay to start your baby on rice cereal at three months, then yes, it is. That's a pretty average age to start cereal. (We held off giving cereal to our twins until 4 months, as they had digestive problems.) I'd still hold off on starting jar food until about six months.

Megan - posted on 06/16/2010

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I started giving my son rice cereal at 5 wks. He was perfectly fine. I couldn't keep up with him, my milk didn't come in enough, and he didn't have any problems. I kept to just that until 5 months then we started veggies. :)

Faith - posted on 06/16/2010

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I started my son on rice cereal at about 3 1/2 months, but hes was already drinking an 8 oz bottle about 6 to 7 times a day and wasn't sleep and always wanted to eat. I only gave him about a tablespoon of cereal in the morning and it really seemed to help him. My son was 9.5 lbs at birth and has always been a big eater.

Susan - posted on 06/16/2010

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i started my daughter on bananas at 4 months and she is perfect and still loves her "nana"

Laura - posted on 06/16/2010

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No way....The only solids they should start off with is rice cereal and that isnt until 5 or 6 months...3 months is wayyyyy too early.

Angelina - posted on 06/16/2010

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all babies are different. my friend started giving her daughter rice in her bottles cause she wasnt getting full. i started my son on cereal at 3 months and solids shortly after. he is now 7 and a half months. we never had a problem with digestion. i think it depends on your baby. we found these bottles called infant feeders that really helped until he got used to the spoon. (found mine at babies r us)

Karina M. - posted on 06/16/2010

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yes i know some people dont agree with it and especially doctors but nothing happens with my first one i was scared but my moms was like nothing is going to happen, and with my second one i did feed him solids around 3 months i gave him applesauce mashed patotoes and smashed carrots

Darnisha - posted on 06/16/2010

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its fine to do just make sure that there stomach can take it my baby started eating baby cereal with his milk at one month and is fine....he been eating with me every since lol

Kayla - posted on 06/16/2010

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My son was not gettin full off just milk considerin he was 9lbs 12oz when he was born we had to start him on solids early and it was around 3months and he did fine some people dont suggest it but it does make them sleep better and get fuller so they dont eat every 30mins and that is what happen with us... If you do start solids i suggest do one type of food at a time like applesauce one week pears one week etc. so that way if your child is allergic you will know the food that is doin it..

Ashley - posted on 06/16/2010

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i did cereal...it did wonders (helps them sleep too). then started with veggies @ 4 months & fruits @ 4 1/2 months:) She is almost 7 months now & is a fantastic eater!

Emma - posted on 06/16/2010

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no i got told u shouldnt stard any child on solids till they are 4 months as u can stuff there intesttines

Abigail - posted on 06/16/2010

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Yes ,i did i gave him rice cereal and taste of baby food ,I saw no problem with it ,also my son did not have any complications after or while eating it ,but it is not i substitute they still need other sources of nurishment .Its all a matter if you and your baby can handle it:) Hope this helped love

Emily - posted on 06/16/2010

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I started giving my son solids at around 2 months old because he seemed that he was ready, and he has always been really hungry. He would eat 12 ounces every 2 hours, but has been gaining weight normally. he has loved every second of the solids.... except for sweet potatos, he hates those. the doctor kept saying just formula just formula but at the same time I am not going to trust everything she says because she is a family nurse practitioner. yes it is suggested that you listen to the doctor but at the same time, they dont always know what they are talking about even with medical training.

Kerry - posted on 06/16/2010

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it really depends on the baby. Mums know whats best for bubs and a happy baby means happy mummy! I started my baby on solids at 3 months because she had sever silent reflux and refused to take ANY bottles for the first 5 months of her life. So we had no choice but to give her solids. It was that or be tube fed. It also helped with bad constipation!

Tanya - posted on 06/15/2010

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I did see something the other day that if you can put it off until 6 months they have less of a chance for childhood obesity. It was in American Baby.
Here is another article:
"First, don’t begin solid foods until your baby is six months old. Before that, breast milk or formula provides all the nutrition your baby needs. Babies under four to six months old do not swallow and digest solid foods easily, and solid foods before this age have been associated with obesity and allergies."
http://www.the-health-pages.com/topics/e...

Cailie - posted on 06/15/2010

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my son had a lot of probelms pooping fo the doctors wanted me to start him out on rice with formula. it really helped. you don't want to start them too early because the tummy isn't ready for that stuff. ask your doctor

Christina - posted on 06/15/2010

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Mason started eating rice cereal in his bottle at 8 weeks. I started feeding him ricer cereal out of a bowl with a spoon when he turned 3 months, since then he's tried pears and he loves the pears. Oatmeal as well.

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