When is it too soon to give them baby food??

Ashley - posted on 01/13/2010 ( 98 moms have responded )

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My son eats about 4 to 6 oz (since my milk wasnt enough) after he eats he acts hungery still. When is it to soon to give him baby food. Or does anybody have any suggestions for us. Hes 9 weeks.

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Angela - posted on 01/17/2010

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Ok... Now I am getting upset! I wish people would just read the threads put on here about when it is appropriate to start your baby on cereal and food. There has been numerous posts stating what is recommended by pediatricians and doctors. And Ms. Lisa's scoff at Midwives is inappropriate. Midwives go to school just as long as doctors the only difference between them and OB's is that they specialize in both babies and mothers for an all around care! Now for the last ten posts that I have read... Please and I am pleading with you... don't put cereal in your babies bottle. #1 Your baby could be at risk for choking. #2 if you do that and cut the nipple bigger so that said cereal can fit through the nipple top you risk cutting up your babies precious mouths. Silicone nipples especially because once cut they become sharp just like a little razor. It makes me sad when I see all of this advice given to a new mom. I am sure it is stressful enough to have a new baby that is obviously having some trouble but I want to reiterate it again... Babies go through growth spurts where they can feed as often as every half hour! My 3 1/2 month old has been going through it for the past week. Just because she watches intently when I spoon food into my own mouth doesn't mean she is ready for solids... it just means that the spoon is SHINNY!!!! For goodness sake people check yourselves! A baby that acts hungry and is showing the signs they are hungry means yes they are hungry. But at the age of 9 wks old we have to be the responsible ones here... it is a growth spurt! Yes every baby is different and maybe at 4 months for a formula fed baby you can start giving cereal (6months for a breast fed baby) but not until then! And just because your baby liked it at 2 months doesn't mean it is good for them! There is a big difference from 9 weeks to 16weeks!!! Be patient people. Oh and I will say it again... we live in a processed world...it is not the same cereal, formula and baby food our Momma's and Grandma's gave to us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am sorry for the rant but I am scared at the advice given on this post!

April - posted on 01/17/2010

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i started puttin cereal in my baby bottle when she was bout 3wks old cuz the milk wasn't doin it..i was scared bein dat it was my 1st baby..the dr's tell u to wait but it depends on how you feel bout doin it..everybody is diff.. but you gotta start somewhere..for those who don't agree everybody have their own opinions...its no need to try and criticize others because they are doin it early...everybody do what they think is rite

April - posted on 01/17/2010

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i started givn my baby the 1st foods when she was 21/2 months and she love it..it'll take a while for them 2 learn how 2 spoon feed..but jus keep tryn and they'll get..hope my response can help you

Karina - posted on 01/13/2010

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honey, dont give him food he not old enough. his insides are not mature enough to deal with food. it would make him very ill. he should be eating food around the 5-6months age group. at 9 weeks he should be drinking about 120-180 mls of formular every 4 hours roughly. i had a bub 6 months ago and she was the same, just wasn't getting enough from me so she was hungry all the time. so i put her on s26 formula and it became heaven. hope it helps

Mary - posted on 01/17/2010

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i started my son on watered down oatmeal at about 3 months because milk wasn't filling his tummy. i would ask your sons ped. for their professional opinion.

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Ani - posted on 01/17/2010

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Def check with your Pediatrician before giving the baby food! my Dr. won't start us on baby food of any kind until 6 months. My 5 1/2 month old was eating about that much at that point. She is now approaching 6 months old and she is at 8 ounces of formula every 5 hours. I have found that if I give her the binkie right after she finishes, it is really the sucking motion that she wants...not necessarily more food. Their little bellies may not be able to tell them when they are full if they eat too fast!

Lesley - posted on 01/17/2010

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if anything add a little cereal to the bottle to fill his tummy. and most babies who seem hungry after they eat are not just depends if he ends up projectile ing his food then i would suggest a pacifer to chew on or maybe he is tired or needs to burp still. my daughter was the same i never knew so i had to do the best i could eventually i figured out wat all her diff cries were for

Sarah - posted on 01/17/2010

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I went with what the doctor told me. They said to start Mia at 4-5 months on fruits and work her way up to vegetables. She will be 12 months in February and her doctor said we could give her anything, except for sugars, salt, and fish.

Holly - posted on 01/17/2010

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i cereal feed my baby when he was 3 or 4 months old.. usually you feed them baby formula or brest milk every 2 hours.. most people put cereal in there milk but that is sort of going over board i heard. i had a few friends who did that and there baby is over weight now.. talk to your nutritionist at the doctors office, or call them, they usually give you there number to contact them for these type of problems!

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I have always put rice cereal in my babies bottles at 8 weeks just before bed time. You could try this but as for any other food, your son will show you he is ready by showing interest in what you are eating and being able to swallow food. This usually happens around 4 months. If you try to soon his natural reflexes won't allow food to enter the back of his throat. The dr. will suggest you only start with rice unless you are nursing, than it is safer to do baby food as well, one new food at a time but look for signs of constipation.

Leighanne - posted on 01/17/2010

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Take your child to a paediatrician and make a properly informed decision. Your son may not be ready for solids, he could be allergic to certain foods, visiting a specialist will help you decide if starting him on solids really is best for him. Giving children under 3 months solids (including cereal) can offset certain allergic reactions.

Kendra - posted on 01/17/2010

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I'm sorry but I think that those in the medical profession just may have a little more insight into what they ADVISE you to do than mothers on Circle of Moms

Kendra - posted on 01/17/2010

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I can't believe that people are suggesting putting rice cereal in bottles, if baby isn't ready to eat from a spoon they aren't ready for solids. It is dangerous to put solids in a bottle.

Lisa - posted on 01/17/2010

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hhahahha u know readin some of the paranoid mums on here makes me laff!!! RU ALL STILL ERE!!!!!????? well wen r mums wer new mums wen we wer babies the advice was to lay baby on their side and put rusks in the bottle and we are all fine recent years have shown much paranoia the ADVICE given by ur midwife and health visitors is just ADVICE!!! look no giving solids to a 2 month old is not normally ADVISED but in certain cases such as extreemly hungry babies it is ADVISED. i have a 9 week old and he acts hungry some times after a feed i just giv him a bit more, like i sed b4 change his milk to the hungrier baby 1 (stage 2) it stays in their stomach longer making them feel more full. and people PLS realise that all the heath visitors and midwives give is ADVISE do what is right for u n ur baby! and to those paranoid mothers out ther hahahaha i feel sori for u ur makin ur lives so much more harder for u :)

Darylann - posted on 01/17/2010

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Still, I can't believe some of you people. Someone posts info. directly from the American Academy of Pediatrics website, and you "don't agree with it". THERE IT IS IN BLACK AND WHITE, SO READ IT OVER AND OVER AGAIN! YOU CAN'T ARGUE WITH THE FACTS!!!

Sarah Jane - posted on 01/17/2010

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you can brake up Farley's just 1 and put in bottle with normal milk feed try half first then a hole one and see how you go with it. make sure u brake it up pore his milk over warm milk is better can you can mash it down easier and then pore it into bottle.

Jennifer - posted on 01/17/2010

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Both my daughters ate baby food at about 4 months. But, each baby is different. I gave them cereal in their bottles at about 2 1/2 months, bcause they weren't satisfied with formula alone. Some moms I know have given their baby food, at 3 months or so.

Rebecca - posted on 01/17/2010

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i have two kids a boy that is 2 years old and a daughter that is 1 and they both were very hungry babies..i started to breast feed them but after 2 weeks i didn't produce enough...so they were going through 20 things of formula a month so i asked the pediatrician what to do and they told me to try and give them oatmeal first and then try to mix it with babyfood and they were both bout 3 months old...they are both happy and very healthy children and i am on my third one i am due in 4 months...i dont think that it is too early just try it and if it doesn't work then just ask a doctor what to do...i hope this helps you out alot..ttyl

Rachel - posted on 01/17/2010

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i started my daughter on applesauce and sweet potatoes at 4 mos. she hated rice cereal, and never really ever ate it.

Katie - posted on 01/17/2010

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It really depends on you and your doctor. In the past they used to start them a lot earlier than they are recommending now days. I started my son at about 2 months on cereral in his bottle mixed with his formula about once or twice a day, and then he started baby food about 4 months. His pedi was an older man that our family had used for years and they still say its ok to start about that age. If you have a new, younger pedi they will more than likely tell you to wait until 6 months for cereal or baby food, which in my opinion, is way too long. Especially if you feel like your child just isnt getting enough and needs more. At this age I would recommend the morning bottle with cereal, then he should still be getting a bottle about every 3-4 hours, and then his last bottle before bed with cereal as well. That will also help him sleep longer at night because it will make him more full and content.

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well it depends on the kid....b/c i had to put oatmile in my babys milk so he would get full.....he's a very active baby......and i started doing that at 2 weeks.....

Liberty - posted on 01/17/2010

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I would wait til 3/4 months, Just supplement him with formula and a li bit of cereal...

Danielle - posted on 01/17/2010

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His stomach is only as big as his fist....Don't worry about childhood obesity, I had 2 of my 4 that were considered over weight as babies and they are perfectly fine. They are 5 and 7 now.

Allison - posted on 01/17/2010

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First of all, I never said all a baby needs their first year is BM or formula. I said it needs to be their PRIMARY source of nutrition. I was simply making the point children OVER the age of 6 months are prepared for solids at that point. Even prior to 6 months, solid feedings should be in addition to the milk, not replace. A pediatrician recommended to me only at 9 months should my child be eating 3 solid meals a day, and at that point to gradually decrease his number of milk feedings. At which point I was still nursing 6+ times a day which = still primary nutrition.



As for the obesity link... well here ya go: " analysis showed that children categorised as obese at age 5 were more likely to have had first solid food before the age of 3 months, to have fewer portions of fruit per day, eat breakfast on fewer days of the week, to be less likely to eat at regular times compared to non-obese children" http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2458/9...

Danielle - posted on 01/17/2010

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He's too young for food! I think the rule is he has to be able to hold his head up. Try rice cereal in his bottle of. Give him more formula. It will be ok.. I am a mother of 4, so I know how frustrating it can be. Good luck!

Nicole - posted on 01/17/2010

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you could put a few spoons of baby cereal in a bottle of breastmilk or formular to make it a bit thicker. i did that for my son when he was about 10 weeks.

Traci - posted on 01/17/2010

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hey there
i held off feeding my boys solids till they were 6 months very hard not to as i was breast feeding...... the only concern is that they have not grown or developed enough to process the food you may give him the firt 12 weeks are the hardest but remember it's not forever.... it may feel like it just now but it flys by i am just weaning my youngest now her 1 one the 23 jan i feel like i just left the hospital..... if you really feel he is still hungry then speak to your health visitor and gey him on hungry formula.... my youngest was 9.9 when he was born ..... and he ate constantly!!!!!!!!!!! it's draining for sure but very much worth it...... also if your not producing enough milk.... speak to your doctor as there are tablets that increase you milk so you can continue to feed give me a message if you would like a natter!! x

Laura - posted on 01/17/2010

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Hello... My little boy Theodore (4months) is having the same problem, Im breastfeeding every other hour, even in the night! So I talked to my "baby doctor" (dont know what its called in english..Im swedish) and she recomended that I mixed a bit of my own milk with carrotjuice from organic carrots.(50/50 milk/juice) I did that and he loves it! and its a good way of introducing him to another flavour =) ... but I think its important not to start with this before 4 months, Theo got his teeth when he was 3 m. and 3 w. old so I thought he must be ready for real food soon - because he got them so early! btw Im not feeding him purés yet... I think I will start with that in a few weeks time =)
Good luck

Debbie - posted on 01/17/2010

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I have to disagree with the whole "INTRODUCING SOLIDS TOO EARLY CAN LEAD TO CHILDHOOD OBESITY". I gave my son solids early and he is far from being obese. Some kids are just more hungry than others and most mothers can trust themselves on when they think the right time is to give their child solids.

Debbie - posted on 01/17/2010

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I started giving my son rice cereal at 8 wks. He was breastfed and it seemed like he was always attatched to me and never getting enough. I started to add in formula around 6 wks and that wasn't enough so around 8 wks I would make him a 1/4 cup of cereal in the morning for breakfast and then 1/4 cup for bedtime. Best thing I did. He was much happier after that. I started with fruits and veggies one at a time around 4 months.

Jennae - posted on 01/17/2010

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start stage one around 3 months... i was told to start with veggies because the fruit has so much natural sugar... then move from there and once those teeth pop through he will eat everything in sight

Rita - posted on 01/17/2010

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@ 3 months i add rice cereal with her milk because she wasn't sleeping good at night..she's always seems hungry and my doctor told me I can introduce baby food to her at 4 months...People says alot of things and ideas but you know your baby well and do what you think it safe and good for your baby. If you think he is ready, you can try and see how it goes and start from there. Ask and read alot of great informations but do what is best for your baby...xx

Hannah - posted on 01/16/2010

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4 months is the absolute earliest.... and that should only be with a Dr's recommendations

Lauren - posted on 01/16/2010

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ok yes you may be right but in fact it is not true that all a baby needs for their first year is milk, that is just stupid, a child over the age of 6months needs more and more nutrients that neither breastmilk or forumla can proved, know i don't know where you heard that but i have worked in childcare with infants for the past 8years and have been to countless and semiers and training days that i know that children over the age of 6months need soilds to get more of the nutrients they need to grow stronger and stronger.

Rhonda - posted on 01/16/2010

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i started giving my sone rice cereal with his bottle around that age for the same reason. it seemed to help.

Allison - posted on 01/16/2010

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This is absolutely appalling to me that people are recommending giving solids to a 2 month old, as well as weaning. Seriously?!? There is a reason why most pediatricians will tell you to wait to a minimum of 4 months to introduce CEREAL, much less other solids (w/ the exception of GERD babies). This is why:



It is said that infants have an "open gut" or a "virgin gut". This state of the gut (intestines) extends from birth to between 4 and 6 months of age. "After birth the gut mucosa is challenged by a myriad of antigens, from viruses to commensal microbiota and dietary antigens. Although controlled in the mature gut, these antigens may induce inflammation in the developing gastrointestinal tract." Pediatrics, Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.



Studies have shown that an immature gut may allow whole proteins, microbes, pathogens and possibly bits of foods to pass into the bloodstream. It is quite possible that this is a causative factor in developing food allergies and "colic".



It's a fact that introducing solids too soon can also lead to childhood obesity as well as contribute to more food allergies. A young baby's digestive system is absolutely not ready to handle solids yet. If you're breastfeeding and don't have enough supply...supplement with formula-- NOT solids! They recommend babies' primary source of nutrition for their first year of life is breastmilk or formula for a reason...it provides the vital nutrients and vitamins a baby needs. Not baby cereal or solid foods. In fact, the introduction of solids is ONLY to get them used to the textures and tastes for the first several months.



I really hope you do ask a medical professional for advice on this. I would strongly question the judgement of any ped that says to give solids to a 2 month old. Here it is directly from the AAP:

http://www.healthychildren.org/english/a...

Tracey-ann - posted on 01/16/2010

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just keep the milk up he will let you no when he has had anuff my 4 week old girl is the same an my other 2 did it to they say not to give baby's food till 6weeks because of food allergies but you can start be 4 a lot of mums do but i would not till he is at less 4 to 5 months hope this helps you out

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I started giving both of my kids cereal at 6 weeks. I did not put it in the bottle. Both of them ate just fine with a spoon. I started my daughter on baby food at 3 months and will probably do the same with my son. Yeah breastmilk is best, but not everyone can do it. If you try giving your child cereal or baby food and they dont do good with it then you know they arent ready. Every kid is different though.

Maureen - posted on 01/16/2010

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my doc said not to give my daughter any food or cereal until she is close to 4 months, because if she would asperate ( get it in her lungs) she could sufficate. he said that the cereal would just sit there but milk would absorb if it got in her lungs. my daughter is 11 weeks old had the same problem several times with her always being hungry i just fed her on demand and within a week she was fine. she got enough to satisfy her. just hang in there it will get better.

Lauren - posted on 01/16/2010

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love, it is all up to you i started my little girl on breastmilk and rice ceral so that there was a taste that she new and her tummy would be ok as its not all new, if they are on formula you can do the same mix formula with the rice ceral. In the end it is your decion as its your child but all babies are different so what other mums say might not be the right thing for you but the more you stress about it the harder it gets to pick something and don't feel babd about the choice that you have picked as you know whats best for your child

User - posted on 01/16/2010

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You can supplement with formula and rice/oat cereals, I would stay away from "real" food like peaches ect... until he is around four months along, but this is only an opinion..

Iris - posted on 01/16/2010

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i just started giving my daughter baby food and she is 4 months, i dont give her alot though just about a tablespoon or two every other day and im starting her with the veggies. Im not too sure when the best time to begin on baby foods is but it seems like she is more hungry than before and the milk is not cutting it anymore. Plus she really enjoys the food and has the hang of it already so its all good. I guess in my opinion the best time is when you feel its right! you know those motherly instincts :)

Ravyn - posted on 01/16/2010

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i started with both of my sons around 3 months, and honestly i would wait for baby food in general until he learns how to eat from a spoon, try the baby cereal first but make it thin cause you can make your kid real constipated with that so.. i hope this helps

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With all my years of experience and training you shoul dwait until your baby is at least three months old. It has to do with food alergies.

Juli - posted on 01/16/2010

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You have to be careful with introducing new food. The younger they are the harder it is to treat them for an allergic reaction. My doctor has always said 6 months and everything I have read says no sooner than 4months. I would ask your pediatrician before starting anything! You can always supplement formula. You can also try herbal pills to help your milk increase. I took Brewer's Yeast pills and I hear Fenugreek works great. I have gotten both from GNC. Drinking lots of water and feeding quite frequently should help increase the milk flow. You can call the national breastfeeding hotline at 1-800-994-9662, (I got that number off the internet but I think it is correct) for they are really helpful and kind. Best Wishes.

AUTUM - posted on 01/16/2010

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Now my daughter was born with acid reflux and she could not keep any milk down. Everytime she drank she spit up. We changed her milk twicw but it didn't work. So i tried aby food and she was about 2 months old. She kept it down and she was full. Nothing happened to her, glory be to God! now her doctor was not happy but I knew she was still hungry so I did it! Now she is three! Just try a lil and see what happens. Keep it posted!

Amanda - posted on 01/16/2010

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I started putting the cereal in the bottle with the formula when the girls were about 21/2 months old I do believe.. When they were about 3 1/2 months I started introducing the baby food to them a little at a time.... When they were about 5 months old I gave them the yolk on a fried egg and they loved it woudl even mix the egg with gravy. When they were 7 months old I started halfing their formula with whole milk adn they did extremely well with that. By the time my girls were 1 they were off of the formula and eating regular food. They are almost 3 now and are extremly healthy..

Elisabeth - posted on 01/16/2010

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I started giving my son cereal at 3 months and baby food at 4 months and from everything i read he eat more than he should but his percentiles are all good and hes healthy so if hes hungry i feed him. Milk stopped being enough every kid is ready for different thing at different times

Brandi - posted on 01/16/2010

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I come from a very medicial family, both parents were Navy Corpsmen, dad is a Medic and mom is an EMT and I have quite a medicial background. I started giving my babies a little bit of oatmeal in their milk when it started to be not enough for them. You have to figure out what the best milk/oatmeal ratio is for your baby but start out with it very thin (more milk than oatmeal) and you may have to cut a few nipples cause the cereal nipples give too much for young babies. As soon as my little ones got the mushing thing down with their tounges I started mashing foods for them. If you feel like its ok for your baby then test it, you will know right away. Trust yourself, you know whats best for your baby.

Jenny - posted on 01/16/2010

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I would say that once your lo is drinking at least 6-7oz 5-6 times a day and then is still not satified only then consider weaning. the other test is if you child can hold a piece of banana and eat it, it can manage to chew the food - remember that their systems are very immature and that potentially you increase the risk of allergies when you introduce solids too early as their guts are very permeable and as such bigger (and therefore more likely to induce allergic reactions) can pass through easier - this is why it can cause your baby to develop allergies that they would not otherwise get.

i started weaning at 17 weeks.

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