When to start introducing solids?

Catherine - posted on 10/06/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My baby is strictly breastfed right now and is 9 weeks old. I have heard that some people start giving food at 4 months old or some start at 6 months or some have started a lot sooner. I'm wondering when people started and what they started with, ceral or some type of baby food? This is my first child so I'm just curious to what others have done and if there are signs of when to start feeding solids or is it strictly up to my pediatrician?

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Sarh - posted on 10/09/2010

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I started my son on cereal w/a tad of food for taste as he would not take just cereal at about a month old due to reflux and the pediatrician wouldn't address the issue. He has done fine w/it, he is now 4 months old (tomorrow actually) and I've put a little more food in the cereal. I give him both veggies and fruits. Rather then strictly veggies or strictly fruits so he doesn't favor one over the other. I only give him "solids" once a day at night other wise in the morning (he sleeps through the night not due to the food!) his sheet is covered in spit up, he gets Zantac when he wakes up int he morning and again at about 2p.m. so the stretch from 2p.m. till the morning again is too long of a gap.

Rebecca - posted on 10/09/2010

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I started my little girl on jar baby food stage one at 3 months.. thats when the doctor said i could start her. She did well with those and got up to eating almost 4 jars a day with 4 or 5 bottles.. yes this sounds like a lot lol.. at 6 months I moved her to stage 2 and now she is almost nine months and about to go to stage 3 and she is also eating some table food such as eggs, mash potatoes, and other soft things. Rice ceral or oatmeal is very filling i use it for breakfast.

Heather - posted on 10/06/2010

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I started my daughter on cereal at 4 months. Then at 5 months, we did veggies. Our doc said to do veggies first, and then fruit because they might like the fruit better and not want to try veggies.

Nikki - posted on 10/06/2010

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6 months is the best time to introduce solids, unless advised by a doctor earlier and the earliest being 4 months. Your babies digestive system needs to develop fully before introducing solids. We started at 5 months because my son was drinking 12 ounces of formula every 2-3 hours and was still hungry... Hes a big boy so the doctor said we had no choice but to start

Mesha - posted on 10/06/2010

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I started giving mine solid food when she was 6 months. You're baby will let you know when he/she is ready to start eating solids. :)

Mindy - posted on 10/06/2010

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I started my baby a week before she turned 5 months. And she loved it but I only feed her once a day and I started her in the evening cus that's when she was hungry the most..But she had started watching me when I eat and reaching for my plate so I thought it was a good time to start her..
Your baby will let you know when he/she is ready to start trying solid foods

Kimberley - posted on 10/06/2010

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i tried my lo at 4 month she didnt really want it so i kept on with the bottle then at abou 6 month she was ready and now she wont stop eating lol

Bonnie - posted on 10/06/2010

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The average age to start on solids is 6 months. Two or three months is a little early to start, as they have to be able to properly digest it, but when you think your baby may be ready visit with the pediatrician and she/he can guide you and tell you if they think your baby is ready. A lot of doctors base it on the child's weight. One thing you may want to look out for when the time comes is do you notice your baby making chewing motions? How does your baby react when you hand him or her a spoon? The first item you will be starting your baby on is rice cereal. It is the easiest to digest because when you first start your baby out, you will only be using maybe a table spoon and lots of water, breast milk, or formula(so it will be very thin and runny). Hope this helps.

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