how old did you mums start your babies on solids

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Sam - posted on 08/09/2009

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Quoting Jade:

i never understand how they say dont do this dont do that when you know your baby better than anyone and all babies are different ... the health visitors are not there when your baby has had a full bottle and screaming for more and you not giving them any rice or cereals because you "not supposed to" till there 6 months old my boy is just 3 months old but is the weight and size of a 5 month old am i supposed to wait until hes 6 months and the weight of a 8 month old still on just milk when hes demanding more ... no
ive been giving my boy baby rice and fruity cereals/porridge since his first lot of jabs at 9 weeks and he loves them, the nurse that gave him his jabs said its absoultely fine to give him them she did to her babys at 2 months old the health visitors just tell you all these things just to cover their back they can only advise you what to do not tell you what to do ... if your baby is wanting it then give it them i did and my boy is happy, healthy and loving his apple porridge



I whole heartedly agree with this, my little one was started on just a half teespoon of baby rice  in 25ml of milk on top of his feeds twice daily since 4 weeks coz of reflux and demanding more food but rejecting or puking up milk, he has just recently started having 2 solid feeds of baby rice per day and am about to start him on home made purees, hope that goes well to. each baby is different, those guidelines are just that ... GUIDELINES! Dont feel compelled to do as every other mum does, you know your baby better than anyone. As my birth educator once told me, we may not be the best mums in the world but we are the best mums for our babys! Good Luck!

Ali Marie - posted on 08/07/2009

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Thanks Lisa! I'm right with you on that I'm not a doctor so I don't know if what I'm thinking is correct...I read about mixing cereal with milk from a few baby books and it makes sense to me, but of course her Dr highly suggested against it. So...??? haha

Lisa - posted on 08/06/2009

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@Ali - This may not apply at all to you... and please take it for what it is worth... if it doesn't work for you ignore me. Kalynn is 4 months old... just turned so on the 3rd. Last month we tried to increase her ounces to 5 oz and when we did she spit up almost exactly anything over 4 oz. So we backed off and she has only spit up 4 times in her life... all 4 times when we pushed her to eat more when she gave us the signs she was done. My friend had a similar problem you had... that her baby didn't seem satisfied with the "right" amount of formula she was supposed to give. When she added rice cereal early it filled his tummy more and it felt full longer. So maybe you can do both... feed less with more cereal and you might find less spit up? I'm not a doctor and I'm a first time mom... so I could be WAY off here. Just a thought.

Lisa - posted on 08/06/2009

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I was told the best time was when they were 6 months old and not before. And then I was told to introduce vegetables before fruits. I was told if a child learns to like veggies first before the sugar of the fruit they will enjoy vegetables more later in life. I'll let you know in 18 years if it worked.

Just found this article and thought you might find it useful.
http://www.livestrong.com/article/9359-5...
Hope it helps.

Ali Marie - posted on 08/06/2009

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Hmmm...



Well i called my dr the other day because my daughter has been spitting up sooooo much, I wanted to start her on rice cereal. Someone mentioned their baby spitting up 5-6 times after a feeding was a lot--yeah thats my baby!! Its pretty much constantly after a meal right up until the next one. I wanted to start her on rice cereal, but he told me I was feeding her too much. I was feeding her 6oz at a time and he advised to lower it to 4oz and wait until she is 4 months old to start the rice cereal. Well guess what-she is still hungry after the 4oz and when I called him she was 2 weeks away from being 4 months old-give me a break!



But I would like to know how the spoon-feeding is going for the babies that don't sit up yet. I am a little confused about that. I can't imagine how messy this is going to be!

Terra - posted on 07/30/2009

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The doctor told me i could start cereal at 2 months because she was drinking over 40 oz of formula daily.

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I'm sorry Jade, but you and your brother don't prove anything about eating habits. My toddler started weaning at 5 months (baby rice for the first couple of weeks then mixed with root veg ie carrot) and had no more than 2 new foods introduced each week. I was careful to give easily digested foods only to begin with and now he eats just about anything you put in front of him.

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and has their own experiences but I can't imagine my 14 week old's digestive system being mature enough to handle solids yet.

Jade - posted on 07/30/2009

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my mum did everything by the books did what the health visitors/dr's told her to with her first baby (my brother) rusks very runny at 4 months then onto a bit of fruit for a month then onto veg etc and with me she started weaning me at about 2/3 months and blended up everything she ate for me to have.


Now my brother is 27 years old and is the fussiest eater ever wont try anything new or different to what he likes just plain stuff wont have anything out of the ordinary


Me im 23 and eat anything and everything love different foods and experimenting with different flavors


Neither of us have any dietry problems, suffer with digestion or have any allergys but i think it just proves if u dont restrict giving your baby variety at a young age they will be better eaters and not be fussy about what foods they want when there older


My son is 3 months and 1 week old and he loves carrot and corgette, apple, broccolli and colliflower already and he is absolutely fine putting weight on normally etc and is very very happy and has been eating solids since he was around 9/10 weeks old





Ive not started giving him solids in a bid to get him sleeping through the night as he already did before we gave him solids

Katherine - posted on 07/27/2009

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Hi

My son is three months so i was advised to start him on solids in 3-4 wks on baby rice .and gradually on fruits and then vegs

Vanessa - posted on 07/27/2009

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My health worker also told me not to start until 6 months or it can cause digestion problems later on in life.

Monica - posted on 07/26/2009

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Yes, my Nicolas was sleeping the whole night before we introduce the cereal... lucky us! hehehe

For now I'm giving him cereal just once a day... and if he reacts well to this one (no allergies,etc) i will start giving him twice a day... and so on...by next month on his 4th month i'll start the fruits! yum yum, i love those myself.

My baby as well was not satisfied with the milk only, and was drinking way too much milk, and gaining a lot of weight from it... another little piggy hehehe

Reflux wise, we were lucky with this baby, but we had a tough situation with my daughter... and cereal was recomended as well when she was only a month old... to put some weight on the milk and preventing the constant spit up. It worked, along with the meds as well.

Wow, not easy being a parent, hehehe, now I appreciate more mine! hehehehe

Ashley - posted on 07/25/2009

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I am soo glad I am not the only mom starting food early. My son is 3 month a nd 1 week at present. He eats 4 8 oz bottles a day.. in addition he eats cereal 3-4 oz of cereal with half a jar of baby food mixed with BM 2 times a day. The little pig also sleeps from 7:30 or 8:00pm to 6:30 or 7:30am.. but he did that before we introduced foods. I also work for a pediatrician that does not recommend foods til 6 months. However she is the one that told us to start slow at 2 months and work our way to a normal breakfast-lunch-dinner routine by 6 months. Our child is just a pig and he needed more than milk sooner than some. Every baby is different, and she admits it.

Stephanie - posted on 07/25/2009

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We started our baby on cereal and thickened milk because the doctor wants to see if that will stop him from spitting up after his meals and between meals. Micah was spitting up 4 or 5 times after/between each feeding. Since we started the cereal and thickened milk, he's only spit up twice, and that was 3 days ago. The next step would be reflux meds, so I'm okay with the cereal!

Monica - posted on 07/25/2009

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I just started cereal with my son 3 days ago, he is 3 months and a week.

The doctor recomended I started with one tablespoon once a day very runny.

Apparently he is not feeling satisfied with the milk only and he is gaining too much weight to fast from the milk (20lbs!!).

Ask your Doctor, what he/she thinks is the best. Every baby is soooo different!

Good luck!

Stephanie - posted on 07/24/2009

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Our doctor just told us to start our son on rice cereal and he is 3 months and 3 days old. Only 2 tsp/day, really runny. We started that just yesterday... he's tolerating it well so far.

NaTausha - posted on 07/24/2009

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I had to start my daughter on cereal at 3 1/2 weeks but was advised by her pediatrician because she has Acid Reflux and Laryngomalacia....but i would ask the dr just to make sure they think its ok

Jade - posted on 07/24/2009

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i never understand how they say dont do this dont do that when you know your baby better than anyone and all babies are different ... the health visitors are not there when your baby has had a full bottle and screaming for more and you not giving them any rice or cereals because you "not supposed to" till there 6 months old my boy is just 3 months old but is the weight and size of a 5 month old am i supposed to wait until hes 6 months and the weight of a 8 month old still on just milk when hes demanding more ... no

ive been giving my boy baby rice and fruity cereals/porridge since his first lot of jabs at 9 weeks and he loves them, the nurse that gave him his jabs said its absoultely fine to give him them she did to her babys at 2 months old the health visitors just tell you all these things just to cover their back they can only advise you what to do not tell you what to do ... if your baby is wanting it then give it them i did and my boy is happy, healthy and loving his apple porridge

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The advice is not to start on solids until 6 months. My eldest was on baby rice at 5 months and I'll do my best not to start this one until at least then. I think it's best to wait as long as you can to give their systems longer to mature but some babies will need it sooner than others.

Melanie - posted on 07/24/2009

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I started my little girl on rice cereal at 9wks your not really meant to untill 4 to 6mths but She suffers badly from wind and having food in her belly helps so much. You need to do what suites your bub. Now at 14wks she has all the 4-6mth vegie and fruit purees and three days ago I started her on baby yoghurt and she loves it!!!

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My pediatrician asked me not to start him on any solids, even cereal, until after his 4 month appointment. He said actually the longer you wait to start them (up to 6 mos), the better. Too many parents rush solid food in hopes for a full night of sleep...

Tonya - posted on 07/22/2009

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My pediatrician had us start our little girl on rice cereal at 2 months and then we started adding starter foods like applesauce to the cereal at 3 months. I would ask the pediatrician, every baby has different needs.

Mandie - posted on 07/22/2009

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Our son is almost 3 months and we just started him on cereal. We decided to wait until 4 months for solids. That's what our pediatrician said.

Danielle - posted on 07/21/2009

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I just started my daughter on rice cereal at 3 1/2 months. My son was 3 months when I started him on cereal.

Amy - posted on 07/20/2009

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My pediatrician told us to wait until he was 4 months before we give him any solids.

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