how early is too early to start your baby on some kind of solid

Stefanie - posted on 03/24/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )

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my daughter is 2 months old and seems to be constantly demanding to be fed. shes on formula and having anything between 125mls to 150mls every 3 and sometimes 2 hrs. its not too bad in the day but shes also wanting it during the night. ive tried her on a little bit of baby rice in her bottle at night which worked for a few days but now shes at it again. should i try her on a little bit of solids before she goes to bed?

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Laura - posted on 03/29/2009

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u can get a formal milk which is for hungryer babys. but always ask your midwife before.

Laura - posted on 03/29/2009

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Really the age to start weaning was 4 months, as a nursery nurse this is the age, we use to start. but when i had my baby a year ago the doctors, nursers midwife told me its now 6 months. As new reseach has been discovered.

But i started my baby girl at 4 half months old.

before 6 months is better, under 4 months is too young.

Sarah - posted on 03/29/2009

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125mls to 150mls every 2-3 hours  actually isnt even that much. My baby drank alot more than that at that age. BUT if she still seems hungry after feedings i would try her on a little babyfood. I started my baby on solids just as he was turning 3 months and he became a totally different baby. He started to be content and stopped being fussy. Only do this if she canhold her own head up though.  You just have to do a litle test...buy some pear babyfood(pear is most babys favorite when they 1st start out) and try giving it to her. The 1st time i tried giving it to my baby he opened his mouth wide for more and more because he was ready for it.But if your baby pushes it back out with her tongue she is not ready yet.  Theres only one way to find out if shes ready! Good luck!

Sarah - posted on 03/27/2009

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Typically, you want to wait to introduce solids, even cereal, till 4 months. Try giving her more formula and if you are still concerned, talk to your doctor to see what he recommends

Zoe - posted on 03/24/2009

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you really shouldn't feed solids until they are a least 17 weeks old, my little boy was very demanding and he won't take a bottle either which makes it hard work as dad can't help out at all with feeds but he's healthy and happy!

Dallas - posted on 03/24/2009

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I have Twin boys that are 4 months old. I started giving them rice cereal in their bottle at night time since they were about 3 months. For the last week we have been giving them some once a day by spoon as well. Yesterday we had an appointment with our Pediatrician and I asked him about feeding the solids. He said because they are not breast fed I can slowly start introducing (rice cereal, carrots, grean beans,Sweet Potato, Avocado, peas, Apples, bananas, pears, plums & peaches) but NO wheat or milk. He said to do it very slowly, 1-2 week intervals & small portions.



I suggest talking to your local public health nurse, family Doc or Ped. Every baby is different.

Maria - posted on 03/24/2009

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I agree with many others - 2 months is far too early for solids. It is probably a growth spurt, and it is really normal for babies to feed that often at that age. Their tummies are about the size of a 20p piece, or about a teaspoon, so that's why you need to feed them so often at that age. You also should think twice about putting cereals in the bottle as it might choke your baby.



You will get through this hard time - the mad feeding schedule does settle down, and in the UK at least 4 months (or 20 weeks) is the earliest possible recommended time to start weaning, and only then if you have been advised by your midwife/GP. My son (now 1) was insatiable at that age, and I fed him almost every hour some days.



Just hang on in there, this phase will pass!

Heather - posted on 03/24/2009

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I would give her more formula...my son is almost 2 1/2 months and he's eating 6 ounces every 2-3 hours...but only has one break in the night where he skips a feeding and sleeps for almost 7 hours.  She may be having a growth spirt...give her another ounce and see if it fills her up more.  I also heard that you don't want to give a baby of this age too much solids...because it's a chocking hazard...they still don't have the reflexes to swallow too many solids.

Shanna - posted on 03/24/2009

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Also, starting and cereals now can lead to allergies later on! My doctor told me around 5-6 months. You have to introduce it very gradually as well. At 5 months my daughter was only eating 2 teaspoons for breakfast, then at 6 months she had the rice/oatmeal cereal twice a day, then I introduced veggies - at 7 months she was on 3 meals a day then I started introducing fruit. She is now 8.5 months eating 3 meals (cereal, veggies, fruit, baby cookies) a day and 1 snack.



 



Good luck, and just remember that your baby will soon be sleeping more and will not be needing all that food throughout the night

Kassie - posted on 03/24/2009

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i started when the doctor recomended 6 months!! because the baby isn't ready for solids untill then... thats wat the doctors say so thats what i go by. i did try the cereal in the bottle around 4 or 5 months because my mom told me to but my doctor said he didn't recomend that.. my son is perfectly healthy though.

Shanna - posted on 03/24/2009

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I didnt start my daughter on solids until 4 months. I think 2 months is way to young - she probably wont even know how to eat yet.



 



this schedule is totally normal for a 2 month old baby. You have to remember all babies are different so some people have babies that will sleep through the night with no thing to eat while others have babies that need their food! My daughter was nursing every 2 hours until she was 6 - 7 months old. She just recently started with only one nighttime feed.



 



You may also want to make sure its not a sleep issue. Is she being woken up? Is she needing the bottle to fall back asleep? 2 months is still VERY young so it more than likely is that she is just hungry. Once she hits 6, 7 months you can try cuting out SOME nighttime feedings, but before then, they need their food. They're tummies are extrememly small right now, so they empty very fast

Lisa - posted on 03/24/2009

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I agree, 2 months is too early for solids for many reasons (tongue muscles, choking. etc )  It is normal for babies to feed that frequently at this age!  Your child may also be going through a growth spurt!  It is actually normal for babies at this age to feed every 2-3 hours.  Have you tried waiting a short period (ie 20 mins) and trying feeding again?  Sometimes they just need that break.  Hang in there!!  Good luck

Kristina - posted on 03/24/2009

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You can try feeding her rice cereal with a spoon a few times a day (just the small amount) and put a little in her bottle before bed like your already doing. I personally think its best to start with the cereal at first before you introduce solids (prob for about a month). But its completely up to you, everyone does different with there kids... Im just telling you what I did with mine he was the same way. Also you can up her amount you put in her bottle if necc. Good luck

Blake - posted on 03/24/2009

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2 months is too early for solids. I agree with Natalie bout increasing her milk intake. Both of my kiddos ate (are eating) a ton when infants and you just need to keep up with those growth spurts. Also at this age too much rice cereal can constipate them so I would save that for night time so they get those calories for a good nights sleep.

Good luck!

Natalie - posted on 03/24/2009

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dependin on wot formula she is on they do a hungry baby one for sma its bit heavyer!!

Natalie - posted on 03/24/2009

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try puttin her mls up i started reece on solid bout 4 months! have u tried baby bic's??? hungry baby girl bless her

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