my 4 month old looks at my food like he wonts to eat it

Stacey - posted on 11/08/2009 ( 25 moms have responded )

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my son look's at food when we eat and he look's like he is waiting for us to give it to him, is it ok to try him on baby food and will it be ok on his tummy?

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Marisacherried - posted on 12/29/2013

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Yeah the sixth month rule is a starting place if your child is obviously hungry ,reaching for food, mimicking eating, making reaches for your plate a few taste of foods arent going to damage your kid. people used to be a lot more nonchalant about giving their babies table food pretty early, parents are especially cavalier in the food approach in countries outside the united states and there were/are FAR less allergies. Your son probably wont take more than a spoonful or too of soft bland table food anyways I say go for it if you think he can tolerate it.

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When my oldest two were born it was recommended to start solids at four months they are now 11 and 9 are very healthy they dont suffer from any allergies and they arent obese. Based on this when my three year old was four months old he was given solids too and so will baby no 4 who is due in august. I was fed solids at 4 months as were all my siblings who range in age from 18 to 40 I think the allergy argument only applies to people who already have histories of allergies and stomach problems.

Lois - posted on 11/11/2009

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my son use to do that too, but when we put a spoon to his mouth he wouldn't take i was really determined to stick to my guns and only breastfeed untill he was six months. but when he turned 5 months on night during dinner we looked over and he was moving his mouth in a chewing motion my partner put a little bit of mashed potatoe on a teaspoon and put it to our son's mouth, he took it,spat it out, took it again and then wanted some more, i opened up a tin of baby food and he ate the whole thing. an hour later he had a boob and then he was out like a light. i couldn't believe it, hes still breastfed regularly the solids are more of a top up for him but hes way more easier to settle at night very content and we are both getting more rest now. it is entirely up to you whether to start your baby on solids or not their kidnyes and digestive system are mature enough for solids at 4 months old but in saying that your baby will let you know when he's ready and wanting a bit more extra hope this helps you

Lydia - posted on 11/10/2009

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This is the kind of topic that will illicit opinions and stories on both ends of the spectrum. While it is not recommended (by SOME pediatricians) to start solids before 6 months, it is not necessarily damaging. Some kids are going to reject food, some wont, I don't think starting them early has anything to do with it. My daughter is high-need and started reaching for food and smacking her lips at 4 1/2 months. After a few episodes of her showing her displeasure at being denied food I decided to make her a small amount of oatmeal cereal (I only use oatmeal, whole wheat and barley) and she took right to it. Now she's a thriving 10 months old eating every fruit & vegetable imaginable (she wont eat meat) and even feeding herself with a spoon. Don't let people scare you with horror stories, those children are often the exception. Follow your child's lead as they're pretty good at determining their readiness for things, and don't forget to trust your instincts. If you want to wait a little while longer, then do so, it certainly wont be harmful.

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Kari - posted on 01/19/2010

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Personally I don't think the allergy issue is with those who already have histories of allergies and stomach problems. I have seen a lot of babies that started food before 6 months that have ended up with skin problems, allergies of all sorts and other issues that I know don't just appear. Again, it's what you feel is best for your baby.

Kari - posted on 11/11/2009

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I didn't really read the other responses, but it's best you wait until 6 months. No only is the baby not ready for solids, but they have what is called an "open gut" and any food other than breast milk before 6 months can cause allergies and issues in the future. trust your mommy gut and do what you feel you need to do.

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Apparently, a government study shows that those babys weaned / fed before 6 months go on to develop allergies. I'm breastfeeding and intend to reach that 6 months mile stone as i dont want my son so suffer as i have (asthma sufferer). Not sure how much is true. My son also swipes at my plate and his mouth moves like mine when i eat. I have started to give him cooled boiled water in a beaker so when the time comes to wean he knows what to do with it. I also give him spoons to play with. 4 weeks to go and counting.

Tara - posted on 11/11/2009

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Every child is different, and you won't know until you try. Start out small and slow. Wait a day or two between new foods so you know what any possible reaction may be to.

2 of my kids were eating cereal under a month old. They still breast-fed. They also were eating regular todler type foods by 6 & 8 months. They still breast-fed. Both were and are VERY healthy. There were foods that we tried & took out of the equation due to tummy ache or gas, etc. But for the most part they really suprised me with what their bodies were asking for and accepting!

I don't know about you, but when I was little there wasn't much ado about baby food. Moms just stuck it in the blender if they thought you might choke! We all ate the same thing for dinner & we all turned out just fine!

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Brittany - posted on 11/10/2009

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My sons doctor started him on baby food at 4 months old. and he has done great. She said that breast baby's can start at 4 months and it wouldn't hurt anything, and that it actually benefits them. but we are only allowed to do fruits and vegetables and you have to follow a scheduale with both at first in case of allergies.

Angie - posted on 11/10/2009

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All babies are different. You can tell when your little is ready to eat. Dont' listernso what other people say. i had bigger babies and alot of people told me to feed them pablem at 2 months. I waited until i felt she was ready. You'll know. There are lots of signs. Just looking at you when you eat is not a sign but opening his mouth and mocking you whenyou eat is one. Judge for yourself. Just make sure you start him on one grain cereals, and not straight on food.

Pamela - posted on 11/09/2009

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My daughter is now 9 months, and she started doing this when she was about 5 months old. Our pediatrician told me that if she is curious, then it is safe to let her have tastes of food. He also said that it is also safe to give your child nothing except breast milk until they are a year old, babies do not need solid food. It is completely your choice. My child enjoys being included in eating solid food. We never tried jarred baby food. RIce cereal led to constipation. Too much pureed fruit gave her the runs. We found that mashed foods were better than pureed foods in a digestive sense. Non-colorful foods are good first foods-potatoes, bananas, pears. And you wouldn't think it, but banana stains clothes in a bad way! My daughter is now 9 months and she still can't digest carrots or peas, they come out in the same form that they went in. Just watch how he is handling food. Don't think he needs food so that he won't be hungry. We see food as something to experience, not as sustenance. Breast milk is still what keeps my girl growing!

Sebrina - posted on 11/09/2009

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Yea its fine.. I started my son eatting cerael at 2 months old. He's almost 8 months old now and we give his some food when we eat. He loves it. Whos to say what we can feed our children. Their ours!

Stacey - posted on 11/09/2009

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thanks for all your help everyone . i found out that he was not getting what he need form me so to help him out ones a day we give him a mix of cereal and baby food , he loved it and he is still breastfeeding just fine. he is teething as well and that is making his gum's sore and he is not wonting to breastfeed when his gum's are sore the sofe food made him feel better and he was so happy to eat it and he is now a very happy baby now that he is eating and breastfeeding, so one agan thanks for all you help everyone!!.

Shannon - posted on 11/09/2009

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We did with both of our kids... and it went fine. I didn't start them on grain cereals though because they are too filling and will cause them to have constipation ect...
I gave my son mashed up carrots, squash, potates etc off my own plate starting at about 4.5 months of age. Now at 14 months, he eats like a piggy and will eat just about anything you put in front of him! He only got cereal because it helped to thicken the baby food as he got a bit older, and we only used oatmeal and barley.

Pamela - posted on 11/09/2009

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As with Sarah and yourself, my four children also started watching at around four months of age. Wait as long as you can as their tummies can be very sensitive. When you are a banana or something bland, just give him a little taste, at that age it is more about the interaction and the experience. Try not to give fruit or custard as they do tend to prefer the sugary foods once they get a taste! It is best to wait as long as you can and enjoy breastfeeding, but some children might need more.

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All my kids screamed blue murder every time i sat down to dinner from the age of three months health visiter said not to feed them until their four months but i could see how hungry they were so i started giving them small amounts of pureed fruit never hurt any of them and they really enjoyed it

Sarah - posted on 11/08/2009

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That was about the time my daughter started eying my food, too, as I recall. I ignored it, for the most part, until at 5 mos she grabbed my hand and pulled it toward her own mouth in an attempt to eat my pretzel. I figured if she was that curious I ought to let her try something, but not my salty hard pretzel! She had her first solids at five months, but it was just a bit of something mashed (avocado or banana - don't remember which) with a whole lot of expressed breast milk mixed in. She didn't really start eating more than a mouthful or two until she was 7 or 8 months, though.



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Tammy - posted on 11/08/2009

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I started my four month old on solids due to poor weight gain. My child health nurse recommended this. He loves his food and gets really excited when its time for dinner. Just start on pureed single veges to start (he may reject veges if you start with fruit first) Just bf him first and then give him food. I haven't tried the cereal yet but the pureed veges are going really well.

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I don't think just looking at food is a good indicator of him being ready for solids. I know my son was staring at and grabbing at things on our plates at that age. But he was also grabbing at the tv remote, the phone, computers, books, etc - basically, he was interested in things because we had them. Your baby is interested in you and what you are doing, not eating something. I'd suggest waiting until he's 6 months, since you don't really want to replace breastmilk in his diet just yet. My son did fine waiting until 6 months to get solids, and at 14 months eats a great variety of foods and is still nursing, too.

Jackie - posted on 11/08/2009

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My daughter's pediatrician had her start on solids at 4 months. It was perfect timing. She is very active and needed the new form of calories. She is now 7 months old and doing well. It never bothered her stomach although all kids are different.

April - posted on 11/08/2009

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i started my son on rice cereal (just a teaspoon a day at first, then as he got a bit older a tablespoon) at 4.5 months old and I REGRET that decison. He won't go NEAR any solid food and he is almost 11 months old. I wish I could turn back time and EBF him until 6 whole months. He won't take table scraps or jar food and I believe it is because I started too early.

Minnie - posted on 11/08/2009

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La Leche League recommends nothing but breastmilk for the first 6 months. Babies look at everything. It doesn't mean he's ready for solids.

When he's able to pick up solids and feed himself you can bet he'll be more than ready.

Stacey - posted on 11/08/2009

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thanks for you help I feel better now , i was told that i should start him off on some food and that made me start thinking that he is not eating but he is ,but being a first time mom it only take one person to say some thing an i start to worry that i am not doing the right thing's for him .this helps me and mack's me feel so much better. Thank you for your help!!

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Hi Stacey,

My almost 4 month old does the same thing. Anything (food or drink) that goes near my boyfriend or my own mouths gets the longest stares and he has even tried swiping his hand at our plate and then stuffing it in his mouth (so far he hasn't been successful). I know the recommendation is to exclusively breastfeed for 6 months, not to introduce other foods before this, but I have also heard others say that you can introduce foods after 4 months. Personally, my aim is to exclusively BF for the 6 months, so my son is just going to wait. I still think that his digestive system is a little bit too immature to cope with solids. My little brother developed serious allergies to the first foods that he was introduced to (rice and wheat cereals) those allergies lead to him experiencing repetitive febrile convulsions, so I am going cautiously due to this family history. I produce plenty of breastmilk and I know my son is not going hungry as he is still putting on weight and appears sated after every feed. All I can say is that if he is this interested now, then he should have no problems when I finally do introduce other foods. I am just choosing to wait until he gets teeth or it appears as if he needs some other form of nutrition other than what my milk provides. But every baby is different and every Mother has different approaches, so I am interested in what other peoples perspectives are on this.

Regan - posted on 11/08/2009

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No. Dont' give him any. He isn't ready for it. I doubt his stomache is up for processing anything besides milk at this point. And when he is ready for it you have to start him off slowly. Doctors usually recommend a grain cereal of some sort; what our parents called pablum. Other good foods to start with are purees of carrots and yams.

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