Need info on jarred food

Kristin - posted on 03/01/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I was just wondering when it is appropriate to introduce jarred food to an infant. My son is 3.5 months and was wondering when to introduce cereal and jarred foods.

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Keara - posted on 03/02/2011

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I wouldn't give your baby jarred food at all.. the recommendation is that you don't start "solids" until 6 months, and even though they still say to start with single grain cereals, its not necessary, you can start with a single vegetable, like sweet potatoes are wonderful for babies, full of all kinds of vitamins and stuff, and most babies absolutely love them. Just make sure you follow the 4 day rule, give the same kind of food for at least 4 days before starting a new one so that you can isolate any allergens, and don't mix anything (peas and carrots) until they've had each food for the 4 days and had no reactions. We got a Baby Bullet, but any kind of food processor will work, and started our son on fresh stuff right from the start. I've actually just started a group that i called Baby Bullet Magicians, looking for extra recipes and ideas, you should join and we can swap some ideas.

Edit** Even though the recommendation is 6 months you can start them as early as 4 months as long as they are showing all the signs that they are ready, like sitting in a highchair unsupported, reaching for your spoon, watching you eat and mimicking your movements, unsatisfied after 8 to 12 breast/bottle feeds per day.

Amy - posted on 03/01/2011

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My doctor said that I could start between 4 to 6 months, however he stated that I shouldn't give more than one ounce once a day since baby food before one is just for fun! Also you don't have to start with cereal if you don't want to, I never gave it to my daughter.

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