Did anyone start feeding baby solids at 3 months?

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Tanya - posted on 06/15/2010

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I did see something the other day that if you can put it off until 6 months they have less of a chance for childhood obesity. It was in American Baby.
Here is another article:
"First, don’t begin solid foods until your baby is six months old. Before that, breast milk or formula provides all the nutrition your baby needs. Babies under four to six months old do not swallow and digest solid foods easily, and solid foods before this age have been associated with obesity and allergies."
http://www.the-health-pages.com/topics/e...

Cailie - posted on 06/15/2010

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my son had a lot of probelms pooping fo the doctors wanted me to start him out on rice with formula. it really helped. you don't want to start them too early because the tummy isn't ready for that stuff. ask your doctor

Christina - posted on 06/15/2010

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Mason started eating rice cereal in his bottle at 8 weeks. I started feeding him ricer cereal out of a bowl with a spoon when he turned 3 months, since then he's tried pears and he loves the pears. Oatmeal as well.

Ngakeiha - posted on 06/15/2010

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Its not a good idea at all, their digestive systems still very immature. Nowdays its not recommended to start solids until your baby is 6months, even so, my daughter wasn't in the slightest interested until she was well over 8 months.

Jessica - posted on 06/15/2010

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yes my sister and I both started to feed our babies the rice cereal and some baby food I would start with fruits

Katlyn - posted on 06/15/2010

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I actually started my son at 2 months...Doctors orders!!! And he did really well with it....well at least fruits..veggies not so much, but he is 4 months and is eating both veggies and fruits really well about to start 3rd foods with him within the next couple of weeks!

Jacky - posted on 06/15/2010

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I started my daughter at 4 months. She had stopped sleeping through the night so a little bit of rice cereal once a day was enough for to sleep through again. When she stopped I increased it to twice a day. I have a very healthy happy 1 year old that eats everything. I would advise talking to your doctor though just to make sure.

Charlena - posted on 06/15/2010

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yep , we started with applesauce and just started introducing different baby food every week

Brandy - posted on 06/15/2010

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nope its gonna cramp there stomachs just start rice cereal in ur babies bottle

Elysia - posted on 06/15/2010

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i started my son the week before he turned 4months. I did this because he was showing signs that he was ready to eat. he would watch us eat and open his mouth when he saw food. he was also bf and would feed for an hour and then i would only get like an hour and half break before he would feed again. I did check with my child nurse first though and she was rather reluctant as they arent leagally allowed to recommend solids before 6months but when i explained the whole situation to her she said ovbiously i knew my son and i should go with my instinct but to only give him plain baby rice cereal mixed with breast milk as his digestive track wouldnt b ready for anything else. I did wait about another 3weeks then i introducec pureed apple and pear and then we went from there. By 6months he would gum a vegemite sandwhich

Lacye - posted on 06/15/2010

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i know a person who started feeding her child mashed potatoes and cheese and a bunch of other stuff when her child was 3 months old and the child stayed sick all the time and had a stomach ache all the time. if your baby isn't getting full, give him/her some rice cereal. it's easy for them to digest.

Soleil - posted on 06/15/2010

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yes, my first son was over 20lbs at 3 months (his dad is big) and he was eating 8oz of formula every 3 hours, and his dr said he needed more. check with his dr first, every kid is ready for different things at different times.

Kristy - posted on 06/15/2010

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well i started giving him juice and cereal now but he will be 3 months th 18th

Shaniqua - posted on 06/15/2010

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yes some babies jus need that little extra something to put on their stomach sometimes breast milk or formula gets digested to quickly

Jennifer - posted on 06/15/2010

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I started giving my some a bite or 2 of rice cereal at about 3 1/2 months because bottles never quite filled him up.We were always told it was recommended but the doctors did not have to live with a screaming baby. It worked really well for us. You know what is right for child so just do what you think is right.

Taya - posted on 06/15/2010

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Yes, with my oldest son i started at 3 months. My doctor said there was nothing wrong with it as long as they dont start to gag on it. Feed very small amounts at a time. Now my son is 5 years old and healthy. So i dont see the problem

Amanda - posted on 06/15/2010

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Both my kids were on solids at 3 months. They were very hungry babies.
I had an extremly good milk supply, and was giving them top up bottles but they were still hungry. I started them very slowly on rice cereal then apple and pear puree.
Neither of them have allergies or digestive problems.

Katy - posted on 06/15/2010

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I gave Ryan (he 3 months old) baby food yesterday and to my surprise he ate it without a problem and loved it. The problem is that now he will not take a bottle no matter how hard I try! I know he needs liquids, but he will scream until I give him baby food. What do I do?! I just posted that question

Elaine - posted on 06/15/2010

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Yep, I did. He hated all his formula. I started him on solids around 3 months, and he is 10 months now and that is all he eats. Solid table foods and 2% Milk. He is as healthy as can be too. :]

Jacky - posted on 06/15/2010

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I started my daughter on rice cereal when she was months. Her doctor thought it was time, since she was never full from the formula alone. She did fine with it when I first tried the rice cereal. I strongly suggest that you talk to your doctor, before you decide to introduce any solids to your baby's diet.

Sarah - posted on 06/15/2010

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first off none of you on here or myself, are doctors. so do not tell this mother she CANNOT giver her baby solids. my daughter had really bad reflux and i started giving her rice cereal by spoon at 8 weeks PER ORDER OF HER DOCTOR. at 3 months she started on squash, 4 months green beans, and then every 2 weeks i added a new veggie, once she had started all the veggies then every week i added a new fruit. by 5 months she was eating every type of stage 2 foods. you will know if your babys belly can handle it, and if he likes it. sometimes you have to try a few times, but he will get the hang of it. ask you doctor what he/she thinks. if he needs it or is ready for it your doctor will not tell you no, and when it comes down to it, mom always knows best! Hope i was helpful! :)

Brandy - posted on 06/15/2010

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Nope, for all the same reasons the other women who waited listed above. My daughter also didn't have juice until she was a year old and neither will my son. My daughter is now 2 and still only has juice once or twice a week. Usually when a 3 month old is acting like they are needing more, they are simply having a growth spurt and need more breastmilk/formula than usual.

Antawnia - posted on 06/15/2010

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also, my daughter eats anything that we are eating that is "mashed" or can be "mashed", and she has been doing this since about 4 months also!! :) she loves to eat what we are having, and she gets mad if she doesn't get any...lol.

Antawnia - posted on 06/15/2010

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I started feeding my daughter cereal in the morning for breakfast at about 3 months. She did perfectly fine with it. The milk just wasn't enough to hold her over anymore at that point. Then at about 4 mos we started working baby foods into her daily eating routine, the doctro advised me to try one food at a time for 1-2 weeks before introducing a new food, just to make sure if she had any type of allergic reaction I would know what it was from. She is now almost 8 months, and she eats cereal for breakfast (made with applejuice instead of formula/milk bc she liked it better) and then a bottle of appljuice afterwards. Then she gets a milk bottle, then a food again, then a bottle, etc, etc. We have even started feeding her 4 foods a day (2 at night) because the milk just wasn't holding her appetite through the night anymore. And again, my daughter has done just fine with it, never got constipated or had tummy issues or anything, but every baby is different, and you will just have to see how your child reacts to it.

Pauline - posted on 06/15/2010

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Yes i started my daughter at 3 months, Some Porridge and now at almost 9 months , she is so independed , she only wants to feed herself. On the other hand my aunt followed the guildlines and her son hated lumpy foods, took her a long time to get him on normal foods.

Sarah - posted on 06/15/2010

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yes i have 4 girls my youngest is 4 months and i started them all around 3 months as they were so hungary and they are all fine none are obese my oldest is 18 and weighs 8 stone!! issey my youngest was getting so hungary and not fulfield with breast or bottle i started her on fresh fruit mashed she loves it and sleeps all night now from 7 to 7

Shantel - posted on 06/15/2010

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My daughter would drink 8ounce bottles in less than five minutes, belch and want more. With advice from my GP, the only person I really trusted, I starting introducing cereal to her a three months almost four. She still drinks her bottles and still looks for food at seven months almost eight, so I personally don't think there's anything wrong with it. Your baby will tell you when he/she is ready. Either by being unsatisfied with his/her milk feeds or yearningly looking at your food everytime you put the spoon to your mouth. Over here in Ireland, they tell you to start introducing solids at four months......Depends on the child I say.

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Just be careful to not deprive him of the milk he needs, the worry is that you can replace the high vitamin and calorie milk with a lower calorie and vitamin food. Doing this over time can cause a negative effect. Also be careful about the foods you give your child before they are old enough to truely have them on a regular basis. Allergins like eggs, cows milk, peanuts or things containing peanut oil ect, and even oats, can all cause your child to have allergies to those foods if fed to them too early on and too often. I suggest using caution and doing your research on the foods you are choosing to give your child. You are shaping his future, make it a good one by knowing what you are doing. It's more then just fill up the belly, you can cause yourself problems later down the road if you are not careful. Educate yourself and I would suspect you will do fine, but don't just blindly give solids, know exactly what you are giving and what's in it.

AmyLee - posted on 06/15/2010

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I started my little lad at 3 1/2 mths on baby rice.. he would have half of his bottle of milk then i would finish him off with the rice. Gradually getting him onto 3meals a day beofre starting to change to all different kinds of foods.. I didnt have a health visitor after Reece was 6wks old due to a house move & being told my notes would be past on, so I went with my own instincts & he was & still is fine. Hes a perfect healthy weight, has a huge appetite & isnt fussy when it comes to trying new foods either. Its your child & no-one knows them aswell as you do, if you think he/she is ready then give it a go. You can always put it on hold if it doesnt go to plan first time!! :) xxxx

Tammy - posted on 06/15/2010

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IM SORRY TO DISGREE WITH YOU WITH : its bad to start solid foods before they are 6 months... you live with a kid who is always hungry and drinking lots of milk, not sleeping through the night and is cranky .. my son is almost 5 months and he is on solid foods .He started on pablum when he was 21/2 months, and gradually went up to solids.. On his 4 month check up . he is more content and he is still drinking 5-6 bottles of milk a day .. My son now is content , happy baby ... You do what is best for your baby ... YOu will have people telling you what is correct and not correct, but its what your baby wants , and what is good for your baby... Im a new mom and i got told from doctors and health care nurses and friends all differnet information and none of them were the same information .. :)

Aimee - posted on 06/15/2010

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yes i have 5 children all my children started on solids at 3 months as i could not satify them i even tryed hungry baby that didnt work but the health worker will tell u not to. but dont forget its your child and u do what u thinks best good luck ps mine are all ok for doin it.

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Hi I began giving my son solids at 3 months (with the OK from my health visitor) as he was eating 8x9oz bottles of milk and was still hungry and needed more I tried baby rice but he did not like the consistancy so I gave him mashed banana, apple and pear for a couple of weeks then increased his food intake gradually. My son is a healthy weight and the health visitors are very happy with his development - I never forced the food he was ready for it and we have never had any problem with him feeding. You know your baby do what is right for them - if you feel they need more give it to them but if they do push their tongue out they are not ready (gag reflex).

Christine - posted on 06/15/2010

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In response to rebecca's reply as well when I was in the hospital having my first daughter there was a lady in there and she gave birth to a 12 lbs baby and she couldn't seem to fill him up and the nurses and pediatrician were feeding him rice cereal at a day old soo...

Christine - posted on 06/15/2010

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I just started my daughter who is 3 1/2 months old on rice cereal at night and that is because she was nursing for like 4 hours straight and then sleeping for 6 hours but it was hard to nurse for that long with 2 other children who need to get ready for bed. The pediatrician said she was ready for cereal because she didn't have her tounge thrust anymore and to give her a try and now she eats about 2 tbsps of cereal and nurses just like any other feeding time and then still sleeps for her 6 hours. just talk to your pediatrician and see what works best for you guys.Good luck!!

Joanna - posted on 06/15/2010

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nope. I didn't even try until my daughter was 4 months, but she wasn't ready (still had her tongue thrust reflex). She wasn't personally ready until she was a little over 5 months old.

Jonna - posted on 06/15/2010

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Tons of premature are given rice cereal in their bottles from birth to help with gerd and other digestive problems. I see no problem with introducing rice cereal at 3 months if you feel your baby needs more than they are getting with bottles or breastfeeding. Every baby is different and some babies do better with a bit of solid in their tummies. I wouldn't feed regular baby food until 4 months. I would talk with the baby's pediatrician about your reasons why you want to start her on solids and get his opinion on the matter.

Rebecca - posted on 06/15/2010

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No. No, no, no, no, and emphatically NO.

Baby's digestive system is in no way ready for solids - that's a simple question of human anatomy that any doctor could explain easily enough.

On top of that, breast milk/formula has all the nutrients baby needs. If you're giving him solids, he won't be as hungry for his milk - which has all of what he needs, nutritionally speaking.

Try giving him solids at 6 months - and by solids, I mean pureed baby food, of course. If he's still not ready, wait until 7 months, and so on.

But do NOT give your wee one solids this young. Period.

Jenee - posted on 06/15/2010

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Nope. Since it is not recommended to start solids till your baby is 6 months old. Even at 6 months our son was not ready. He really started to eat solids when he was around 7 months. No reason to force him to eat solids.

Jenna - posted on 06/15/2010

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My son was already trying small amounts of applesauce and mashed potatoes at around 3 months. Really didn't push it with much else. The applesauce really helped with his digestive system at that point. I just went by the cues he was giving, he was ready to start trying foods so we did a little at a time.

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