is it ok to feed my 3month old baby food

Brandy - posted on 01/16/2009 ( 25 moms have responded )

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ive been wanting to feed my 3 month old baby food but i dont know if he is ready..how do you know?

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Jessica - posted on 01/17/2009

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My mother was a big believer in feeding infants baby food from the time they were two months old.  Pediatricians don't want you do use actual baby food until they turn 6 months, at least that is my ped's opinion.   But, I personally didn't listen to either.  My oldest, when he was 3 months old, had gotten up to 4  8-oz bottles a day. 



At his next checkup, about a month later, he'd gained a total of five pounds in one month.  My ped flipped out.  SHe told me to cut a bottle out, that he was not supposed to have over 32 ounces in a day, at least not over that anyway, but not to use baby food, just to cut out that bottle. 



Well, i've got to tell you.  I wasnt over feeding my child.  HE was hungry.  I tried to spread his bottles out, he would cry until i gave him one (about every 6 hours, which is normal for a 3 month old normally)  So, I decided that although pediatricians generally know what to tell you, and are usually right, in this case she was wrong.  I began feeding my son a small jar of food(he ate the entire thing too)  about an hour before his bottles were due.  When he got his bottles, i decreased them down to 6 ounces instead of 8, so that he fell under the "32 a day" mark.  And my pediatrician was none the wiser.  by the time she finally told me to start him on baby food  he was eating two jars for breakfast lunch and dinner, and three 8 ounce bottles a day.  I just took her advice on how to feed him, as if i were a first time mom who was just starting my child on baby food, and smiled to myself when i left the office. 



Now to the point....LOL.... 



If your baby is on bottles, they are supposed to be having 24-32 ounces a day.  If he is drinking those down, and still hungry.  Feed him baby food!  If the bottles are enough for him and he doesn't seem hungry in between feedings, then i'd say you you should wait a little longer. 



 



Each baby is different.  My other two children didn't start jar food until they were almost six months old, but that was because the bottles were enough for them.  THe key is to feed them enough that they don't stay hungry, but not so much that they are overeating.  If you think he's still hungry between his bottles, then his age shouldn't be a factor.  The choice is yours, and yours alone.  



Do remember though, that with any baby, when you start them on jar food, their natural reaction is to spit it out.  Just keep feeding him, he'll get the hang of it.  If he makes faces at it, or gags try a different one.  They have taste buds too, and they start to develope those early.  And start with veggies if you want him to be vegetable eater.  Once you start the sweet stuff, they won't want the peas or green beans ever again.



 



Hope this helps



 

Katie - posted on 01/17/2009

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I'm wondering if your baby is breastfed or bottle fed? I know if a baby is breast fed, they do not need food until at LEAST 6 months. Your milk fattens up on demand, and increases in supply the more you nurse. I've never bottle fed though, so I'm sure there are different "rules" when it's a formula fed baby :)

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My answer to feeding your child at 3 months old child is out the question as they cant digeste the food easily enough thats why you should only give the baby milk. If your baby is still hungry change her milk to sma white if your giving her sma and try giving extra ounz's



Never give a baby food at 3 months. this is why the food jar's they sell in shops are only aimed at 4-6 months and thats when you should start feeding them not before hand as this will make your baby ill.



when your baby is 4 months old then start them off with babyrice then you'll know for sure your baby will be ready for food and also try her on powder baby cereal thats you can get too.



Hope this helps

Karen - posted on 01/17/2009

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Hi Brandy, my health visitor told me to start my daughter on food when she was 3 months old (shes 7 now) because she was a very hungry baby, and she was fine. My son (hes now 19 months) was eating food at 3 months to, and it didnt do him any harm.



I would suggest if you want to put your baby on food, do it, i did, try the baby breakfasts first they are really good.

Fiona - posted on 01/16/2009

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some doctors say no beacause their organs are not fully developed until 6 months... but all babies are different and grow differently... i would start by trying the baby cereal... but if u could give it atleast another month....

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Laura - posted on 02/13/2013

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This is exactly what i do to know if they are ready for solid food or not,

download the video below to know how to do so that also

http://tinyurl.com/b932m5n

it contains 10 different ways for you to know if your few months old kids are ready for food or not. And it shows you the methods to that practically.

Thanks,
To your health.

Katy - posted on 02/12/2013

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My sons 3months and he always been a hungry baby. hes weighing 14lb 8oz and my health vistor told me not to try him on any jars untill 4 months but the milk isnt pleasing him and im not going to let him go hungry. So i tryed him on a jar of pear puree and he loved it i give him at half 1 and again at 6 and he sleeops much better at night. half of these health vistor dont even have children but this time im not going to take her advice. do whatever you feel best for your child.

Karen - posted on 01/17/2009

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Quoting Katie:

I'm wondering if your baby is breastfed or bottle fed? I know if a baby is breast fed, they do not need food until at LEAST 6 months. Your milk fattens up on demand, and increases in supply the more you nurse. I've never bottle fed though, so I'm sure there are different "rules" when it's a formula fed baby :)


 



Hi Katie, my son was breast fed and my milk still didn't fill him, he started on food when he was about 3 months and hes been fine.

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Babies don't make hydrochloric acid to even digest food until 6 months. The body wasn't designed to take in solid foods that early. So many people want their babies to sleep through the night, which they weren't designed for either and start solids way too early. You are setting your baby up for Leaky Gut Syndrome some day. Just wait! All 5 of mine didn't eat solids until almost 12 months and so later than that!! They are healthy and hardly EVER get sick!!

Jenene - posted on 01/17/2009

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If you think your baby is ready, try mixing a little bit of the stage one fruit in his/her bottle and see how that goes. At that age the baby will just push the food out but if the child is hungry...the child is hungry. That is how I introduced food to my baby. Once she hit a little over four months, I started to spoon feed her and not put it in with her milk and she is fine. I did the same with my son who is now a healthy three and a half year old:-)

Cristin - posted on 01/17/2009

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You should wait until he's 4 months old. A nurse from my hospital told me that. She said to start my son on like 2oz, I think, during his 4th month...no more than that. While your bottle/breastfeeding.

Rachel - posted on 01/17/2009

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also, If you want to feed your baby cause they are just still hungry just put a half a teaspoon to a full teaspoon of rice cerial in a 5 or 6 ounce bottle. Thats what I did with my son. He was a big, tall baby and he ate all the time. Then I acutally started feeding him rice cerial with a spoon at 4 months.

Kat - posted on 01/17/2009

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Yes! One of my sons started on rice cereal at 2 months, because he just couldn't get enough to eat. And all of mine were eating mainly table foods by 9 months or so. Just start slowly, and follow his lead. Kids are smarter than we give them credit for.

Janel - posted on 01/17/2009

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I started my baby on food when she was 4 months. My doc told me it was ok top start her when she had good head control and when you gently pulled her up by her arms if her head came up as well (instead of laying there, if that makes any sense).

Kimberly - posted on 01/17/2009

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I think really you just half to try them. I started mollie on baby food when she was exactlly three months. She did perfectly fine. I started first with applesauce and bananas with a little cereal mixed in.. Also I used a spoon.. Once you use a feeder they tend to get attatched to them fast..

Shelley - posted on 01/17/2009

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hi. i have 3 kids who all started on food at different times but dont give u baby food to soon as they stomach and kidneys can not handle it.When you start just give a tea spoon of baby rice to begin with.it is best to wait till u baby is a little bit older though,and remember that the fomula milk has everything he or she needs for now.if u baby is still hungrey after a good feed then u can try a tiny bit of baby rice otherwise if he or she is happy whats the rush!! 

Hayley - posted on 01/17/2009

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Most people will judge you for doing so but sometimes its necessary, my son has always been big (as in tall not fat) and i had to start giving him baby rice at 9 weeks and by 3 months he was having 1/2 jar a day and it really helped him. My only advice is to wean slowly and start out with baby rice and plain bland stuff at first and gradually increase when your baby lets you know he is ready as on the advice of my health visitor i put my son on stage 2 jars at 7 months which was before he was ready and he had some liver problems, theyre not serious and have cleared up now but too much too quickly can have adverse affects. Also dont listen to health professionals too much as they dont know your child and they dont have to put up with at you deal with on a daily basis. Good luck :D

Sarah - posted on 01/17/2009

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you know if your baby is ready as a bottle is not enough for them i had the same problem with my eldest who is now two, she was on about 14 bottles a day (9oz) so i started her on a little baby rice at 12 weeks and within two weeks she was on the ideal amount of milk. As long as you do it gradually your baby should be just fine

Melissa - posted on 01/16/2009

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Try a tin of mushed apples with a very little spoon, you will know as you feed if your little one is ready.

Toni - posted on 01/16/2009

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rwhen my first daughter was born she was 10 lbs and she was constantly hungry and my doctor actually told me at that time to put rice cereal in her bottle just enough to make a thicker consistancy. You may have to slit the nipple a little but not much, I actually took a toothpick and poked it in the hole and it made it big enough. The doctor told me to give her that until she was about 2 or 3 months old and then I could start her on just rice cereal but not the food.  She is now 6 so it didn't harm her any.  Just do what makes you confortable and if you see your son isn't swallowing it well or gagging, then you wait and try again at a later time. Good luck to you!!

Rachel - posted on 01/16/2009

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Yeah, I agree with Rebecca. I would wait atleast another month. Then see if  your baby still pushes the food out right away.

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You should probably wait until at least 4 months or later.  Babies have a tongue reflex that pushes food back out of their mouths until between 6-8 months or so, and they don't know how to swallow.  Many doctors do tell you it's okay to start at 4 months, but there's no real benefit if he's not ready.  Before the first year solids aren't about nutrition, so your baby doesn't need them.  It's best to wait until baby is developmentally ready for food.  I got this list from kellymom.com about signs of readiness:



Baby can sit up well without support.



Baby has lost the tongue-thrust reflex and does not automatically push solids out of his mouth with his tongue.



Baby is ready and willing to chew.



Baby is developing a “pincer” grasp, where he picks up food or other objects between thumb and forefinger. Using the fingers and scraping the food into the palm of the hand (palmar grasp) does not substitute for pincer grasp development.



Baby is eager to participate in mealtime and may try to grab food and put it in his mouth.



Anyway, good luck and enjoy your little bundle :) it goes fast!

Amy - posted on 01/16/2009

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my friend started feeding her little girl at this age coz she was such a hungry baby, her little girl is now coming on for 2 yrs old and is fine, only you know your baby and if you take it slowly im sure all will be fine.

Amy - posted on 01/16/2009

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although experts say you shouldnt start feeding till 6 months, i have a friend to started feeding her baby at this age coz she was just sooo hungry and she is now coming on for 2 years and she is fine.  if you think your baby is ready then its up to you, obviously your the mum and you know your baby more than anyone else.

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