my baby is nearly 4mths should i start on soilds H.V sed wait til 6mths but packets say 4 HELP!!

Kelly - posted on 08/31/2009 ( 22 moms have responded )

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my baby is nearly 4 months the health vistor sed not to give her any thing soild till shes 6 months but all the packets say from 4 moths wot to do!!! i no to start them slow one meal a day snd so one but wen is the best time 4 or 6 months!!!

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Robbyn - posted on 09/03/2009

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I wouldn't give a baby anything but milk until at least 6 months. The Kellymom article posted upthread is a great resource. When you DO start solids, please remember that food should only be for fun until your baby is at least a year old. Only offer solids *after* baby has had the breast/bottle.
You should also know that rice cereal doesn't need to be the first food. You don't need to give it at all, even.
And the tongue-thrust reflex is there for a reason. If your baby pushes food from his/her mouth, they're not ready for food.
Contrary to what many pediatricians recommend, readiness signs for solids include:
-sitting unassisted
-developed pincher grasp
-no tongue-thrust
And finally, just because your baby grabs at *your* food does not mean he's showing interest. He's a baby. That's what they do. All babies explore their world with their mouths.

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Tanya - posted on 10/22/2012

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Wait till 6 months. There are NO issues with introducing food later, but there can be a multitude of issues introducing foods too early.

Amanda - posted on 10/17/2012

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You don't have to wait. just inter grade it slowly :) ... my daughter is 9 months started her on solides at 3 months and started her on fruit at 6 veg's at 7 and now at 8 i started spices, once shes a year im trying spicy .. dont think she will like it but we'll see.

Tanya - posted on 09/04/2009

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You child is ready for cereal when they can hold their head up and support thier head and neck. This is important so they don't choke. I started my daughter at 4 months old. Just a little bit at a time and feeding them cereal in a bottle is not recomended because of choking hazards. Just start a little bit at a time :) good luck.

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Here in Alberta they used to reccomend 4 months to start solids. After research though they bumped it up to 6 months because they found the extra time on formula/breastmilk helped them developmentally. However it's different for every child. My Son started solids at 5 months because the formula really backed him up! At 4 months if your child doesn't seem full after the bottle offer a snack of starters cereals. If in doubt you can always ask your childs physician.

Tiffany - posted on 09/03/2009

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I was told not to start solid foods until my baby could sit up. My pediatrician told me that the muscles the baby needs to be able to kind of "chew" the food develop at the same time that babies learn to sit up. He said a good way to tell is if you put the food in your babies mouth and they aren't doing the "chewing" motion then they probably aren't ready for it yet.

So I started my 2 older kids at about 5 months the third baby is only 2 months old but I have used that test for the other two and it worked out great. Definitely start with the cereal! Good luck!

Ashley - posted on 09/03/2009

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It all depends on your baby. I had to start giving my son some cereal before he went to sleep starting before 4 months because breastmilk alone wasn't doing it for him anymore. Then after his 4 month checkup our pediatrician gave the go ahead on giving him solids 2 meals a day. Take the cue from your baby!

Randi - posted on 09/03/2009

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My doc told us to wait until 6 months, because babies need fat from the breast milk or formula for their brain development!! So giving them solids at this point is of no value to them!! He also told us that many babies begin to like the solid foods better then milk and start to refuse the milk that they need! He did tell us to start with cereal and see how that works. Brady will eat a little bit and turn away when he if full, so while he is "ready" according to the packages, I would rather wait and make sure he has good brain development! But I agree with the Mom's on here, its a personal choice and you know your baby!!

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Yeah. What Robbyn said. With the exception of some medical conditions, there's no reason to give babies solids that early. They don't need it. In some cases, it can be harmful. If your baby is doing fine with milk/formula, I don't know why you'd want introduce solids so early. Waiting until 6 months is best.

Amanda - posted on 09/03/2009

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Also for the baby food you would need to first start on the first stages it would be the one that has stage 1

Amanda - posted on 09/03/2009

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My pediatrician said to start her on baby cereal when she was 4 and half months. Give that to her only for a week. Then add a vegetable every 3 to 4 days. so the baby gets use to it and u can see if the baby is allergic. I did not start fruit till later on.

Tawni - posted on 08/31/2009

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The signs to look for that show your baby is ready for rice cereal are they can sit up well with support, they are atleast 4 months old, they have doubled their birth weight and are atleast 13 pounds, and open their mouth for a spoon. My son turned 4 months on the 28th and I'm starting him on rice cereal as soon as I get a high chair!

Laura - posted on 08/31/2009

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if you are breastfeeding wait till your baby is six months but if not you are best to ask your pedi it depends on your childs development best of luck and congrads!!

September - posted on 08/31/2009

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I think that as a Mom you have to make that choice yourself. In my opinion I don't think that you should feed a baby solids until they are 6 months unless recommended by your doctor. There are good reasons to not start your baby on solids too soon. There are great websites that can tell you all about it. I waiting until 6 months to start my son on solids and I think it was a great choice for my family. In the end it's all up to you Mommy :) Here is a website that you can check out if you want....



http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/solids...

Reesa - posted on 08/31/2009

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My pediatrician recommended waiting until 6 months. Studies show that babies who begin solids before 6 months have a higher chance of obesity. When my little one was 6 months I began with rice cereal.

Shannon - posted on 08/31/2009

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It just depends on your baby needs. Is she showing interest in the food you eat? Is she not satisfied after feeding? I started feeding my daughter cereal in her night time milk bottle when she was about 2 months old. At four months I started feeding her baby food and my pediatrician recommended me to wait, but my daughter was very interested in all the food I was eating so I went ahead and still gave her the solid baby foods. Remember to only introduce a single type of food at a time, i.e., green beans, carrots, squash just in case your baby has an allergic reaction you will know which one it was from. Also don't start giving her fruits just yet because she will stop wanting to eat the veggies since fruits taste soo much better! =) My daughter was eating foods I was eating (mashed of course) when she was 6 months old. She is now 3 and in the 98th percentile for height and weight! Her pediatrician has told me to just keep doing what I am doing because she is growing wonderfully! Just remember to always consult with your pediatrician if you have any uncertainties, but listen to that Mommy gut you have. Over everyone else, you really do know best.

Shreyna - posted on 08/31/2009

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Our family doctor said that babies can handle baby food at about 3 mo. and that the reason they recomend 6 mo. is because they mainly push the food out of their mouths befor then. Since that was the case, I started my baby on solids at 3 mo. I only gave it to him once a day a couple times a week. I slowly gave him more, because I wanted to maily breast feed. I didn't give him cereal until recently because I didn't realize how much it really does help. My son was wanting to eat all the time so I was breast feeding him about every hour from 4mo - 5 mo. I then realized that I wasn't producing enough milk even with bfing every hour. So now he eats solids as a meal and bf as a snack. If you want to start solids now, I kept the spoon in his mouth when we first started him on it until he had swallowed most of the food, then I would get another small spoon full and held it in his mouth again. Doing that really helped him to actually eat the food instead of pushing it out with his mouth. I think he learned how to eat solids faster because I did that.

Rachael - posted on 08/31/2009

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When a bottle of formula was no longer enough for my daughter I started adding cereal to it, that was around 5 months for me. Then at about 7 months I introduced veggies and fruit purees. My daughter has had eating problems since she was born though, so I would check with your family physician to find out more.

Michelle - posted on 08/31/2009

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Can your little one hold her head up well by herself? My doctor advised me to start cereal only at 4 months. I didn't start any other form of solids until she was 6 months.

Veronica - posted on 08/31/2009

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I started my son on cereal first, mixed real thin at 4 months to see how he was going to handle the swollowing. Day by day I made it thicker as he could handle it and once he handled that at a baby food consistancy, which was at about 4 1/2 months, without gagging. I started him on the veggies. The important thing is to start with one at a time to check for reactions.

Jen - posted on 08/31/2009

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If you see that your baby is ready for an increase in the amount of food they take in a day, then start solids. The suggested age is 6 months, but I started at 4 months. My daughter was hungry ans my milk and formula just weren't cutting it. We only did one solid foods meal a day and incresed to 2 at 6 months and 3 at 9 months. She was off baby food at 11 and a half months.

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