hi how early is too early to start feeding baby solid foods :)

Janise - posted on 02/16/2010 ( 25 moms have responded )

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should i be starting baby on pablum and if so when during the day, moring or night :)

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Jeanette - posted on 02/27/2010

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I started both of my kids on solids at 4 months. I think obesity in kids depends on what you feed them as they grow. If you feed them chips and cookies all the time, yes they will get fat. But if you feed them healthy foods and have them playing outside all the time, they won't get fat. It doesn't matter how early you feed them solids, it depends on the parenting. Babies can handle solids as early as 4 months.

Amanda - posted on 02/27/2010

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My son started cereal at 2 1/2 months. He had no problems. We started with only a tablespoon. He now is almost 8 months and eating baby food fruits, veggies, and some table food (adult food)..soft mushed carrots, pancakes, etc. He is not overweight, never had constipation problems and has no allergies as of yet. Each child is different but my son actually became less gassy after starting him on solids. He also has slept the night since six and 1/2 weeks. I say give it a try!

Anita - posted on 02/27/2010

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Most ped and profesh don't recommend until 6 months now. And usually breakfast only at first. Your pediatrician or local WIC program should be able to give you the best advice.

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4 months would be the ABSOLUTE earliest I would start any solids, but, I didn't start my daughter on solids until 6 months.......when you're first starting them you should always feed them ONLY A TASTE after they've filled up on formula or breastmilk first! Formula or breastmilk should be ur babies main source of nutrition until they're between 9-12 months!

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You can start feeding babies baby food or pablum when they are at the "supported sitter" stage. Meaning they can sit up if you support them (ie 4 to 6 months) Once you do start giving them baby food, start slow. Give them single grain formula (rice cereal is easiest for them to digest) and make it very thin so they can get the motions of pushing it to the back of their mouth with their tongues. However, my daughter didn't like the rice cereal or the single grain oatmeal, so i had to go with the multi-grain cereal to get her to eat it, and she did fine even at 4 1/2 months. If yours is anything like my daughter, he/ or she will like the food but get mad because her tongue gets in the way and she can't get as much food in as she would like. But don't worry it won't take long at all for them to get used to it. Also if you introduce foods like fruit or vegetables, only one new food a week, that way if they have any allergies, you can pin point which food causes the allergies. If the baby doesn't seem to like the food, try mixing it with the cereal to get them used to it. My daughter still doesn't like fruit to this day and I have to mix it with her cereal to get her to eat it. Hope it helps.

Jessica - posted on 02/27/2010

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Our pediatrician said not to start on solids until around 4 months old. With both of our kids (an 18 month old and 4 month old) we started them both on baby food at 4 months old because they had already been getting rice cereal in their bottles since about 2 months of age. Both took to the baby food really well. Within a couple days of starting the food, they realized how to eat it and even ate more than just a couple spoonfuls.

LaKeesha - posted on 02/19/2010

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I started to feeding my baby jar food stages one/ two at about four months..as long as she was able to hold some in her mouth to swallow I felt she was ready..and she did great. She is now 19 months and eats everything. This is my seventh child and I did them all about the same..I don't think formula and milk hold them over like it use to do for us...These babys are more advanced than we were as children and require a whole different set of rules. You will know when you child is ready.

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my sons ped told me to feed him baby food(veggies) at 8 weeks an 2 days old but it was because he was so big an formula was just not cutting it every doctor will tell you a different age just like every mom will, really you no your baby best an if you think she/he can handel it then try a baby spoon full an if it doesnt work or if your baby spits it up or whatever then stop an try again in a month or so i was always told you start rice cereal first then go to veggies but you have to do the same one for three day to make sure your baby doesnt have a reaction to it good luck

Corinne - posted on 02/18/2010

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My daughter was a breast feeder only and she was hungry. I started rice cereal at one and a half months. Very little and very watered down. Starting with a couple of times a week and slowly increased to daily and amounts. By 4 months the dr. suggested up to 8 tablespoons daily. She has never had any health problems. I only spoon fed her and never put it in a bottle. I would give her a small spoon full and put her on the breast to help her swallow. It was a bit messy but she was much happier. And it helped with her gas and poop. She has always been a good eater and by the time she started other baby foods was a pro at spoon feeding. But you must do what is comfortable with you. Just wanted to let you know I did it. My daughter is now 18 months old and in perfect health. Very active and starting her terrible toddlers but HEALTHY!

Nadine - posted on 02/18/2010

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All doctors recommend that you don't give the baby anything but milk until 6 months of age. They get full nutrition from formula or breast feeding. It is not only for nutrition but also the digestion system is not mature enough before 6 months to digest solids. Don't just think of the problems it causes now, but also for the long run. People say well our parents fed us early and we are fine. As doctors have said that we are fine but how many of us have digestive problems. I recommend you get your pediatrition advice and not people, this is why they went to medical school.

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I have three children..two of which was on moved onto solid's between 3-4 months....The midwife/health visitor never seen this has a problem, if your child is not satisfied on just baby milk what more can you do???

Sarah - posted on 02/17/2010

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my 4month old started on baby rice at bout 3 months he is a very hungary baby and 7 oz wasn't enough and at every few hours wanting more was a nightmare, so he had a little baby rice, it's not recomended now till 6 months but at the end of the day you know your baby better than any health visitor or anyone, my boy has strawberry and banana baby porridge for breakie and a few oz of is milk he is happy and is on the blue line in the red book bang on weight for a 4 month old, i started my eldest son on baby foods at bout 4 months when he was a baby too, there is nothing wrong with little tasters learning different flavours you will get there hun im sure you will know hen your little one is ready, anyway good luck hun all the best xxx

Krystal - posted on 02/17/2010

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hi i started my son on solids at 3 months and by 6 months he was on 3 solid meals a day. he loves his food and is doing great on it. i didnt bother with the hungry milk because i knew it wouldnt of done anything, i gave him rusks at first because he wouldnt eat baby rice. then i went onto veggies and then fruit and now he has a wide variety of meat, veg, fruit ect. hes now 9 months and is loving every meal he has 3 botlles of 7oz formula and has 3oz of whole milk a day ( whole milk is at dinner time and i have been doing it for 6 days now and is doing really well). hes putting on weight steadily and is doing all the things he should and more. also my son was an early teether and got his first 2 teeth at 3 months old hes 9 months and has 8 teeth. i did ask my doctor to and she said it was ok, personally i trust my doctor more than any pedeatrician as my doctor has been a doctor for 30 years and knows what she is talking about, but ask who ever you fell comfortable with, whether it be a doctor, nurse or pedeatrician. also i was on solids and whole milk at only 11 weeks old because i had gone off all milk and the only way she could get milk in me was to put it in hawlix and sometimes in my food and im 19 and im healthy. your the mummy and your the only one who knows your baby and if you think your baby is ready then get all the info and advice and go from there. good luck and best wishes :)

Jeni - posted on 02/17/2010

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It is around 4 months, any earlier and you can risk allergies, We had to start at 3 months to give our son a medication to help his pancreas absorb fats, just a teaspoon of apple puree 3 times a day.

When you do decide to start the pedaetricians "recommended time" is early afternoon when you have time to sit with bubs and not have distractions.

I started giving proper solid feeds in the moning for breakfast, my son is now 7 months and eating breakfast lunch and dinner.

It is entirely up to, work in with your routine..Good luck

Lauren - posted on 02/17/2010

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Asking a dr isn't really that wise, since they are not trained in pediatric nutrition. It'd be like asking my pediatrician for breastfeeding advice.

Noelle - posted on 02/17/2010

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In Sweden, doctors recommend starting with a few spoons of rice cereal at 4 months. Its really just an introduction for them, and for you. We really enjoyed giving our daughter her tiny little portion of rice cereal each evening. At 6 months we slowly introduced more foods and bigger amounts. My daughter is a very healthy, slim 28 month old now.
I know you get a lot of nice stories and advice here, but on this, I would say to ask your pediatrician and go with your gut.

Gemma - posted on 02/17/2010

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hi ya my son was really early on solid as he was a very hungry baby from birth he was on 4ozs then he went up to 7ozs of hungry baby milk i was feeding him every hour and it wasnt fair my on 2yr old my doctor was fine with it was a bit shock but he loves his food and his milk so if your baby is very hungry like mine was i would say put him on solids Good luck.

Emz - posted on 02/17/2010

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i started my wee one on baby rice at 6 weeks!!!he was 9lb 3 and milk just wasnt enough.he was very bokey but the min i started food he stopped..was a bit constipated but just persist.was on adult food from 6 months..potatoes, mince...anything and everything!just give it a try

Jordan - posted on 02/17/2010

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my baby had nothing but breast milk until four months but now my child is 7 months and he eats anything that we eat including chicken and all

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I don't know why anyone would introduce cereal before 6 months. It's not really necessary at all, but before 6 months is just silly. The only good thing in baby cereal is iron. And a full term baby's iron stores only begin to deplete at around 6 months. And even then it's not really important to start feeding them iron right away. Especially since they should be eating so little in the way of solids to start off. Aside from the iron (which is hard to absorb anyways) baby cereal is just crap and it's notorious for causing constipation.

Lauren - posted on 02/16/2010

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I wait until at least 6 months, since the infant gut is not sealed before then. Introducing solids early is linked to asthma, food allergies, diabetes and obesity. Regarding rice cereal, I do not offer it since it's just a junky starch. I go straight for fresh or steamed fruits and vegetables. We practice baby-led weaning, so no purees either.

Renee - posted on 02/16/2010

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when they get their first tooth or six months for real food and four months for cereals but its true not before then they do have a higher risk of obesity or diabetes

Carey - posted on 02/16/2010

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My childrens doctor says not to start solid foods until 4 months & then to start with single grain cereal. He says that starting any earlier than that can increase their risk of obesity.

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