what age is the best stage to start giving solid food? and what food the best first food to give?

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Amy - posted on 01/31/2010

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I started my son at 4 months, but that was because he wasn't satisfied with formula, and his Dr. gave the ok. I started with rice cereal, then applesauce, and went from there with green vegi's, yellow and orange veggie's and fruites. Here is a web site that really helped me out. http://wholesomebabyfood.com. Hope this helps.

Kimberly - posted on 01/31/2010

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My Dr. told me to wait until 6 mo. because they can develop allergies if you start before then. My Dr. also said, if he's not acting like he's starving and is content with formula/breast milk then for sure wait until 6 mo. Start wtih rice cereal for breaksfast. Then start with green veggies first and then fruits. Give veggies first or they might not eat them if you start with fruits first. You can also mix in fruit with the rice cereal. Good luck! It's always a milestone.

Brandi - posted on 01/31/2010

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At about 4 mos. you can give your child a small amount of RICE cereal mixed with breastmilk or formula (use the dry powdered kind and mix it yourself, it has more nutrition and less fat when you mix it yourself). At about 6 mons. you can start giving veggies. Usually the orange ones are recommended to start with. I started both my kids with squash. Give squash (or whatever) for 3 days and watch for signs of allergy (rash in diaper area, or anywhere, is the most common sign of problem,but others could be runny stools (like water). If these occur, discontinue the food and try in a few months. (mostly the signs of allergy are really an indication that the child isn't ready for that food, yet). Introduce ONE new food at a time and give the food for AT LEAST 3 days before adding another one. Once you have given a food and it has proven to be "safe" for your child, you may continue that food WITH the new foods, not to introduce MORE Than ONE at a time. Good luck. and have fun. she'll spit most of it out at first, keep trying!!!

Margaret - posted on 01/31/2010

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Hi Melanie

I have 4 kids and i started all my kids around 6 mths. I started with veggies first, green ones first. I also gave them cheerios or those gerber puffs. They did really well with those as a snack. Now if you are asking about adult foods, i remember mashed potatoes was good and depending on how many teeth soft items that they could chew. Hope this helps, happy eating. :)

Charlene - posted on 01/31/2010

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Best time to start solids is when your baby is not satisfied with their bottle any more. I started solids at 4 months, my baby was waking in the night still restless after night his time feed it just didn't fill him the same. All babies are different but you'll notice the change. I started with sugar free farleys rusks made with boling water. give it to your baby about an hour before their bed time bottle it works brilliant. if not try baby rice but my wee one didn't like it, too thick.

Bethany - posted on 01/31/2010

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If your baby is breastfed, then you can wait up to roughly a year to start solids. If you want to. Both AAP and WHO recommend waiting until *at least* six months to start solids, if not longer.



We started solids around 10 1/2 months with our first. I would suggest pureeing some green beans or peas for starters. Or, if you wait until your baby is on the older end, soft veggies like small pieces of green beans work really well. Avoid veggies with higher sugar content like carrots for a little while, or your baby may not eat the greens. :)



Good luck!

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