when can i start feeding my daughter babyfood?

Zuleyka - posted on 12/09/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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my daughter is 4months now and is spitting up a lot. When i eat she stares at me like if she wants what i'm eating. When can i start giving her babyfood? i started giving her cereal in her milk at night when she turned 3 months. any advise what can i do??

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Renae - posted on 12/09/2009

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Starting solids may help with the spitting up. Babies naturally show you when they are ready for food by becoming VERY interested in watching people eat and trying to grab the food. They usually don't show signs of readiness until over 6mo, but it is possible that your daughter is ready now.

Don't be in a hurry to give her dinner thinking it will help her sleep. Starting solids has nothing to do with sleeping better at night because babies get very little nutrition from solid food until 12mo. Giving solids prior to 12mo is about learning to eat and sensory developement, it mostly just goes in one end and out the other. If you look at the energy they get from baby food compared to what they get from formula or breast milk it is a very small amount.

The World Health Organisation currently says (and I stress "currently" as they change their minds every few years) to wait until 6mo. But 2 years ago they were saying 4mo and I heard recently they are changing back to 4mo because they have discovered their reasons for changing to 6mo were unwarranted. So if they can't make up their mind, what can you do but go by your baby and what you think she needs.

Start by giving her a little bit of food (about 1 tablespoon) in the middle of the day so that you can see if it causes her any discomfort. After a few days you can increase the amount of food if you think she wants more. Over the next couple of months you can gradually introduce a second and then a third meal.

Erica - posted on 12/09/2009

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Oh, I started feeding my daughter at 3 1/2 months. My son was 5-6 months. Girls tend to learn earlier though, so....

Erica - posted on 12/09/2009

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Personally, I think all kids are different. My son ate later, my daughter ate younger. She did teh same thing to my husband and I. She would stare at us and move her lips up and down simulating eating. I gave her some mash pots off my plate and she loved it. So I made some really watered down cereal, and wallah! Now I have a 7 month old with no teeth who eats waffles, eggs, crackers, pasta, all kinds of crazy things. So she will know when she is ready, just ease her into it slowly and slowly thicken food. Just remember, no honey, or nuts for a year and fish and meats and cheeses and yogurts after 6 months.

Leah - posted on 12/09/2009

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All babies are different. I would ask your pediatrician first. I introduced my son to cereal mixed with breastmilk (or formula if your formula feeding) at the end of 4 months because I couldn't keep him full long enough. Then at 5 months I introduced 1st foods by Gerber. I had to mix it with cereal and water because he didn't like it straight, it was a bit of a taste bud shock I'm guessing. But he is doing great and he loves his baby food, I'm still breastfeeding at naps and bedtime, but since he started eating baby food he has slept through the night, alleluah!

Camden - posted on 12/09/2009

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You probably should not start feeding her baby food until she at least has a couple teeth. Usually around 6-8 months. I was able to breast feed one of our children and the other one I could not...I noticed the one that was not breast fed spit alot more often than my breast fed baby. Cereal in the bottle is a good thing. Does she still like her bottle? Sounds a little early yet to be feeding her baby food. They say at least 6 mos.

Ashlye - posted on 12/09/2009

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My doctor told me between five and six months. i started feeding my daughter cereal once a day a little after five months. She will be 6 months on the 13th and i have introduced vegetables to her, she is doing very well with them!

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The advice I was given and that I read is to wait until 6 months. Baby digestive track isn't ready until then and you can increase the risk of allergies by starting them early.

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