When should I start feeding my baby his 1st foods?

Melody - posted on 12/25/2009 ( 19 moms have responded )

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He will be 4 months on the 1st. and I have read that between 4-6 months you should start feeding them i guess the rice cereal (more liquidy than anything) and then eventually 1st stage baby foods.



He is so ready to eat food, every time i eat he watches me and puts his hands in and out of his mouth like he wants to try it. But I've never been a mom before and I dont know when or if I should start him now, or how often I should feed him foods or water or juice or anything.



He is breastfed and has had no problems besides jaundice when he was born, and a mild head/chest cold for like a week.



please help me

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Sabrina - posted on 12/29/2009

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Go by what your pediatrician says.



For Sean, who is also bfed, we started at 4 months just doing 1 tablespoon a day. That was solely to teach him how to use a spoon. The primary amount of nutrition came from the bmilk, and he was able to get some practice.

Tameka - posted on 12/28/2009

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if you feel she is hungry or even just interested in the food your eating after 3 - 4 months i say go for no one knows your child better than you

User - posted on 12/28/2009

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I would wait until 6 months. Doing it before that may cause allergies. I personally don't think their little digestive systems are ready for real food until then. My daughter was breast fed exclusively until then. She was interested in food a little while before then but didn't need it so I waited.

Jaime - posted on 12/28/2009

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Both of my children started eating solid foods when they were 3 months old. I tried the different kids of cereals (rice first) for 3-4 days each (to check for allergies) then veges then fruits. If he doesn't like something, keep trying. He may change his mind. The bottle is still the most important. The food at this stage is mostly for trying different tastes. Just give him water. If you start with any flavor it will be hard to break him of it.

Debbie - posted on 12/27/2009

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i have three boys, my youngest being 7mths old. all of them started eating solids around 4mths. they were ready because they started to watch us eat and lick their lips like they wanted some. rice cereal is the best thing to start on, then gradually work up to veges and fruit. they dont need juice of any sort, just water if u want to give extra fluid. my youngest still has all his bottles(5 per day), he has rice cereal for breakfast, fruit for lunch and veges/meat for dinner. yes their bowel movements will look and smell different, but so does yours if u try something new...lol. when i started mine on solids, i did it at dinner time first. and they all slept alot better having extra food in their tums..
go with what u think,your his mum. if u think he is hungry then try him on solids. good luck.

Sarah - posted on 12/26/2009

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my daughter turned 4 months on the 13 and the 23 she had an apt..the doctor told me to start her on cereal and then fruits then vegetables...at the moment she eats banana oatmeal and loves it...i guess when they are a sitter with someones support and can hold there head good and rready for foods they start there cereal and then so on..then when the sit by thereselves u can do 2nd foods and then crawling is 3rd foods..this was info by my doctor...but my daughter loves her oatmeal cereal she eats it all and dont even push ne out ...idk every baby is different, every doctor is different, and every state is different too. so ask ur pedi. and he/she will let u know if ur baby is ready :) o and whne u do give food i guess ur suppose to let them try 1 food every 3 to 4 days just in case of allergies and such.

Jessica - posted on 12/26/2009

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I personally believe that if your child is still acting hungry after a fulll feeding of milk, and is showing interest in solids, then start them on solids, that is what my kids's doctor told me. He looked at me and said, " Feed the child, she's hungry!'

Beckie - posted on 12/26/2009

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The World Health Organization recommends that you start introducing your baby to Solid Foods, if they're breastfed, at six-months of age. My son is four months old, and also breastfed exclusively, and I started giving him a little bit of Rice Cereal and Applesauce recently. This was before I knew about the WHO's recommendation. He will mimic me and my Husband's chewing motions when he watches us eat our dinner, (we sit him in the Bumbo his Grandma gave him, facing us, while we eat) that is why I began introducing solids to him. I give him tiny spoonfuls, and let him experience having the different taste and texture in his mouth. He doesn't even eat enough to make it a meal, it's more like a "game" we play. I have also read that if you're a BF mom, you BF your baby first, feed them a solid, and then BF afterwards to help make a positive association. The only harm that could come to the baby is difficulty digesting and processing the foods you give him, but that is why Rice Cereal is recommended at first, it's one of the easiest grains to digest. Word of caution, my Son's bowel movements changed in frequency and odor when I began introducing him to solids. His little body is not yet ready to truly eat solids, but we have fun letting him explore the taste and texture in a fun, positive enviornment.

Diana - posted on 12/26/2009

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dont give juices.....i have been giving my kids crystal light since its basically allll water no sugars i gave my son the juicy juice and he has 12 cavities i have been giving my daughter crystal light since 6 months and no cavities and i do agree wait until 6 months until then u can use cereal just rice i think is appropriate...:)

Debi - posted on 12/26/2009

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I really think that it depends on the baby. My daughter started eating baby cereal at 4 1/2 months and really thrived on it. My twins didn't want to have anything to do with it until they were almost 7 months old! They just wouldn't eat any of it! He is definately showing signs of being ready for it. I would suggest trying the rice cereal. All babies are different. Some are ready for more than just breastmilk a lot sooner than others. My daughter has a really fast metabolism and breastmilk alone just wasn't cutting it for her anymore

Louise - posted on 12/26/2009

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i started my baby with solids at 4 months. Gave him cereal first for 3 days, then fruit then carrots. Always give him the same foods for 3 days before starting a new food, so that it will be easier to see if he is allergic to certain foods. Don't replace solids with milk at this stage though as milk is more important. Good luck !!

Emma - posted on 12/26/2009

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Hi my baby is just 5mths she's my 2nd and exc breastfed until yesturday when it was clear she wanted food she's been feeding every hour and miserable. So yest dinner I gave her a small chunk of carrot which she ate. Since then I've given her bits of softish stuff from my plate each meal small pieces she's had carrot roasters grapes melon strawberries goose duck turkey bread and a small amount of room temp water out of a tony tippee cup I will continue to feed her as much as she wants this way and breastfeed on demand my first gradually reduced her milk feeds till at 14mths she stopped herself

Jennifer - posted on 12/26/2009

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My first I started him at 4mo and he did great. My second I actually started her at 2 weeks, because she had some swallowing issues, and need her formula thickened up so she wouldn't choke. I tried to start my third at 4mo, but evertime I did he got a belly ach and had very bad gas, so I waited til about 6mo and he was able to handle it then. Honestly, if you want to start now, do it, but if he has problems then just wait a month or two and try again. He is getting all he needs through brestmilk, so if you don't want to start now don't. It is all up to you and how you feel.

Stacey - posted on 12/26/2009

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4 month u can start to ween then on food my youngest has just ternt 4 month a couple of weeks ago now and iv started feedin him with proper food but with my eldist he was 6 month because i never new you could feed them so young.
I was talkin to my mum and my nan today and they said i was younger when they starter to feed me i was 3 month aparently i personely think 3 month would be fine but only alittle.

Lamiae - posted on 12/26/2009

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I am a 1st time mom too, i know how it feels when it comes to introducing your baby to solid food. My daughter is almost 5 months old, I started giving her rice cereal ( 1 tablespoon of cereal with 3 tablespoons of formula) like 2 weeks ago. She is doing fine with it. I will wait until she is 5 1/2 months to give her fruit and veggies purees. Just start slow and take your time with him and everything will be fine.

Vicki - posted on 12/25/2009

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i would start feeding baby its first now if baby's 4 mo. i breast feed my baby and shes doing great with eating and feeding still. my baby's a year since the 14th. i think its great to start at 4 mo. just because they start to get use to eating solids. and easier to get use to sippy cups too. and if your breast feeding dont give baby a bottle if you can helpit. just right off the bat hen you do start giving baby water and ur milk give baby it in a sippy. it helps to break the bottle habbit later

Ashlye - posted on 12/25/2009

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I started to feed my daughter cereal around 4 1/2 months, Just start slow with him, once a day for a week or two with the cereal, thn introduce vegatables give each vegge a few days to avoid allergies, then go to meats then fruits and jucies. I gave my daughter water when she started with veggies, becuase the food makes some babies harder to poop, so the water helps it. Hope this helps :-)

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I really do believe it's best to delay solids till 6 months. Your baby is perfectly fine thriving off breast milk till that point. And even then, solids should not make up a large part of his diet. There's a saying that goes, "food for fun until they're one". I always kept that in mind and made sure that my son was still getting plenty of breast milk. Here's a link that lists and explains some reasons why it's good to delay solids...



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



My son is a year old now and he still has never had a drop of juice. Juice is not at all necessary. People argue that it's good because it's a serving of fruit and they say that the juice they give their baby doesn't have any added sugar, so what's the harm? Well, it's true that fruit juice does contain many of the vitamins that whole fruit does. But it also lacks in fiber and other nutrients found in the skin and pulp of the fruit. Not to mention that even though there's no added sugar, fruit juice elevates blood sugar quicker than whole fruit. I just give my son water and the occasional bit of unsweetened chilled rooibos. Rooibos is actually a wonderfully tasty and healthy water alternative for babies. It has plenty of nutrients including vitamin C which helps the body absorb iron.



On another note, contrary to popular belief, you don't HAVE to start with rice cereal. I practiced baby-led weaning with my son. I highly recommend it. Here's another link for you to check out...



http://www.baby-led.com/



HTH:)

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