my daughter is 3 months old and i was wondering is it really too early to give her infant food?

Tracy - posted on 12/22/2009 ( 25 moms have responded )

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my daughter is 3 months old and i was wondering is it really too early to give her infant food? shes sitting up well and holding her head up well, i am breast feeding her and also she has formula feeds at night because she seems to be alot hungrier, shes watches the family eat, and shes started sucking her hands any advice?

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Tara - posted on 12/23/2009

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its perfectly fine to start giving your child infant food. if you wanted you could start to mix in vegtables and fruits into her cereal. THERES NO HANDBOOK THAT SAYS YOU CAN'T START. its completely up to you as her mother. you know whats best for your child. as long as she takes it with no problem your good to go. Also it is NORMAL for your child to get diaper rash when trying out new foods. just make sure you only introduce one new food a week to watch for food allergies

Steph - posted on 01/03/2010

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i read that if you feed infant food to them before 6 months they have a higher risk of having food allergies

Tasha - posted on 01/02/2010

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Yes it is to early to start giving them infant food the best time to start giving that to them it will be around 6 months. You can probably give her rice cereal in her bottle to soothe her hunger between bottles. I hope these helps you out.

Melissa - posted on 12/23/2009

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talk to your ped, but i started my son on rice cereal around 3 months because he kept drooling out formula and the cereal thickened it up for him. doc said it was fine...it was his suggestion. he started other foods a little earlier than suggested as well, but when he started reaching for our food, i couldn't ignore that. he's 2 now, tall and thin with no health problems!

Shirley - posted on 12/22/2009

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You arn't supposed to give solids till 6 months but I started my 1st daughter on rice cereal at 5 months and my 2nd daughter at 4 months ( only because she was bigger and showed signs of being ready) I would wait 1 more month, and start with really small amounts of rice cereal mixed with formula or breast milk. If you are finding that your baby is always hungry over the next month then add formula to your breast milk in a bottle that should hold her for a bit longer. Try not to use jar food for as long as you can as they are quite high in salt and sugar, and when you want to give real food she won't like it. It is really easy to cut up some sweet potato microwave it till it is really soft ( if you can't be bothered to boil it) and blend in a mini processor or mash and push through a sieve ( same for all other veges and fruit) and you know your baby is getting pure healthy food.
If you would like some tips and ideas for baby food message me and I will be more than happy to give you advice, ideas and recipies :)

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Lilibeth - posted on 06/20/2014

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My baby girl just turned 3 months old n I wanted to start giving her rice cereal I just dnt know if it's time because I only breasted her 1 1/2 n I see that she's not gaining enough weight with the formula so what can I do?

Emily - posted on 04/10/2013

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No, not good for them! Little stomachs can only handle breast milk or formula, so try giving her larger feeds, but please don't give her anything else until 4 months.

Terri - posted on 01/22/2010

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i gave my 8 month old baby food at 3 months and the doc said not good but it keeps them 4m takin bottles as much i old gave one jar before bed time she sleep beter and didnt want to eat as much

Nicki - posted on 01/18/2010

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I STARTED MY DAUGHTER ON CEREAL WHEN SHE WAS 2 -3 MONTHS OLD ON A SPOON. THEN 4-5 MONTHS ON VEGGIES AND FRUIT. SO WHEN SHE GOT A LITTLE BIT OLDER SHE WAS EATING REGULAR FOOD. SHE IS 12MONTHS AND SHE HATES EATING HER BABY FOOD FOR THE PAST 3 MONTHS. SO DO WHAT U FEEL IS BEST.

Nicki - posted on 01/12/2010

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i fed mine baby cereal with formula in it at 4 months...just as long as they seem to do ok with it! but i waited til like 6 months to add the flavored jar foods.

Tyeasia - posted on 01/09/2010

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My daughter is 3months as well and I just started mixing jar food with her cereal but only like two teaspoons at a time.If she throws up after feeding then she is not ready and you should wait another month, but if your baby is always staring you down when you are eating or sticking her hands in her mouth then more than likely milk is no longer enough for her..I have alot of old school people in my family so they were trying to feed her cereal at two months lol..Good luck!

Krissy - posted on 01/04/2010

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i started my son on runny milk like rice at 3/1/2 months as he was drinking way too many bottles, he had started to pay attention to me eating food . you need to try and see first if she gags don't bother her for a few days if not don't feed her too much as her system needs to get used to it.

Keyala - posted on 01/03/2010

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YES SHES TO YOUNG, DON'T RUSH, I DIDN'T START MY SON UNTIL HE WAS ABOUT 5MONTHS AND START OFF GIVING SMALL AMOUNTS, DON'T OVER DO IT, BUT YOU SHOULD ALWAYS CONSULT WITH YOUR CHILDS DOCTOR FIRST JUST 2 MAKE SURE YOUR DOING THE RIGHT THING. GOOD LUCK

Lora - posted on 12/26/2009

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You will know when your baby is ready for solid foods. My daughter started eating solids at about 3 months. I started her out on Gerber Rice mixed with her formula so that it was very runny. She had no problems and was soon ready for more solids. Just watch out for any sign that your child is not handling the foods well (such as gagging or a rash). Good luck!

MyLeka - posted on 12/25/2009

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I dont think your child is too young. In my family we give babies babyfood and ceral at this age. as long as its the baby food without chunks and u monitor her carefully.

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my pediatrician recommend to start using pablum at 3 months. my son was drinking so much formula. he wasn't getting enough to fill him. if she'll take it, there shouldn't be a problem. just make sure that you start with small amounts first and mix it well into the breast milk/formula. if you give it to her at night she wont be so hungry as it will hold her over longer.
that my thought anyway

Andrea - posted on 12/24/2009

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Yes! Although starting solids is exciting, feeding a baby solids too early can cause permanent problems with their digestive system as they are not quite ready to process that kind of food. It can lead to esophagus, bowel and obesity problems. I would wait just another month...

Jessica - posted on 12/23/2009

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My daughters doctor told us four months for infant cereal. A baby cannot digest food until then. There is a possibility of kidney failure or worse. I would just wait the extra month. Better to be safe then sorry.

Tracy - posted on 12/23/2009

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thnx to every1 who replied... it really helps to have all u mommas out there who are going trough the same things! thnx u all!

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If you do start I would go super slow at first because it messes w/their digestion and my husband started our 1st born @ 2mos and he got soo constipated :( I took him off it until he was 4 mos! Our 3 mos old also chews on his hands alot but I don't really think that is because he is hungry? He's exploring his appendages and babies just like to suck on things...his brother still sucks on his finger @ 3! I figure he's gaining weight so well just on BM that he doesn't need all the extra calories from food just yet! Only you know your baby! You may consult with her pediatrician and see what they say?

Katie - posted on 12/22/2009

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Mom's know when their babies are ready for food. When they seem to be hungrier and just kind of seem to always be hungry kind of thing..... It is most common to start the baby on some type of rice or oatmeal for infants. They say if you start baby food to soon it can lead to allergies so most people try to stay with cereal for about three months and then start mixing baby food with it..... Good Luck!

Christina - posted on 12/22/2009

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It's okay to give her a very little bowl, (Gerber Rice mixed W/ milk from her bottle) try starting with about 4 tsp. to see how she likes it and how her stomach handles it (throwing up alot after, or anything like that will let you know how she's taking foods) and make sure to warm it up so that it settles good in her stomach. Alot of ppl. are lazy and don't heat up the babies foods, it's truly bad to give them cold food other than jarred fruit because it causes their stomachs to act up. Good Luck and Congrats with the new bundle... hope this helps.

Brandi - posted on 12/22/2009

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She is still a little too young for jarred baby foods, but when my kids turned about 3 mos. old, I started giving them one SMALL bowl of rice cereal (like a Tablespoon of the dry cereal with a couple of ounces of form) mix it very loose and feed it to her from a spoon (never in her bottle) and watch carefully for signs that she isn't ready (gagging, a rash, or a diaper rash) then gradually make it a little thicker until is almosts sticks to the spoon. good luck.

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