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User - posted on 02/13/2009

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i just start to give my 4 month old baby girl baby food ,and it seems that she likes it.

most baby food are from 6 months but i just found at the co-op some baby food for the biginner ,you can try it if you want

Christina - posted on 02/13/2009

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I have 4 children and they all started at different times. I also work at a daycare and they start at different times. I do know that  you wanna start with a very small amount of baby cereal first. Mix it with some formula or breast milk just to get them used to the new taste. Any time  you introduce a new food  you wanna stick with that one for about 2 wks or so, just to make sure that your baby doesn't have an allergic reaction to the food. That way you know exactly what the cause for the rash or even the moodyness is from. Baby food from a jar i started when they were able to hold their heads up pretty good. For me it was the worry of choking. some of the food may be too thick for them. You can add formula or breast milk if thats the case. Hope this helps and good luck

Jodie - posted on 02/13/2009

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I started as soon as my kids where watching me eat and were instersed in what food was so around 3months try toast or baby rice first.... My kids didnt like the baby rice but loved the puree yougurts

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Im form Belgrade,Serbia and our pediatritians say that 6 months is right time to introduce food to a baby...but many mothers start earlier



I started with 5 months, with very small amounts...apple,carott ,pumpkin....all smashed off course:)

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Posted by Angie Bachicha Kissner (6:40 pm)





Check with your doctor. There are many things that determine that and no is better at helping you make that decision than an expert.



 



I think,Angie said the best thing.....doctor should give u the best advice

User - posted on 02/13/2009

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My kids started at 4 months with rice cereal. I added applesauce or bananas to it after they got used to eating with a spoon. After that, I tried a new vegetable or fruit every 3-4 days. I did a green vegetable, then an orange one. Orange ones are sweeter, so they tended to eat those better. Both of my pediatricians said no meats until they were 7 months old.

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you can start baby cereals as young as 4 months. Fruits and veggies at 6 months (juices too) ,start with veggies first. 8 months meats and egg yolk.



When feeding with a spoon don't expect much success at first. Their tongue has to be trained to take food in.



I only ever offered juice in a sippie cup or regular cup. I only used bottles for milk or water. This will also help to ween them from the bottle at 1.

Jolene - posted on 02/13/2009

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At 6 weeks my baby started to take rice cereal in her bottles. At 5 months I started oatmeal (since she had already been on rice for so long) and gave it to her a couple times a day. Then by 6 months she was having different kinds of cereals, fruits and veggies. It all depends on your baby. When people say "oh they are too young their stomaches aren't ready for that yet" that might be true in some childrens cases, but not all. I introduced my daughter to everything early and shes never had a problem digesting anything. Each child is different. You know your own baby best, and you'll know if they are too young for something.

Jennie - posted on 02/13/2009

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I know that there have been numerous responses to this already, but i wanted to give you my findings. I started to introduce my daughter to solids from 13 weeks much against the advice of my health visitor, however, she was not satisfied with milk alone and i had increased the amounts and consistency.

I started with basic baby rice, then moved to porridge in the morning and as she developed i introduced more things.

She is now 6 months old and is thriving, she now eats a variety of foods and we have been giving her finger foods also within the last 2 weeks which she also enjoys.

Please go with your instincts and how you baby reacts. Give a little at a time so you are able to monitor if certain things give adverse effects and you should not go too wrong.

Hope this helps.

Angie - posted on 02/13/2009

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Check with your doctor. There are many things that determine that and no is better at helping you make that decision than an expert.

Chelsey - posted on 02/13/2009

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i started at 4 months. we used gerber. they come in stages so start with stage ones. just try veggies before fruits, or they'll favor the fruits over anything and not want the veggies. we also started juice at 4 months. i bought gerber juices they came in 4 oz containers, but you've got to water it down at that age. we started on cereal in the bottle when he was around 3 months old. if you have more questions your pediatrician could help you with it.

Bethany - posted on 02/13/2009

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If you're breastfeeding, you don't need to worry about solids until your baby is roughly a year old, as long as she's developing well.

The American Academy of Pediatrics says to delay solids until *at least* 6 months, because they have a hard time digesting anything but milk until that point. Through the first year, even, their digestive tracts are still developing. Early introduction to solid food is linked to both food allergies and obesity later in life.

My daughter is ten months old, and still exclusively breastfed. I am in no hurry to start solids because I know it's best for her if I wait.

Sandy - posted on 02/11/2009

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My Daughter started young. I asked her doctor about when she should start baby food. She was drinking a lot of milk and I was worried it was to much, I really suggest you ask your doctor on  your next visit with your little one. They are the best ones to ask..

Jessica - posted on 02/11/2009

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Babies guts are not mature enough to handle anything but breastmilk (or formula) until at least 6 months. Baby not getting full on milk is not a reason to introduce food because milk is more calorie rich than rice cereal (NO nutritional value) or those first bites of food. A constantly nursing baby is trying to increase mom's milk production and will slow down when that is accomplished. I started trying pureed foods with my son at 6 months, but it was almost 8 months before he was having any of it. Breastmilk or formula should be the primary source of nutrition until a year, at least. Before then, eating is just for practice.

Claire - posted on 02/11/2009

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Hi Benedetta, generally speaking you should start to wean your baby at 6 months old. Try your little one with some baby rice or baby porridge to get them used to taking food from a spoon and swallowing. Once they have the hang of this you can broaden the range of food you give your baby. I made all my food fresh in batches and froze most of it. After my son was used to baby rice I would add a little fruit puree or mash a banana and it went from there.

The advice I was given with my son was to leave weaning until 6 months because apparently their tummy's are unable to digest the food properly. However, although this advice worked for me and my son was very content with his milk until 6 months, I know many mothers that have had to wean their baby's earlier, one was weaned as young as 4 months due to the baby being hungry and milk not satisfying their appetite enough. I would say that every baby is different and a Mum will know if their baby is increasingly hungry etc.

I think the key is to look out for signs that you baby may need a little more than milk and of course when your baby reaches 6 months then you should really start them on something anyway.

Hope this helps & good luck - every baby is different as is every mother's approach!

Claire

Tammie - posted on 02/11/2009

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Each baby is different. I had big babies and began giving my children rice cereal mixed in their bottle at 4 months. Some people don't agree with this, but it helped me as they began sleeping through the night. They started eating baby food at 5 months. Their gag reflex will tell you if they are ready. If they can swallow the food without gagging/choking on it, then they are ready. Make sure you feed them the bland rice cereal first and slowly introduce veggies. I would feed baby food every other day to make sure they do not have allergies. Really, baby food is just getting them ready for solids from 6 months on. Keep in mind, the nutritional value is minimal and they get most of their nutrition from breastmilk or formula. Hope this helps and good luck!!

Joanna - posted on 02/11/2009

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I started at about 4.5 months with both of my babies. My son took to it immediately but my daughter was a little slower. You will know in how they react.

Cheryl - posted on 02/11/2009

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Quoting Benedetta:

At what age do you start giving baby food?




Unfortuantely this is another one of those questions with no straight forward answer it all depends on what feels right to you and whether or not your baby will have the baby food, i have 2 children my son started eating baby food at 7 months but my daughter started eating it at 4 months as the milk just didnt fill her and she didnt like baby rice, the best thing is to try your baby with it if they wont eat it then leave it a couple of weeks and try again.

Belle - posted on 02/11/2009

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I have a 4 month old little boy and i have just started to introduce him to small amounts of food every second day. Most baby food is from 6 months, but some babies are ready earlier.

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