To feed or not to feed solids starting 4+ mths?

Preezka - posted on 06/05/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )




My 2nd daughter is 4+ mths. The practice here where I come from (Malaysia) is a baby starts getting fed with soft porridge etc when baby turns 4 mths. Generally, the recommended age to do so is 6 mths. My elder daughter was also fed soft porridge at 4+ mths by the caretaker and I can't recall any problems arising from being fed early. Any comments on this?


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Sarah - posted on 05/27/2012




the best thing to start them on is mild fruits and veggies and there is rarely a reason to feed them solids before six months but you can (depending on your height weight and milk production) go until 12 months with no solids.

Victoria - posted on 06/06/2010




You can start at 4+ if she is interested in solids. If not you can always wait. She can show you when she is ready. =]

Iridescent - posted on 06/05/2010




Scientists were recommending waiting to start foods until 6 months, especially for families with heavy allergy trends, for a few years. Now research is showing that starting at 4 months or starting at 6 months is not changing the trends of developing food allergies. Developmentally, some are ready by 4 months, some are not. If the tongue thrust reflex is still present, they are not - this is when they push the spoon back out when you try to put it in the mouth. If the reflex is still there, try again a week later. It fades generally by 6 months.

Joanna - posted on 06/05/2010




Talk to your doctor, but go with your gut. No one knows better than you do!

Jodi - posted on 06/05/2010




At 4 months, there is no harm in trying. You will know if she isn't ready, in which case, just put it aside for another couple of weeks and try again. Don't force it if she isn't interested, but if she is, then go for it.

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My girls started on rice cereal at 3.5 months. At that time the reccommendation was 4-6 months. They wanted it and they were ready.

I tried starting my son at 5 months, but he had no clue what to do w/ the food til 6 months and still was only occasionally interested in food til well after a year.

Every kid is different. My personal opinion is to wait til closer to 6 months and if the child seems interested.... give it a shot.

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