what age can i give my son baby food and milk??

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The new reccomendation is 6 months. At 6 months, start n rice cereal, after 1 week switch to the next cereal and the next week start the third type of cereal. After you ave introduced the cereals and baby is adjusted, start on veggies, orange and green ones first, introduce a new food every few days, watch for allergy symptoms. Introduce milk at 12 months. By 9 months you can start introducing other dairy such as cheese and yogurt.

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6 months for solid foods, and 12 months for whole milk. At 6 months, you can either give pureed baby foods or soft table foods. But it is important for baby to be getting breastmilk or formula as the primary nutrition through 12 months. There aren't any foods that are as nutrient dense, and they are really important for proper growth and development.

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Mellissa - posted on 09/27/2009

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I have three boys, and two of them started on cereal at night around two months of age. This was due knowing my child and realizing he was still hungry. When they drink and drink and drink - wont sleep and keep drinking insane amounts of breast milk \ formula with little to no relief ( by this I mean staying awake, not sleeping well w/out any other medical conditions to explain hunger cries). My other boy was more on target with the time table doctors give out by starting on cereal at a bit past three months.



Regular milk is a big no-no until at least a year - same reasoning as not to give them honey as well for their bodies cannot handle this type of food yet.

Mel - posted on 09/27/2009

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baby food between 2-6 months, no later then 6 becuse they need it for thier growth and development and to get used to different tastes and textures. the health professionals put my daughter on solids at 3 months for weight gain and gave her rusks with spreads, pureed fruits and vegies. cows milk you can use between 6-12 months , but i would recommend closer to 12 months. Just make sure you wean them half water/milk to make sure they are ready

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they say between @ 10 months you may start introducing whole milk to your child. so the transition is easy at 12 months

baby food can be around 5 months. I started with a veggie and mixed it with baby cereal i did a container for 2 meals out of the day until she was like 6 or 7 months . . we did not stay on baby food long . . once she got teeth then we jsut chopped the food small and stopped baby food

Maggie - posted on 09/27/2009

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cereal can be started as soon as 4 months if your baby can hold his head up well. Start with really small amounts mixed with lots of milk because he will have to get used to texture and having to "chew". As for milk you should hold off until he's 1. That's because of allergies and the inability to digest the fats and such in cow milk. It's also a lot higher in sodium than human milk or formula which can be very dangerous!!

Lisa - posted on 09/27/2009

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I have six children ranging from 28 to 17mths. I started them on rice cereal from 2 weeks to a mth. formula alone wasn't working. at 3 moths I introduced fruit, apple sauce, pears, peaces.No berries until 1 yr. and regular milk until a yr. I agree with Ashley don't deprive your child of the nutrition in the formula.

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Wanted to add a reference to why babies shouldn't get whole milk before 1 year. As Rose Ann said, their kidneys can't handle it:

"Babies who are exposed to cow's milk before their first birthday are more likely to be anemic, have diarrhea or vomiting, and/or experience an allergic reaction (the proteins in milk are more numerous than those in other milk products, such as the yogurt). The excessive protein load in cow's milk can also overload a baby's kidneys. It is deficient in vitamins C, E, and copper. It is harder to digest as well, often causing intestinal blood loss. A number of studies have also indicated that early introduction of cow's milk may contribute to the development of Insulin-Dependent Diabetes Mellitus."
From: http://kellymom.com/nutrition/milk/milk-...

Rose Ann - posted on 09/27/2009

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only if u nurse your baby its 6 months. if bottle fed formula and he is constantly hungry you could start cereal now. make it loose enough. no mild til 12 and that would be whole milk. his kidneys cannot handle it now.

Jamie - posted on 09/27/2009

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my daughter started at like 6 months she was ready to eat early and the doctor was ok with it...she is 17 months now and pretty much eats everything...milk you will have to start on whole milk at 12 months.

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if you start to give your baby food at 6 months than theres nothing wrong with homo milk, baby doesnt need the extra vitamins in the formula, women didnt have formula back in the day! my doctor said baby can have homo milk at 5-6 months and so did my mother. my kids are just fine and so is the rest of my family.

Tara - posted on 09/27/2009

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my children were on formula not breast so i started them on farax earlier....just over 3 months, nearly 4

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ive given both my kids baby food at 6 months but started with beginners baby food, try to stay away from acidic fruits and what not, like fruit salad, pinapple, mango, ect.. with the milk, both my kids were on 3% or homo milk about 5 and half months to 6 months. but the bottle only had between 3ounces and half a bottle and the rest was water. and if baby was still hungery id give them a lil more. but always gave it a couple days to make sure i wasnt mixing it to strong. if baby gets a rash from it then its too strong. hope this helps

Loren - posted on 09/27/2009

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Our pediatrician told us 4 months for things like rice cereal and applesauce and to keep with formula or breastmilk until baby is 1 year.

Kirsten - posted on 09/27/2009

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Everything goes with your shild. Yes try to stay close to guidelines especially with Milk. That not recommended until 1 year. Any products that have live cultures (such as cheese, and yogurt) are not until 6 months. Cereal and Jarred foods are to be introduced with atleast 3 days in between each new food to watch for allergies and between 4- 6 months of age. If your son is passing the recommended daily amount of formula try giving him soem baby ice or oatmeal for breakfast, very thin to start and slowly get to a thicker consistancy. And then making it to 2 and than 3 times d aily. And then introducing veggies and fruits. The average baby comsumes between 23 oz and 35 oz of formula daily. Once you introduce solids don't let that replace your baby's formula, besure to keep them eating about 20 oz of formula a day. I always used formula to make my baby's cereal just to make sure they got all the vitamins they could. If your baby is doing fine with the formula or breast milk then just let him continue once he reaches 6 months I suggest you try to start solids sortly after.

Lynnell - posted on 09/27/2009

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My son was a hungry little man and I started him on rice cereal at 12 weeks. When he got sick of it being plain I added apple or pear pureed. Then I slowly introduced vegies at 4 months he loved pumpkin and sweet corn pureed or in the baby jar. I didn't start him on normal milk til after twelve months but would give him one cup of toddler formula a day til he was two as he preferred formula over normal milk and at least he was still getting some essential vitimins. With my daughter as she had allergies it was goats milk and she started having this at about 9months. Have fun

Jen - posted on 09/27/2009

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age 4 months is a good age to introduce rice cereal, you need to wait a week to introduce a different kind of cereal or fruit or vegetable to know if your baby is allergic to certain kind of food. Making your own babyfood saves you money (a lot). Don't give homo milk till after 1 yr old. Vit D milk is recommendable.

Channa - posted on 09/27/2009

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Doctors and wic mostly recommend that you feed babies cow milk after 1..things depend on your babies abilty to process food and if they are allergic.Baby Cereal is usally first, at 4 to 6 m depending on baby. Baby food is recommended by those people at 6 months, and you should not put baby cereal in a bottle it is a choking hazard even though tons of people do it... you know whats best for your baby. If formula or breast milk isnt seeming enough or if baby seems always hungry even more than normal..its probably time. Teeth are also good indicators that the baby is read to chew and began the journey toward foods. Try to introduce 1 or 2 foods at a time to make sure there is no allergic reactions. Good luck!



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Georgia-Kate - posted on 09/27/2009

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4-6 months is a good time to introduce solids. But i find that they let you know when they need it. They become a lot more hungry and a bottle or breastfeed won't satisfy them. Good Luck. Remember to take lots of photos when they first start solids. They make classic memories.

Kerri-Ann - posted on 09/27/2009

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My daughter was about 9 or 10 months when I introduced baby food. She was a year old when she started receiving homogenized milk. When your baby is two you can switch to whatever milk you chose but between one and two they needthe fat in the homogenized milk.

Ashley - posted on 09/27/2009

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Hi Angel! So, my 4 month old baby will be getting rice anytime in the next few months (it's suggested between 4-6 months). As for milk, don't deprive your lil one of all that great nutrition in the formula until 12 months+. Some moms even go to follow ups (12-18 months) after 12 months but.. don't give your lil one homo milk until about 12 months. :)

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