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December 22nd, 2008, 10:52 PM
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Hi all, new to the board, four kids, youngest (2 mons., breastfed) coming up on her first growth spurt. in approx. three weeks. Wondering when you began your babies on solid food? I know mothers who begin early (3 mons.) and those who wait until almost a year. Also, what influenced your decision?
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December 23rd, 2008, 10:48 AM
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At the minimum.... I mean, BARE minimum, 4 months. I'd wait longer than that. At least to 5 months, ideally, 6 months.

Solid foods during the first year are not for nutritional value, it's for practice. Any solid foods that they receive need to be in addition to their breastmilk/formula and not replacing it. The solid foods s hould be offered AFTER they have nursed/had a bottle. Growth spurts are not indicators that a child is ready/needs solid foods. Also, giving cereal to an infant does not mean that an infant will sleep through the night. That is a myth.

Good indicators that your infant is ready for solids is when they can sit up, and it's really important that they have lost the tongue thrust reflex.

I also recommend these two links
http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/so...ay-solids.html
http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/so...lids-when.html

I see your little one is only 2 months old, so I'd wait another 3 months at the least.
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December 23rd, 2008, 02:05 PM
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our ped. said it was okm to start cereal @ 4 months.....she did fine, the tongue thrust was gone, and now she eats just about everything @ 6 months !
i use an older baby book which also says 3-4 months. I believe if your baby is ready and does ok with it, then try it.

BUT Formula or breast milk should be the main source of nutrition
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December 23rd, 2008, 07:50 PM
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Hunter was 7 months when he started to eat solids. I personaly would not feed a baby under 6 months solids. Babies under 6 months have a "open gut" which goes away around 6 months of age. Also, cereal is a filler food. There really isn't any nutrition in it. I only used it in runny baby food.
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Every baby is different, and I think you have to make adjustments to the hardline rule of "No solids until 6 months" for your particular situation in some cases. Here's ours: Ronan started rice cereal in his bottle at 2-1/2 months on the advice of our pediatrician because he was drinking SO MUCH formula and gaining a lot of weight quickly. He already weighed 15 lbs by then! Up until a couple weeks ago had been drinking 35-40 ounces a day! I introduced fruits and veggies when he was just over 4 months old because the rice cereal in the bottle was no longer doing the job, and he was still eating like a horse...and gaining weight even faster. At 6 months, he's almost 23 pounds now. He's now down to 4 bottles a day (at a more manageable 28-32 ounces) and eats two solid meals a day (a whole container of Gerber Organics stage 1 fruits or veggies at each sitting).
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December 28th, 2008, 10:48 AM
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we started when Kyla was 51/2 months old. i would def wait till at least 5 months old.
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December 31st, 2008, 03:31 PM
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we will be starting between 6-8 months. So if cereal is just a filler, does that mean I can skip it and go straight to the veggie purees? Im not to keen on the idea of cereal for some reason?
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January 1st, 2009, 08:54 AM
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we will be starting between 6-8 months. So if cereal is just a filler, does that mean I can skip it and go straight to the veggie purees? Im not to keen on the idea of cereal for some reason?[/b]
Yes, you can absolutely skip it! Many parents skip it as it is not necessary.
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January 4th, 2009, 07:56 PM
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With my oldest, at 5 months. With my youngest 4.5 months. I really wanted to wait until at least 5 months this second time, but he too was always hungry. So, he has had a little cereal and some veggies so far
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January 9th, 2009, 06:51 AM
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i will be starting after she turns 6 months as recommended by the WHO. even though she seems interested when she sees someone eating, i decided not to start early b/c i know she nutritionally doesn't need solids during the first year. but after 6 months i think it will good practice for her so she can staret getting used to different tastes and textures of foods.
i am starting with avocado and sweet potatoes & will be skipping the cereal. it is a filler and not needed - my pediatrician said that i don't have to give any to her. i will make some baby cereal myself to use to thicken the baby food i make for her.
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