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at how many months should your baby start on baby food or cereal?

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 5:57 PM on May. 2, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • cereal I don't recommend unless your family has very high rates of allergies, generally ist worthless, the iron is badly absorbed, and it lacks most other other nutrients.

    Solids in general wait til 6 months, and go slowly then. BF babies can go til 12 months with no solids so they should only be about 25% of their diet before then and should never start before 6 months.

    Heres a great article about it
    http://www.askdrsears.com/html/3/T032000.asp

    YES kids can be ok with starting earlier, but studies have shown its best in the long run to wait longer than the old 4-6 months or even a few weeks like they told my mom for me. Digestive and allergy issues over the years have risen and they think much of this was becuase of starting solids too early.

    If we can do the best for our kids with little to no more work...like holding off on solids why not, right?
    tabi_cat1023

    Answer by tabi_cat1023 at 6:01 PM on May. 2, 2009

  • My baby's 5-months and her pedi. gave the ok at her last check up. We give her the rice cereal and mix it with formula or juice, she likes it and so far no problems.
    geminisummerz

    Answer by geminisummerz at 6:07 PM on May. 2, 2009

  • Try at 5 or 6 months. Up until then they really don't need anything other then the boob or formula.
    MomShawn70

    Answer by MomShawn70 at 6:15 PM on May. 2, 2009

  • IMO no sooner then 6 mos, and I do agree that cereal is junk. It's better to just use purred fruits and veggies?
    Krysta622

    Answer by Krysta622 at 6:23 PM on May. 2, 2009

  • dd was on ceral at 3 mos and solids at 4 pedi reccommended it
    Kennadismom

    Answer by Kennadismom at 6:46 PM on May. 2, 2009

  • none really. Solid feeding before the first year is for experimentation and play, not nutrition. So there's no age when they "should" be on them. Every health organization will tell you to wait for AT LEAST 6 months. Waiting longer -like 9 months- is healthier and safer. You can skip the purees and go to safe finger foods when baby has a few teeth. My DD didn't start solids til 10 months. I'd never use cereal.
    jus1jess

    Answer by jus1jess at 6:46 PM on May. 2, 2009

  • WIC suggest 1-2 Tbsp infant cereal at 4-5 months for the second feeding of the day and the second to last feeding and then at at 5-6 months keep the feedings the same and just add 1-2 Tbsp of fruit or veggies. And thats what i did for my son and my ped. said that was fine.
    nkezele86

    Answer by nkezele86 at 7:31 PM on May. 2, 2009

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