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When should you start feeding your baby, baby food?

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Asked by brandidonaldson at 12:23 PM on Dec. 2, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • 6 months is usually where you start cereals and fruits and veggies...

    Answer by sandypops at 12:25 PM on Dec. 2, 2009

  • We never bought baby food (have you ever tasted the stuff?). solids fed to babies before they turn 1 are for the experience of eating them, not for nutrition (a subject most doctors know nothing about). Nutritionists recommend starting solids at 6 months; many are now recommending skipping cereal and starting with a bit of avocado mashed with breastmilk (or formula). Then baked sweet potato, oatmeal, pumpkin, pureed peas, etc. Jarred baby food tastes awful, is expensive, and you never really know what is in it. Be sure to avoid the allergy trigger foods. This is not a complete list: before age 1, no soy, dairy, wheat, citrus, egg white, strawberries; before age 2 no honey, chocolate, nuts.
    The best book on feeding babies, toddlers and their families is called Super Baby Food by Ruth Yaron. You should be able to find it at your local library. is another fantastic resource

    Answer by rkoloms at 12:26 PM on Dec. 2, 2009

  • we started solids at 3 months but this was due to my daughter not being able to gain weight like she should she was in the 2nd percentile in weight but now we're up to the 5th percentile and it's stayed there for a good 6 months she's 15 months now and has never had a problem with cereal or the fruits or veggies.

    Answer by Heidikans at 12:35 PM on Dec. 2, 2009

  • 6 months. Start with cereal them veggies first before fruit. Once they get use to the sweet taste of fruit, they may not like veggies. I did this and my daughter still loves peas, green beans etc. Dont put the cereal in a bottle either, in my opinion thats just laziness. Your child will like having you feed him/her from a spoon.

    Answer by MLM0503 at 12:38 PM on Dec. 2, 2009

  • i started my daughter on jar baby food at three months and she is very healthy

    Answer by shellysmommy at 12:40 PM on Dec. 2, 2009

  • I started with rice cereal at 2 months, just a teaspoon at night. Our pediatrician suggested a small amount of vegetables at 4 months. We just gave one vegetable for about three days to make sure there were no reactions then went on to another. Now she eats vegetables and fruits with her formula.

    Answer by wildflowers25 at 12:42 PM on Dec. 2, 2009

  • Most doctors will tell you one of two things: start between 4 and 6 months because that's the ideal "window of opportunity", or start after 6 months of exclusive breastfeeding because breastmilk is the most important thing during that time. However, as with all things baby-related, it's really more about the individual baby and his readiness. You should look for developmental cues instead of age, things like: sitting unsupported, using a pincer grasp (picking things up with thumb and forefinger instead of the whole hand), showing interest in other people's food, opening his mouth for an offered spoon, losing the tongue-thrust reflex (where the tongue pushes foreign objects out of the mouth instead of helping to swallow -- can only be tested by trying). And if you wait until your baby's really ready, you can skip pureed food altogether and just start with easily mushable table foods.

    Answer by DragonRiderMD at 12:45 PM on Dec. 2, 2009

  • Never.

    Babies don't need 'baby food'. They can eat regular food. Baby food is expensive, processed, and most of it tastes bad. All you need to make your baby food is a fork.

    For a formula fed baby 4 months is the earliest. There is no reason to start any earlier and lots of reasons not to. It causes damage to the baby's digestive system that mother's aren't aware of. Babies just aren't ready for solids yet. If a baby is breastfed it's better to wait until 6 month. Human milk is the perfect food and anything you give your baby takes away your baby's desire for breastmilk.

    You can start with mashed banana, sweet potato, or avacado. has great info and links on starting solids

    Answer by Gailll at 12:49 PM on Dec. 2, 2009

  • Here is another site on starting solids at appropriate times:

    If the baby can not sit up, has a tongue thrust reflex, you have to make the food liquid, and spend more time scraping their face than feeding them then they are much too young. They are designed to push foreign objects out of their mouths to prevent choking and this will not go away until they are developmentally ready for it. It is dangerous and unecessary to bypass that failsafe.

    I do not agree with 'fattening" babies up just becuase they happen to be small. Those percentile charts are averages. SOMEONE has to be small. It is more important that they are growing steadily on their own personal curve, are active, alert, and have appropriate...diaper output.

    Baby food is a marketing ploy. The food you eat when the baby is old enough is far better and practical.

    Answer by amileegirl at 1:10 PM on Dec. 2, 2009

  • Between 4-6 months, although it's usually recommended to wait until 6 months for either FORMULA OR BREASTMILK! (gailll again is putting up misinformation.)

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:11 PM on Dec. 2, 2009

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