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MAy baby girl is goign to be 4 months old the day after x-mas . how old does she have to be to start baby food cause i feed her the baby oatmeal and pears together and she done good with it. is that ok .

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Asked by jessyka795 at 8:47 PM on Dec. 16, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • as long as she's doing good thats ok! keep a record of what she eats, and only offer one new food at a time (3-4 days between new foods). this way you can keep an eye for food allergies. make sure you dont replace solids with formula/breastmilk at this age. solids at this age is just for "fun". It's for practice and food allergy testing.

    Answer by Owl_Feather at 8:58 PM on Dec. 16, 2009

  • You've started baby food. Basically, you just follow their lead once you start.

    Answer by Krysta622 at 9:04 PM on Dec. 16, 2009

  • It's a couple months earlier than recommended, but if she's doing ok with it. . . . . . . just make sure to introduce new foods at a slow pace to check for allergies, and remember that any food before 1 is for play and exploration - not nutrition. She should still be getting ALL of the bottles/nursing sessions that she was before you started solids until she turns 1.

    Answer by TiffanyMarie80 at 9:06 PM on Dec. 16, 2009

  • The recommendation is 6 months old to start with food since her gut isn't yet fully mature.    She should also be able to sit up unassisted (never feed a baby solids reclined) and her tongue thrust reflex should be gone.



    Answer by amileegirl at 10:00 PM on Dec. 16, 2009

  • The doctors tell you one thing and other mom say something tottally different. You have to find what works best for you and baby. I started my daughter on cereal (in the bottle) at 2 weeks old. And started step one baby foods at 3 months. She was 9 pounds when she was born so she was farther advanced then some babies. As a result she weaned herself of the bottle and onto a sippy at 5, almost 6 months of age. She still took formula but was eating table foods at 6 months old. Every baby is different. So keep up with the cereal and maybe try some other foods, if she doesnt throw it up or act like her tummy hurts then shes ready. Only she can tell you what she wants, so try it out and see what she thinks! Good luck!

    Answer by MistyBible at 3:05 AM on Dec. 17, 2009

  • Keep in mind that 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.

    Two great books on feeding babies (with differing philosophies) are Baby Led Weaning and Super Baby Food. Pick them up from your local library. I will post links to the website below

    Answer by rkoloms at 8:33 AM on Dec. 17, 2009

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    Answer by rkoloms at 8:34 AM on Dec. 17, 2009

  • Weight at birth has nothing to do with advancement.

    OP don't put cereal in a bottle. Cereal in a bottle is like fiber takes the place of nutrition--it is filler. It is also a choking hazard and not good for immature digestive systems. Babies have mechanisms is place to eject solids from the mouth (tongue thrust, gagging), we should not bypass it-- it is there for a reason.

    Answer by amileegirl at 9:19 AM on Dec. 17, 2009

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