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At what age do you start feeding your infant baby food (1)?

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Asked by LisaK227 at 9:49 AM on Jan. 8, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • 4 or 5 month

    Answer by louise2 at 9:54 AM on Jan. 8, 2010

  • I started my son at about 4 months, bananas mixed in a little rice cereal.

    Answer by Jjoneslagrange at 10:13 AM on Jan. 8, 2010

  • We never used baby food. Solids fed to babies before they turn 1 are for the experience of eating them, not for nutrition (a subject most doctors know little about).Nutritionists recommend starting solids at 6 months; many now recommend 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 /websites on feeding babies, with differing philosophies, Baby Led Weaning and Super Baby Food You should be able to find them at your local library

    Answer by rkoloms at 11:01 AM on Jan. 8, 2010

  • 4 months for stage 1... 6 months for stage 2 is how we did it. I did only organic and DHA food from Gerber.

    Answer by Itsonono at 11:18 AM on Jan. 8, 2010

  • babies that are breastfed are actually missing out on iron so around 6 months they say you should start cereal for that reason..i personally started my son on baby food at 2 and a half months he's a hungry boy and he's alot happier and sleeps through the night now i usually only feed him once right before bed to help him sleep once he's 4 months which will be at the end of the month i plan on starting breakfast lunch and dinner it's really up to you and how your baby is

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:41 PM on Jan. 8, 2010

  • I started feeding my son solids when he was 8 months old. We didn't do baby food though, we just baked or steamed veggies and fruit and smashed it up. You shouldn't give your baby anything but breast milk or formula before 6 months. That is the recommendation of the World Health Organization, the American Academy of Pediatrics, UNICEF, the US Department of Health and Human Services and many other organizations. Solid food before one year is NOT for nutrition, it's only for experimentation and learning, so don't rush it if your baby isn't ready.

     Check out this article (and all it's sited studies) about why early introduction of solids is harmful to baby:


    Answer by PhilsBabyMama at 1:19 PM on Jan. 8, 2010

  • Anon 12:41 is misinformed. This is from the article linked above.

    The introduction of iron supplements and iron-fortified foods, particularly during the first six months, reduces the efficiency of baby's iron absorption. Healthy, full-term infants who are breastfed exclusively for periods of 6-9 months have been shown to maintain normal hemoglobin values and normal iron stores. In one study (Pisacane, 1995), the researchers concluded that babies who were exclusively breastfed for 7 months (and were not give iron supplements or iron-fortified cereals) had significantly higher hemoglobin levels at one year than breastfed babies who received solid foods earlier than seven months. The researchers found no cases of anemia within the first year in babies breastfed exclusively for seven months and concluded that breastfeeding exclusively for seven months reduces the risk of anemia.


    Answer by PhilsBabyMama at 1:23 PM on Jan. 8, 2010

  • I would wait until at least 6 months.

    Answer by Krysta622 at 4:25 PM on Jan. 8, 2010

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