i really should know the answer to this seeing as i've worked in daycares for pretty much forever... but with other people' s kids i'm doing what they ask and now with my own, it's all up to me.
i've been putting cereal in his formula and i just realized that he is supposed to be on his way to baby food...like, NOW. i got away with not looking like an ignorant new mom because of the fact my son (almost 6 months) has been sick so i used that as an excuse to why he isn't transitioning... really, i am just clueless. lol.
is there a wrong way? tricks of the trade? i get the jist of it but normally the kids come to me ready to go... i am guessing though that my son isn't going to look at me one day and say, "hey, momma, hand me that spoon with some stuff on it...thanks." though, that would be cool.
thank you ladies!
Answer by gdiamante at 6:54 PM on Jan. 19, 2010
Answer by Shelii at 7:23 PM on Jan. 19, 2010
You are not behind. Babies should not get ANY solids (cereal is a solid) before 6 months. That is the position of the World Health Organization, the American Academy of Pediatrics, UNICEF, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and others. Here is an article (with sited studies) explaining why early introduction of solids is harmful: http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/solids/delay-solids.html
During the first year all your baby's nutritional needs are met by breast milk or formula, Any solid food is just for learning and experimenting. We didn't even do cereal, since the only thing it does is overload baby with iron that isn't even bio-available. We started with sweet potatoes at 8 months. Don't feel like you have to start with cereal, just because that's what our parents did.
Answer by PhilsBabyMama at 7:39 PM on Jan. 19, 2010
Answer by rkoloms at 7:21 AM on Jan. 20, 2010
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