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Out of curiosity

At what age did you introduce cereal, water, and baby foods to your baby? My son was around 10 or 11 weeks when he first got cereal, but the WIC office told me 4-6 months; they prefer six months. Six months seems awfully old to just get breast milk/formula, but I'm sure they know better... So I was wondering when you started giving your baby something other then milk....

 
momma_marian

Asked by momma_marian at 2:14 PM on Jan. 25, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Both my boys started solids around 7-8 months. They were exclusively breastfed until then, and solids didn't make up any actual part of their diets until closer to a year. Babies can go the entire 12 months on milk alone, solids are just for practice until then.

    With both, we started with table food... fruits and soft-steamed veggies they could feed themselves... so, never did cereal or baby food at all. Both started drinking water around 10-11 months.

    6 months is the minimum recommended age for solids. Their digestive systems aren't ready before that.
    LeanneC

    Answer by LeanneC at 2:18 PM on Jan. 25, 2010

  • cereal at 4 months,veggies at 6 months,water at a year
    TMJ121099

    Answer by TMJ121099 at 2:18 PM on Jan. 25, 2010

  • Six months or later and I only did cereal with my first because I didn't know much about caring for infants. Your child's digestive track is not mature enough to process foods before six months. Cereals given to newborns to make them sleep at night sit heavy in their intestines, unable to be digested and starving the child of the nutrition it really needs.
    IamPatSajak

    Answer by IamPatSajak at 2:19 PM on Jan. 25, 2010

  • not before any of them were 10 months- both of my boys looked like the HULK on breast alone!
    ObbyDobbie

    Answer by ObbyDobbie at 2:23 PM on Jan. 25, 2010

  • #1 had cereal around 4 months - BAD tummy reactions and constipation and just miserable. stopped immediately and waited til she was 6months. with MUCH BETTER results.

    didn't even try with #2 and 3 til they were 6 months.

    water - when they were 10-11 months but a tiny bit definitely not a full bottle.

    hypermamaz

    Answer by hypermamaz at 2:27 PM on Jan. 25, 2010

  • Water - about 8 months
    Cereal - briefly at six months, then again around two
    Baby food - never; we pureed what ever vegetables or fruits we had in the house.
    rkoloms

    Answer by rkoloms at 2:28 PM on Jan. 25, 2010

  • Babies don't NEED anything besides breastmilk before age 1. However I started offering my daughter cereal/stage 1 foods at 6 months....I just wanted to get her used to the idea, I wasn't concerned if she ate them or not. She's 8 months now and enjoys eating baby food most of the time - I offer it to her 2 or 3 times per day.
    stepmom929

    Answer by stepmom929 at 2:35 PM on Jan. 25, 2010

  • Actually they don't need anything except breast milk up to 12 months. Formula you should start supplementing with food around 6-9 months. Personally mine didn't want anything until they were about 9 months old.
    aeneva

    Answer by aeneva at 3:45 PM on Jan. 25, 2010

  • i started my kids on veggies around 8 mos...not really for nourishment, but for tasting really. your breast milk is perfect!
    happy2bmom25

    Answer by happy2bmom25 at 5:44 PM on Jan. 25, 2010