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When to feed him?

My son's 7 months. He was born at 32 weeks 5/6 days.. I just dont know when to start feeding him canned food? My mom told me that it will ruin is digestive system if i feed him canned food now. . Also she thinks he is not ready?


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Asked by Ericka_EV at 4:03 AM on Jan. 26, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • You start jar food with them anywhere from 4 to 6 months, at 6 months they need to nutrition additive from jar foods. Your mom is way wrong in this. He needs to learn to eat, and he is more than old enough most people start with rice cereal at 4 months and then add jar foods after that.

    Answer by truealaskanmom at 4:06 AM on Jan. 26, 2010

  • Never.

    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 6:36 AM on Jan. 26, 2010

  • amileegirl

    Answer by amileegirl at 8:39 AM on Jan. 26, 2010

  • actually truealaskanmom you are the one thas wrong, and her mother is right.

    Start introducing solids when he shows signs of readiness (sitting up unassisted, completely LOST tongue thrust reflex (that causes him to push foods out of his mouth... if he does this he is NOT ready), and even then DONT use jarred foods or cereals. Feed him fun things like sweet potatoes, and avocados at first, and move on to other foods. since he was so premature, you DO have to be more careful with what youre feeding him. Foods before the age of ONE are just to be experienced and NOT for nutrition purposes.

    Answer by wendy46121 at 9:46 AM on Jan. 26, 2010

  • Never.

    It's recommended babies be exclusively breastfed for 6 months. Since your baby was premature your baby will need more iron for brain development than a full term baby and should be tested by now. If your baby needs iron then the baby will need to start eating meat or taking iron drops.

    If you are breastfeeding you may be able to wait longer. If you are formula feeding even if your baby was premature it is time to start solids and start getting some more nutritious foods for your baby. Of course cereal, jar foods, puffs, and other baby foods aren't the most nutritious. Your baby can eat real food you mash with a fork.

    Answer by Gailll at 11:25 AM on Jan. 26, 2010

  • The idea that food before a baby is one is not for nutrition can't be further from the truth. You want everything that goes into your baby to be nutritious. If you are breastfeeding you want to be careful you don't give too much food so it doesn't take the place of nutritious human milk.

    There is a baby food company that puts this idea that it doesn't matter what your baby eats on it's website. I've been trying to get it removed.

    Answer by Gailll at 11:29 AM on Jan. 26, 2010

  • Gailll - you misunderstand the statement. Everything the baby eats should definitely be nutritious. But before the age of one, foods should never be used INSTEAD of milk. They should be used for practice eating, tasting new texture, etc etc, but NOT as a milk substitute. The baby should still be fed enough milk to cover 100% of his nutritional needs.

    Answer by wendy46121 at 12:55 PM on Jan. 26, 2010

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