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what are the best solids (applesauce) or whatnot to start my 4 month old on even though she was born 7 weeks early?

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Asked by lil_pnut at 5:24 PM on Feb. 8, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • ask her doc

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:25 PM on Feb. 8, 2010

  • thanks thats helpful i already did and i was told she shouldnt be started until shes almost 7 months because shes a premie

    Answer by lil_pnut at 5:38 PM on Feb. 8, 2010

  • you don't. first using her adjusted birth date (her due date), you would calculate from there. NO child needs anything but breast milk or formula until they are sitting on their own (COMPLETELY UNASSISTED), can pinch something between their first finger and thumb, and show interest in eating table foods. that would be around 10 months.

    Read up on NUTRITION- something you WILL NOT get adequate info from your ped about.

    Answer by ObbyDobbie at 5:39 PM on Feb. 8, 2010

  • she doesnt want her bottle anymore shes completely not interested in it and i simply just shove it down her throat so to speak plus when she does have her bottle she spits and pukes it all up

    Answer by lil_pnut at 5:42 PM on Feb. 8, 2010

  • my son was born 5 weeks early i started solids at 4 months old. he was perfectly fine, i just mixed rice cereal with some formula and spoon fed, i didn't start fruits/veggies til 6 months though

    Answer by sweet.lil.mama at 5:54 PM on Feb. 8, 2010

  • every consider that what you are cramming down her throat she is allergic to, or that she could have acid reflux?

    Answer by ObbyDobbie at 6:01 PM on Feb. 8, 2010

  • Well, sounds like the Dr. gave you good advice telling you to wait until 7 months. I quite agree.

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:51 PM on Feb. 8, 2010

  • I would go by what her doctor said. She may be on a "strike" and not want the bottle because she's teeting or something. I'd wait. The AAP says no solids before 6 months. With her adjusted age, the doctor is just looking out for her digestive tract health.

    Answer by vances_mom at 6:54 PM on Feb. 8, 2010

  • I agree with the doctor 4 months is too young to start solids, you can do rice cereal every once in a while to teach how to eat, but the doctor is correct, and no healthy normal baby will refuse their bottle, they eat when they are hungry so something else is going on.

    Answer by truealaskanmom at 7:09 PM on Feb. 8, 2010

  • 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 8:00 PM on Feb. 8, 2010

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