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When do i start my baby on ceareal spoonfed & baby food?

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Asked by Anonymous at 5:48 PM on Apr. 11, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • id say about 4-5 mths. and if baby doesnt seem like she can do it and just spits it all out wait a week or so and try again.

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:51 PM on Apr. 11, 2010

  • We were told we could start at 4 mos and actually started at 3.5 for cereal (spoonfed! we never put it in her bottle). When she was about 5 mos we started baby food.

    Answer by 07lilmama1108 at 5:54 PM on Apr. 11, 2010

  • some say 4 months, some say 6 months. My boys were not ready for solidfs unti much later and I prefered staring with finger foods. Many baby's digestive systems aren't ready until later, and starting solids too eary also puts children at higher risk for allergies. They really don't need solids until after a year anyways, before than its just to try new taste and textures. Also cereal reallly does not have much of a taste to it. But its up to you and what you feel your baby is ready for.

    Answer by Precious333 at 5:56 PM on Apr. 11, 2010

  • I think that no sooner then 6 months is a good age to introduce solids. And in case you don't know this, you don't HAVE to use cereal.

    Answer by Krysta622 at 5:58 PM on Apr. 11, 2010

  • You can start infant cereal and pureed food as early as four months unless otherwise specified by her pediatrician. You can start solid/table foods at six months, again unless otherwise specified.

    Answer by JazzlikeMraz at 5:59 PM on Apr. 11, 2010

  • You should not start before 6 months.

    Answer by maggiemom2000 at 8:54 PM on Apr. 11, 2010

  • Your child should be sitting up and not still have the tongue thrust reflex. You child should not be younger than 6 months old and actually a child does not have to be fed any type of solids beside for the first year. I'm not sure why we push solids the first year. I'm not a fan of cereal as it is empty calories. You can puree your own food. DD was a fan of avocados.

    Answer by MotherofIreland at 10:21 PM on Apr. 11, 2010

  • Keep in mind that solids fed to babies before they turn 1 are for the experience of eating them, not for nutrition (a subject most doctors know nothing about). Nutritionists recommend starting solids at 6 months; many are now recommending skipping cereal and starting with a bit of avocado mashed with breast milk (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 fantastic books on feeding babies, with slightly differing philosophies are Baby Led Weaning and Super Baby Food. Check them out of the library. Both websites have great information:

    Answer by rkoloms at 5:21 AM on Apr. 12, 2010

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