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how old does my baby need to be?

To eat soilds food? Even if its stage 1?

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freshcutwifey

Asked by freshcutwifey at 5:01 PM on May. 2, 2010 in Food & Drink

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  • Starting around 4 months you can begin to introduce rice cereal to her breastmilk or formula. If she takes to this well, then starting after 6 months you can introduce stage 1 foods--maybe 1-2 times a day at first, and gradually increasing, depending on your littleo ones appetite and how they are handling it. When she starts getting her first chompers, you can introduce things like Cheerios, and Zwieback cookies (for teething). Any table food you decide to give her after around 10 months, just be sure it is in tiny pieces.
    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 5:05 PM on May. 2, 2010

  • It is best to wait until at least 6 months old. There are no benefits to starting before that, but there are benefits to waiting until at least 6 months. Some good info on this at Why Delay Solids?

    maggiemom2000

    Answer by maggiemom2000 at 5:09 PM on May. 2, 2010

  • Food should not be offered before your child is 4 months old. The latest recommendations are to wait closer to 6 months.
    Rileysmom425

    Answer by Rileysmom425 at 8:50 PM on May. 2, 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 www.babyledweaning.com and Super Baby Food www.superbabyfood.com You should be able to find them at your local library
    rkoloms

    Answer by rkoloms at 9:32 PM on May. 2, 2010

  • go with your gut not all babies are the same.. my dd was on cereal and solids food at 3 months, my son started at 2 1/2 months... follow your baby's needs!
    Trinity0820

    Answer by Trinity0820 at 9:50 PM on May. 2, 2010

  • Anything before 6 months can seriously damage their little immature systems. Please wait to introduce anything besides formula or breastmilk til at least 6 months. Babies under a year don't need solids for nutrition, just for practice - all the nutrition they need before a year comes from the breastmilk or formula. Cereal is empty of calories and nutrition, and the jarred 1st foods aren't any better, other than the fact that some of them can help a constipated child poop.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:00 PM on May. 2, 2010

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