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When can I start to give my baby something other than formula? Like cereal or juice or even baby food?

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Asked by loubug2007 at 1:02 PM on Jul. 6, 2008 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • i wanted to ask the asme question. but my cousin feeds her son (5months old) pieces of fruit, cereal in his bottle. so i think as soon as they start getting teeth.

    Answer by nates_mommi at 1:20 PM on Jul. 6, 2008

  • i started to ffed my daughter rice cereal around 4 1/2 months only cause her dr recommended me to, and baby food 1st food at 6 months.......

    Answer by tierrarutledge at 1:37 PM on Jul. 6, 2008

  • I was able to give my son cereal at 4 1/2 months only from a spoon! Never in his bottle! lots of pediatricians suggest even waiting to give cereal till 6 months now, but mine recommened it at the four and half mark. I will do the same thing with my daughter.

    Answer by Bobbie228 at 2:41 PM on Jul. 6, 2008

  • With my first two children I started at 4 months. It worked well for them, today my son turned four months old, and we plan to feed him his first bit of cereal this evening.

    Answer by KristinRox at 2:43 PM on Jul. 6, 2008

  • Your baby will let you know what they're ready for. You should be able to start w/ jarred fruits at about 4-5 months. When the bottle never seems to be enough- that's when it's time.

    Answer by cjennifer81 at 2:51 PM on Jul. 6, 2008

  • 4 months ins the minium age.....6 months is a better time to let their gut mature.

    Answer by ColleenF30 at 3:01 PM on Jul. 6, 2008

  • your supposed to wait at least 6 months, anytime between 6-12 is good.

    Answer by lillie023 at 3:16 PM on Jul. 6, 2008

  • i also agree NOT in a bottle...... i hate to see a women giving food or a little cereal in a bottle... lol... drives me nuts

    Answer by tierrarutledge at 3:29 PM on Jul. 6, 2008

  • I started feeding my daughter baby food at the time she turned 3 months old & she done just fine with it...but I didn't start giving her solid foods or table foods until she was a week away from being a year old....

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:35 PM on Jul. 6, 2008

  • You should ask your Dr. Generally 4 mo. is appropriate for starting rice cereal, mixed with distilled H2O, breastmilk, or formula. Watch out for constipation since both cereals & formula contain iron (which isn't in breast milk). If this happens try distilled water, breast milk, or diluted juice (ex. apple juice). Then typically at 6 mo. their digestive systems are ready for other solids. You should start with veggies, then fruits, whole grains (oats, rice, etc. B4 wheat). Also, 1 food should be introduced at a time for at least 4 days before trying a new food to make sure your baby doesn't develop allergies. No nuts/seeds (esp. peanuts), strawberries, tomatoes, honey (am I missing anything?) before the 1st yr. or 2 (check w/ Dr. for ages). And no whole milk until okayed by your Dr. Allergies for little ones can be dangerous.
    Good luck with your baby's nutrition & development =)

    Answer by DanieNathan at 5:28 PM on Jul. 6, 2008

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