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Earliest you can give the baby "baby food"

Hm, I asked my mother she began feeding me at 6months old. I'm kinda curious.
Taylor is only 2months. I am going by the doctors instruction. Just a curious question.

When did you feed your little one? =]

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Asked by QueenMommieBee at 12:52 AM on Dec. 27, 2010 in Kids' Health

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  • 2 months????? What doctor tells you to give solids at 2 months??? That's a MAJOR choking hazard, not to mention the fact that it increases your baby's risk for allergies. Their stomach lining is very porous, so stuff gets into their blood stream now that won't at 6 months. That's why the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) recommends starting solids no sooner than 6 months. Even then, they're just for practice; each feeding should start at the breast or bottle. Wait until yoir baby has at least lost the tongue-thrust reflex, which will greatly reduce the choking risk!

    Answer by musicpisces at 12:56 AM on Dec. 27, 2010

  • Honestly, the longer you wait the better. I tend to be about 8 months, with babies in the 110/115 percentile full on breastfed. The doc will probably say go ahead at 6 months...but mine always adds "when you're ready."


    Answer by lovinangels at 12:57 AM on Dec. 27, 2010

  • Oh dear MusicPisces. I wasn't instructed to give the baby food yet. Oh dear god no O.o The doctor said about 6months or 7months.
    and Okay, thank you for breaking my curiousity LovingAngels =]. I googled and read an article saying that some one feed they're little at 8weeks. Such horrendous stories the internet has now.

    Comment by QueenMommieBee (original poster) at 1:04 AM on Dec. 27, 2010

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    Comment by QueenMommieBee (original poster) at 1:05 AM on Dec. 27, 2010

  • I fed natie solid food at 4 months. She is 8 months now.

    Answer by NatiesMommy at 1:53 AM on Dec. 27, 2010

  • I started baby cereal at 4 months and actual baby food at about 6 I believe.

    Answer by countrygirl06 at 1:59 AM on Dec. 27, 2010

  • I was given permission by my doctor to give my son cereal at 4 months. However, he was constantly hungry (nursing AND supplementing) and was also able to sit up with head control with no problem. We added cereal then, but held out for the fruits and veggies until 6 months. And today he's a perfectly healthy, happy three and a half year old with no allergies, no issues, and no real problems eating. If anything, he's a bit on the skinny side for his height.

    Answer by ruthie11617 at 3:34 AM on Dec. 27, 2010

  • Whew! I was going to suggest you find a new ped! LOL Okay. =)

    Answer by musicpisces at 3:59 AM on Dec. 27, 2010

  • I would not give solids until 6-8 months, personally.

    Answer by KTMOM at 12:03 PM on Dec. 27, 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 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 7:29 PM on Dec. 27, 2010

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