T.H. asks from Fort Worth, TX on June 05, 2008
M.E. answers from Dallas on June 06, 2008
C.G. answers from Dallas on June 06, 2008
B.S. answers from Dallas on June 06, 2008
The "books" tell you between 4-6 months. Both of my girls were around 4 months when we began foods. I felt like you did they needed more than formula at that point. Both are healthy kids!
G.A. answers from Dallas on June 08, 2008
M.G. answers from Dallas on June 06, 2008
Oh my goodness! You're only 36 and have been married for 20 years? Did you have to get your parents' consent to get married at age 16? (just curious!)
Anyway, they say to feed an infant baby food between 4-6 months, so you can start your baby on baby food now (but check with your pediatrician just to get the okay). You're supposed to feed the same food for 3 days in a row before you switch to a new food to make sure there are no allergies. Have fun, and congratulations for being married so long!
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J.L. answers from Lubbock on June 06, 2008
I would ck with her pediatrician. My baby's pedi said we would start her on cereals @ 4 mos. She just turned 3 mos. today!
J.L. answers from Dallas on June 05, 2008
When you decide to start her on rice cereal make sure you feed her formula first and end the meal with cereal. The AAP recommends starting solids at 6 months, but if you feel like an extra boost of calories from cereal is what she needs then just make sure that the bulk of her nutrients is coming from the formula. In other words you probably shouldn't decrease the amount of formula you give her in a day; keep giving her the same amount you normally do. Just use the baby food as an addition to her diet.
B.B. answers from Dallas on June 06, 2008
I started my son on rice cereal at 4 months. I think that the ceareal is to help get them used to eating solids. My pedi said to try that for 6-8 weeks, til he was used too it, but I started veggies after only a week b/c he couldn't get enough! His doc said to take cues from my baby as to when to move on. Start w/veggies b/c if she likes the seetness of the fruits, she may not like the veggies after that. Start one new food a week, though, to watch for signs of allergic reactions. You know your baby, so go with what you think is best for her!
N.C. answers from Dallas on June 06, 2008
now is a good time to give her 1st stage fruit. but do one fruit per week or longer to make sure she isn't allergic to any of them. just ask your dr next appt. don't start any meat or veggie until the dr. approves first. some people say to feed rice ceral, thats good too but until you actually try to feed your 4 month with a spoon, you'll learn for now to get a nipple with a big hole, a 2nd stage nipple is big and it works and feed it to them that way. i tried with a spoon when my son was young like that and it was a mess. but i also didnt have a high chair yet. good luck! go with your gut, its your child you know her better than anyone including the dr. i say that b/c sometimes drs don't listen.
K.M. answers from Dallas on June 06, 2008
Hi T.. I understand how you must be feeling but I do watch alot on the news and read a bunch about what to do and not to do. Pedis recommend not to give baby food (veggies etc) until 6 months because the baby's intestines cannot break down the food well. Our pedi recommended started with the rice cereal. We tried that but he doesnt really like the cereal and it just pretty much a filler. We were told at 6 months to start him on veggies 1st because if we started on fruits he wouldnt want veggies anymore. He has been doing good with that. But at this point the formula is still where he gets the most nutrition from. He is just testing out foods to get used to them for when he gets older. Remember to try one at a time and stay on that one for 3-5 days to make sure she doesnt have a reaction. Then after you go through them all (green, yellow, orange veggies) you can mix them up with things. We also give our baby "yo baby" yogurt. He likes that alot. Good luck :)
M.E. answers from Dallas on June 06, 2008
We started my daughter on Gerber 1ST Foods when she was 4 months. We realized that she was allergic to carrots because her face broke out, but other than that she adapted EXTREMELY well . I truly believe that feeding her at 4 months to helped her have the great eating habits she has today.