K.E. asks from Bernville, PA on May 23, 2007
When to Feed Baby Meat? Biter Biscuits?
My son is now 6 months old. They suspect he was 3-5 weeks early so I'm really confused on what to do- do I feed him according to a 6 month old schedule or play it safe and stay with a 5 month old schedule? He is at the 60 percentile for height and weight for a 6 month old. Anyway, according to my pediatrician's 6 month old handout, babies of this age should have 1/4 cup of pureed meat per day. My family seems stunned by this, all the mothers saying they held off on the meat until 1 yr. Also, so far he is only able to handle bananas, any cereal, and a SMALL amount of pears without having severe painful gas/spitting up constantly. Should I continue trying to introduce the fruits/veggies first or is it OK to try some meat now? I know some people say "just try it" but I don't want to see my little guy suffer unnecessarily.
Second, he is definitely teething. You can see the bump of the tooth pressed up against the gum and it is very very hard. Given his digestive sensitivity is it OK to let him try biter biscuits? I found a neat mesh bag thing with a handle that you can put bicscuits etc. into so baby doesn't choke - these things weren't around for my first two!
Any advice would be appreciated!
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M.O. answers from Pittsburgh on May 25, 2007
I like those bag things, they are just a pain to clean. I would hold off on the meat for a month or so but try a biscuit that is made of something he has not had a hard time with. If he is okay with wheat then give him a biscuit made with wheat, etc. Have you mentioned his gas to the doctor?
C.C. answers from Philadelphia on May 23, 2007
i would wait, if he isn't taking to the fruit and cereal well then just wait. he will get to that other stuff eventually, my yougest is 8 months and she had alot of feeding problems and i still haven't given her meat she just doesn't seem ready to me. now my son who is now six was a little muncher he had meat i think between 4-5 months and my older daughter now 3 was 6 months so it all depends on the kids. i think those biscuits are great for teething
H.C. answers from Norfolk on May 24, 2007
Our peditrician told us to wait till our son was 9 months before any meat was introduced. It will not hurt him to wait on eating meat and just stick with the fruit and veggies, he has the rest of his life to eat and try new things, so I wouldn't rush things. We were also told no honey till 1yr, no eggs till 2yrs and no peanut butter, or shell fish till 3yrs. I know alot of people don't follow these guidelines but what does it hurt to wait and be on the safe side. I used to put cold fruit slices in the mesh bag to let my son teeth on. Bananas make a huge mess with the mesh bag. Biter biscuits should be fine for him to gnaw on, just be careful because they can bite of big chunks and choke. Good luck.
A.N. answers from Cleveland on May 23, 2007
Our pediatrician recommends meats at nine months. I would start with the cereals, fruits, and veggies before introducing meats.
The mesh bag feeders are great for biter biscuits. I also put frozen banana chunks in them, which was great for relieving teething pain. Good luck!
M.S. answers from Philadelphia on May 24, 2007
My pediatrician told us to start my daughter on fruits at 6 months, veggies at 7 months and meat/protein at 8 months, which is what we did...She has been fine with the fruits and veggies, and now that she is 8 months old we have tried to give her some chicken and egg yolk (egg white after 1 year only)...My advice would be to wait on the meat, as your family says--there's no rush, especially if your little one is having trouble digesting...As for the biter biscuits, I believe they're for 9 months and older--we just started giving them to my 8.5 mo. old (who got her 1st teeth 2 months ago). Also, if he was born early, he's technically 5 months...
B.R. answers from Philadelphia on May 24, 2007
I would wait until he has tried all the fruits and Veggies before starting the meats. My son is 9 months and i love the mesh bag. I also use it for the biscuits. I also put ice cubes that helps with the teething.
S.L. answers from Philadelphia on May 23, 2007
its really up to you when to feed him what at what time. I waited till last to introduce the meats from the gerber first foods I did veggis first then fruit then meats. the bitter biscuits I didnt introduce until they could sit up on there own without help. its best to get a teething toy you can put in the freezer get a few of them so when one melts you can replace it with a new one. my two loved the cold feeling on there sore gums they would sit for hours chewing on frozen teething rings.
M.M. answers from Pittsburgh on May 23, 2007
I also have a six month old (almost seven). I waited until she was six months old to feed her any type of solids (due to family history of Celiac Disease). I was told by her doctor to hold off with pureed meats until she is eight months old. She started out with #1 foods and waited three days in between to check for allergies to that food. Right now she is allowed to eat any #1 or #2 foods, single grain rice or oatmeal cereal, rice puffs (found in cereal asle at grocery store), mashed potatoes (no butter or milk!) mash with water or formula if you have it handy, and there are Gerber Graduates food puffs - they MUST melt in the mouth though - it will be clearly labeled on the container. I think I saw them in chedder flavor, banana flavor....I use a menu that I found on Simulac (sp?) website. It was very helpful and I showed my baby's doctor the menu and she approved of it. It tells you what you should feed a 5-7 month old, then a 8-12 month old. Down to the hour! Her doctor also stated to hold off on biscuits or crackers until about 7-1/2 - 8 months when she gets some teeth. Otherwise she might not be able to chew it well enough. So I guess if your baby is teething, you just may want to check with the doctor to make sure he can eat it (meaning he is old enough to). Unless your baby's doctor says otherwise, I don't see why you can't feed him according to his current age.
A.D. answers from Philadelphia on May 24, 2007
Because your son is only 6 months old, he really doesn't need to be eating much in the way of solid foods. (I have a six month old and haven't even thought of giving solids yet, with my oldest two I didn't start any solids until around 9 months.) Especially if he is already having digestive sensitivity. Assuming you are not nursing, try giving him only formula for a few days and see if that helps with his gas and spitting up. If not, you may need to try a different brand of formula. I know that formula fed babies usually start solids before breastfed, but his primary source of nourishment should still be from formula. I don't think I would add meat to his diet until he is at least 9 or 10 months old. And remember, cereal is not necessary- it is only empty carbohydrates. If you really want to give him solid foods, stick with veggies and fruits. And since he already shows some food sensitivities, be sure to give him a new food alone for a few days so you can see how it affects him. As for the biter biscuits, I recommend finding a soft toy for him to chew on (My six month old girl prefers stuffed animals to chew on rather than the teething toys) but if you really want to give them to him, just be sure not to add any other new foods to his diet for at least 3 days after starting him on the biscuits, that way if he has any problems, you will know it is from the biscuits and not something else.