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we were told by wic and everything not to until 6 months with our first but I am thinking it was around 4 months that we went ahead and started her on baby foods.. she was always starving and wanting to nurse non stop if not.. the baby food helped with her getting full more and we then continued nursing as well until she was about 14 months
6 months is the ideal. I started my oldest around 5 months as well as my twin boys, just be careful if you start earlier than that. I know some friends who started their child on baby foods around 3 and a half-4 months and the baby got real sick. They don't need it!
An OLD recommendation was "somewhere between 4-6 months" but now everyone from the American Academy of Pediatrics to the World Health Organization recommends waiting til age 6 months (no earlier) to maximize benefits of breastmilk/formula and to avoid problems like allergies and obesity. Obviously not all kids who eat solids early will have those problems (it's a strong correlation, not causation) but the AAP and WHO don't make these recommendations for fun-- they use research based on the scientific method to give the best possible information to parents, and care to babies.
The general rule of thumb is when your baby is able to hold his/her head up and does not spit the entire amount food out. This begins around 4 months, however the time is different for every baby, so don't become discouraged. Your baby is ready when his/her tongue is able to manipulate the food from the front to the back of the mouth. Avoid any meat foods at this time due to the baby being unable to process the proteins, begin w/ vegatable 1st and advance as tolerated. start w/ a single item x 1 week in order to identify any possible allergies whenever introducing ANY new food. Meats can begin after 6-8 months.
Always listen to your baby. Everyone is going to give you their recommendations from feeding to what toys your baby should play with but if your paying attention your baby will tell you exactly what they need. My first daughter was able to start eating pureed foods (baby food) at 3 months and my second daughter started at 4 months. Both were able to hold their necks up and were ALWAYS hungry so it worked out well.
Some doctors say it's ok to give them solids at 6 months but most wait until their child is 8 months.its all in your personal preference.you can also ask your doctor.
the best advice is topay attention to your babys needs, if you feel like he is ready for solids test it out.
I've heard four months, and I've heard six months. It depends on the doctor and the latest study out at the time. Some doctors may tell you that you CAN at four months, but the baby certainly doesn't NEED solids that early. Also, the baby should be able to sit up (supported, at least).
i didn't give my son solids till he was around 5 months. your not supposed to give them cereal till there four months. and they have to be able to sit up supported. i started out with just yellow foods,did that for a week to make sure he wasn't allergic to anything,then i gave him orange foods and then the green and he did great =] so talk to your doctor. i know i wanted to give my son cereal when he was 2-3 months old and my doctor told me NO! so i would wait and when he's four months give him cereal. they need that before the solids anyways. then at 5 months talk to your doctor. then just give him one color foods one week,then another color the next week to make sure he won't be allgeric to anything...it worked well for me. so good luck