1st Stage Foods

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Stephiealisa - November 6

Hey There! My question is about starting a baby on 1st stage foods. Do I really have to wait for a certain age or is it more on where he is developmentally? My son is a big boy, not fat, but long. He is 3 months and fitting 6 month clothing very well. (Numerous ppl were shocked when I told them his age) I started giving him one serving of rice cereal when he was two months. He now eats 6oz of formula every 3-4 hours and he never seems full. In fact, he never has. I read that babies will push the bottle out or away when they are full, but he has never done this. Also, his doctor said that he is reaching his milestones sooner than other babies. I also think he is starting to cut teeth. He drools like crazy, cries for no reason, and chews on his fingers and his binky instead of sucking it. Is it time for food?? I went to gerber.com and they said to feed your baby rice cereal when he is physically ready, not by age. Is this the same for 1st stage foods? Thanks

 

DDT - November 6

I have read numerous books and articles on this topic. And what I have gathered it that it is best to wait until your baby is 17 weeks old minimum before starting any kind of solid food. The reason for this is because their digestive system is not mature enough to break down solid food. But to answer your question...generally you can start the 1st foods 3-4 weeks after you have started cereal. But this is based on starting a baby on solids at 4 months, so maybe you should wait another 2-4 weeks. There is no rush for this. If he is more hungry feed him more formula. Why did you go to solids instead of just increasing the number of feeds he gets during the day? I am not judging though so please don't get defensive. I am just curious. In my own experience I started ds1 (he is now 20 months old) on cereal at 17 weeks old and 1st foods at 21 weeks old. With ds2 (now 5 months old) I started cereal when he was 20 weeks old and plan on starting 1st foods next week when he will be 23 weeks old.

 

DDT - November 6

BTW both my boys are/were bigger than average. Ds2 is 18 lbs & 27.5in wearing 6-9 month clothing.

 

Stephiealisa - November 6

I gave him cereal because his doctor said that sometimes a little rice cereal would help him sleep longer. I started with a little and gradually added more to his formula. He know sleeps through the night. I was also told that 6 oz of formula every 3 hours was too much for a baby his age and that he could develop "weight issues" or possibly reflux and that the cereal is thicker so it would make him feel fuller even if he only had 4 oz instead of 6oz..... hope that all made sense haha

 

DDT - November 6

Wow, I am truly surprised that a doctor told you all that stuff. Firstly, the old wives tale that feeding your baby cereal will make them sleep longer is just that...a myth. There is no scientific weight behind it. It's probably the extra calories he's getting that lets him sleep longer but he could have gotten those calories from cluster feeding formula. My ds1 also started sleeping through (11pm to 7am) when he was 3 months old without any help from cereal. Also, did s/he advise to give cereal in a bottle? the reason why we start babies on cereal at 4 months is primarily to get them used to the concept of spoon-feeding. It is essentially practice time for them. So, putting cereal in a bottle defeats that purpose. And worse of all I just cannot believe your doctor told you that 6oz every 3 hrs is too much...and worse yet if you fed him more it would lead to childhood obesity. That is just bulls*$% (excuse my French). A baby (especially as young as 3 months old) will take as much as they need. They cannot over-eat. Both my boys were drinking 5-6oz every 3hrs and sometimes more during a growth spurt. If I were you I would get a new doctor because the one you currently have doesn't seem to be very updated on his knowledge of babies. The "wisdom" s/he is imparting to you is out-of-date and sounds simliar to what doctors thought in the 50's and 60's. Does your son not get spoo-fed at all? maybe start with that before you start the 1st foods. Getting the hang of spoon-feeding can take 2-3 weeks sometimes. Good luck!

 

mjvdec01 - November 6

I completely agree with DDT. Your pediatrician is off his #%&* rocker. Our son will be 4 months on the 17th and he eats 6 ounces every 2-3 hours. My guess is that he weighs bout 19 pounds and I'm not sure how long he is. His 4 month appointment is coming up and I know that his pediatrician sees no problem with his eating schedule, or the amount per feeding. Babies will stop eating when they are full. If your boy isn't giving you the impression he is "done", then he isn't full. Once a baby is consistently emptying his/her bottle each feeing it is time to up the amount an ounce at a time until you find the correct amout. Children develop the risk of becoming obese, or having weight issues once they start on solid foods. Don't feed your baby fast food, or anything fried. They don't need deserts. Stick to veggies, fruits, and lean protien, and supplement with formula or b___stmilk until after a year of age when you switch to whole milk, or the toddler formula. That is what you do!

 

Stephiealisa - November 6

Whoa.... I guess Im glad I asked my question on here. That all makes sense. And yea, when we give him 6 oz he completely empties it..... But my dr also said that overfeeding could casue stomach upset and him to throw up the whole bottle which would defeat the purpose of feeding him. So what should I do??? Should I feed him until he pushes the bottle away? I know every baby is different, but I am a first time mom and I just want to do whats right and best for him.

 

mjvdec01 - November 7

Try 7 ounces and see how he does. If it stays down then you are good. Once he is emptying 7 ounces then go to 8. And yes, if he does eat too much he may puke it all up. On the other hand, he might puke it up due to an air bubble. Make sure to burp him half way through and then again when he is finished. Right now all your baby needs is formula or b___stmilk. There is no need to rush things. Some babies are even exclusively b___stfed for the first year before getting solids. Personally, I started our daughter at almost 5 months, she will be three in February. Our son will be 4 months on the 17th and I will be starting him at 5 months as well. It is really easy, just feed the baby if he wants to eat, and don't worry about his weight or how jmuch or often he wants to feed. Then, when it is the right time to start solids, keep it healthy.

 

smmom2 - November 8

Stephie....As the mom of 3 kids...and I have worked in childcare for 15 yrs,...your dr is very correct....childhood obesity is a very growing and serious problem. Also...a lot of kids get over fed (sometimes kids dont know when to stop eating) and they WILL puke everything they just ate...defeating the purpose. I started my oldest on ceral at 4 months and food at 6 months ( which is what most dr's recommend) and my second dd had the same issue...never seemed full. I started her on ceral at about 14 weeks ( 3 1/2 months) and 1st foods a couple weeks later. It totally completely helped her. Her pedi also told me babies shouldnt eat more then 6 oz per feeding. My pedi is younger ( in her 40s) and very very experienced. I also have a friend who's daughter cluster fed before bed time only,,,,,that worked for her. I think you know whats best for YOUR baby and that he will be fine on first foods. Start with veggies, 1/2 jar a day, each kind for 3-4 days so you know that he has no allergy to it ( like do green beans for 3-4 days then move onto peas) and then move on to fruits. Do the same thing...each fruit for 3-4 days. This way he doesnt only want the sweet fruits...make sure you introduce them slowly so you can figure out if he has allergies to them or not. Dont let anyone guilt you into not feeding him...you are his mom and know what he needs best. My dd is fine...she is 2 1/2 now and very healthy !!

 

smmom2 - November 8

I do however agree with not giving him his cereal in a bottle, dr's usually only prescribe that for sick babies...like ones who may have something like failure to thrive. It is best he learns to eat off a spoon....so try giving him his cereal from a spoon ( its thicker then in a bottle so it might help also) and then add his foods in a couple weeks.

 

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