4 Month Old Question Solid Food

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mommybabyboy21 - October 16

I was wondering how many moms are starting/started their little one on solid food at 4 months...if you did was there a signal as to why you did...if you waited off...how long did you wait and then why did you decide then? I was thinking of waiting until my ds has teeth...he has been teething for about a month and 1/2 now, but a mother told me that her son started teething at 3 months but didn't get his first tooth until he was 8 month old and I don't think I can sustain him on me that long. oh and what was their first food. I have read several books about this subject...and they all contradict one another...why I usually don't trust them...I could probably find a book that will tell you anything you want to hear...that is why I tried to follow my instincts but when it comes to introducing food I am unsure when to start...sometimes I want to give him food now just to see his face...I know they make funny faces when they first taste food, but then I dont want to give food to him to early because I personally think that their system aren't ready yet...but then I was wondering what markers other parents look for when deciding to give their lo solid food. So I can come up with an idea of what markers to look for in deciding when to give him food. Thanks!!

 

DDT - October 16

Hmm well your lo could only get his first tooth at 12 months old. It doesn't mean just because he's teething now that he will get teeth soon. Babies can teeth for months before a tooth actually makes an appearance. Your baby doesn't need teeth to eat pureed food. I started at 4.5 months because of ds's weight and curiosty for food. Babies NEED something other than formula or BM when they are 6 months old. Especially iron (found in cereal amongst other veggies) if you are BF. If you are unsure as to whether you want to introduce your lo to solids then wait until he is 6 months old. GL.

 

DDT - October 16

You can google "when is my baby ready for solids" and you will get many hits telling you what signs to look for. But essentially it is all your own decision to start no or wait until 6 months old.

 

DDT - October 16

I missed one of your questions: Good first foods (after 3-4 wks of just cereal of course)-sweet potatoe, squash, apple, pear, peas, banana.

 

mommybabyboy21 - October 16

thanks

 

excited2bemama - October 16

Its pretty much up to you. EVERY book and EVERY doctor will say something different. Its all so confusing. So books and experts say that most babies lack the necessary digestive enzyes for solids until 6 months- others say that babies need more than formula or b___stmilk at 6 months. There probably really isn't a right or wrong answer. MY lo is 4.5 months old. I said I was going to wait until she was interested and she just recently started showing interest. She watches us eat, grabs my plate etc. Always they are supposed to be able to sit with support and have lost the tongue thrust relex. Babies definately don't need teeth to eat soft, pureed or even mashed food- but they do need to be abl to swallow solids- its obviously a different constistancy than liduid food. My ped wants me to start solids but I am waiting till 6 months- my lo still has some tummy issues.. alot of gas, and she still spits up several times after every feeding- My lo is b___stfed- all that being said- if you offer your lo food and he doesn't like it or won;t take it you are supposed to keep offering it but never force it- Babies don't actually have to have anything other than b___stmilk /formula for the first year alhtough they may need an iron suppliment after 6 months if they don't eat food (but that too is controversial) Good luck- Good first food are cereal or banana, squash, etc-

 

JerseyGirl - October 16

Thanks for this post - and the answers so far! My DS went for his 4-month check-up yesterday and the doc suggested starting solids on Nov. 1 (he'll be 4.5 months old then). He gave us a lot of instruction as to what to start with, how much to give, when to start introducing other foods, etc. and my head was totally spinning. Man, formula is so much easier!! Though my DS can sit fine and is of age (though I don't think his weight is up to par), I don't see that he's interested yet, so I'm gonna wait until he is... even if it's after Nov. 1.

 

wailing - October 17

My pedi told me it's standard in their practice to wait to start solids until 5 months. Esp b/c ds is doing great weight wise and b'feeding is going well. But, I've heard many ppl who started early and their lo's loved solids. They really don't need the nutrition from solids since they are only getting a small amt in the beg. Starting solids is really to help bb's learn to swallow mushy foods, get used to texture, let their tummy's acclomate to something new, and to test for what they are allergic too. I give my lo a vit supplement to make up for the Iron and Vit D he needs that's not in b'milk. I personally can't wait to start solids....my ds seems very interested in food right now. But. he's only 4 months so I"m waiting just 4 more wks. LIke everyone said tho, it's really up to u. U know ur bb best so u know what his/her needs are. I know most ppl start w/ rice cereal w/ formula or b'milk added. If they get constipated from it, some people switch to oatmeal or brown rice or add fruits like prunes. I'm going to follow my pedi's advice on this and go really slow. They say rushing too many things too early can cause allergies.

 

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