When To Start Baby Food

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meagan1227 - May 4

my son is 4 months and 2 weeks old. he doesnt like the rice cereal so i dont give it to him. when should i start him on baby food? do i start with the jar foods? and also what is the best to start with?


pbj - May 4

Did you try oat and barley cereal yet? I wouldn't start veggies or fruits until you've tried all cereals. Also, most babies don't like anything the first time you give it to them. Anyway, if you bf I would start with bananas if you formula feed I would start with carrots, sweet potatoes or b___ternut squash.


Bonnie - May 4

I agree with PBJ. It takes a awhile for them to adapt to each one. It may also be he is not ready yet. gerber.com has a great guide for starting solids and how to tell if they are ready. :)


meagan1227 - May 4

i tried the banana oatmeal cereal and he just spit it out. i gave it with a spoon and i tried it for a couple of days but he still wouldnt take it. i think he's ready though becuase if he sees me eating or drinking he smacks his lips and gets mad if he cant have any


pbj - May 4

When you try cereals you give them single grain first with nothing added. It is important because they single out allergies and doesn't just slam their digestive systems with too many different things. You don't know then if he didn't like the cereal or the taste of the banana. My dd hates bananas, which is bizarre, but she does. I would try cereals again, they're easier to digest than veggies or fruits. Be sure you dilute the cereal enough with formula or b___stmilk. Another great website that was suggested to me by another lady on here is www.wholesomebabyfood.com


AmandaManns - May 6

My son is 4 1/2 months old and we started him on baby food in the jar about 2-3 weeks ago per doctors orders. His doctor told us to start him on any yellow veggy such as carrots, sweet potatoes, and squash. He also said to stay on the same food for at least 3 days to make sure there are no allergies. My son does great and loves everything we have tried. ALso if you are b___stfeeding I think they recommend starting with fruit because b___stmilk is sweeter than formula. My sister in law b___stfeeds and she started her twins on pears but her doctor told her pears or peaches would be a good starter fruit.


Rabbits07 - May 6

I've read several things that say to keep introducing a food even if baby doesn;t like it and that on average by the tenth try baby will decide to eat it...(they say this works on older kids, too)


Bonnie - May 6

The last 3 posters are all right. It takes about 10 tries for a child to get used to a new food. And when they are first starting solids it may take a couple weeks to get the hang of it. Just keep offering it but don't force it. Check out the Gerber's site I posted above as they have great step-by-step instructions. Start by giving one food at a time (no mixed ones) for at minimum 3-5 days to see if there are any allergy problems. Once you have gone through them all and know they are okay then you can go for mixed ones. Rice cereal is the best to start out with as it is the least allergenic. The younger a baby is the more risk for allergy there is. 4 months in on the low end so you want to be extra careful. My son sees a tummy specialist for some tummy problems he has. This is the order she has us trying out solids with him (least allergenic to higher)......rice cereal, oatmeal cereal, barley cereal, mixed cereal, orange veggies like carrots and sweet potatos, yellow veggies like squash, green veggies, fruit, then meat. We try one food at a time for 5-7 days. It's taken Mason about a week to figure out what he was doing. He pretty much wears the majority of it. :P


C - May 6

You can feed him baby bananas if you want. Mix it with the cereal. I would use the jarred variety, stage 1.


Sarahsmommy - May 7

You do NOT have to start with cereal it is just recommened. Your little one may still have the tongue thrust thing though. Try putting the food on the middle of his tongue it's harder to pust out that way.



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