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when to start on foods?

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Old 01-14-2007, 09:18 PM   #1
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when to start on foods?

i was just wondering when i could start feeding my dd gerber apple sauce, cereal, etc... she will be 4 months on the 22nd.
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Old 01-14-2007, 10:03 PM   #2
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Re: when to start on foods?

Hi! I started my dd on baby food when she was 4 months old. My Pedi suggested starting with orange veggies first then go from there..Introduce a new food every 3 days to make sure no allergies. She never liked just rice or oatmeal alone. I would add juice or just mix it in with her fruit or veggies! Good Luck!

Old 01-15-2007, 06:39 AM   #3
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Re: when to start on foods?

You can start when your pediatrician says so...

The American Academy of Peds. recommends waiting until 6 months, but some docs ok it at 4 months.

Old 01-15-2007, 07:01 AM   #4
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Re: when to start on foods?

I would wait for the go ahead form the doctor....but 4 months is usually when people start, I waited till 5, but ds just wasn't ready.

Old 01-15-2007, 11:16 AM   #5
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Re: when to start on foods?

We started with the cereal thing at 4 months...she was happy to try it. Honestly, she was much more "ready" at about 5.5 to 6 months. And, a lot of data suggests waiting until the 6 month mark for various reasons. (onset of diabetes in adulthood, weight gain etc...) I think it's up to you and what feels right.

We introduced a new veggie/fruit once a week just to make it easy. However, she got bored of the jarred stuff very fast and likes the real thing now! I can't blame her, I hate canned fruit/veggies ANd, some of jarred combinations are downright gross. At 8.5 months we enjoy very thin slices of apple, mango, papaya, banana, strawberries and blueberries. (very messy) She loves Zwieback crackers, Baby Mumm Mumms, noodles, cooked rice, green beans, cooked carrots. We're having a blast watching her try new things. Enjoy!

Old 01-15-2007, 05:29 PM   #6
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Re: when to start on foods?

thanks so much for in the input... she will be going in for her 4mo. check up on the 18th... ill talk to her pedi. then... thanks again
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Old 01-17-2007, 06:55 PM   #7
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Re: when to start on foods?

There is a window of 4-6 months because some babies are ready early.
I knew my daughter was ready for cereal because it stopped giving her gas.
I had to give her some cereal in a bottle for acid reflux, but had to stop
because she couldn't handle it until 4 months. I started feeding her baby food at 5 months and she loved it.

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