I'm sorry my reply to your last post wasn't clearer but you can give your baby any soft gooey baby food in a can or in a small bottle (ours have metal lids that unscrew very useful for resealing when bub has to be moved mid-feed etc.
I don't know what brands you have but any supermarket should have tonnes of different baby foods - they should be colour coded according to age & the recommended age range should be on the container.
Start with simple bland foods to see if the baby is ok with that food (no allergies etc) & likes it etc then add another one at a time (experts suggest aweek or so apart - I never bothered with that - I just got what I thought sounded ok & tried them my two ate & we were all happier. Give them more if they want it - I don't mean overfeed but some babies need more food (grow faster, start out bigger, have faster metabolisms whatever).
Fruits, vegetables, custards are a good place to start then steak 7 veges etc (of course it's nothing like the steak & vegetables we eat - nothing at all, it's for babies!!!!
Pm me anytime if you want some advice, feel the need to yell & let it out - we all get that way - whatever.
I've always been told no tot give a baby baby food until the 4th or 5th month, but when you do start with one kind of baby food to make sure he/she does not have an allergic reaction. After a week if everything is ok then add another kind in there.
Your not supposed to give a baby food until 4-6 months, the longer you breast feed the better, your babys tummy can't digest baby food yet. Babies who eat too soon can have problems in the future. And if you feel your baby is ready then start them on pablum. Which you only start with a bite a day and go from there. My 3month old looks ready but i'm not going to start anything until 4 months, just to make sure.
I started feeding my kids rice cereal mixed with breast milk or formula at three months old. I also started them on applesauce. I only fed them one type of jar food for a month to watch for allergies. Your baby will gain weight with the rice cereal, but, if you feed the cereal before bedtime, they will sleep better because their little belly is full. There is nothing wrong with feeding a three month old. Just remember to not give a child any honey until they are at least two years old.
what's wrong with honey? I gave my baby milk with honey when she got her first vaccinations at 2 months old because i read somewhere that giving them something sweet rigth after would sooth them, and i really helped her. i i was planning to do it again the next time.
2 days ago the health nurse came over and my son is 4 months and she said since he is on pablum and has been ok with it for awhile now, I can start with food. But she said that I should start with vegetables because the fruit ones taste a lot better and they dont need to know how good they taste because it might make it harder to give the baby not as good food. Lol I kinda made that confusing...
I started feeding my last son and my grand daughter very young. Watered down ceral then food. They both had stomache problems on the milk. They would get too full, cuz they were still hungry and it would make them puke. The food went down much better--real young. Both were also breast fed for the first 3 months, and still ate cereal fruit and vegetables. You can tell if your baby is hungry and if the milk or formula is just not enough!!! Shoot some hispanic baby's are on rice and beans before a lot of 'white" babys are even eating anything. I would just suggest listening to your child--you will know by their crys if they are not satisfied with just milk anymore
It doesn't matter about other babies of other races. You need to do the right thing for your baby, if you consult a dietitian or a pediatrician, they will say maybe you can start a 3month old on rice cereal, but you should really do it around 4 months then go from there, after rice cereal theres oatmeal cereal then barley then soy. Then start on real baby food after that. If you read any baby books they will tell you what to do, you can't rely on what mom used to do, things change and so does science.
Babys dont change--science is not changing but mans preception of it is. There are no set facts in science and all of us are different. That is where science has no clue, neither do the doc's. They all think they know it all, and I have a god who would beg to differ. Mothers if led by their inner voice know more than anyone--about their own child. I dont care about your baby books I have been pregnant 10 times and have 3 children, one on the way(with no uterus) and my god said he would show me how to be a mom. Never read a baby book--but I do read my bible.
Cheewhooo Haleeluuyaa! My baby is 3 months and before I got a food grinder, I would chew up her food. N she was cgreat at intaking it. Now that I have a grinder I been doing wonders.. I made oatmeal n put honey water n sometimes milk n make it to where it was thick but suckable thru the bottle, of course I had to bite a bigger hole on the nipple. I made enough to last for a few days, next ill be grinding up veggies.. But she loves it. N I still breastfeed her as well. I'm still learning, n know that the holy ghost is guiding me., along with people around me . Including some of yall hehe.. thanks yall
during the first four to six months of life, infants need only breast milk or formula to meet all their nutritional needs. Breast milk is the recommended feeding method for the first six months of life although a fortified formula can adequately meet an infant's needs.
If breastfeeding, a newborn may need to nurse eight to 12 times per day (every 2 to 4 hours), or on demand. By four months, the baby is likely to cut back to four to six times per day, however, the quantity of breast milk consumed at each feeding will increase.
Formula-fed babies may need to eat about six to eight times per day, starting with 2-5 ounces of formula per feeding (for a total of 16-35 ounces per day). As with breastfeeding, the number of feedings will decrease as the baby gets older, but the amount of formula will increase to approximately 6-8 ounces per feeding.
Never give honey to an infant, as it may contain the spores that cause botulism. An infant's immune system is not fully developed to fight off this disease.
Although an infant may sleep through the night, waking to feed may be necessary if the infant is not eating enough during the day or if they are underweight. Routine check-ups with your physician to monitor your child's growth will ensure they are eating adequately during the day. Your doctor or dietitian will inform you if waking to feed is recommended.
Thats great that you have faith in all, but it doesn't replace facts. If you would leave a mother with nothing but instinct of course a baby would thrive, but you still need proper nutrition. Plain and simple. And of course the doctors and science know. Thats why its called knowledge, we learn new things trough scientific break troughs, and if we can use that to raise healthy children then the better. You shouldn't give advise if you yourself have not read anything on the subject. It may be fine for your children how ever many you have, (be it a good thing or not) but for others who enjoy doing it the way science has proven to be affective many time over.
U would be a fool if u listened to everything ur doc said, there is so much so called facts that they speak that are fiction. Smh.. and God is the first one that I will turn to when I'm needing healing, or advice. For my His is my creator. And its not like I'm doggin docs but there's somethings that are common sense and somethings we should take to the doc.
Mark 16:17-18 KJV
And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
There needs to be a balance. New with old. Sure we can use science to help learn better ways of doing things, but also look at kids now. They are "healthier" with having more vaccines and knowledge of nutrition, but they are obese and many have no manners or ability to thrive on their own. As a mother you know what is best for your baby. Read up make informed decisions and follow your instinct!
My health visitor explained to me the reason why a baby shouldnt be fed until 4 months old, she said it is because the large molecules of food irritate the babys intestines, and cant be absorbed properly.
Also, I suppose that formula/breast milk is more nutritional than baby rices etc.
I was weened at 3 months though, and I dont have any food type allergies that I know of.
Its difficult to know what to think when the professionals are always changing their advice when weening at 3 months worked out okay in the past.
I know that this is an old post, but im just making an addition to it in case anyone else looks to it for advice and opinions.
My pediatrician told me to start my son on some pablum (rice cereal) when he was 6 weeks old cause he was eating so much. I did it for a while and then stopped casue it wasn't making a diff to his sleeping through the night or anything. Now he will be 3 months (and weighs about 16-17lbs) on wed and we have started again. It still doesn't really make a diff to his sleeping but hopefully it will soon. He eats about 9oz every 2 hours during the day and 7-9 oz every 3-4hours from 8pm-7am. I give him some cereal in the morn and at night with his bottle. I am one tired mama!!
My daughter was the same way. I started spoon feeding her the cereal when she was about 2 1/2 months. My doctor said as long as she wasn't getting constipated or diarrhea then she was digesting it fine. I started with plain cereal and then started the cereal with the fruits already mixed in. She now sleeps from 9 or 10 pm until 6 am. You may want to try spoon feeding your son so it can make his lil tummy full. He may sleep better too.
Listen to your child. I have twins, one is now ready at 3 months. He screams after having 9 ounces. Clearly, formula is not enough. I refuse to carry around 4 bottles when feeding my twins. So I started some solids which has worked out great. He eats from a spoon without a problem. He was ready. His identical twin brother is not. He will not eat from the spoon, wants his bottle and seems to be more content when fed formula.
My brother and I started solids at 15 days. That's what the doctor ordered back then and we are just fine. Experience says just as much or more than books do at times.
I tried to do things the way the doctor says "start solids at 6 months" that will not work for me or my babies.
Now both of my babies eat 4 times a day and sleep from 8pm until 7 in the morning at 3 months a 1 week.
They eat at 8am,11am,3pm,7pm and sleep 12 hours and take frequent naps during the day. They are satisfied,happy and full.
You need to have an open mind and listen to your instincts and your baby and through trial and error you'll figure out whats best.
Remember the doctor won't pay your phychologists bill. :-)
You know whats more anoying than ppl looking at your buldging belly and asking r u pregnant???? Ppl who believe everything they read or hear lol.A mother knows whats best for her child........My son is 9 weeks and started pablem at 8 weeks. Because of his weight mostly. But once a baby is drinking about 25-30 oz a day and can support there own neck your safe to try watered down pablem . I dont care how many ppl say you shouldnt do that yadda yadda freakin yadda. Do you have any idea how many ppl couldnt beliveve I had a 10 month pregnancy . My son was born 3 days short of 10 months and came out perfectly healthy. On his own without drugs in 4 hours form beginning of labour to the end of it. I got so sick of people saying your hurting your child ladda ladda . He wsa happy and healthy and fine . And he came out as nature intended ... Pumpin him full of drugs and poking and proding to get him out would have hurt him . Lol .... Anyawys enough about that. I suggest asking your dr for her advice but either way the choice is yours. You do what you think is best. Pablum doesnt cause obesity in babies . Or long term thats horse poop. The only part of it that causes allergies is if your introducing a wide variety of kinds at once. Although I dont agree with putting it in the bottle at least I wont do that to my son . He gets a little at a time on a spoon . And he only gets a teaspoon three times a day . Hes fine . And thriving . And he was a big baby when he was borbn . Hes about 13 lbs right now and 27 inches long. He can eat an 8 oz bottle and still be hungry. However in my case my dr told me to put him on pablem to help with his acid reflux. Every dr and health care professional and health nurse will say something different. How about you stop litening to every person who says no no do this no no do this and do what your baby tells you . You can tell when you baby is ready. He or she will shwo you signs of readiness . My personal suggest ... Is just what I did with my son . I gave him the tiniest amount thinned out with formula. .. They need to get used to the consistancy. So at first they might not really like it. As time goes on after a few weeks you can make it a tiny bit thicker etc etc. But your baby will let you know when there ready . And if the need it thicker or not . However if you are feeding it to a younger baby especially one who is formula fed you want to make sure you stay iron free.... Because too much iron will hurt the lil tummy and remmeber babies still have reserves of iron they took from you while pregnant. ( ps if you donty really like waht I said . Lol than go on and read the next post . ) I really donty want to hear your argumentative side about it. Everyone seems to think he or shes dr knows best. If that was the case. So many drs wouldnt say something different. And since wouldnt keep chaning.. Like someone said earlier. Ppls perception of science is chaning not the babies lol in ten years now they will be saying pablem is good again lol . O and ps... If u seem to think that 4 months is so right.... Health guidenlines actually state 4-6 but the later part of 6... Lol than why do they make the pablem box say 0-6 or birth - 3 etc etc.... Anyways mommies do what you feel is best for you baby after speaking with your Dr. However id suggest never putting it in a bottle and leaving your baby hold the bottle and walking away ever... That could be ick.Y
to people who think science and doctos know everything!
for one thing Kylersmom you need to chill out your opinion is your opinion don't cut someone else down for what they believe is right for their family . You aren't perfect and doctors aren't perfect and God knows what is best for you and your children. stop being so stuburn you aren't right on everything no is all the time!
I started my daughter at 3 months on cereal. The doctor said not to do it, but she was already showing all the signs she was ready. She was a supported sitter, found interest in food, opened her mouth and leaned toward the spoon and the tongue was not at her lips. I fully breast feed her first and then let her guide me on how much jar food she wants. (she is 4 1/2 months now and loves her vegies) Some days she eats 2 bites other days she eats a whole jar. She weighed at her 4 month check-up to be 12lbs 2oz (50%) and measured 25 1/4 inches (97%) and has been in those percentages since she was born. She is not obese and is thriving wonderfully. I say, take the cues from your baby, not the doctor when it comes to feeding.
Oh! and for what food to feed them. I tried cereal...rice and oatmeal and she hated it. I did each for a week and went on to fruits and vegies (gerber step 1) I feed her one type for 3 days and then switched to the next. If she wanted more, I would go back to the one she had prior. 3 days is to watch for allergic reactions. Bananas caused her top lip to swell, so we don't do bananas, but she loves applesauce, pears, peaches, and prunes! As for vegies, she eats them all with fervor. I started with Applesauce and then switched to vegies on the next one, I believe it was sweet potatoes. I don't think it matters what you give to them first as for fruits versus vegies. She started on fruits, but favors vegetables. I think it is all about what you eat when pregnant and breast feeding...she is used to the flavor already.