How soon is too soon for Baby food?

United States
December 5, 2006 12:29pm CST
My child's pediatrician says that he would prefer me not give my son any food, whether it be baby rice cereal, baby food, or food off the table, until he is at least 10 months old. I didn't listen to him though. My aunt started feeding her son, Rice Cereal when he was 8 days old. My baby was about 10 or 11 days old when he first had cereal. I now give him cereal in the morning, with a warm bottle of milk, Around noon, he gets some kind of vegetable with a fruit, and at supper time he gets the same thing as at noon. Right before bed, He gets a bath every other night, cereal and a bottle. People tell me that this is too much for a 4 month old baby to have. He will be 4 months old on the 11th of December and is now weighing in at 14 lb 6 oz, and is 24 1/2 inches long. He gets around 4 6 oz bottles a day. And still seems like he's hungry. Is this too much food for him in one day? I just want your opinions.
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@desiret (2124)
• Italy
5 Dec 06
i started feeding my daughters at 6 months, under my child's pediatrician suggestion. we began with some apples, then i introduced vegetables soup, meet and fish...at 1 years they ate everything
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• United States
5 Dec 06
Thank you for your response!
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• United States
6 Dec 06
4-6 months is the time to START introduding solid food, before that time, you risk your baby developing food allergies.
• United States
6 Dec 06
10 months old?!?! That's insane! I started feeding my son rice cereal when he was around 5 months... then I started introducing the jarred baby food at 6 months. Now he's 9 months and eats three meals of baby food, some baby oatmeal, and still his formula bottles throughout the day. I never really followed a "guideline"... just followed my instinct!
@Aali311 (6127)
• United States
6 Dec 06
yeah it's a little too old, most babies are eating everything at ten months old.
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@em12ma (396)
• United States
5 Dec 06
Feeding children at 8 months old is way too early. Their digestive system are not yet fit to get solid foods at the time, and this is the reason why doctors recommend feeding babies at around 4 months time. I wonder why your doctor recommended feeding at 10 months, for me that's already late.. I wonder too how your aunt and you have managed to feed babies at those early age and i think that's the reason why your baby has now been accustomed to this constant feeding and not being satisfied enough. unless your doctor has told you that your baby is not over-weight, then I believe there's no cause for alarm but just the same be aware and conscious of the kinds of food you give your baby. As long as you're giving him healthy food, then I can say that you should go on with what you're doing.
@em12ma (396)
• United States
5 Dec 06
Let me correct my statement: I should have been "feeding babies at 8 days old" instead of the one written "8 months old", i hope mylot can put an edit option in the posts....
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• United States
6 Dec 06
I have 5 children and I started feeding them off the table, like little tastes of gravy and mashed potatoes, etc right away (couple of weeks old) just not in big proportions... They did fine. A couple of them would never touch the cereal, but I always introduced veggies before fruit...they will like the sweet taste of the fruit and then not eat the veggies. Some of them really enjoyed having cereal in their formula right before bed and they would sleep through the night. My opinion is that they will let you know if they don't like it and as long as they aren't losing weight, then you must be doing something right. Good Luck!
@loved1 (5338)
• United States
5 Dec 06
I started my children on rice cereal between 4-6 months of age. The formula is a food that is very dense in calories. It will keep your baby satisfied much longer than fruits or cereal. Maybe he is not hungry when he fusses. If he is 4 months old he is probably starting to cut teeth and is getting anxious to start crawling around.
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• United States
5 Dec 06
Thank you for your response. I've thought about the cutting teeth part. I'm not sure how to find out whether it's teething or not. I'm a first time mom and not sure on a bunch of things!
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@cherhost (1073)
• United States
6 Dec 06
I agree... but Ithink she a 3 months
@vickilee (136)
• United States
6 Dec 06
Babies will start to drool a lot when they are beginning to cut teeth. They will rub their faces often, be generally fussy, sometimes even run a slight fever, and will gnaw on everything!! Maybe try a cold teething ring and see if that helps. If he seems like he is getting some relief from it, he is probably teething. Also check his gums to see if they appear swollen and red. That is another sign of teething.
@mfrancq (1809)
• United States
6 Dec 06
First off, every baby is different. I have learned to never listen to the doctor when it comes to feeding. I had my baby on cereal at three months because he was acting like he wasn't getting enough to eat. I gave him 4 oz of cereal every night before he went to bed. My doctor went nuts about it but I didn't care. Only you know what to do for your kid...you spend the most time with them. You are not supposed to put your child on baby food before 6 months, but you could get away with it at 5 months. Right now my son is 8 mths and his feeding schedule is as follows: when he wakes up at eight he gets a fruit baby food, at about noon he wants a formula bottle, at about three or four he wants another formula bottle or cereal, at about six he gets another formula bottle, and at 8 or nine he gets a vegetable baby food. This works for him, but like I said earlier, it all depends on the baby. The website that I can find the best feeding schedule is www.baby-health.net/articles/33.html , hopefully that will help you out.
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@vickilee (136)
• United States
6 Dec 06
Good points. I agree. I think my daughter was around two months or so when I started mixing a little rice flakes in with her formula. By four months, she was getting small amounts of bland baby food, mostly banana, peaches, peas, tapioca type foods, and a very little bit of chicken.
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• China
6 Dec 06
yes
@rusty2rusty (6742)
• Defiance, Ohio
6 Dec 06
I started feeding eat of my kids with in days of them being born. I started with a liquid mixture of warm rice cereal. Than as they got older. It got thicker and more of it. I don't that is to much to give to your child. If he is hungry feed him. It is as simple as that. People raise their children different ways. If you feel you are doing the best thing for him. Than you are...just remember to feed him when he is hungry. Forget what every one else says. I am sure your son will let you know when he is hungry. I also bet he will be sleeping through the night alot sooner and better than most babies.
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@ambkeb (782)
• United States
6 Dec 06
10 months!! Thats crazy, my son was eating off of my plate at 10 months. LOL My 4 month old has been eating cereal for a while. Im not completely sure how old she was when we first gave her food. The first food though was stuffing and green beans...we put them in the food processer. And she loved it. LOL now when she sees that you have a bowl of anything she automatically thinks she is going to get some, so she starts kicking and smiling and opening her mouth. Its pretty cute. I think she has more bottles though. this is bad of me...but it is easier. LOL...I do however make sure that she has atleast one bowl of cereal and atleast one fruit or vegetable a day.
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@Signal20 (2282)
• United States
6 Dec 06
10 months old? That's kinda extreme lol. Most drs recommend not giving babies any solids until at least 4 months old, some say more like 6 months. I started all mine (15, 12, and now 1) at 4 months with cereal. They didn't tolerate the rice too well-constipation, so I used the oatmeal one. The reason they say 4 months, is baby's have a natural reflex with their tongue, if anything is placed in their mouth the tongue pushes it out. It's their way to prevent them from choking. Once that disappears(around 4 months), most normal babies can start solid foods. My last dr. gave me the go ahead and start her on veggies along with the cereal at 4 months. Usually they want you to wait awhile before using the veggies. As far as what you're feeding, it does sound a bit much for a 4 month old, but you know your baby best. I would say he should still be taking more bottles then that. He should be hitting around 8 ounces, and probably about 4-6 8 oz a day. You are using formula not milk right? Baby that age should be getting most of his vitamins and such from the formula not solid foods. Again, just my opinion :) Maybe check with a dietician, your local health department should have one you could see for free.
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• United States
6 Dec 06
lol yea at 6 months old my kids were stealing green beans off MY plate trust me they will let ya know what works for them LOL ~M~
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• United States
6 Dec 06
Wow, our pediatrician told us to start our daughter on baby food at 5 months. She said as soon as babies are able to hold up their heads by themselves, then they are ready. If your baby is hungry, then feed him... he won't die. ;-)
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• United States
6 Dec 06
Oh and by the way, our daughter will be 1 on the 10th of this month, and she weighs about 16 pounds, LOL!!
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@bobster (219)
6 Dec 06
kids let you know when they r hungry or not dont they. My second kid is a little piggy
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@fotychic (318)
• United States
6 Dec 06
Well, all babies are different. My older brother was about 2 weeks old as well when he first started on cereal. Sometimes they just aren't satisfied with only milk. Like I said, all children are different, and some require a little bit more attention, or in this case, food, than other children that age may require. If he is eating food, and keeping it down, then go ahead and feed him. Your child will let you know how much he needs. You don't want to deprive your child of the nutrition that he needs just because a doctor, who does not see your son every day says so. You are his parent, and you know what is best for him.
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@hm1177 (1223)
6 Dec 06
I started my daughter on baby rice at 4 months. she was a big baby and always hungry so i gave it to her then along with her milk. i think babies really only eat if they want it and will stop when their belly's are full.
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@KrauseHome (33880)
• United States
6 Dec 06
Well, I am not sure what is appropriate for a baby, but when a pedetrician still says wait until a baby is 10 months old before Cereal, etc, I feel that is an issue. I know many who are doing it by the time their baby is 4-6 months old, and some do it because their child seems to be less Hungry when they do this. To me, 14 pds. at 4 months is probably bigger than the norm, but I guess it also depends on if you have a Happy healthy child. Just do not want to overfeed them to where they expect more food, and are Fat when they are older though at the same token too. I think it is all just a thing of Trial and Error for sure.
@camo26 (1419)
6 Dec 06
ahh hell to them lol my son ate what we ate at the age of 5 months because he had all his teeth I actually remeber the doctor giving us into trouble about him having all his teeth it was wwwoooh there buddy what the hell you want to do pull them out :p Ok they just go by statistics and i think if you fell your child can cope with solid food then try them with it if they cant then try later simple if you leave your child drinking milk for that long you end up giving them calcium deficiancy where there teeth will turn rotten and black thats what happened to my cousins baby when she was told to keep her on her milk and not give her solids untill she was at least 11-12 months.
@zoewiles (45)
• United States
6 Dec 06
I have often wondered where pediatricians get there information. Lol.. I have two daughters. I startd my first daughter on cereal when she was 5 days old to keep her full. She was constantly drinking bottles of milk but was unable to keep them down. So i figured some cereal would help keep her full. I was right of course. Wow amazing how quick that problem was solved. LOL. I gave birth to my second daughter and the doctor that delievered her told me i could give her food when ever I felt I was comfortable enough to do it. And of course I did the same thing with her that I did with my first child. Basically it's a mothers choice. Doctors can reccomend all they want. But when it comes to your child its your decision on what you think is best for them. Hope this helped. Goodnight!
• United States
6 Dec 06
If he's trowing up his food then yes it's too much, but no if he's not. I started feeding my kids baby food at 2 months. There fine, I'm sure you will get a lot of opinions on this just watch out for them. :)
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@momumdee (42)
• United States
6 Dec 06
It is not too early to start your baby on table food. Just make sure that is natural or homemade. The artifical foods and preservatives are not good for the digetive system of an adult let alone a baby. Twenty years ago not giving your child table food was unheard of. Now new mothers want to listen to doctors who have not had children. When they have children then maybe I will listen. Please just remember that you are feeding a 4 month old not a 4 year old. A couple of table spoons are plenty. Good Luck. Just do what your mothers intuition tells you. It is probably right
• India
6 Dec 06
there's just no fixed time schedule, if your baby's responding fine, its OK with him. but i think it is just a bit too much. but you can't cut down now, can you?
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@emarie (5455)
• United States
6 Dec 06
uh..wow...did you really mean DAYS??? thats way too young a childs stomach isn't supposed to be able to diagest the cereal at that age......9-10 months is a good age to start rice cereal...before that it should be stritly milk for formula...the reason is to condition the childs stomach. and you shouldn't feel the child cereal in a bottle because its dangerous and they can choke. 14 lbs is alittle big for a 4month old...you can cut down some food and start some baby exersises. you should try to follow the doctors suggestions, they normally know best.
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@ModelMom (129)
• United States
6 Dec 06
that seems a bit late! my pediatrician recommended that we start our son on sollids at 6 months which is what we did. i'll do the same with this next baby. the reason doctors dont want you to feed your baby solids so early on is that it can increase their chances of developing food allergies and also their intestines are immature. older generations will tell you that they started feeding their babies solids right away, but they didnt have the medical advances & knowledge that we do now. i think its best to be safer than sorry. 5-6 months is good. there is no reason to rush an infant into solids, but at 10 months they should already be chewing foods...small bits of it at least and not just starting. at 6 months my son was drinking several 10 oz bottles of formula a day which led me to know that he was ready for more food. our doctor was right for us!
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