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When should babies eat baby food if bottle fed?

When should babies eat baby food if bottle fed?

Not necessary early: During the 50's & 60's when moms made their own cow milk based formula, it was important to feed solids to make up for the deficiencies of cow milk.Today the breast or commercial formula fed babies need no solids the first year. We have a need to teach them the different skills needed to feed solids & most are ready @ 6m when they start sitting with assistance. This is a good time to start. ...Read more

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My 8 month old son will feed himself toast, peas, and baby cookies but when I try feeding him 8 month food with solids he refuses it. Why?

My 8 month old son will feed himself toast, peas, and baby cookies but when I try feeding him 8 month food with solids he refuses it. Why?

Likes and dislikes: Babies have likes and dislikes regarding taste, smell and textures.What he likes, he will more aggressively go after. If he is not thrilled, he will appear"lazy". Do not worry, he will learn. ...Read more

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Is it okay to feed 8 months baby whole milk and start feeding him solids ?

Is it okay to feed 8 months baby whole milk and start feeding him solids ?

Baby: 8 month olds can have solid foods. Full info on how to introduce solids is too long for a Heathtap response. Here is info from the AAP https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/feeding-nutrition/Pages/Switching-To-Solid-Foods.aspx --- you should not introduce whole milk yet. You should have a 9month check up soon with your pediatrician. Make sure to go over these ?'s with them. ...Read more

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When baby needs solid food in what month?If the baby eat breastmilk and formula ?Please send me table of baby food

When baby needs solid food in what month?If the baby eat  breastmilk and formula ?Please send me table of baby food

Cereal introduction: It is generally recommended: rice cereal at 4 months, vegetables at 5 months, fruits and juices with a cup at 6 months, meats and finger foods at 9 months, table foods and whole milk at 1 year. Have fun! ...Read more

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Should I feed my baby bottle milk or give him food before he sleep?

Should I feed my baby bottle milk or give him food before he sleep?

Feed as baby wakes : Babies develop a better schedule if you feed as they wake up. Baby has strength from the rest & can take a good feed before tiring. Then do diaper changes & cleaning. Playing after cleaning allows good mommy time. As baby tires they will settle if you put them down. They do not sleep longer if fed before sleep, they have more night waking because they have been taught to need food to settle. ...Read more

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1yr old will only drink whole milk..No table food, sometimes baby food, no water or juice. I need advice on feeding. She cries bc she is hungry. :(?

1yr old will only drink whole milk..No table food, sometimes baby food, no water or juice. I need advice on feeding. She cries bc she is hungry. :(?

It's either a neuro-: developmental disorder with delayed self-help & oral-motor skills or a bad habit Stop all bottles & juice; give water for thirst. Limit milk to 16 oz./day from an open-mouth cup at sit-down meals. Let her finger-feed 1 tbsp. of each food for 10 min. before offering help. Don't nag or beg. Ignore protests.Take a developmental screen from firstsigns.org to her 1-yr. medical & dental check-up ...Read more

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When to feed solid food to baby with no teeth?

When to feed solid food to baby with no teeth?

Ask Pediatrician: Follow your pediatrician's advice. Remember, even when 1st baby teeth erupt child still can't chew, only bite. Your pediatrician will have specific recommendations for you to follow. ...Read more

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My 7 1/2 month old girl refuses solid food. She doesn't eat veggie or cereal but love jar of fruit. Is it okay she eats only fruit during the day?

My 7 1/2 month old girl refuses solid food. She doesn't eat veggie or cereal but love jar of fruit. Is it okay she eats only fruit during the day?

Reply: When it comes to taste of the food babies love sweet taste and get hooked on to the fruit sauces easily as compared to the bland/ salty flavor of veggies and cereal. Try to keep giving veggies and cereal too for variety. At this age infant should eat three meals a day besides formula feeds. Introduce one new food every week. ...Read more

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Is it ok to feed a 3 1/2 month old baby baby food if they just constantly seem hungry?

Is it ok to feed a 3 1/2 month old baby baby food if they just constantly seem hungry?

Define hunger: By 3.5 months a kid can get its fingers in its mouth and satisfy its pleasure of touching the lips by sucking fingers constantly.That is not hunger, that is fun.They will often take extra feed if offered, but if you kid is growing well without solids, they are not needed. A pacifier would be a better investment for many. Hunger= empty stomach, not wanting to suck a lot. ...Read more

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I am starting my 4 month old on rice cereal do I put it in a bottle or spoon feed him?  he is formula feed .

I am starting my 4 month old on rice cereal do I put it in a bottle or spoon feed him?  he is formula feed .

Spoon: I spoon feed to teach the baby how to do it for the future. Some babies have the coordination to do so, some do not. But it does not hurt. ...Read more

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When to feed baby solid foods if lactacting?

When to feed baby solid foods if lactacting?

6 months: Years ago, breastfeading was frowned on & many made "formula" from boiled cow milk&karo. Since cow milk is designed for calves, infants were fed early & often to make up for deficiences in cow milk. Now that breast is back, or formulas mimic breast, solids are optional. The sitting child is more capable of participating & few sit before 6m. Babies can wait past a year and thrive. ...Read more

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Should I feed my baby rice cereal?

Should I feed my baby rice cereal?

No: Yes, if the doctor recommended adding rice cereal to breastmilk or formula as a thickener to decrease reflux/spitting symptoms. Otherwise, babies under 4 months of age do not eat baby food. They only drink breastmilk and/or formula. Baby food is started at 6 months. Some parents try giving rice cereal at 4-5 months, but that usually is not necessary. It's best to wait until 6 months. ...Read more

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7 month old baby will not eat solids. She drinks approximately 16 oz of formula milk a day but refuses solids. Should I reduce her milk intake?

7 month old baby will not eat solids. She drinks approximately 16 oz of formula milk a day but refuses solids. Should I reduce her milk intake?

Needs 20-30 ozs form: Should be getting 20-30 ozs, plus introducing new textures ,start even with Cheerios for self-feeding. Make sure she is not anemic. ...Read more

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How much solid food should I feed my baby?

How much solid food should I feed my baby?

Let the Baby Decide: There are many variables. The aap recommends no solids until 4-6 months of age.Starting 1 food at a time for 3-4 days to observe possible negative reactions is traditional.Cereal is first, followed by other solids in no specific order.As for quantity, when you have to urge the baby to eat, they are usually done.Remember, there is little evidence as to what is actually the " right" way! ...Read more

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I have 4 month old active baby .he is on bottle feed.can i give him banana n potato with formula milk ?

I have 4 month old active baby .he is on bottle feed.can i give him banana n potato with formula milk ?

Infant feeding: You can introduce solids at age 4 months to 6 months. It is not to replace his breast milk or formula but to introduce him to new tastes and textures. Your baby is ready for solids if he has doubled his birth weight and his good head control and has lost the tongue thrust reflex. ...Read more

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Will my baby wean himself if I introduce solids?

Will my baby wean himself if I introduce solids?

No: If you want him to wean, you will need to wean him. I've seen babies that were allowed/encouraged to nurse continue to do so to the age of five years, despite eating a full diet of solid foods. If you want to wean, simply offer the breast less as he eats more. If you don't want to wean him, continue offering the breast. Breast milk will remain good nutrition long after he starts eating solids. ...Read more

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My 10 month old won't feed herself, or chew food. Is this ok?

My 10 month old won't feed herself, or chew food. Is this ok?

Depends on why: Self-feeding depends on fine motor & oral-motor skills & typically starts at 9 mos. Can she grasp objects with the palm of her hand (4 mos.), get her hands to her mouth (5-6 mos.) "scissor" grasp with thumb and forefinger(7-8 mos.) or pincer grasp (10-12 mos.)? Does she swallow foods other than liquids & hold/play with a spoon? If not, call 704-336-7130 for Early Intervention assessment. ...Read more

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We should I do put more cereal in the bottle or just feed him cereal?

We should I do put more cereal in the bottle or just feed him cereal?

Infant feeding: putting cereal in the bottle is not a good idea and is an aspiration risk. What you feed the baby depends on the age. ...Read more

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When to give a baby baby food and solids?

When to give a baby baby food and solids?

6 months: Years ago, breastfeading was frowned on & many made "formula" from boiled cow milk&karo. Since cow milk is designed for calves, infants were fed early & often to make up for deficiences in cow milk. Now that breast is back, or formulas mimic breast, solids are optional. The sitting child is more capable of participating & few sit before 6m. Babies can wait past a year and thrive. ...Read more

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Will 2months old baby gets indigestion if he drinks bottle feed milk in a moving car?

Will 2months old baby gets indigestion if he drinks bottle feed milk in a moving car?

Maybe: Drinking milk in a moving car is not a problem. But, being in a car seat for several hours, can lead to gas pains. Allowing the baby to lie on its stomach and patting its back after traveling will help it to pass the gas. ...Read more