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Around 6 months: Short answer: when an infant has enough upper body control to indicate hunger and satiety, has doubled his birth weight, & can push the food from the spoon to his throat.However, the american academy of pediatrics recommends breastfeeding as the sole source of nutrition till about 6 months & continuing till 12 months. See "nutrition:what every parent needs to know" on www.Aap.Org. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Around 6 months: Short answer: when an infant has enough upper body control to indicate hunger and satiety, has doubled his birth weight, & can push the food from the spoon to his throat.However, the american academy of pediatrics recommends breastfeeding as the sole source of nutrition till about 6 months & continuing till 12 months. See "nutrition:what every parent needs to know" on www.Aap.Org. ...Read more
4-6 months of age: Generally we prefer to wait until the infant is older before starting solids. Everything they need nutritionally is in breast milk or formula. When starting, begin with baby cereal and then move onto green/yellow veges. Avoid fruits for awhile as the tastebuds of an infant are very keen on sweets. Fruit intro before veges may lead to the child resisting the veges. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Delay until 6mo: Solid foods were once used to make up for deficiencies in home made milk formula used in the 50's to 80's.A return to breast FDG & modern formulas changed the value of solids from nutrition, to a pathway to teach baby to eat & transition to table foods.Waiting until 6m allows baby to sit & participate in a feeding, much as the will when older.Start with a few tablespoons as a paste. ...Read more
I wait until sitting: Studies of various populations show that breast milk alone supplies balanced nutrition for the first year +. Most early solid feeding pressure comes from the days babies were fed home made blends of boiled cow milk/karo & vitamins.At the time early supplements made sense, now they are overdone.Starting should focus on training baby to sit up & eat in preparation for his/her position at the table. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
I bought Rowse honey to sweeten my 4 months baby food, I just found honey to be dangerous 4 infant, its been 1 week of use, wat shld I do, im worried?
The issue: Honey can contain botulism spores. In the immature gut of a baby these can hatch into botulism germs & form a toxin that paralyzes their muscles. The most worrisome would be those that control breathing. Infant botulism can come on quietly, but if you monitor your baby with feeds & these proceed vigorously the baby is likely fine. If feeding falls off, movement becomes less, etc take it to be seen ...Read more
Is my baby allowed to eat Gerber Baby food? He is 6 months now but I am worried if they’re not allowed for G6PD Deficiency babies.
The main food that those with G6PD deficiency should avoid is fave beans, but some should also minimize soy, other beans and blueberries-it depends on the subtype of G6PD def.: see https://draxe.com/g6pd-deficiency/
Gerber is OK, esp. their organic line, but consider home-made baby food too. Don't start with rice cereal. Mashed avocado is a good first food.
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Absolutely!: Baby food is easy and fun to make. Start with single item veggies. Look up the "Dirty dozen and the clean fifteen" list for organic choices, gently steam the veggies, puree and use. Or if you are making batches fill a BPA-free ice tray. Once you freeze, pop out the cubes and place individual portions in freezer-safe containers. Some ice trays have lids. Bananas, apples, pears are instant baby food. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
6 mo is fine: In previous years when homemade formula from cow milk was routine, early feeding was necessary to improve nutrition. Now we understand breast or formula alone is fine & allows baby to develop motor skills that improve their transition to solids.I like to start @ 6m when baby can prop sit.Making your own is a great way to avoid some of the additives & preservatives in commercial products. ...Read more
About 6 months.: If you are nursing your baby and he is thriving there is no hurry. Also consider what your schedule is and when the baby seems to giving you signals he is ready such as nursing much more frequently, not seeming to get full and interest in your food. ...Read more