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Baby Introducing Solids
How do I introduce baby to solid food without my fear of choking? I plan on all homemade food. Terrified of giving anything too chewy or hard. Advice?
Choking: You don't say how old baby is. But if he is ready, start wit soft food blended to smooth consitancy. Small spoonfuls. Have him sitting up straight in high chair and watch him closely as he swallows and spits out. Don't force him. Once you relax and he gets used to it, you can try thicker food...And so on. Good luck. ...Read more
How soon can u start introducing solids to your baby. Her dr said 4 months but im a little skeptical?
No need: There is no biologic need to introduce solids to infants under the age of 1 yr. It is a practice that arose when parents prepared homemade formula that was better for cows than humans.The solids made up for the deficiencies. Today the breast or formula fed infant can do well without.As a culture we begin the process of introducing solids when the kid can sit up, to transition them to the table. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Infant feeding: Solids should be given in by a spoon not bottle. Solid foods are started at 4-6 mos old. That first food should be full of nutrients esp iron and that food is pureed red meat. There are no studies to prove that rice cereal should be the first food introduced. The current trend is to start meats, vegetables, fruits & cereals in no sequence. Try a new food for a few days first before trying another. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is it true that baby should be introduced first to meat, then to fruits and vegetables when start solid?
Mostly opinion: I give parents some structure to work with, but to my mind, there is no firm nutritional reason--mostly just opinions--to suggest any sequence is better than any other. It has nothing to do with taste, digestibility, allergy risk, etc. The main reason for solids is to teach your baby to handle them (orally), and demonstrate tolerance for a variety of foods. I suggest one new one every few days. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
4 month old baby born at 35w+3days. Should baby's born this early (5weeks) wait longer until they are introduced to solids?
Baby diet: Basically, in these days we do not recommend early introduction of solid food not even to full term infants because of food allergies. If the baby is growing well you may introduce the solid food around 6 mo of age unless otherwise advised by his pediatrician. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Baby will be 6m in 2w. I'm clueless as to how to introduce solids. She's in a daycare environment and don't know how to go about it and how often.
Food introduction: The general recommendation for food introduction in infants is rice cereal at 4 months, vegetables at 5 months, fruits and fruit juices at 6 months, finger foods & meats at 9 months. A three meal two snack schedule is the usual goal, but adapting this schedule to your family's normal routine should be fine as long as your baby is comfortable and gaining weight appropriately. ...Read more
Personal choice: If you are having to chase baby down at feeding time or they wiggle to get free after 5min/side, you have a baby who likes the nutrition but doesn't need the nurturing bf provides.Weaning or supplementing is your call but at that point it is likely to go well. Solids are unnecessary for nutrition, but fill the cultural expectation we have that baby will table feed at a yr. 6m is a good start point. ...Read more
I really hope to breastfeed baby for a 1 -2 yrs. As solids are introduced, how often would you say I bf daily? I'd want to at least 2x day or more.
Please help my 6mons baby refused to drink milk after introduce to solid food.. Please help me.. Thanks?
Weaning?: Hello AllenR727 6 months breast is usually adequate in USA. Baby is refusing the breast and wanting solids is a good sign baby is growing fast now and needs more calories than he is getting. I would stop breast if he is refusing and place him on solids only. You could continue to offer breast for comfort, but once on solids they usually satisfy with solids alone. Cont baby vitamins thx ...Read more
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