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When Should I Start Feeding My Baby Oatmeal
4-6 months: The american academy of pediatrics recommends exclusive nursing for the first 6 months of life, when possible. Solid foods can be started as early as 4 months and should be started no later than 6 months. Most pediatricians recommend the infant cereals (rice, oatmeal, barley) as the first foods to introduce. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
6 months or later: Most babies are ready to eat solids once they are about 6 months of age. This is the age they reach for things , able to transfer objects from hand to hand and put things in the mouth. They also start teething about this time.Start with rice cereal. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
4 months: Typically infants can start solids at 4 months old. This includes stage 1 and 2 baby foods, dry powdered cereals or homemade purees. The order you introduce new foods is not important as long as you wait 2-3 days between new foods. No honey under 1 year old. ...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
When you are ready: As soon as the kid can sit in a high chair near the table, they are easily drawn into sampling what you eat.Be sure to plan meals with at least one item you can mash up and offer to them.Texture is often an issue but the kid will often be willing to sample what it sees others eat. ...Read more
4 months of age: In general, i give my patients the green light to start solid foods when their baby reaches 4 months. Keep in mind that some babies, especially preemies, may not be developmentally ready for this. By solid foods I am referring to jar baby foods, or foods that you will puree yourself at home. A food should be introduced and given for a minimum of 3 days to watch for allergies. ...Read more
Its up to you & babe: Over three decades I have seen consultants pro/con write about pacifiers.We are told babies are to confused if started early, but most will still breast feed well & they will never tell us why if they don't. I find babies put down to sleep with a pacifier will wake in the night and cry until someone puts it back in, not a good scene at 3am. Best use is when alert as a self soothing tool. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 on breast alone. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Just started my 5month old baby gerber oatmeal, should I give her water after the meal or breast milk?
Breast milk: Breast milk is the best. Baby doesn't need any extra water at this age, but can be a method to introduce your child to the cup. I'm so glad to hear that you are breast feeding. This is the perfect food for your baby. We pediatricians recommend breast milk for the first 12 months of age, at a minimum. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
4-7 months: It is important to start when your baby is excited and interested in food. Breastfed babies are already getting optimal nutrition with a range of flavors and really need very little in the way of solid food before 6 months. Formula fed babies are already getting a one flavor, processed food and may benefit from earlier introduction of solids. Aap recommends exclusive breastfeeding for one year. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
My baby girl is 50 days now and im only breaat feeding her, what if I don't burp her after each time she feeds? And when can I start giving her water?
Likes Being naked: It is important to make sure the diaper is not too tight or rubbing the inner thighs or along the hips. Some babies really do not like being clothed and others love it. . If the diapers are not too tight, and no rash issues, and baby quits crying after a little bit, it is most likely (s)he doesn't like being in diapers and will adjust with time. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Very brief, closely observed tummy time is acceptable from day 1 -- in fact, doctors look at newborns lying on their tummies all the time to assess head control and other things not visible from the front. The secret, of course, is (1) never leave them alone like that, (2) turn them over immediately when they appear tired or unhappy, and (3) never leave them alone lying on their tummy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am exclusively breastfeeding my 6month old baby, and now i want to switch to formula feeding. But everytime i offer her a bottle she fusse?
Have someone help: In the beginning of a switch, if baby can smell you she is unlikely to take a bottle. Have dad or a friend offer the bottle & leave the area. She may fuss from separation anxiety, but if she is hungry, she should tale a bottle from them. After a while she should be willing to take one from you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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