(Closed) mamas = pediatrician advice on solids intro.

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

We plan to wait until 6 months (Ryan is also 4 months old) so no great advice.  however I have heard that the whole rice cereal = better sleep thing is a myth.

Here are some resource on starting solids a friend (with a 6 month old) shared with me – I haven’t read them all yet but hope they might be helpful!  FYI some of what she read suggested there is no need to start with rice cereal – but you can just start with regular foods…..

ites:

– kellymom has a lot on starting solids: http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/solids/index.html
– This one is a good resource for recipes and tips for making your own baby food: http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/index.htm
Books:
– Ina May’s Guide to Breast feeding (http://www.amazon.com/Ina-Mays-Guide-Breastfeeding-Gaskin/dp/0553384295/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1291846840&sr=1-2) has a few pages on the issue, not worth buying it just for that, but maybe some of you have it already.
S

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee

We skipped rice completely, it’s empty calories and doesn’t actually make them sleep longer :/

When the babes showed interest, we gave them whatever was on our plates (within reason), small bits of pasta, meats, vegitables, fruit etc. We did use the normal cautions, no peanuts or shellfish, very limited tuna if any.

But- we also payed really close attention to our girls signs and also only gave one food type at a time, so we could watch for allergies or anything.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

Nursed all my kids and started them on solids at 5 1/2 months.  Not one of them is obese.  Started with cereal then veggies and finally fruits.  But, I did my own fruits and veggies – not that prepared bottled crap. 

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper

I nursed but at about 5 months we started mixing rice cereal into my milk that she took from a bottle. She had bad acid reflux and they recommended making it thicker and therefore easier to digest? I have no idea if it worked.

We started with eatin cereal at six months, then vegetables, then fruit. We did as a PP said and only introduced one at a time to keep an eye on allergies. I didn’t give her shellfish or peanut butter until she was over three.

As far as celiac, call your GI. I have some intestinal issues and was worried my girl would too. How soon can they test the baby for it?

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

 Wow..EVERYTHING is making children obese! Honestly, I always heard its alright to start cereal at 4 months. I started my son at 4 months and he wasn’t even ON the charts with his weight until he was 1 years old. Hes definetly NOT obese!

 I found it DID help with him sleeping more at night. He was a super, super colicy baby and would hardly ever sleep. The cereal kept his stomach full longer which in turn made it able for him to sleep longer. At around 6 months we started with things such as Mashed potatoes, apple sauce, oatmeal…etc. Hes a happy, healthy 2 year old so I must of done something right! lol

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee

@cannotwait: Yeah, we don’t have any allergy anything. You shouldn’t put anything in their bottle though, spoon feed all food, bottles are for liquids (except in rare malnutrition situations, which yours doesn’t seem to be). With my first we tried oatmeal, but it tastes disgusting and she wouldn’t have it.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

Ps. I agree with using more of a wheat based cereal. Plain rice really isn’t much of anything.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I would also suggest talking to your GI specialist. Just do your research first and have an idea about what you would like to do then see if they any additional suggestions. You could also consider seeing a nutritionist.

My son has cystic fibrosis and we are lucky to be able to see a nutritionist each time we go to see our specialist. Our pediatrician is great but sometimes her info isn’t what I feel is best. Such as the starting cereal at 4 1/2 months thing…I did my research bc she said it would add additional iron but in reality breast milk is the best source of iron that he can get. After talking to the nutritionist she agreed with me and said it was fine to wait to introduce solids till he was 6 months old.

Some insurances will cover a nutritionist also.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

My son just turned 6 months old on the 10th and at his 4 month check up his pediatrician told me I could give him oatmeal but no rice because of his degestive problem. He said that over all oatmeal is easier on their stomaches than rice cereal. At a little over 5 months I started mixing fruits and vegetables in with his oatmeal so it’s more filling. I take those reusable containers of baby food and mix the whole thing with his oatmeal and put it back into the containers. It usually takes just one and doubles it. He hasn’t had his 6 month check up yet but he isn’t anywhere NEAR being obease. He is only in the 10th percential for weight while in the 90th percential for hight. I think they are just trying to make you listen to them. I have a friend who was 2 rooms down from me having her baby the same day and time as me and she started feeding him cereal and fruits/veggies at 2-3 months and he is still really small.

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