Saturday, December 5, 2009

Solid Food

As a new mom, I heard and read that introducing solid to baby varies according to their readiness.I even read in Dr. Spocks book that you can introduced solid food to baby at 2 months old. Jake started eating solid food like rice cereal when he was four months old. Now, I wanted to start Justine with solid food for the reason that she is been using my breast as pacifier and she seems always hungry even after nursing her. She drools when she sees us eating or have foods. I caught Jake couple of times tried to feed his sissy a stick, toy car and cookie and Justine was so eager to eat them. She has all the signs for being so ready with solid food. But hubby said we have to wait until her doctors appointment on the 10th and see what will the doctor says about it.

First solid foods yet?


You may be beginning to get nudges from eager grandmas or friends with older children to start introducing solids. Some doctors still recommend solids for 4-month-olds, but many currently advise waiting until the 6-month mark. Until you start the transition, all of your baby's nutritional needs are met through breast milk or formula. Somewhere in the 4- to 6-month range, his digestive system will finally be ready to accept solids as another element of his diet.

Every baby shows readiness on a different timetable. Some signs to look out for:


• Wants more than milk alone and still seems hungry even after eight to ten feedings a day.
• Starts making chewing motions and begins teething.
• Can control his head and keep it upright and steady.
• Has doubled his birth weight.

Most doctors recommend starting with rice cereal, as it's less allergenic than other foods. Begin with one feeding a day of about a tablespoon of cereal, mixed with enough breast milk or formula to make a semi-liquid. As your baby shows more interest, gradually thicken the consistency of the cereal and add another cereal feeding or two. After a couple of weeks of cereal, you can start introducing new foods at three-day intervals. This schedule allows your baby to get used to new tastes and helps you tell whether he's having an allergic reaction to any new food. Of course, your baby will still need breast milk or formula until he's a year old because solid food can't replace the vital nutrients he gets from breast milk or formula. He won't be able to tolerate cow's milk until he's 12 months old.


Source:BabyCenter
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8 comments:

rjs mama said...

cutie baby you have there :)

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Lulu said...

Andrea had her first rice cereal when she was days old while she was in NICU...it was mixed with her milk....

So it means, every baby differs as to when they have to have the cereal...

klivengood said...

ngek..abi nako justine mikaon na..nyahaha...si janjan kay 4 months misugod ug kaon...tapos mosyagit ug mahurot na kay gusto pa waaaa...mao ng perteng tambuka sa baby pa..haha sige lawgan ug cereal, lain lain ug flavor perro iya pinaka favorite kay banana cereal...

Dhemz said...

depende ra siguro na sa bata tsang no...kung feel nimo nga ready na si justine...try mo ug kaha....:)

hahaha...maau ni si kuya jake kay kabalo naman diay mamahog....:)

David Funk said...

Wow, your kids are so adorable. Very good advice for mothers out there, too.

Mel Alarilla said...

Pwede na si Justine sa solid food lalo na kung mukhang ready na siya. Masyado kasing dependent ang mga Amerikano sa doctors for all their physical and health needs. Tayo sa Pinas ay nagre rely sa gut feel at practicality. Pero wala namang masama na sumangguni sa doctor. Thanks for the post. God bless you all always.

Bambie dear ★ said...

ang cute ni justine at pilyo naman si jake pero nakakatuwa kasi para kanya, pinapakain lang nya lil sister nya. I think ready na nga si Justin pero start with fruits such as banana and grated apple, im sure masasarapan sya dun kasi halos lahat ng alam ko babies nagstart sa banana and apple, si azumi din kaya parang sawa na sya sa banana ngyon

Seiko said...

Cute cute!And si Jake as in kulit kulit pa rin but then nakakatuwa ang pagkakulit nya.I'm smiling at here while commenting at your post:D

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