When did you know that it was time to move past formula only?? I realize the recommendation is for babies to not start rice cereal or first foods until they are at least six months. Did any of your babies exhibit signs that formula just didn't seem like enough? My LO is 4 months and eating 7 ounces every 2 to 2.5 hours. In the evenings, he just seems as if the milk is just not enough and I end up feeding him every hour until bedtime. I realize I will also be speaking to his ped about this, so I'm just trying to relate from other mommies out there. Thanks!!
Re: For those of you feeding baby purees....
This. We started lo at almost exactly 4 months for the same reasons. Per his pedi we are now doing oatmeal w/ fruit for breakfast (second feeding of the day, he is just too hungry to wait at the first one) and rice cereal with veggie at dinner (about an hour before bed). Once we run out of the box of cereal, we'll just do straight purees.
Our pedi also recommends 4 months. We waited until this past week, so just a couple days shy of 5 months because she was still completely satisfied with BM. We started with mashed up avocado mixed with a little bit of breastmilk and she LOVES it! She grabs the spoon and shoves it into her own mouth and smiles the whole time. She's had a little bit more gas, but I figure that's just because it's something new on her tummy.
Thanks for your experience...I received a Baby Baeba food maker and I definitely plan on putting it to use. Do you use a particular cookbook for baby food recipes, or do you just find them on the internet? My LO hasn't been giving me signs as far as being interested in our food, its just that his formula just never seems enough to satisfy him. My plan was always to not switch him until around 7ish months b/c he was 5 weeks early, so I've certainly got my concerns with him having been a preemie. I'm tossing the ideas around in my head, but thank you all for your experience. Sometimes, it's hard figuring out what these babies want!
My son is eating 7 oz bottles 5-6 times a day and started recently waking up in the middle of the night hungry (nothing will calm him down except food) when he was STTN for a while. I'm fairly certain formula isn't enough for him. He's also a really big boy- 18 lbs 4 oz, almost 26 inches at 4 months. We started him on cereal a few days ago and he was literally grabbing at the spoon and had no trouble with it at all. I would have liked to have waited a little longer since it's more work to do solids but I think he was definitely ready. I think the issue now is that spoon feeding is too slow for him- he gets frustrated with us .
We started DS at 4 months. Our pedi said that it was fine to start solids because he was sitting upright and had great head control. He definitely is still getting used being spoonfed, so he only eats about 0.5-1oz of solid food. I give him bottle first, and then for breakfast oatmeal cereal, and then bottle and a veggie for dinner. I just follows his cues and he definitely lets me know when he is finished. The first few times I had to thin out the puree with lots of formula, almost soupy, because he did not like the thick texture, but now he is getting used to the thick texture and eating a little more and more.
this site is a great guide for starting baby on solids. I started Jonathan with avocado first, and then i gave him some oatmeal cereal. he's also had sweet potatoes and green beans, and he is loving it