I'll start We got the go-ahead from Ella's doctor to start solids at her 4-month check up last month, but I have been very hesitant. She will be 5 months next week and I think we are ready to start! I just have a few questions to begin and anyone please feel free to answer or add your own questions!Do you plan on/are you buying premade baby food or making your own? Or some combination? With DD, we made most of her food and used premade when out and about. We used mostly Ella's and Happy Baby but used some Gerber too. We plan to do the same this time around. So far, Harrison has had mashed avocado, mashed banana, and sweet potato homemade and green beans, carrots, and squash permafrost. If you buy, are there any brands you do or do not recommend?Ellas and Happy Baby were our favorites. If you are making food, what kind(s We eat lots of veggies and fruit, so I'd typically just steam some of what we are eating and mash or purée it for LO. For DD, I'd cook a big batch of fruit to purée and then freeze in ice cube trays and store the frozen cubes in a gallon ziplock bag. Are there certain foods your LO prefers over others?Harrison wasn't too interested in the oatmeal cereal but we couldn't get the avocado in his mouth fast enough. I'll probably add more questions as I think of them...all of this is new to me as a FTM lol.
"Is he big enough? Generally, when infants double their birth weight (typically at about 4 months of age) and weigh about 13 pounds or more, they may be ready for solid foods."
"...If your baby has been mostly breastfeeding, he may benefit from baby food made with meat, which contains more easily absorbed sources of iron and zinc that are needed by 4 to 6 months of age. Check with your child's doctor."
"There is no evidence that waiting to introduce baby-safe (soft), allergy-causing foods, such as eggs, dairy, soy, peanuts, or fish, beyond 4 to 6 months of age prevents food allergy. If you believe your baby has an allergic reaction to a food, such as diarrhea, rash, or vomiting, talk with your child's doctor about the best choices for the diet."
No. Just no.https://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/25/health/many-babies-fed-solid-food-too-soon-cdc-finds.htmlhttps://www.who.int/nutrition/topics/infantfeeding_recommendation/en/"As a global public health recommendation, infants should be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life to achieve optimal growth, development and health." -WHO (World Health Organization)https://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/faq/index.htm"Breast milk alone is sufficient to support optimal growth and development for approximately the first 6 months after birth. For these very young infants, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) states that water, juice, and other foods are generally unnecessary. Even when babies enjoy discovering new tastes and textures, solid foods should not replace breastfeeding, but merely complement breast milk as the infant's main source of nutrients throughout the first year. Beyond one year, as the variety and volume of solid foods gradually increase, breast milk remains an ideal addition to the child's diet.The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that breastfeeding continue for at least 12 months, and thereafter for as long as mother and baby desire. The World Health Organization recommends continued breastfeeding up to 2 years of age or beyond." -CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/129/3/e827.shortThe American Academy of Pediatrics reaffirms its recommendation of exclusive breastfeeding for about 6 months, followed by continued breastfeeding as complementary foods are introduced, with continuation of breastfeeding for 1 year or longer as mutually desired by mother and infant." -AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics)
Eh, call me a sanctimommy or judgmental all you want but I just follow the official guidelines and studies. If you think posting links and quoting governmental guidelines is judgmental, so be it.
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