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Is 4 months too young?

Posted by jervisjen, 7th October 2015

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  • we started at 4mths with D1 and she is fussy as now.
    With D2 we are starting at six mths…. in no rush

  • It depends on who you talk to and the current research the midwives, dieticians and speech pathologists tell you. It always varies but perhaps be guided by your bub. If they’re interested in food they can always play with it at that age. You could try giving them spoonfuls but I’m sure they’ll tell you if they’re interested or not.

  • Depends on bub. I went 6 months but my boy was also breastfed so i’m not sure if that makes a difference :)

  • All depends on bub and their needs. Mine were needing more at around 4 months, they’re both fine. My niece in law has an 8 week old who wasn’t putting on weight with just milk so she was told to start solids. He’s ok too

  • yeah 6 months is recommended now as it was from 4 months old. i know that most baby food manufacturers still label from 4 months plus though

  • They are ready for food generally when they start trying yo steal yours. They need to be able to sit up on their own, other than that they will normally let you know when they are ready.

  • My first was 6 months, Second was 5 months, Third was 7 months when they became interested but with my great niece, she is 4 months now and loving her food. It all depends on whether your baby is interested or not.

  • My four were all 5.5 – 6 months old. They would intently watch us eating and start reaching out for it. They could sit up independently and lost the gag reflex (ie. could pass food to the back of their mouth and swallow). I started one food at a time for 5-7 days before starting another. Later, I’d start blending two-three foods and started playing with textures. Typically, I started with farex, mashed pumpkin (mixed with breast milk), pureed carrot, avocado, apple, pear. It’s so much fun experimenting with their meals.

  • They say 6 months but I know my friend started at 4 months because her bub was a very big baby and fast growing so he wasnt getting enough from milk alone.

  • If your baby can’t sit up, they’re too young, and most 4 month olds can’t yet.

  • I think when bub can sit up on his own. they recommend breast feed 6 months, I started gently stuff at 5 months, like rice cereal

  • The 6 months recommendation comes from The World Health Organisation – it’s based on the fact that the digestive system of bubs isn’t really ready for food until about then. Also ..they haven’t got the chewing swallowing skill yet so you have to mush their food up and they tend to push it out with their tongues due to the reflex. From 6 months most babies will chew and swallow what you feed them so you can begin with small bits of veggies, meat and fruit.

  • 6mts

  • every baby is different when my 3 started to try and steal my food, i started to introduce food, i found around 4 and a half months my lot started lol

  • It really depends on the child. They will let you know when they are ready.
    Don’t start any earlier though.
    If your baby is not ready don’t stress, try again at a later time.
    It’s all about what is best for your baby :)

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