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first time solids? ...lll 1 child; Rutland, Vermont 1400 posts
16th Nov '12

DD will be 4 months next week. her doctor said if she started showing signs that shes ready to give her either rice cereal or baby food stage 1. like if she starts eating more in shorter periods, waking at night wanting to eat, ext... im so lost though everyone does it so differently and im terrified! i dont know why, im scared of her choking. i dont know what to give her, how or how much formula should she still be getting? im affraid i will give her too much food and she wont drink her formula? arg...

greenmamabecky☮ TTC since Jul 2013; 18 kids; Enfield, Connecticut 20987 posts
16th Nov '12

You don't have to start her on anything for months and months.
If you DO, you only do a few bites once a day, if that. They are not eating whole jars right away lol
They will still be drinking the same amount of formula.

lolajessup 3 kids; 1 angel baby; Beaverton, Michigan 44070 posts
16th Nov '12

You do know just cause a dr says it doesn't mean u have to do it. We delayed solids with dd and she did so much better that way. She was 8 mos.

tinana+2 TTC since Nov 2013; 2 kids; Staten Island, NY, United States 29659 posts
16th Nov '12

I would wait! I'm so sad that I started my oldest at 5 mos... my youngest was nearly 7 mos. While they might be ready to handle it, they definitely do not need it.

Madi's*Mama Due November 2; 1 child; Holland, Michigan 7391 posts
16th Nov '12

She should still get the same amount of formula. Food is just for fun it's not needed yet (unless for medical reasons). We started with oatmeal for medical issues but if its not needed I would skip it. I did fruit with dd first because that's what I got at my baby shower (funny enough she prefers veggies now lol) and we just started with a few spoonfuls and worked our way up. You'll learn her signs for when she's done. Dd won't open her mouth and come for the spoon and recently started taking off her bib when she's done lol

...lll 1 child; Rutland, Vermont 1400 posts
16th Nov '12

i was going to wait but shes drinking 4+ oz every hour and a half. she cant really have big feedings because of her reflux. also doc said the food with help with that too.

Olive ♥ 1 child; North Carolina 4902 posts
16th Nov '12

Well, it's supposed to be at least 6 months. But when LO started I just gave him a tiny bit of baby oatmeal mixed with breast milk. He ate that for about 2 weeks, then I introduced another puree. I think it was peaches. Also, her formula should always come first. That's still her main source of nutrition until 1 year. Solids are just a side thing. So give her however much she wants for a bottle, and then later give her a little oatmeal or something.

Madi's*Mama Due November 2; 1 child; Holland, Michigan 7391 posts
16th Nov '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting Krystie Wood:</b>" i was going to wait but shes drinking 4+ oz every hour and a half. she cant really have big feedings because of her reflux. also doc said the food with help with that too."</blockquote>



My dd had horrible reflux until we started solids and now she's completly off her meds and never spits up.

...lll 1 child; Rutland, Vermont 1400 posts
16th Nov '12

her doc suggested rice cereal, how do you mix it? how much? im so lost... sorry first time mom lol

greenmamabecky☮ TTC since Jul 2013; 18 kids; Enfield, Connecticut 20987 posts
16th Nov '12
Quoting Krystie Wood:" her doc suggested rice cereal, how do you mix it? how much? im so lost... sorry first time mom lol"


Mix a lot of formula in with a little rice cereal so it's really soupy. You can thicken it over the next month or so gradually.

Madi's*Mama Due November 2; 1 child; Holland, Michigan 7391 posts
16th Nov '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting Krystie Wood:</b>" her doc suggested rice cereal, how do you mix it? how much? im so lost... sorry first time mom lol"</blockquote>



I did a formula scoop of oatmeal cereal (so dd didnt get constipated) and used prepared formula to get it the consistency I felt was best (super watery at first)

Olive ♥ 1 child; North Carolina 4902 posts
16th Nov '12
Quoting Krystie Wood:" her doc suggested rice cereal, how do you mix it? how much? im so lost... sorry first time mom lol"

Mix a teaspoon or two with formula or water. Just mix some in until it's not too thick. lol I freaked about it too the first time. Then I found out it's not a big deal at all :)

tinana+2 TTC since Nov 2013; 2 kids; Staten Island, NY, United States 29659 posts
16th Nov '12
Quoting Krystie Wood:" her doc suggested rice cereal, how do you mix it? how much? im so lost... sorry first time mom lol"



:cry: It isn't my business to try to talk you out of it so I won't. However there are other ways to treat reflux and both of my boys had severe- so I understand how upsetting it can be.



Here are some links about feeding though since you're asking.
http://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/feeding-nutrition/Pages/Cereal-in-a-Bottle-Solid-Food-Shortcuts-to-Avoid.aspx



http://www.healthychildren.org/english/ages-stages/baby/feeding-nutrition/pages/Switching-To-Solid-Foods.aspx?nfstatus=401&nftoken=00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000&nfstatusdescription=ERROR%3a+No+local+token

...lll 1 child; Rutland, Vermont 1400 posts
16th Nov '12
Quoting tinana +2:" :cry: It isn't my business to try to talk you out of it so I won't. However there are other ways to ... [snip!] ... :cry: It isn't my business to try to talk you out of it so I won't. However there are other ways to treat reflux and both of my boys had severe- so I understand how upsetting it can be. Here are some links about feeding though since you're asking. http://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/feeding-nutrition/Pages/Cereal-in-a-Bottle-Solid-Food-Shortcuts-to-Avoid.aspx http://www.healthychildren.org/english/ages-stages/baby/feeding-nutrition/pages/Switching-To-Solid-Foods.aspx?nfstatus=401&nftoken=00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000&nfstatusdescription=ERROR%3a+No+local+token"


trust me i really DONT want to do it. we have her sleep upright in her swing, shes on zantac, we keep her upright for 20 mins after each feeding... were just at a loss for what to do. all she wants to do is eat. i dont mind the feedings but it would be nice if she went over a hour and a half for a feedings lol