19/11/2013 at 12:04
My is 3 months old, ive started giving him a few spoons of baby rice once a day, do you think its too early. family say its fine and that they had started even sooner.
he is eating what im giving him
19/11/2013 at 12:27
Yeah I started at 12 weeks and she loved it x
19/11/2013 at 20:32
It's far too early and the fact that you are asking the questions suggests you are not entirely comfortable with your decision. The NHS guidelines state 6 months is the best time to wean as by this point they can be 100% certain that a babies digestive system is ready to take food, it also states that you should NOT wean prior to 17 weeks at the absolute earliest because their bodies are just not ready to cope with food. Baby rice has no calorific or nutritional value and by giving baby rice you are encouraging baby to start reducing milk feeds which is where they get all their calories and nurtition from at this point in their lives. If I were you I would ignore your family, stop weaning, and go back to giving milk and only milk as that is what is best for you babies development and health, then speak to your health visitor or do some research before starting to wean at the appropriate time. X
19/11/2013 at 21:44
I agree with Max's Mummy. 3 months is far too early! It is recommended that you do not give your baby anything apart from milk (breast or formula) before 17 weeks. Family and friends often refer to the old guidelines, but these have changed. Weaning is recommended once your baby meets a number of milestones, it is recognised that all babies will reach these milestone by 6 months, hence the 'no weaning til 6 months' advice. So you can start early but not as early as you have started.
Please speak to your health visitor for some advice and read the weaning booklets available from the NHS - see below link!
You could be doing your baby harm unintentionally, such as increasing the risk of choking, the risk of upset tummy, or causing digestive problems and allergy problems. I don't want to scare you. As Max's Mummy stated, the rice has no nutritional valve all your baby needs right now and all he is ready for is milk!
Please let us know how you get on.
20/11/2013 at 09:02
Think ill wait abit longer then, im in no rush to start anyway.feel family are pushing me to start when has full on milk still. thanks for your replys
20/11/2013 at 21:08
Glad you have decided to wait. It is really hard when family and friends offer conflicting advice, but you have to be firm and tell them that the guidelines have changed since they weaned their babies. You will no doubt get the reply ' it never did us any harm' but remain firm and polite reiterating that the guidelines have changed since then.
Good luck for when you do decide to start and let us know how you get on!
22/11/2013 at 12:02
I read somewhere that babies are ready to digest solids by 5 months. We started mine at 4 months as suggested by his ped, but he didn't like it that much. Looking back, I wish we had started at 6 months.
26/11/2013 at 12:17
Hi, glad to hear you are going to wait a little longer, once your little one has reached 17 weeks you can look to see if he has reached the milestones suggested and talk to your health visitor but like you said there is no rush if you do not feel he is ready. Goodluck and hope you enjoy every crazy weaning moment
26/11/2013 at 16:19
26/11/2013 at 16:43
Yeah I got a sample thru the post. I think all babies are different if your baby's ready early then go for it. I have no regrets with weaning my first at 12 weeks and will wean this one when she's ready be it 12 or 17 or 20 weeks. It's just guidelines I mean hv and formula packs say to boil a kettle and let it cool before making a feed, but that's not possible if your baby feeds erratically. They also say breast is best but my niece was exclusively bf and has been in and out of docs and hospital since birth, you name it she's had it. They're all different I don't think there's any definite right or wrong age, as long as your not pushing baby too hard to soon.
26/11/2013 at 19:00
Yes they are just guidelines and yes all babies are different but biologically they are the same and medical and scientific knowledge is what has decided that weaning should NOT occurr before 17 weeks because the digestive system simply isn't developed enough! Problems with early weaning may not show up until much later in life so saying 'I weaned my baby at 12 weeks and have no regrets' doesn't make it right. As for the supermarkets etc the only thing they care about is making money so if they think they can make a few bucks selling something they will regardless of tge consequences - after all they also sell cancer sticks!
27/11/2013 at 09:53
It doesn't make it wrong either, just posting my personal opinion, I don't do arguments in public forums......
27/11/2013 at 13:34
Everybody will have their own personal preferences and views about how and when to wean (and about all aspects of parenting!). The guidelines regarding weaning exist, and have been thoroughly researched, the NHS only publishes evidenced based literature which is subject to extensive scrutiny. Therefore the official guidelines published are deemed as the GOLD STANDARD for how and when to commence weaning. Of course each baby is different and will mature at different rates but research states it is NOT safe to wean a baby before 17 weeks of age as it is almost impossible for a baby to be physically ready at this stage.
Parents have the right to make their own decisions about how they (safely) care for their children, whether it be to breast feed or bottle feed, to wean at 6 months or 5, to do traditional puree weaning or new BLW. Guidelines are available for all to read, HV are free to visit without an appointment, children centres offer free weaning talks, all the information is available. The information is out there for everybody to read and review, it is then up to the parents as to make their own informed decisions.
Sarah Rowland - in answer to your question, my understanding is that baby food companies are not able to promote food for babies under 17 weeks and if are doing so I suggest you contact Trading Standards as this (in my understanding) is illegal. This is the same for formula milk companies who are not allowed to advertise formula targeted at babies under 6 months. One way the formula companies are getting around this is too advertise follow-on milk which actually has no nutritional value, your baby can be fed breast milk or ordinary formula until their first birthday.
27/11/2013 at 13:56
i just find it incredibly rude when people don't appreciate others views or opinions. I wouldn't dream of telling anyone they were wrong or harming their child by the way they weaned. I appreciate your guys way of how you've done things, it's worked for you and that's great. As you say we all have different ways of doing things. I'm sure in different countries there guidelines are even more different. I have a perfectly healthy 4 year old now who isn't under or over weight and has no allergies or health problems and I found she genuinely was ready for weaning early And I was able to do it successfully and safely. She was on puréed fruit and veg by 16 weeks and pureed meat by 20 weeks and loved it and I dont care if anyone out there thinks that's wrong as it didn't feel wrong for us or I wouldn't have done it. She was also on blue top cows milk by 9 months, again with no problems.(No doubt someone will slate me for that too!!) like you say the info is there for us all to use and then make our own decision for our own children, it's no ones place to tell another mum they are wrong. Interesting what you say about the packets I will have to go and check the sample I got to see what it says. Think its Heinz.
27/11/2013 at 14:00
Yeah they're all Heinz. Smooth baby rice n creamed porridge but they say 4 months plus. Ill b on the lookout in tesco now for companies breaking the law lol
27/11/2013 at 14:19
4 months plus is ok, but products should not advise under 4 months as this would not comply with the DOH's recommendations.
As a parent we are constantly being judged, I have just got a play pen as Annabel is crawling and at times I need her to in one place (when I'm cooking, going to the toilet etc). One of my friends accused me of 'locking her in a cage' ha ha. Always being judged!!
27/11/2013 at 14:31
http://babymilkaction.org/pressrelease/pressrelease11jun13 Article about the recent ruling on follow on milk. x
27/11/2013 at 14:55
That's what annoys me, people who think they can judge. Your doing it to keep her safe better than her getting hurt in my opinion! I got told off by an old man in tescos for telling Caitlin off for touching all the packs of stuff on the shelves so I told her she wouldn't get a treat. He told me I was being too harsh! Mind your own f***ing business buddy!
27/11/2013 at 16:58
I'm not judging you - you chose to wean at 12 weeks so be it - my opinion on this is very different and I felt that I needed to make it clear to other readers of this thread why weaning at 12 weeks is not a good idea, in my view and the view of the DOH. I also only offered an explanation of why supermarkets and food companies advertise products which could hold health consequences. I'm also not trying to start an argument with you - I'm simply offering an alternative view. X
28/01/2014 at 21:12
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