Can you feed a baby solids at two months?

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Okay, I have this young mother of a friend, she's 20, we'll call her Maybell not that is an excuse for stupidity, but she was bragging on facebook how her 2 month old baby (she actually put 3 months, but it's 2 months, so I'm hoping she had a typo) that she's fed her baby ice cream (not large amounts) gravy, dr. pepper, cranberry sauce, and pickles. So my SIL comments saying that you can make a baby sick if they're younger than 6 months feeding them food, since they're stomachs aren't developed. Then Maybell's friend (who is also 20 and has 2 babies and is a hardcore republican) comments saying "That 6 month thing is just a rule that all the liberal "go green" uptight overly possessive self-proclaimed 'experts' say anyways. No doctor that I have ever taken either one of my babies to has said that you will be risking your child's he...alth if they have anything other than breast milk or formula before 6 months. 6 months is just the average or standard age that babies start eating food. They just want you to wait that long incase of allergic reactions...but obviously thats why you test things in small amounts before you start letting them have something new all the time."...etc.

So...what do y'all think?

Because my mom read it ( I know we're on facebook arguing) and she's a nurse and flipped out, saying why the fizzurk would you feed a baby anything except formula and breast milk at 2 months?! That's practically child abuse...PICKLES?!
okay now she has a status about she feels like britney spears when she was driving with the baby in lap, because people keep commenting on her parenting skills. Okay I'm not going to say where she has a picture of the baby laying because everyone would probably tell me to call DSS right now, let's just say the stove top isn't on, but obviously the girl is NOT smart and neither are any of her close friends who aren't saying anything about this too her.
It's amazing what babies can survive and it sounds like this particular baby better be pretty tough.

There are a lot of people who are very...uninformed, let's say...about how babies work. To me, feeding a baby Dr. Pepper just sounds immature - to immature to look past the "ha, look at that face" of the moment to what is actually good for the baby. FFS, this child doesn't even have teeth, that's a pretty good indicator that he/she is not ready for pickles. I hope this person has an adult in her life who will remind her every now and then that the baby isn't a toy or an accessory.

My ped is pretty old fashioned and conservative, and even he was all over the "try solids at six months, see how it goes" and was quick to point out that until fairly recently, the rule was wait till one year.

The "rules" for solids go something like - wait till the baby can sit unassisted, loses the tongue thrust, has the pincher grasp, and shows interest. I'm doubting a two month old has any of this going on.
Geez, is she trying to choke her kid? There's a reason they have babies wait until 6 months, even beyond the digestive development; most babies aren't able to eat solid food b/c they don't have the motor skills to do so.
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I have no idea, I mean the only thing I can think of is immature, and I act pretty childish, but I don't know it just seems like stupidity instead.

Aren't babies supposed to NOT have cow's milk for the first year? isn't that what ice cream is made of?
she could really screw up her babies digestive system like that. it happened to one of my sister's friends. she started giving her 2 month old cereal in her bottles and she really caused her a lot of harm. i can't remember exactly what happened but i know she got really sick, had to be put on all kinds of medications, special formulas, and she may have even had to have surgery. it was horrible.
Babies probably won't die from a little dr pepper and pickles. They won't be getting enough nutrition though.

The reason we don't feed babies adult foods before 6 months isn't because they can't digest it, and it isn't because of allergies either. It's because babies have a limit to the amount of food they can take in, so their food needs to be dense in nutrients. Soda and pickles are empty calories to a baby. Babies need fat and protein to grow smart brains and healthy bodies, both of which are perfectly represented in breastmilk or formula. Feeding them anything else is a waste of nutritional space...and feeding them a lot of junk will probably compromise their development. Brains need good food to develop properly.

Most mothers want their babies to grow up as smart as possible. Some mothers are too dumb themselves to know better.
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I pretty much summed up what you guys said to her, on her status and this is what she said back:

"That's why you don't expect them to "eat" stuff. As a parent you know your child and you should be able to use your judgment on what's right and what's wrong.
I don't think I would do anything that could EVER hurt her...and I certainly don'...t make her do things I know she can't handle.
Todays kids aren't supposed to do half of what doctors told our parents to do back when we were Sofies age....like water. Doctors say not to give babys water, why? No nutritional value...is it bad? No. I asked my doctor if it would hurt and he said babys are human...we need water so baby MAY need water..their just told to say not to give a baby water."
I pretty much summed up what you guys said to her, on her status and this is what she said back:

"That's why you don't expect them to "eat" stuff. As a parent you know your child and you should be able to use your judgment on what's right and what's wrong.
I don't think I would do anything that could EVER hurt her...and I certainly don'...t make her do things I know she can't handle.
Todays kids aren't supposed to do half of what doctors told our parents to do back when we were Sofies age....like water. Doctors say not to give babys water, why? No nutritional value...is it bad? No. I asked my doctor if it would hurt and he said babys are human...we need water so baby MAY need water..their just told to say not to give a baby water."
Originally Posted by turtles

She doesn't sound like the sharpest pencil in the box.

Again, water takes up precious space in a small baby's belly that could be used for food. Babies grow at an incredible rate the first 6 months (first year really) and they need the right nutrients to grow properly.
I wouldn't do the solids, but I gave my son water. Not a lot- but I would give him a little to rinse his mouth. He got teeth really early & I didn't like the idea of milk/formula sittign on his teeth all day.
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She ain't the sharpest pencil in the box, I put her on hide after she fed the baby dark chocolate.
She ain't the sharpest pencil in the box, I put her on hide after she fed the baby dark chocolate.
Originally Posted by turtles
This is making me crazy...WTF!
She ain't the sharpest pencil in the box, I put her on hide after she fed the baby dark chocolate.
Originally Posted by turtles
This is making me crazy...WTF!
Originally Posted by Wiregirl

her baby weighs, 8 lbs and is 3 months. I don't think that's right, she said the doctor told her the baby will fill out, but I honestly think she's not measuring the formula right, because my friend went to her place and said she had all the bottles premade and she feeds her like 6 times a die 6 oz of formula, or something like that and she's not gaining weight...?!


the baby weighed 7 at birth..
She ain't the sharpest pencil in the box, I put her on hide after she fed the baby dark chocolate.
Originally Posted by turtles
This is making me crazy...WTF!
Originally Posted by Wiregirl

her baby weighs, 8 lbs and is 3 months. I don't think that's right, she said the doctor told her the baby will fill out, but I honestly think she's not measuring the formula right, because my friend went to her place and said she had all the bottles premade and she feeds her like 6 times a die 6 oz of formula, or something like that and she's not gaining weight...?!


the baby weighed 7 at birth..
Originally Posted by turtles

You might want to consider making a report to child protective services. It's possible that she's not seeing a doctor at all and is diluting the formula to save money.

This is making me crazy...WTF!
Originally Posted by Wiregirl

her baby weighs, 8 lbs and is 3 months. I don't think that's right, she said the doctor told her the baby will fill out, but I honestly think she's not measuring the formula right, because my friend went to her place and said she had all the bottles premade and she feeds her like 6 times a die 6 oz of formula, or something like that and she's not gaining weight...?!


the baby weighed 7 at birth..
Originally Posted by turtles

You might want to consider making a report to child protective services. It's possible that she's not seeing a doctor at all and is diluting the formula to save money.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
I agree that someone should be consulted. I don't have kids but a 1lb gain in three months seems really low to me. Each baby is different but I'm fairly certain my nephew who was a month early and had intestinal issues gained more than that in 3 months.
Well, wow. If you are giving your child Dr. Pepper and ice cream at 2 months, you might as well give the baby a cigar and a shot a whiskey.

A baby at 2 months cannot process cow's milk. Why would you risk your child developing allergies? Plus, you are establishing your child's healthy eating habits from baby onward. By introducing you child to such unhealthy foods, you are setting him or her up for obesity.

I am usually the persons that says, " Your baby....Your Prerogative." This is crazy. You are supposed to be protecting your child and not causing intentional harm.

My baby gets 100% breast milk, no water or formula. I am waiting for the her 6-month to introduce cereal. If she does not want, I am not going to push it. She gets everything from my breast milk. She will get cow's milk way after her 1st birthday. I am pumping for her because she did not latch. I just want her to have the best.

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her baby weighs, 8 lbs and is 3 months. I don't think that's right, she said the doctor told her the baby will fill out, but I honestly think she's not measuring the formula right, because my friend went to her place and said she had all the bottles premade and she feeds her like 6 times a die 6 oz of formula, or something like that and she's not gaining weight...?!


the baby weighed 7 at birth..
Originally Posted by turtles

You might want to consider making a report to child protective services. It's possible that she's not seeing a doctor at all and is diluting the formula to save money.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
I agree that someone should be consulted. I don't have kids but a 1lb gain in three months seems really low to me. Each baby is different but I'm fairly certain my nephew who was a month early and had intestinal issues gained more than that in 3 months.
Originally Posted by KookyCurl
ITA. I am not one to run to CPS...BUT in this case a 1 lb gain at 3 months would be a source of concern. Even S,who was hard to keep calories on was around 11 lbs at that point, STILL under the charts and we were doing extra calorie formula. When C did not gain at 6 months (she was already 15 lbs) they were also concerned.



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So what ever happened with this mother and child? Does she still have custody? Whats the child like? Allerigies, complications, lacking in brain functions? Did this child develop ok?
So what ever happened with this mother and child? Does she still have custody? Whats the child like? Allerigies, complications, lacking in brain functions? Did this child develop ok?
Originally Posted by jlc1082
LOL

Blame it on the cell phone...
Ok, mom should not be a mom, second, friend is an idiot as well. I am a republican and will openly say it. Baby needs to have beast milk or formula period for at least 4 months, preferably 6. Poor kids...
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