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    Default Breaking the rules

    My mother has started to feed mashed banana to my two-month-old. It's way too early to start solids. But here's the thing - until she started feeding them to him he wasn't pooping much, which is normal yes but seemed to make him cranky, not to mention resulting in huge poops, up to the chest type poops, whenever they would happen.

    She wouldn't give him a full meal of banana, just a few spoonfuls, without the core, and then feed him my milk (this is while I'm working). His other grandmother told me she started her kids on solids at five weeks.

    In short, my dilemma is that while I know better, it doesn't seem to hurt him, in fact it seems to be helping. What should I do.
    Last edited by @llli*smellinglikeafairy; July 24th, 2008 at 04:19 PM. Reason: typo
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    Default Re: Breaking the rules

    I don't think starting solids early is an issue of short-term health but long-term health. Here is a link:

    http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/so...ay-solids.html

    I know a lot of women from your mothers generation introduced solids early, and I do think for some it does cause long-term problems. My husband had rice cereal starting at 2 weeks, and he has a lot of digestive issues such as Celiac, and although it's tough to say if that had anything to do with it, it's causing me to be way more cautious about solids for my own child.
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    I think the key things is the some people part. I have never been careful about avoiding food allergies... and none of my 5 kids have them. I have given all of them cow's milk, peanuts, all manner of grains, fruits, etc. from the time they would indicate they wanted them. With my first, her first food was soft serve ice cream. Nothing bad happened. She doesn't have allergies, she isn't overweight, she isn't hyperactive. She just graduated High School with a 2.9 GPA. Normal average kid. I am saying that luckily small variances from what is recommended rarely destroy people's health, otherwise most of us would be horribly damaged from the times in college we were stupid enough to drink too much and eat too little. Also bananas are a very bland food that is easy on the tummy. That is why they tell you to give it to kids who have upset tummies(BRAT diet). So I wouldn't worry too much about what has already been given. Not saying you should encourage grandma to start feeding him cereal regularly or anything else, just saying I doubt the bananas do any major harm if he has them once in a while when he is uncomfortable and needing to poop.
    Moral of the story- Do what seems to work for your baby. I am not saying every baby should eat bananas at 2 months or no one should. I am saying look at your family history- any food allergies? look at your baby-does this seem to make him poop more comfortably? If it makes you uncomfortable or you suspect it will cause health problems- tell grandma no more bananas! Trust your instincts, don't beat yourself up with guilt. SO many things that seem monumental when they are at one stage, you will feel so silly for worrying about when this stage has past.
    SAHM mom to 5 daughters-16,15,13,3,10 months Happy Wife to stressed out, overworked husband

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    Default Re: Breaking the rules

    The intoduction of banana coinciding with a less cranky baby is coincidence. Please have your mother stop doing that. There is no benefit, but it can be quite dangerous...like you said, you know better.
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    2 months is too young. Medical evidence has shown that a baby's digestive system is not ready solids until at least 6 months.
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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*danlynclark View Post
    2 months is too young. Medical evidence has shown that a baby's digestive system is not ready solids until at least 6 months.
    oh yeah! My mother is one you must watch too or your two month old will be eatting eggs and teething on bacon she means well but a little out of date...
    Allie
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    Default Re: Breaking the rules

    Baby is ready to eat solid foods when they can sit up unassisted, have a pincer grasp, no tongue thrust, can bring the food to their mouth, mash it, and swallow it all on their own.

    I don't think a 2 month old can do that. It is rare a baby can do all of that before 4 months. 6 months is the average, some not until 8+ months.

    You know the baby shouldn't have banana. They do not have the enzymes present in their gut to properly digest foods until they can meet all of the above milestones.

    It IS harmful. The gut is not sealed yet. The gut is where the immunity occurs. Don't mess up their immune system!

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    When I run into things like that - I like to quote an authority so it isn't about my parenting experience vs. my mother's experience.

    I say things like:

    "You may not have realized it, but the current recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics is for exclusive breastfeeding for about the first 6 months. You can be a big help by helping us follow this guideline. Thank you!"
    Lynn
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    Default Re: Breaking the rules

    And truthfully, bananas are actually a food that constipates, not help move things along. I would stop having her do something I know my child isn't ready for.

    Way too lazy for formula

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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*djs.mom View Post
    And truthfully, bananas are actually a food that constipates, not help move things along. I would stop having her do something I know my child isn't ready for.
    I agree totally! We know first hand on the constipation of bananas becarefull momma
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