Farex? I have read to not start babies on this until they are 3months +, But my MIL is practically trying to force me to use it on my baby now even though he has just turned 8 weeks. Personally i am against it, but she keeps on insisting to give it to him!!!! She says things like, 'if you give it to him he will sleep the whole night etc.." Honestly, it does not bother me that my little boy wakes up twice a night! I am doing better then some others!!
I have told her NO firmly, as i do not want to start him on it at the moment as he is WAY to young, and i dont think i will ever give it to him, i would rather start him on avocado, or pumpkin when he is ready for solids as they are more nutritious foods, But i would like to know what others think of farex and your experiences with it?
Thankyou in advance! xx
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27-02-2012 07:34 #1Senior Member
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27-02-2012 07:37 #2Guest Guest
We did farex with puréed fruit at the recommended age of 6months.
I wouldn't start any solids until you get the go ahead from your mchn and tell your mil things have changed!
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27-02-2012 07:39 #3
I'm against the stuff!
I would just politely say 'I've researched it thoroughly, and honestly, most people don't even use the stuff any more. (I then went on to talk about BLW and how I will be using that process instead of spoon feeding.) And besides, nothing is proven about the use of farex and babies sleep. In fact, I would be worried if he DIDN'T wake up several times a night, as their tummies are so small and they need the constant feeding and bonding that comes with that."
And then I would change the subject.
IN fact- that is what I did with my own MIL. Luckily she backed down after that. If you arm yourself with as much information as possible and show her that you have made an INFORMED choice, then you'll be a-ok and she won't have a leg to stand on.
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27-02-2012 07:42 #4
No no. Please don't listen to your MIL! 8 weeks is too you. Food is only fun until 12 months!
DD started to have solids early (5 months) her specialist "team" wanted to start her a bit early due to allergy issues. We gave her farex for ages. Then we were only allowed to introduce 1 new food every 5 days then at about 7-8 months 1 new food every 3 days.
27-02-2012 07:51 #5
Regardless of our thoughts on farex, you dont want your child having it, and rightly so at only 8 weeks so that's all that matters!!!
She needs to respect your wishes.
And 8 weeks is too young for any thing other than milk or water. Goodness knows what's going through that woman's head!
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27-02-2012 07:53 #6Senior Member
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27-02-2012 08:00 #7Senior Member
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They have recommendations on packaging for a reason ... if it was meant to be given to an 8 week old - it would say that.
I did give it to my son at 6 months and then the constipation started. Took him off it and he was back to regular.
This will be one of many battles of you voicing what you think is right for your child even though others have their 'expert opinion'. And more people need to be like you - offer purees and avocados - those are the foods you want your child to eat when they are older - not cereal!! (well not like that anyway!)
Why was she making a comment about them sleeping through the night anyway? My 21 month old wakes up and has a call out every single night.
Stick to your guns - moving to the milestone of eating is fun and exciting but only do it when YOU and bubs feels its right. (and believe me - bubs will let you know when they want solids - the guppy mouth keeps flapping and the enthusiast grunting will make you spoon like you've never spooned before!)
Good luck with your MIL.
27-02-2012 08:15 #8
Honestly, giving farex is becoming a thing of the past - we now know that it is nutritionally poor and there is even research suggesting that it can cause obesity in later years. Not to mention that it tastes like mashed up paper.
I would definitely stick with avocado and sweet potato as first foods.
This aside, 8 weeks is wayyy too young. The whole 'sleeping through' theory is bullcrud - solids don't make your child sleep through. My DS is 9 months and still wakes twice a night, despite being on solids. He wakes for comfort, not because he's hungry.
All of this aside, he's YOUR baby! I would personally have a word with MIL to stop pestering. This is your baby and she needs to respect your parenting choices, end of story.
27-02-2012 08:19 #9
Farex has far less calories than bm or formula , so the sleeping more is completely false, it's pretty much processed mush that was brought in during the war last century when there was no fresh food! It's mainly australia , England and the USA that even sell the stuff, millions of babies in the rest of the world are weaned on fresh food, it's purely marketing that makes parents believe a processed rice cereal is a natural first food! As pp have said tell her that fresh is best for your baby , when her body is ready for it , closer to 6 months!
27-02-2012 08:25 #10
Yep, 8 weeks is WAY too young to give solids. And like pp said, it won't make bub sleep through the night. Bub's tummy is so small anyway. It needs regular filling, not jamming full of constipating mush.
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