my baby is 4 mnth 10days old. Her birth weigh 2. 85kgs. Now she is 5kgs. she is on bm completely. Doc suggested to start cerelac. Is that ok? Or can I start after 1 month? please suggest. Her pee count is normal and is active

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the weight of the baby seems fine. There is no absolute weight for the babies below one year of age which is considered healthy. There is a range of weight and generally birth weight of the baby is considered. The baby should be consistently gaining weight. If the baby doubles her birth weight by 5 months and triples by one year, it means the weight gain is good. As per the instructions on the label of cerelac, it should be given from six months. You may start with strained vegetable soup including green leafy vegetables , fresh fruit juice. At 6 months you can give ragi porridge, rice kheer, suji kheer or phirni etc. You can gradually start with mashed banana, boiled potatoes, dal water also. Boiled water can be given especially after each solid feed. Starting with a spoon or two you may gradually increase the amount to 120-250 ml in a day. Keep the seasonings mild, keep the consistency flowing initially. You may give three solid feeds maximum, in a day. Click on the following link for details on introducing solids http://www.parentune.com/parent-blog/baby-weaning-food-guide-4-to-7-months/567

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