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I do NOT want to start a debate but I do want to hear other mommy's opinions on when to start solids. I know some recommend that you wait until 6 months (not 4 months) - why?
Reagan goes for her 4 month check-up tomorrow and the pedi is going to talk to us about starting rice cereal. She seems satisfied with BM only, but meets a lot of the other criteria for starting solids: doubled her weight, holds head up fine, stares at us intently while we're eating, etc.
I just don't know what decision I should make regarding when to start rice cereal. What's been your experience?
I think it's best to start solids when your baby is ready for solids..
With my first, I waited until 6 months, but I knew she was ready for it around 4 months old.. Just by the way she was looking at me when I ate.. If I knew what I know now, I would have started at 4 months.. And my daughter's growth pattern never changed when we started solids.. She still grew vary slowly..
All my girls started at 3 months. Gerber also reccomends 3 months... Just watch your baby and listen to her needs. If she shows signs, so ahead and try, if she doesn't seem to do well with it, then stop for awhile. If she enjoys it, awesome.
You will ALWAYS hear opinions from others and someone will always disagree with you... remember, she is YOUR baby.
If she seems satisfied with just BM then there's really no reason to start now. Most Drs recommend between 4-6 months. Our Dr says 6 months because by that point you can be sure that their body is ready to process solid food.
If your Dr gives you the go a head and you want to give it a try then go for it.
Thanks ladies! I am concerned b/c we are EBF and its been going so well - don't want my supply to suffer. I guess your body just adjustes so you might not make as much milk, but she doesn't need as much milk at the same time... ?
We have been thinking about starting solids at 4months. The doc said any time between 4-6months. DH really wants to start giving him cereal so I told him we can try it once Miles is 4 months. I have let Miles taste some hummus, and he LOVES it.
I do think if your LO is showing interest in food around 4 months and Milk doesn't seem to be enough alone it's worth trying.
Delaying solids also ensures their tongue-thrust has diminished. Peyton may be somewhat ready but she is still 4lbs under doubling her birth weight but since she takes crushed pills every day she doesn't have much of a tongue thrust and she stares at us every time we eat. I will still probably wait until she's 6 months to start.
We started our boys on cereal when they were both 3 months because they were huge and totally interested in eating. I'm going to wait with Kadence and will start her at 6 months if doesn't act interested before. I hate only being able to nurse her before and after work and want her all to myself for a little longer.