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Hi all, new to the board, four kids, youngest (2 mons., breastfed) coming up on her first growth spurt. in approx. three weeks. Wondering when you began your babies on solid food? I know mothers who begin early (3 mons.) and those who wait until almost a year. Also, what influenced your decision?
At the minimum.... I mean, BARE minimum, 4 months. I'd wait longer than that. At least to 5 months, ideally, 6 months.
Solid foods during the first year are not for nutritional value, it's for practice. Any solid foods that they receive need to be in addition to their breastmilk/formula and not replacing it. The solid foods s hould be offered AFTER they have nursed/had a bottle. Growth spurts are not indicators that a child is ready/needs solid foods. Also, giving cereal to an infant does not mean that an infant will sleep through the night. That is a myth.
Good indicators that your infant is ready for solids is when they can sit up, and it's really important that they have lost the tongue thrust reflex.
our ped. said it was okm to start cereal @ 4 months.....she did fine, the tongue thrust was gone, and now she eats just about everything @ 6 months !
i use an older baby book which also says 3-4 months. I believe if your baby is ready and does ok with it, then try it.
BUT Formula or breast milk should be the main source of nutrition
Hunter was 7 months when he started to eat solids. I personaly would not feed a baby under 6 months solids. Babies under 6 months have a "open gut" which goes away around 6 months of age. Also, cereal is a filler food. There really isn't any nutrition in it. I only used it in runny baby food.
Mama to G, L & twins F & M
Started off 2013 homebirthing suprise twins Fia Celesta & Maddalena Isabella
Every baby is different, and I think you have to make adjustments to the hardline rule of "No solids until 6 months" for your particular situation in some cases. Here's ours: Ronan started rice cereal in his bottle at 2-1/2 months on the advice of our pediatrician because he was drinking SO MUCH formula and gaining a lot of weight quickly. He already weighed 15 lbs by then! Up until a couple weeks ago had been drinking 35-40 ounces a day! I introduced fruits and veggies when he was just over 4 months old because the rice cereal in the bottle was no longer doing the job, and he was still eating like a horse...and gaining weight even faster. At 6 months, he's almost 23 pounds now. He's now down to 4 bottles a day (at a more manageable 28-32 ounces) and eats two solid meals a day (a whole container of Gerber Organics stage 1 fruits or veggies at each sitting).
With my oldest, at 5 months. With my youngest 4.5 months. I really wanted to wait until at least 5 months this second time, but he too was always hungry. So, he has had a little cereal and some veggies so far
i will be starting after she turns 6 months as recommended by the WHO. even though she seems interested when she sees someone eating, i decided not to start early b/c i know she nutritionally doesn't need solids during the first year. but after 6 months i think it will good practice for her so she can staret getting used to different tastes and textures of foods.
i am starting with avocado and sweet potatoes & will be skipping the cereal. it is a filler and not needed - my pediatrician said that i don't have to give any to her. i will make some baby cereal myself to use to thicken the baby food i make for her.