when to start solids

Nafisa - posted on 05/15/2009 ( 19 moms have responded )

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my baby os now 5 and a half months. when is the best time to start solids and what should i start her with. I have already given her rice cereal from 4 months once a day but she is getting bored.

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Mel - posted on 05/17/2009

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Quoting Joy:

Im up in Darwin and they drum it into you here amongst a million other things lol....


ohh i see lol nah i was afraid you would think i was having a go at you but i really wasnt trying to at all i just wanted to say my experience, but whnever the mum feels ready, and whever the baby is ready and can handle them

Christine - posted on 05/17/2009

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id say when you are and bub r ready, 3 months onwards is fine, my boys are complete opposites where my eldest is picky and not the hungry type yet my 1yr old just cant get enough lol, i cook all his veges myself, 1 potato, 1 carrot, some pumpkin and silverbeet mashed together with a hint of gravy is a great recipe. just stick to mashed fruit at 1st and dont try peanut stuff til he 1.

Joy - posted on 05/17/2009

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Im up in Darwin and they drum it into you here amongst a million other things lol....

Mel - posted on 05/17/2009

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no thats fine i wasnt trying to have a go, im also from australia so i got my info from freo hospital and the speech path;s at PMH x

Joy - posted on 05/17/2009

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Quoting Joy:



Quoting Melissa:

just to reply to Joy some babies need solids way before 6 months and its not the only purpose to get used to different tastes there can be many reasons such as baby being hungry for more then formula/breast milk, or an under weight baby needing solids. They wouldnt recommend them at 3 months if it was not safe. Some need to even start with solids 5 times a day form a young age x





 






Hi, this is just the information I was given here in Australia by my pead and midwife. Just though I would share the info with the mothers on this site as they also wouldn't be giving this info out if it wasn't a factor. I took the info on board and introduced my son to solids at 4 months. In the end it is the parents choice what they choose to give their babies. Personally I wouldnt take the risk based on the info I was given and if I believed my son needed solids before the reccomended starting age I would take him to a pead first. In the end it is all about wanting the best for your baby. Good luck to all you mums.

Mel - posted on 05/17/2009

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hey i wasnt sure how old he was now but i woudlnt give rusks til at least that 4 month mark, im fairly sure my dietician didnt mention them til she was 4 months, but she still to this day has never bitten a bit off f a rusk so i guess i am lucky :) Thanks abut her name we wanted something not too common but not unusual either, you mentioned about lemon ours actually loves it surprisingly, her OT recommended it to help stimulate her taste buds but she just eats it.

Sarah - posted on 05/17/2009

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I normally mash them (rusks) up with a rolling pin (great for stress lol) and add some puree'd pear or apple or anything really. He loves it but when he's teething he also likes to much on them. He's had loads and only choked the once and that's because he just put too much in his mouth. I watch him all the time - would never leave him alone with finger food, or any food. Babies learn really quickly - afterall, how long would it take us adults to learn a new language from scratch, walk, hold things etc... They are the most amazing thing in the world. I would never push my son into anything, i have no interest in comparing or in him being quicker at doing anything than anyone else, i listen to him and pay attention to what he wants and needs.

Lynsey - posted on 05/17/2009

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i disagree giving whole rusks is'nt safe anyway, crunch them down wiv boiled water and a scoop of formula milk, My midwife advised me u can wean from 2 months if need be... but not chunky foods like rusks.

Sarah - posted on 05/17/2009

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Hi Melissa,

You little girl is beautiful!! You are right, there is no way the hospital would have recommended solids if it really was bad for baby!! I was told at a mother and baby group last week by an ex midwife that they don't recommend solids too early to cover themselves but it is really only advice for the third world. Apparently because their water is so bad and that is what they use to cook baby food, they are advised to leave it as late as possible to introduce solids. I will definately try spreads on rusks but i'll give it a while. He was biting on a rusk the other day and bit abit off before he'd made it soggy. He started choking and scared the life out of me. Although he will be fine eating one again, i'm scared lol. I might give him again next week with a little butter on. Thomas loves his food and really likes trying new things although he'll make a face like he's eating a lemon with the first spoonful lol. Hope Brianna starts eating well soon (absolutely gorgeous name by the way!) xx

Lynsey - posted on 05/17/2009

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I STARTED MY BABY ON SOLIDS AT 3 MONTHS, HE HAD BABY CEREALSK, A RUSK, AND JAR FOOD.. HE DISLIKES THE JARS SO I TEND TO DO MY OWN FOOD LIKE POTATO, HE LOVES COUS COUS,. HE IS NOW 5 MONTHS AND ENJOYS WEETABIX AND SOAKY CORNFLAKES FOR BREAKFAST AND SUCKS ON TOAST. HE LOVES A BANANA, SUCKS ON A ORANGE.

Mel - posted on 05/17/2009

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Hi Sarah, its nice to hear from someone who i can relate to with similar problems with having a slightly underweight baby. we make our own baby food and freeze it to, and she loves it so much better! ours still dosnt eat well at 13months but she was put on solids at 3 months by the hospital because she was so underweight, and i dont think they would have given the go ahead if there was a chance it could do any damage. they aksed us to go straight to 5 meals, but she loved her food and did really well with all of it to begin with. it didnt help her to gain weight though, but mine was very tall also and im glad to hear your son is at a healthy weight now. I was going to say if you like try the baby rusks with spreads this is what our dietician said to give brianna, try butter, cheese spread or peanut butter. i had to buy the peanut butter specifically for her because i dont eat it so it ended up going out of date because she doesnt like it a hell of alto but it was full of fat. Your right mums do know best they know their babies better then anyone, although i admit i didnt actually think about starting mine on solids at that time because she wasnt showing signs of being hungry for something other then formula xo

Sarah - posted on 05/17/2009

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Thanks Melissa, i was starting to worry that i might have done him harm by feeding him his first solids at 3 months. Thomas is just starting to need a 3rd solid meal a day now so i'm going to start that on Monday. He is a very long baby but just a little underweight. He wasn't satisfied with just breastmilk anymore as my supply was not meeting his needs,so i tried him on SMA Gold and he still wasn't satisfied and i had to change him onto SMA White for hungrier babies. Well, he still wasn't satisfied with that no matter how much i gave him so i thought i would introduce solids once every other day. He is now perfect weight and really healthy and eating so well. I just let him tell me what he needs. He eats all different flavours too. I'm glad i started him earlier than some think i should because he is now a brilliant weight and maybe he wouldn't be had i not started him. I think Mummy's know their baby best and they should just listen to ther babies xx

Mel - posted on 05/17/2009

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just to reply to Joy some babies need solids way before 6 months and its not the only purpose to get used to different tastes there can be many reasons such as baby being hungry for more then formula/breast milk, or an under weight baby needing solids. They wouldnt recommend them at 3 months if it was not safe. Some need to even start with solids 5 times a day form a young age x

Joy - posted on 05/16/2009

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They say to start solids between 4-6 months old as breastmilk or formula provide all babys nutrients up until 6 months. Any solids served before then serve only to get baby used to diff tastes and textures. Introducing solids before 4 months can damage your babies digestive system as it takes 4 months to develop a gut lining strong enough to cope with solids while the kidneys are not mature enough to handle the extra waste. This is the weaning process I followed: Day 1-3 Rice cereal. Day 4-6 Rice cereal and apple puree. Day 7-9 Rice cereal and apple and carrot puree. Days 10-13 Rice cereal and apple,carrot and pear puree. Days 13-15 Rice cereal and apple,pear,carrot and zucchini puree. Days 16-18 Rice cereal and apple,pear,carrot, zucchini and swede puree. Days 19-21 As above and potato puree. etc etc and just keep introducing diff veg n fruit. I got told to introduce rice cereal first as it is very bland and babies have very sensitive and taste heightened taste buds and to then add apple or pear puree to avoid constipation. Its all so much fun watching them taste and enjoy so dont stress too much, just try a bit of this and that and your baby will tell you what they like.

Sarah - posted on 05/16/2009

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I gave my son his first jar of fruit salad at 3 months. Just every other day at first. I have never given him baby rice just because it seems so bland. I started on the jars because i was worried i would puree the food enough. When i started pureeing food myself i started with parsnips and carrots because they are sweet and babies prefer sweet foods. He has parsnips and carrots now for one feed, minced beef and tomato or chicken with cheesey sauce (made with formula milk - not cow's) for another and for the third he has pureed pear with rusks. He eats so well and i'm so glad he's not fussy and will eat everything. He might make a funny face at the first spoonful but he'll open his mouth for more lol. I do big batches and freeze them in ice cube trays then transfer to a bag for each flavour (so i have a bag of icecubes of puree'd pear, a bag for puree'd parsnips etc etc) and try different flavours together for each meal. It's a brilliant way because i never waste food and although it might take a whole day to prepare, cook nd freeze the batches, i'm then good for a couple of weeks with a load of food in the freezer for him although i'm sure it looks odd all these multicoloured icecubes in the freezer). I'm just waiting for the summer when hubby starts to use ice cubes again and finds his water tastes a little odd because it's got a parsnip flavoured ice cube in it lol xx

Mel - posted on 05/16/2009

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i would have been using pureed fruit and vegies from day one, as alot of babies hate rice cereal and it causes constipation. 3-6 months is the best time but it depends on the baby some are ready at 2 months and are getting hungry for more then just formula/breast milk. mine needed to eat at 3 months because she was little. so every baby is different

Tara - posted on 05/15/2009

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I started my son on cereals just over 4 1/2 months and then onto the veggies just over 5 months, then to fruits and meats. He did and still does very well with it all and it was all okayed by the doctor. Just introduce them slowly, I waited 3 days in between and still do if it's anything he hasn't had before. I used the heinz baby food so started with the beginner and then now he on the 6 month stuff and this week im starting the 8 month jars and finger foods.

Leslie - posted on 05/15/2009

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I did the same way Nicole did and it work great. My son is now 9 months and eats everything. I feed him cereal and fruit for breakfast, vegetable and fruit for lunch and same for dinner.

Nicole - posted on 05/15/2009

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I think it will be fine for you to start introducing solids. I was actually reading this earlier today in the book what to expect the first year and it says they recommend feeding your baby rice cereal for five days before introducing anything new. The best way is to start with say sweet potato and give it to her for a few days and make sure she has no reactions before you introduce carrots...and so on. my little boy is just 4 months and he is doing really well with his rice cereal so I may start him on baby foods in a week or two. It won't hurt to try her with it and see how she takes to it.

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