When is the right time to start my little girl on solids - she is three months and three weeks ? ?

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Heather - posted on 01/07/2010

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My daughter is about the same age. I was told to wait til she's about 5 months

Tanya - posted on 01/07/2010

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my son is 5 months and 3 weeks and today he got his first veggie! we started about a week and a half ago on rice cereal.

Jennifer - posted on 01/07/2010

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Babies have a natural reflex (similar to morrow reflex) to push their tongue and thus pushing food out. It does not mean your baby doesn't like the food it is simply your baby's natural reflex to prevent choking while they learn to swallow:)

Jennifer - posted on 01/07/2010

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My paediatrician recommended I start at 4 months as my baby has a bit of reflux and it will help. I was also told by a lactation consultant as soon as your baby shows interest and watches you eating you can dip your finger and give them a small taste (except dairy, super spicy etc). She said also said to start at 4 months and with mashed/pureed avocado because the oils are easy to digest and helps their little tummies. I was told after avocado try the first foods (pumpkin, apple etc) and if possible mix these with a bit of avocado and breastmilk(optional). I was told by both that rice cereal is a step backwards as a first food because breastmilk has many flavours and rice cereal is bland and most babies do not like it.

It is a personal choice but the more flavours you introduce the better eater your baby is supposed to be. I have even been told to add finely chopped basil etc to mashed potatoes as they get bigger to introduce flavours. My paediatrician alson recommended NOT holding off on eggs, nuts spreads etc as most allergy studies are now peddling backwards and saying avoidance is actually contributing to the increase in food allergies. My girlfriend gave her son eggs around 5 1/2 months and he loved them. Be safe and follow recommended guidelines (1 food per 3 days etc to watch for allergy). When you do venture into 'peanut butter/ egg land' give very small amounts and watch for allergies.

My bub is 15 weeks on Saturday and I let him suck a piece of cold apple, plum, banana, apricot if I am eating one (I hold it and use a large piece so he can't swallow or choke). He doesnt actually eat it but loves to suck/ lick the fruit and smiles. It must feel good on his gums(being cold) and the taste. He watches me intently when i eat and smiles:)

Good luck!

Ashley - posted on 01/07/2010

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i started my daughter on runny rice cereal at 4 and a half months. they say to wait for 6 months, but she was ready. take cues from your baby and of course ask her doctor first. good luck!

Allanna - posted on 01/07/2010

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ya id wait till at least 6 month with the stage one pablum, and work your way up with fruits, you can find all that out by reading the back of the baby products and or talking to your doctor.

Ruth - posted on 01/07/2010

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Most doctors, and some parents, think around six months is the best time to start solids. I, on the other hand, think that if milk, either formula or breastmilk, is not filling up your baby you should consider a very runny baby cereal. You don't want to make it too thick or your baby can get constipated. When my eldest child was a baby, he's almost 9 now, four months was the time to start and I've stuck with that for all four of my kids.



First and foremost, though, you should do what you feel is right for your baby. She'll let you know if that's not what she wants. Good luck.

Jocelyn - posted on 01/07/2010

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I would normally start around 6 months, no earlier than 4 month (imo). Is she displaying signs of interest in food? like watching you eat, mimicking your movements, etc? You could try, and if she pushes the food out with her tongue then she's not ready for solids.

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