How do you KNOW your baby is ready for solids?? Any suggestions?

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Chona - posted on 06/11/2009

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Signs of Readiness for Solid Foods are : baby is at least 4 months old, weighs twice as much as her birth weight, weighs at least 13-15lbs, can sit with support, allowing to lean forward when baby wants another spoonful, control over their head and neck muscles and can turn head to refuse food, has stopped exhibiting the extrusion reflex, is drinking 32-40oz of milk per 24 hours and still wants more, time between feedings becomes shorter and shorter, can bring an object in hand directly to mouth, shows interest in others eating around them, becomes fussy in the middle of the night.

I recommend waiting until 6-8 months, but you should wait until at least 4 months because your baby's digestive system is too immature for solid foods before 4 months.

If your baby is showing the signs of readiness you should feed your baby foods that are easily digested and least likely to trigger an allergic reaction, Other popular fist foods are avocado, sweet potato, ripe banana.
You and your pediatrician should decide which food should be given to your baby at the very fist meal.

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Sherri - posted on 09/01/2011

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When breastmilk or formula just isn't enough anymore. 1st was put on solids at 3 1/2 mo's by his doctor as he was intaking too much formula and the last 2 were at 4mo's. We started off with breakfast and dinner. Then within a month they were on 3 meals a day plus formula.

Emily - posted on 09/01/2011

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Sorry I found it amusing what someone said. Forgive me if i offend anyone but ive been up over 24 hours. Angela Kulesz posted something about spoon feeting... Was gonna make a joke about feeding with your feet. sorry.

Missi - posted on 06/12/2009

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as soon as my son was interested we let him taste everything! of course only tiny guey bits, he was 5 days shy of four months when he sat in his highchair christmas day and had dinner with us! my mum bought me a food pfocessor for christmas and from then on he ate everything we ate! he still had a bottle with breakfast, lunch and one before bed. hes now a happy and healthy 6 year old who will try anything i put on his plate no complaints! your child will decide when he wants to eat but make it available for him when he does!

Hope - posted on 06/12/2009

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Its simple, when milk just isn't enough to sustain them anymore OR they have collic. My son was 3months when I started him on solids, he just couldn't keep his food down. It was a life saver, later down the track I have found he has an intolerance to dairy. I ate dairy like a fiend when I was breastfeeding (I personally would never give my child/ren formula unless I had run out of options) and just wish the nurse had more to say than "some babies just get collic". I could have found out about his intolerance earlier.

Mel - posted on 06/11/2009

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your baby starts showing interest in food and watching you eat, and in some cases has to has to be able to have good head control and sit unassisted. baby is drinking the whole bottle and still hungry. also if the baby is underweight they are not getting enough and therefore need the solids. in this case the head control and sitting up goes out the window you just give them food with extra calories as soon as possible lol

Jackie - posted on 06/11/2009

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Another trick to see if they are ready is to offer a little rice cereal on a spoon. Watch what their tongue does. If they push out the cereal with their tongue they are not physically ready. Babys have a natural kinda of defence to choking by pushing things out with their tongue. .

Ashley - posted on 06/11/2009

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My son has always been a big eater. He was drinking 6-8oz every 2-3 hours from birth to 3 months. At 3 months he jumped to 6-8oz every hour. That was when his doctor said it was time. And oh boy, my son knew EXACTLY what to do! There was no need to "train" him how to eat solids. We started with 1tbsp once a day and increased his intake to match his appetite.

Shelby - posted on 06/11/2009

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Get the book Super Baby Food. It has all the answers in it from how to know when to what to how much and how to make i plus more. I just got it and my child is 7 months and I wish I would have gotten it earlier. It is reallly helpful.

Kimberly - posted on 06/11/2009

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My son is now 8 months and i started at about 5 months, not constantly but just enough to get him used to the idea. i just figured out because he has been waking up again throughout the night for another feeding that he is probably not eating enough solids. its all really a guessing game with babies, they will definately let you know when they are ready. He eats solids prob 2 or 3 times a day, i have been testing out little finger foods too. those are helpful because i will still fill them but they can have fun making a mess with it. Gerber (I believe) little puffs are great. and the biter biscuits. he loves them both.

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Most babies will show signs of readiness between 5 and 7 months. They will become very interested in what you eat and will mimic chewing. The normal feeding spurts to increase your milk supply (if breastfeeding) will not do the trick in keeping baby satisfied, and she'll let you know it! No baby should have solids before 4 months as a baby's digestive tract is immature and the foods pass through without digestion and irritate the bowel and can be a major cause of allergies.

Angela - posted on 06/11/2009

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I started slipping cereal in her bottle at 5 mos, against my Drs wishes. At 6 mos, I tried spoon feeting and she took it right away. I waited until she was sitting up.

Angela - posted on 06/11/2009

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I'd have to agree with Terri and Chona on signs of wanting to eat (wanting your food, abrupt night waking) I started my daughter late.... She had cereal in her bottles starting at 3 months because of "silent reflux" so I think that was keeping her full. At about 6 months I introduced different foods-once a day about 3 times a week, and now at almost 9 months she has two regular "meals." and sometimes has organic cookies, or a slice of pear to chew on throughout the day. She is just now getting really into feeding herself and likeing different tastes. She actually prefers veggies, and I started with fruits. I am sure that may change as she gets older. Some babies have texture issues so try different things. I am in a group on CafeMom on making your own baby food, which btw is soooo easy!! If you would like to try it out google it, but its soo easy. I have a magic bullet and ice cube trays and just go for it. I dont even make the things you have to cook I just buy that stuff. Overripe pears, mango, bananas.. put it in, press the button, and wam! done. For me, its been more for fun. I buy baby food and keep it in the house but if somethings on sale I'll pick it up and make some. Some women are much more into it and more creative, but its something to try, and it makes you feel good.

Cathelijn - posted on 06/11/2009

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Quoting Angela:



Quoting Cathelijn:

I waited till around 6 months to try and even then she wasn't that interested she still isn't that interested 4 weeks later. They told me to start trying around 6 months but if she is not interested to just keep trying and ket her try lots of different things. Sometimes I am surprised people are so eager to start solids early I look back at ''the bottle'' time and realize it was so easy! no mess, no changing of clothes 3 times a day and much more cuddling!!






HAHAHA. I hear ya! No messes when they are just on bottles.






I know :-) and it is so much quicker!!

Angela - posted on 06/11/2009

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Quoting Cathelijn:

I waited till around 6 months to try and even then she wasn't that interested she still isn't that interested 4 weeks later. They told me to start trying around 6 months but if she is not interested to just keep trying and ket her try lots of different things. Sometimes I am surprised people are so eager to start solids early I look back at ''the bottle'' time and realize it was so easy! no mess, no changing of clothes 3 times a day and much more cuddling!!



HAHAHA. I hear ya! No messes when they are just on bottles.

Cathelijn - posted on 06/11/2009

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I waited till around 6 months to try and even then she wasn't that interested she still isn't that interested 4 weeks later. They told me to start trying around 6 months but if she is not interested to just keep trying and ket her try lots of different things. Sometimes I am surprised people are so eager to start solids early I look back at ''the bottle'' time and realize it was so easy! no mess, no changing of clothes 3 times a day and much more cuddling!!

Charlotte - posted on 06/11/2009

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You will be able to tell for sure yourself because they will start to be interested when you are eating a. i started weening at 4 and a half months because he was already on 7oz's and was always staring at me eating and putting his hand out. midwifes say 6 months because they know mums will start earlier it used to be 4 months but ppl were then doing it at like 2 months and there stomachs arent ready for it then :) hope this helps

Brenda - posted on 06/11/2009

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Just watch your baby. When baby takes an interest in what you are eating, you know they want more than just milk. My daughter will be 5 months next week and has been grabbing food off our plates for a while now. She watches us eat, and chews. It's so cute!

Caroline - posted on 06/11/2009

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Doctors say 6 months right? I think I started at 5 months with rice cereal and apple juice. If your baby is not getting full from milk/formula I would say its ready for some real food. I started early because my daughter was getting bored with formula and was interested in food on my plate.

Terri - posted on 06/11/2009

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I don't think you can KNOW for sure but there are signs. You baby should start to watch your mouth when you eat and make chewing movements with theirs. They will also need more feeds and you will probably find they are waking up again during the night needing a feed.



If you think your baby is ready I suggest you put a teaspoon of baby porridge in their milk and see how they handle that. If they are happy and content then you can try a spoon of purity or liquified fruit or veggies at lunch time on a spoon. If all this goes well then your baby is ready!



Good luck.

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