The proper time for Solid foods

Fairouz - posted on 09/30/2010 ( 1 mom has responded )

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Hi Every body,

I want to benefit from your experience.

What is the proper time to start feeding the babies Solid food? And what are the foods to start with?

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Jessyka - posted on 10/01/2010

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The traditional school of thought was that babies are ready for solids at 4 months of age. At that age, rice cereal is given, and once that is established, you introduce stage one baby food (fruits and veggies with no lumps), one food at a time over the course of a few days to check for allergies/etc.

More research is being done, though, and some people are arguing that a baby's gastro-intestinal system is not ready for solids until six months. At six months, you can forgo the cereal (or give it), and start with the stage one jars of baby food.

Personally, I do what's called BLW (baby led weaning) where I started my son on finger foods just shy of six months. He was exhibiting signs of readiness -- sitting up independently, reaching for food, etc. His first meal consisted of green beans and cucumber. He didn't eat much -- just played with them -- but until one year of age, babies are to get most of their nutrition from breastmilk (or formula) and so solid food is just for exploration. My son is now 7.5 months old, and last night he had chicken, a meatball, some bread and corn on the cob for dinner. Today he had part of my grilled cheese sandwich and two clementine wedges. The thing I love most about BLW is that we can all have dinner together, without me having to have cold food since the food cooled down while I spoon fed my baby. I have nothing against spoon feeding -- my way is different, but neither is wrong.

If you are curious about BLW, check out babyledweaning.com.

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