When did you start your DD/DS on solids?

Holly Janelle - posted on 09/07/2011 ( 1 mom has responded )

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My daughter is 5 months and 3 weeks. I had started her on rice cereal about a week ago because my mom said maybe it was a good time. We did that for about 5 days and I felt really uneasy about it for some reason and so I stopped with the cereal. She will be six months soon but I would really like to wait as long as possible to give her solids. Bf is very important to me because of the benefits for my daughter and I plan on doing it until she weans herself. I would love any advise you can give me on the subject. I'm 23 and a first time mom so I'm new at all of this. Thank you so much mommys I really appreciate your help and wisdom!

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Lori - posted on 09/07/2011

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You might want to consider baby led weaning.

http://www.babyledweaning.com/

The idea is very simple. Don't worry about purees and mush. Offer baby foods in small bite sizes, if she can and wants to eat them she will, otherwise she won't. No pressure on her to eat, and very easy for you.

Good for you for stopping something that you felt uneasy about. If it doesn't feel right to you, there may be a good reason not to do it. The recommendations used to be to start solids at 4 months, but it's changed and now it's recommended to wait till baby is AT LEAST 6 months. Your baby will get all the nutrition she needs from breast milk for a full 12 months (or more). So "food for fun until they're one"

I started my older daughter who is now 3 on cereal and mushed baby foods when she was 5 1/2 months. My younger daughter who is now 9 months old I waited till she was 6 months to offer cereal and found she wouldn't take it. I also found she wouldn't take any purees I offered. After asking other moms I knew and my Lactation Consultant for advice I was directed to the idea of baby led weaning. Turns out my baby just didn't like purees. I could give her a small chunk of banana and she'd eat it, but if I mushed it up and gave it to her on a spoon she'd spit it out. Turns out this method of feeding is sooooo much easier than trying to feed the baby baby food. I just offer her some of my food while I'm eating, and I can actually eat a meal. Rather than trying to eat and spoon feed the baby at the same time, or even worse, feeding the baby a different time.

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