Anyone still not feeding solids?

Elvira - posted on 06/14/2010 ( 33 moms have responded )

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My son is 5 months old (on the 17th) and I have not started solids at all yet. Just wondering if anyone is still holding off on starting. Im kind of worried to start him on it...not sure why exactly but it just seems a bit intimidating and Im so used to the whole breast/bottle feedings!

How and when do you give them the solids...I know you should start with cereals and only about a spoonful...but is that at each feeding or just once/twice a day?



Thanks!!

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Em - posted on 06/14/2010

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I never started my boy on cereal, I started him on fruit that I just boil up, puree and freeze down in portions myself. He has about a dessert spoonful each morning after his bottle, otherwise hes only on the bottle. I didnt want to start him too early either but his appetite forced me to really. He needed something more and the little bit of fruit in the mornings is just enough to fill him up and keep him happy. I'm not such a fan of cereals because I saw my niece with terrible constipation due to being started on cereals too early and made too thick, so I wont be giving his cereal until he is older than 6mths. Its really after the 6mth mark babies should be started on solids, up to then breast/bottle is usually sufficient, after 6mths their dietary and nutritional needs begin changing and although breast/bottle is still the number one food for a while, they need nutrients from solid food to keep them going and healthy. :)

Proud - posted on 01/10/2012

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Madison refused solids until 9 months old.
I'd put baby food in her mouth and she'd leave her mouth hanging open and just drool it back out.

Olivia - posted on 06/24/2010

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solids are not nutritionally necessary until 12 months. With that said my daughter showed great interest in eating our food and watched us eat. so I started with a finger tip of mashed banana she loved it so i made a mix on my breast milk and a little banana she ate it all.



but I do not replace nursing with solid foods. It is just so they know taste and texture and how to handle it. we maybe give her solids once a week.



and if you try something new wait 3 days to see how he handles it.



oh and my Lo is 21lb and 27inches long

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Bianca - posted on 04/27/2012

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oh and btw.. those baby cereals have no nutritional value for your child.except.for.maybe the extras.like.dha some.add in but it nowhere compares to your milk and if you asked a doctor why you should start solids before a year the most likely answer you would get would be "dont you want your kid to know how to eat?" Or something to that effect. There is no health reason though to start solids before a year with an exclusively breastfed child.

Maxine - posted on 06/27/2010

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hi, Im still onlly breastfeeding until her 6 months are over...then I'll start slowly- dont worry... once you start you'll get used to it....its no big deal and you start taking it in your stride.

Zoe - posted on 06/27/2010

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my LO has just turned 6 months and i have only just (this week) put him on breakfast. he doesnt seem to fussed with food. my hv said if i wanted to pro long weaning try hungry baby.

Sue - posted on 06/27/2010

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My baby is 5 months. But I don't plan on starting him on solids until he shows signs that he isn't satisfied after nursing. Right now he is very satisfied and gaining real well. He weighs 19 pounds and is still gaining steadily. There are places online where you can get recipies to make your own baby cereal if you want. wholesomebabyfood.com is a good one.

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Im waiting until Preston is 6months old. Pediatrician said to exclusively nurse until then. So im following the rules, for once! Excited to start solids though!

Tanya - posted on 06/25/2010

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I wouldnt start until after 6 months, especially if you are breastfeeding... but it is something your doc will talk to you about at your next visit.
You start with cereals once a day and slowly build up to 3 times, so it would be meals. Start with rice. With my first my doc said to go through an entire box before introducing the next kind. My second would not touch cereal, we went right to chopped soft foods around 8-9 months instead.

Amanda - posted on 06/25/2010

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I am still exclusively breastfeeding my DS. I have researched also and believe it is best to wait until 6 months. I have friends who started their babies on food and juices way to early in my opinion. Then they wonder why they are constipated and unhappy, Maybe it works for some but my babe is thriving well off Mama's milk alone... He has tripled his birth weight already and we are in the 97th percentile for height and weight. Breast milk is all they need for the first 6 months or even longer if they aren't ready then. It also helps prevent allergies later in life for them if you wait.

Amy - posted on 06/25/2010

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We are still exclusively breast feeding. I hold off as long as possible because it's not necessary yet and why mess with smelly diapers. I started my second son on avocado then veggies because it is great nutrition, gives them a taste for veggies before sweets and doesn't cause constipation.

Rachel - posted on 06/24/2010

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my daughter is not grabing at my food or silverware yet, she is intently looking at what we are eating. I think I will wait a little longer, mabey till 6 months

Morgan - posted on 06/24/2010

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I started my daughter on cereal at 4 months and just gave her, her first taste of carrots last night, she loves food, but I dont let it replace her formula intake

Carrie - posted on 06/24/2010

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We just started Olivia on rice cereal when she turned 5 months. It was a slow start, but now she loves it! Our plan is to start with veggies when she turns 6 months on the 5th of July.

Erin - posted on 06/24/2010

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I just started my daughter a week ago, at about 5 months old. I had wanted to wait until 6 months as well, but she was so hungry that she was drinking constantly from around 6:00-9:00 every night. So she is doing one meal of rice cereal now, at dinner time, along with her bottle, then just the bottle for the rest of the times. I will add another rice cereal meal next week (after she has been doing well on this one for a couple weeks) and we will see if she is hungry enough to eat it (at breakfast). Then at 6 months, I will start on the veggies.

Just a tip, but some babies, when started on fruit, will not eat the veggies because they aren't as sweet. So, I would recommend starting with veggies and then adding fruit.

And don't stop breast or bottle feeding. They will still drink about the same as they are now, plus the solid foods.

Kelly - posted on 06/24/2010

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My ped told me to wait until 6 months so I have not started solids either. I heard that you start off on rice cereal once a day then it moves to twice a day after a few weeks. The next type should be veggies then after that is established the fruits are next. Like most mothers have said most of the nourishment should still be from breastmilk.

Stephanie - posted on 06/23/2010

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I am waiting until 6 months (next month) and will take the Baby Led Weaning approach. ( http://babyledweaning.com/ ) From what I've learned about nutrition over the last few years it just makes the most sense!
Babies before the age of 6months (and beyond) really don't need carbs yet and that's all they would be getting from cereals and veggie purees, milk (formula or breast) should really continue to be their main source of nourishment up till about a year. Good luck with your choice!

Erin - posted on 06/17/2010

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talk to your baby's doctor! they say it's better off waiting untill 6months now. It help prevent food allergys. I just started my 5month old on cereal, i did the spoonful ect. she's up to a quarter cup once or twice a day depending on if she seems hungry still. I usually do the cereal inbetween the bottles!

Rachel - posted on 06/17/2010

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I started my son on solids about 2 weeks ago. Just a bottle didnt seem to fill him up everytime. So I started rice/oatmal first so see how he did, and now he eats everything from peas to peaches. His doctor recommened to wait until 6 months but my son has been to perfectly fine with solids.

Rachel - posted on 06/17/2010

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I am waiting til Danika is 5 mnththen we are going to start. My naturopathic physician specializes in peds and her reccomendation is 6 month, if they stop sleeping through the night 5mnths. Here is her list for 6-9 months. No grains as thry are hard to digest and thing like carnation cereal has lots of additives. carrots yams, apples , peas, sweet potatoe, prunes, blueberries, apricots, squash, peaches and plumes. All cooked and purred, at least three day between new foods. You can also start offering filtered water.
Hope that helps:)

Anel - posted on 06/17/2010

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i'm in the same predicament at the moment - emma-jane had such problems with her tummy that i'm scared to throw over the apple cart, but she is definitely starting to be interested in our food - she will be 5 mts old on the 19th and she is quite a big girl weighing in at 7.92kg.

Stephanie - posted on 06/17/2010

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I was planning on waiting, but my son was drinking a lot and would fuss at us when we ate in front of him. So, when he was 4 months old I started him on cereal. He LOVED it and ate less and slept more. I started him on veggies a week ago and he just loves that, too. He's never had stomach problems. Maybe had one stomach ache his whole life. Also, he's kind of a big baby. As tall as some 9 month olds.

Marci - posted on 06/17/2010

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The doctor wanted me to start solids at 4 months and I tried just a small amount of rice cereal. She didn't seem interested and got stomach pains so I held her off till 5 months and started her on cereal last week and added applesauce this week. Going to try a vegetable next. I only give her the solids at dinnertime, still breast feed the rest of the day. Also I breast feed before I give her the solids. She gets all her nutrition from breast milk or if you are giving formula, then she gets it from that. Solids in the beginning are basically to help babies get used to different textures. You'll know when your baby is ready. Ava can sit up in her highchair and can take the spoon and swallow. She stops when she is full. It's exciting for her and I, it's something new and exciting.

Adrianne - posted on 06/15/2010

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My son was 5 months yesterday and we haven't started solids yet. I plan to wait until 6 months because he is growing really well and seems satisfied on breast milk alone. He is starting to show a bit of interest in our food and in eating, but I really don't think waiting another month will be a problem. I do plan to let him start playing with his spoons and a cup soon though.

Charlene - posted on 06/15/2010

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My daughter will be 5 months on the 18th and we haven't starting solids yet... and won't for a while. First, her nurse practitioner has said babies tend to have more allergies if they start solids too soon, and they nutruitionally don't "need" food, they still get what they need from the formula/breast milk. Second, she was 5 weeks premanture and has had horrible stomach problems so I am definitely going to wait until 6 months because I don't want to upset the finallly "calm" GI system.

Connie - posted on 06/14/2010

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I started Chase on Rice Cereal at 4months, and then went to veggies. I was told at this age 5mo old only need to eat once a day. Talk to your pediatrician. We started with the orange veggies...squash, sweet potatoe, then carrots, on to peas, then string beans this week. They say start with veggies over fruit,so the baby doesn't go for the sweet stuff first. Chase gets 1/2 container(about an ounce) of veggie, then sometimes rice cereal or oatmeal(about an ounce or 2 mixed with formula). You will be surprised how well they adapt to the change. My little guy can't get enough. Good luck, what a great time to explore with your little one.

Jenny - posted on 06/14/2010

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I haven't started solids yet either. My little girl had a lot of tummy trouble (better when I figured out she can't tolerate milk or soy), so I'm holding off until the 6 mnth mark. That's what's recommended in Canada anyway. (Though I know lots of others have started earlier with no trouble).

Shaina - posted on 06/14/2010

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i haven't started yet either. my son will be 5 months on the 18th. i have started grinding rice for rice cereal, but i've been reading that it's ok, even recommended, to start babies on fruits. with my first baby, i started with cereals & i only gave her one feeding a day at first, usually just a few spoonfuls. i guess it depends on your baby and whether or not you think they're getting enough solid food + breastmilk. i'm trying, really really trying, to hold off solids until mine is 6 months, but he's already starting to act really interested in what the rest of us are eating and still acting hungry after nursing. but i definitely plan on making his food at home!

Cisy - posted on 06/14/2010

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I haven't yet. My ped said to start at 5 1/2 months. We still have 2 weeks to go. She said to start with rice cereals or oatmeal. Then go on to veggies then white fruits.

Gyani - posted on 06/14/2010

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i havent started on solids either. I am planning on starting in a week or so. I have waitedfor so long because the research ive done says that babies dont need food until about 6 months. they should be able to sit up a bit before you start. I am going to make her food at home and not use store bought ones.

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