Introducing Solids

Cassie - posted on 12/11/2010 ( 93 moms have responded )

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When did you introduce solid foods to your baby? Did you follow the current 6 month recommendation? Did you wait longer? Did you start earlier?

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Stifler's - posted on 12/11/2010

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It pisses me off too. It pisses me off that people think it will make kids sleep through the night. They don't NEED to sleep 12 hours a night at 8 weeks old.

Sharon - posted on 12/11/2010

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PFFT!!! Veronica - seriously? Your "holier than thou attitude" attitude sucks rocks.

Your air of superiority wears like the Emperors new clothes and we can all see through them, so drop it.

Most of us have BTDT with some old biddy who thinks that feeding the baby blackberry brandy will guarantee mum a good nights sleep, that feeding the baby mashed turkey is a good idea, that feeding raw honey is a good idea.

When you see someone with a baby draped over her arm like an accessory only to fling to her other arm and cram a bottle in its mouth while she stuffs pizza in her face without paying attention to the baby .. while the baby practically - or did, I didn't stick around for the aftermath - drowns in formula because of the shitty ass angle its head is at makes it impossible to swallow... tilt your head all the way and try to take a drink... do you HAVE to be full time presence in that womans life to know she's a lazy fuck?

go pound rocks.

Cassie - posted on 12/13/2010

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Anika, I think it is my post you are referring to in babies only needing milk for the first year. In saying that, I am not saying that we should only feed them milk for the first year, I am merely saying that feeding solids doesn't need to be a stress factor during the first year. Introducing solids to a baby before the first birthday is beneficial for practice eating from a spoon and eating foods that need "chewed" as well as giving additional nutrients and calories to babies who need them.

I felt so stressed daily with my first that she wasn't eating enough solids. I didn't realize that she was actually getting all the nutrients that she needed from my breastmilk. I wasn't implying that babies shouldn't be fed solids, just that it isn't always a necessity. :)

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I started my daughter on solids almost bang on 5 months. She could sit, had lost the tongue reflex thing and was interested in our food. She took to it quite well and within a few weeks was having complete hissy fits if we were eating and she couldn't too. She eats everything.

I think it all depends on the baby. Some are ready by 4 months, some take longer. However, I don't agree with 'they only need milk for the first year' thing. From what I've read and from what I've experienced working with infants, they need more, by at least 9-10 months. Yes, milk is still an important part of their diet, but it shouldn't be their sole source of nutrition.

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Ok, and about the "fuck rocks"......that's MINE! Jaime took my original "kick rocks", which I got from Chad, by the way, and put her own new spin on it. I will gladly be accepting royalties every time someone uses it.

Thank you

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Cassie - posted on 12/13/2010

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Kate, that sounds like Kiera. She will battle tasting any new food but once I can get her to taste it, she usually likes it. We can battle hard though for that first taste. :)

Kate CP - posted on 12/13/2010

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Liz: Nope. If I force her to try it she'll usually eat it. It's the fight beforehand that I don't look forward to. :/

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@Teresa - I did say that it all depends on the kid. By my statement I meant mothers who choose not to introduce solids because they feel milk is enough for the 1st year. I do not believe in forcing food on children of any age but I don't like the idea of parents withholding solids because of their own beliefs or agenda.

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Kate is it possible that her tastes have changed because they will every couple of years. My son used to love lasagna, spagetti and now he won't eat things with a red sauce. My oldest went through a veggie thing and eats them again but wouldn't for about a year.

Ethan eats everything and anything except fruit. At 7 months he acts like I'm starving him if he doesn't have his 2 meals and snacks all day. He still has 4-5 bottles a day but wants less formula and more food.

Jessica - posted on 12/13/2010

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Peyton is 6 months now and she has 2 "meals" that are solids a day along with her bottles. We don't do rice cerel, just babyfood (a veggie and fruit) We started her on solids at 4 months and she became a much happier baby. Like other ladies have said though, that was just her, she LOVERS her food, another baby might not so much. With Peyton, I'm betting once she has teeth she will quickly want alittle more substance then even baby food. My Doc says that as long as she is healthy, happy, and I'm taking my cues from her, not trying to force her, then it will be good. :)

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Anika, I think that depends on the kid. Most kids probably do want/need more than just milk, but not all. My son ate solids VERY rarely up to and even a bit past a year and he's doing just fine. :)

Shauna - posted on 12/13/2010

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I knew my son was ready when he opened his mouth wide and took food off the spoon and pulled it to the back with his tounge and swallowed. Im pretty sure thats how any mom knows they are ready.

Kate CP - posted on 12/13/2010

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I know, right? Nothing like making fresh, organic roasted asparagus tips with butter and plopping it in front of her and hearing "Mommy, I don't like that!" "You used to like it! What happened?" "It's yucky. I don't like it at school, either." *sigh*

C. - posted on 12/13/2010

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No, but I wish I did. My son's doctor said to go ahead at 4 months. I did.. And now our son has a lot of problems with constipation and sometimes diarrhea, and we are careful of giving him enough fiber and water everyday.



With my next baby (whenever that may be), I'm going to wait until AT LEAST 6 months.

Becky - posted on 12/12/2010

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I started Cole on cereal at about 5 1/2 months. He was still nursing every 2 hours or so and took to solids right away. He was a great eater as a baby. Now, at 2 1/2, he still eats pretty well, but won't have anything to do with vegetables or most meats. Zach refused to eat solids until 8 months. We tried at 6 months and he just clammed up his mouth and shook his head. So I just let him take the lead, and at 8 months, he suddenly wanted to eat. Now, at 15 months, he will eat anything. He was hilarious when he was younger. He'd wrinkle up his nose at something yummy like blueberries, but happily chew on an onion or suck on a lemon! Strange child! :)
My mom started me on solids around 2 months and says by 4 months, I was eating brussle sprouts and blue cheese. Now, I have acid reflux and frequent bowel issues. Thanks mom! :/

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When my babies showed real interest in food they were ready. When they were going through a can of formula every other day they were ready. It does help them sleep at night to have solids and I was always told that if they respond well they are ready, 6 months is a recommendation not a requirement. BUT it should not be forced and obviously a few weeks is too young but I see nothing wrong with a few months.

Minnie - posted on 12/12/2010

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You mean she doesn't like soggy canned spinach and floppy booger-colored green beans Kate? Why ever not? :/

Minnie - posted on 12/12/2010

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My first I started solids at five months because the pediatrician recommended it. Your typical spoon-fed goo.



I waited until my second was sitting on her own, picking up food from my plate, chewing and swallowing it. That was ten months for her.She's never been spoon fed and had a handle on using a fork and spoon a month later. Pretty hassle and worry-free for us that way. Baby led solids for our third as well.

Ez - posted on 12/12/2010

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I knew my daughter was ready for several reasons. She had lost the tongue thrust, meaning when I put the food to her mouth she opened wide, rather than trying to push it out with her tongue. If a baby is not ready, they will often turn their head away from the spoon in refusal. My daughter never did that. Not once. She was also sitting up (which isn't really a sign of readiness, but more like a requirement). And she was interested in the process. She would happily sit there for 20mins playing with her spoon while I fed her.

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With my first daughter, I was all prepared by about 6 months - pureed veg & fruit frozen in ice-cube trays, thought I was so smart! Little bugger wouldn't have a bar of it. Just not interested in food. I eventually took to just putting blobs of food on her high chair tray (from about 8 months of age.) She played with it, and occasionally got bits in her mouth. It was very messy, but fun. It wasn't until she was at least 12 months old that she really took an interest.

So with the other girls I just did the same thing. They were over 12 months before they got really excited about food, too.

I must admit, I've never b een able to work out what people mean when they say "my baby was ready for it." What does that mean and how do you know?

Kate CP - posted on 12/12/2010

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My four year old used to love fruits and veggies. Then I started sending her to school where they serve lunch. Little did I know that all the veggies there come out of a damn can. Even *I* won't eat a veggie out of a can. Now she thinks all veggies are gross and won't eat them. *sigh* I'm still pissed about that.

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Ok, late to the convo but I've read everything and here goes. Don't hate on me too much lol

When Jacob was 6 weeks old, my MIL and FIL came down to meet him. It was also Thanksgiving time. I always make a Key Lime Pie on Thanksgiving. So...at 6 weeks old, just to see how he would react, I admit that I took a dab on my pinky (a dot maybe half the size of a pea) and let him have a taste. My pie rocks and I wanted him to taste it. Did I know that he wasn't old enough for solids? Yes. At the same time, it didn't hurt him and it's not like I fed him a full 5 course meal or anything so I don't feel bad about doing it.
Something else I did, mostly because of exhaustion and because in the begining I was so confused as to what to do and I wasn't listening to my own instincts....I just wanted sleep. So when he was about 3, maybe 4 months old, yeah, I did the cereal in the bottle thing. In an 8 ounce bottle I'd put maybe half a teaspoon of the cereal and stir it in. You couldn't even tell it was in there and it didn't change the consistency at all. I did feel "iffy" about doing it and when it didn't produce the "sleep all night" effect I wanted, I stopped. I did it for maybe a total of a week, if that long. I chalk that one up to a "live and learn" experience. If I'm ever lucky enough to have another baby, I'll know a LOT more the second time around. Sometimes I feel bad for Jacob because if I ever DO have another baby, that will mean that Jacob has sorta been my "test rat" lol I will have made all of my mistakes on him and then will do things the way I feel is the "right" way with the second.

Like someone said earlier, some babies are bigger and hungrier than others. I think that if you feel ok trying solids (like mashed fruits or veggies) at 4 months and the tongue reflex doesn't kick the food out, then it may be ok. I definitely don't think it should be forced. And I definitely don't think there's any rush. After my little trial with the cereal in the bottle, I waited until he was like 6 or 7 months before I ever tried anything again. I did green beans from a jar for his first "real food". (This was before I started making my own.) He loved it so a few days later I tried apple sauce. LOVED it. I then tried the cereal again, but this time with a spoon and he loved it also. I know NOW that cereal is just empty calories but at the time, I didn't. So aside from his formula every 4ish hours (by that time), he also got "breakfast", usually a fruit. "Lunch", usually a veggie. And "dinner", usually about a teaspoon of cereal and some more veggies. Live and learn. To this day though, if you hold a cookie in one hand and a bunch of broccoli in the other, my son (3yo) will go for the broccoli every time. It comforts me to know that I didn't fuck him up TOO badly lol

Stifler's - posted on 12/12/2010

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My husband has issues with his GIT and his sister have IBS too. My MIL reckons she started the whole farex in the bottle thing at 5 weeks.

April - posted on 12/12/2010

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I started earlier...2 weeks before he turned 5 months old. We started baby rice and it was a big MISTAKE. It interfered with breastfeeding...he didn't feed as much and it likely led to the nursing strike we experienced not too long after. (Sara Hopkins actually described our experience...very similar)

With my next child...we will be doing baby led weaning. I'd like to EBF for at least one full year. We'll see.

*my son knew he wasn't ready and actually did begin to remotely show any interest in solids until he was 18 months old. I was sooo nervous that he "wouldn't eat" but he met all of his milestones and was gaining weight appropriately

Jaime - posted on 12/12/2010

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I agree...I have heard that a lot from other moms as well and I have read many comments on this site to that effect. For me it was never about Gray sleeping through the night, it was about him keeping his food in his belly...that was a constant battle until he was 14 months old. I just hope that these parents that are choosing to feed solids early, have done the reading and consulted a professional physician or pediatrician...otherwise they are basing their decision on the plethora of misinformation or following in family traditions that won't always make sense for their child's particular needs.

When in doubt, follow the guidelines.

Ez - posted on 12/12/2010

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Oh I agree it's not convenient at all, but that is the motivation for these early feeders. They think it will fill the baby's belly and make them sleep longer.

Jaime - posted on 12/12/2010

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Pffft...D-Mak, you can share the credit 70-30 and that's my final offer! :P

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I started my baby at 5.5 months knowing fully that she couldn't wait until 6 months. She would scream and cry every time i cooked, try to steal my food, she was so hungry the milk wasn't sufficient. She literally doubled her milk intake. Eating every single hour. She was constantly on the boob. So i started her on one meal a day. As soon as i did she took a massive growth spurt. Literally went from wearing 3month clothing to 9 months. I think she was extra extra hungry because of this massive spurt.

Bonnie - posted on 12/12/2010

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It is normal for a baby to wake up 2-3 times a night or even more. I don't know how many mothers I have heard say that they fed them solids earlier so that their tummies would be fuller and they would sleep through the night ugh.

Kate CP - posted on 12/12/2010

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"Also, Cassie, you are entitled to vent and anyone that doesn't agree can fuck rocks!"

I don't know if this was a happy typo or not but I'm stealing it for future use. xD

Jaime - posted on 12/12/2010

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I started Gray on pablum at 11 weeks old. I didn't do it on a whim, I actually spoke to his pediatrician about his acid reflux and difficulty keeping food down. I don't know someone else' reason for giving their infant solids before six months...but I will always recommend that they follow the guidelines unless they are given the go-ahead from a physician or pediatrician like I was. Feeding an infant actual food is ridiculous and feeding them solids when they're not ready is also ridiculous. Child rearing is NEVER going to be convenient or simple...so trying to take the "easy" route ain't going to get you anywhere.

Also, Cassie, you are entitled to vent and anyone that doesn't agree can fuck rocks!

Jennifer - posted on 12/12/2010

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my MIL gave started solids very early with all 5 of her kids...and 3 of the 5 have irritable bowel syndrome now, as adults. early solids may have nothing to do with their tummy issues, but i do thinks its interesting.

Rosie - posted on 12/12/2010

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i don't even see how it's convienant erin! it takes alot to get that sludge into a wiggly, squirmy, little being that can't even sit up or hold it's own head up yet. i really wonder why people do it? there is no clear benefit to it for your child, nor yourself. it makes me wonder...

Kate CP - posted on 12/12/2010

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My grandmother has boasted that she gave all of her kids solids when they were 3 weeks old. She then stopped and said "Well...maybe that's why they all had reflux..." She would feed the kids and they would promptly spew food everywhere and scream. Babies aren't meant to eat food that early-it hurts them.

Ez - posted on 12/12/2010

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People giving solids to newborns drives me fucking batty, and I'm not ashamed to admit it makes me think they're lazy and idiotic. Seriously, you would have to live under a rock not to know how bad that is. Which makes me think they are ignoring medical advice for their own convenience. Lame.

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A quick post about gossiping and MIL's before I go to work at this stupid time! (It's 6:30am here....urgh)

The gossiping thing I guess I started it with my WTF!
That's MY opinion on feeding a 1-2 months old baby solids. If a woman was on here saying "Should I feed my 1-2 month old baby solids?" I would give her "gentle education" any of you that know me on here know that I'm not usually the type to barge in all guns blazing slamming people for not doing things by book. (lol)
As it WASN'T someone asking advice, I gave my opinion. As it's a debate community, I think that's fair enough!

And MIL's! Mine tried to pressure me into giving solids before 4 months. She gave them to her 3 boys WAY earlier than 4 months. Is she entitled to her opinion? Sure. Did it do any harm to her boys? Nope. Did I listen? No. I smiled and nodded politely and got on with raising my girls the way I saw fit.
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The girls were 3.5 months. At that time the doc was reccomending 4-6 months. They REALLY were after our food, so the doc said it was ok to give it a try. They loved it, took right to it, and never had any problems w/ any food.

My son was 5ish months when I first tried. He seemed like he wanted it, but he would just sit there w/ it on his tongue and have no clue what to do next. I tried at random and I think he was about 6 months the first time he ate anything. His interest came and went (more 'went' than 'came') at random though and he wasn't eating solids on an every day basis until around a year and was a bit older before he was actually eating 3 meals a day MOST of the time.

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I am outraged when people feed babies food at a young age. I overheard this one lady saying she was up at 2am making hamburger and gravy for her one month old.?!?!?! not only feeding him food but greasy ass disgusting fatty food, and THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT. Some people seriously need to be smacked to see if some sense gets knocked in. No wonder she was 100lbs overweight. Shes going to teach her child to be like that too???? This is an outrage!!! Its effecting this child physically for the rest of his life!

Jodi - posted on 12/11/2010

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I'm going to say it pisses me off when I see people giving someone with a very young baby advice to give them solids. I've seen people with 4 week olds try solids. YES it PISSES ME OFF. I mean, it doesn't take a rocket scientist...... So suck on that opinion.



PS. I don't think I actually tore anyone in particular apart with that comment, just voiced my opinion. That IS still allowed isn't it?

Stifler's - posted on 12/11/2010

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We're allowed to bag people out. Especially people who pressure me to start solids at 6 weeks.

Sharon - posted on 12/11/2010

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Oh no!! this is totally in the realm of BELIEVABLE.

A snow yeti.... now thats in the realm of "UNBELIEVABLE" but then I guess it depends on the scope and width of your thinking capabilities.

(I have got to do something about my keyboard, its not keeping up with my typing? URGH... ohhhh dayum, I just remembered hard drive is being optimized... slowing everything down. ::: sigh ::: )

Dana - posted on 12/11/2010

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Veronica, Cassie doesn't need to "win a popularity contest" within the group, she's already won. If you knew anything about her, you'd know she hardly has a bad word to say about ANYONE so, if she wants to vent about something that irks her then she has every right to. You sit her and scold her like you're better? Look in the fucking mirror.

Cassie - posted on 12/11/2010

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well... I was hoping to win prom queen so maybe this will improve my chances. I've always dreamed of being popular...

Veronica - posted on 12/11/2010

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i am serious - im serious about my new clothes, and achieving the holier than thou status -- har har hardy har -- i guess i will just start cutting down people to win the popularity contest in this group -- just sayin

Cassie - posted on 12/11/2010

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back off Veronica. If you can't come to a debate forum without scolding people for not being ever so helpful to misinformed mothers, then don't come at all. Debates may start as one topic and move to something completely different which happens almost daily in here. This debate is about when it's appropriate to start solids so it seems somewhat natural that women who start solids unhealthily early would be brought up. I just did so in a joking manner.

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I will raise my hand to this too :D any mother who makes every decision for their child and does what they believe is in the childs best interest IS the perfect mother.

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