Solids.......what do you think?

Jodie - posted on 04/17/2009 ( 22 moms have responded )

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My HCN told me all the litrature on solid feeding at 6 month is going to change again and should be introduced at 4-5 months. Reasoning is around the food allergies which they have now linked to food not being introduced early enough. Last check up (at 20wks) was told to get my little girl onto 3 feeds a day and start introducing meat. She is not a big fan of veg and meat yet but have been doing the 3 feed a day.IShe is going really well with this but would be interedted to hear what other thoughts and advices have been. FOR INFO: My belief on solids is when the baby is ready and I definately wouldn't have looked to start Kenzie unless she was looking for it and interested in it. Thanks :-D

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Jodie - posted on 04/21/2009

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Thanks everyone. Good to hear I am not alone in my thoughts and actions!! I have a few girlfriends that raise their eyes at anyone who is not following the 'rule book' so it is hard not to question your choices even if you are confident they are best for your baby. Oh the fun......these decisions will seem trivial as time goes on!! :-) Thanks again

Susan - posted on 04/20/2009

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Just another thought... how do they calcualte the 6 months rule..... the birthday date or the number of weeks.
If you use the number of week, ie 4 weeks is one month.... then babies are "ready" for food before their 6 month "birth date"
Get some of you thinking on that one??? LOL

Jen - posted on 04/20/2009

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Quoting Claire:

My 5 month old started on farex at 4 months, then fruit puree, then mashed vegies and she loves them all! It was advised by my early childhood nurse to start her young because she's such a big girl, and she needed it. As soon as she saw the spoon for the first time she opened her mouth!! Every baby is different and should be treated so. You can't force a spoon into the mouth of a little one that doesn't want it - they'll just spit it out!!



What is farex?

Claire - posted on 04/19/2009

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My 5 month old started on farex at 4 months, then fruit puree, then mashed vegies and she loves them all! It was advised by my early childhood nurse to start her young because she's such a big girl, and she needed it. As soon as she saw the spoon for the first time she opened her mouth!! Every baby is different and should be treated so. You can't force a spoon into the mouth of a little one that doesn't want it - they'll just spit it out!!

Jen - posted on 04/19/2009

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Quoting Erin:

My peditrician told me that whenever she is ready is when she is ready. I have actually heard the opposite on allergies, that introducing them too young is what causes problems, that's why they tell you not to give cows milk, honey and peanut butter til later on, not totally sure about that. I know as a baby i didn't eat anything solid until I was ten months old and my Dr said that if my daughter does the same that is fine.

I know the American Pediactric Association recomends that you use breastmilk only for the first six months, but it all depends on the baby. The one thing I found most helpful I actually read in one of my nursing books and it said that babies begin to show an interest in food when their body is digestively able to handle solid foods and that if you give solids too soon it can cause health problems as an adult including obesity, diabeties, upper and lower GI problems, GERD, etc...

I know it is a hard decision for all of us and I wish you luck! Just remember that moms know best and don't let any doctors or other people pressure you into doing, or no doing something that you feel strongly about. Good luck!



I totally agree with you Erin, in terms of introducing food too soon.  The best indicator of readiness for "solids" is interest level, not age.  I think that correlated also with the food allergies ... yeah, don't give your 5 month old peanut butter, it's a totally inappropriate food!  But I think some of the recommendations, like waiting for 2 years or more on PB is too much for a family that has no history of food allergy.   

Jen - posted on 04/19/2009

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Quoting Kylie:

I've stared feeding my little guy veggies likes pumpkin, parsin and corn all pureed and strained threw a sieve. I always thought it was best to wait until the 6 month mark but he was defiantly ready to eat at the 5 month mark. He was trying to grab food off my plate and making the chewing motion when he watched us eat. He loves veggies, he didn't like the baby cereal or apples and banana as of yet. We are just taking it slow and not substituting the food for breast milk.



We're doing the exact same thing in terms of not substituting the food for breast milk.  The milk is still the good stuff to them! 

Jen - posted on 04/19/2009

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Quoting Amy:



Quoting Kristi:

We have been trying Wesley on solids (cereal, squash, peas, green beans, carrots), but he doesn't seem all that interested, he just looks at me like "what is this?" and pushes it out of his mouth. I guess we will just keep trying every few days and one day he will like it, I suppose!






try applesauce and bananas...my daughter rathers those than veges so far lol






Yes, my Sophia just about cried her eyes out when we gave her her first try of veggies (I think it was peas) ... soo funny!  She likes the sweet potatoes though, so that's good.  We just stick with the sweet stuff

Jen - posted on 04/19/2009

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That's hilarious. I've heard that too, and agree with it. I started my first on solids at 6 months per the current recommendations, and I actually think it was perfect for her. That was right around when she was looking interested. My second, though, is a much bigger baby! Pure breastmilk, in the 90th % for height and weight, and she just seemed ready to me. Don't know how to explain it, but she loved her first feeding and squealed and kicked with delight. Doesn't really quite get the spoon concept but she tried to suck it down with her thumb in her mouth, it's so cute! My first wasn't into the jar veggies or meat, I'm not sure I really ever tried that hard, but they really do taste gross don't you think? She's not picky now as a toddler, she liked fresh/frozen cooked veggies much better. We just stick to rice cereeal, oatmeal, and bananas right now for the little one.

Amy - posted on 04/19/2009

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Quoting Kristi:

We have been trying Wesley on solids (cereal, squash, peas, green beans, carrots), but he doesn't seem all that interested, he just looks at me like "what is this?" and pushes it out of his mouth. I guess we will just keep trying every few days and one day he will like it, I suppose!



try applesauce and bananas...my daughter rathers those than veges so far lol

Kelly - posted on 04/19/2009

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My son has been on baby cereal since he was 3 1/2 months, and i started him on veggies and fruit at 4 months and am just starting to introduce the meats and the mixed meat and veggie dinners, they are all stage two that he gets and he loves it.(my doctor suggested the cereal at 3 months but i waited a little, then started the food) i thought that he was ready for baby food when he would watch every bite that i would take when i was eating.....and i just tryed and he loved it......he was born at 10 pounds 12 ounces and is now about 21 pounds and is 5 months old

Kristi - posted on 04/18/2009

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How does your child "ask for" food for breakfast and tea time? Maybe I am not reading my son well ... this new kid thing is hard stuff :) My son may very well not be ready for solids yet ...

Jill - posted on 04/18/2009

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I think like with most things you have to follow what your baby is telling you. My son (now 3) didn't show any interest in solids until he was well over 6 months so he just breast fed until he was ready. My daughter (5 months) has been on solids since 4 months, she asks for food breakfast and tea time and is breast fed the rest of the day.

Kristi - posted on 04/18/2009

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We have been trying Wesley on solids (cereal, squash, peas, green beans, carrots), but he doesn't seem all that interested, he just looks at me like "what is this?" and pushes it out of his mouth. I guess we will just keep trying every few days and one day he will like it, I suppose!

Erin - posted on 04/17/2009

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My peditrician told me that whenever she is ready is when she is ready. I have actually heard the opposite on allergies, that introducing them too young is what causes problems, that's why they tell you not to give cows milk, honey and peanut butter til later on, not totally sure about that. I know as a baby i didn't eat anything solid until I was ten months old and my Dr said that if my daughter does the same that is fine.



I know the American Pediactric Association recomends that you use breastmilk only for the first six months, but it all depends on the baby. The one thing I found most helpful I actually read in one of my nursing books and it said that babies begin to show an interest in food when their body is digestively able to handle solid foods and that if you give solids too soon it can cause health problems as an adult including obesity, diabeties, upper and lower GI problems, GERD, etc...



I know it is a hard decision for all of us and I wish you luck! Just remember that moms know best and don't let any doctors or other people pressure you into doing, or no doing something that you feel strongly about. Good luck!

Amanda - posted on 04/17/2009

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I've been feeding oatmeal for about two weeks now but nothing else. I am going to start veggies and meats soon but he was a little backed up when we started so I'm waiting. I did hear that Rice can back your baby up more then Oatmeal if your having that problem. Good luck.

Harmony - posted on 04/17/2009

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I should have also mentioned I still nurse quite frequently...somewhere around 6 times a day in addition to him having 2 'meals'. ( Fruit + cereal in the late am, then veggies in the early evening. )

Kylie - posted on 04/17/2009

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I've stared feeding my little guy veggies likes pumpkin, parsin and corn all pureed and strained threw a sieve. I always thought it was best to wait until the 6 month mark but he was defiantly ready to eat at the 5 month mark. He was trying to grab food off my plate and making the chewing motion when he watched us eat. He loves veggies, he didn't like the baby cereal or apples and banana as of yet. We are just taking it slow and not substituting the food for breast milk.

Susan - posted on 04/17/2009

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honestly though....what change happens overnight at 6 months that makes it better till then.... really..... a few weeks earlier can't be harmful. it not like they have this on/off switch for food readiness. just my opinion though.
my bub has been on rice cereal for a few weeks... since just past 4 monmths and he loves it. opens wide for every spoon!

Harmony - posted on 04/17/2009

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AH the debate continues, my girlfriends daughter is just over 1 year and waited until 6 months. My girlfriend was appaled when I started giving Liam rice cereal at 3.75 months, but he was SO HUNGRY !!! He is now 5.5 months old and having chicken for the first time tonight. He has been growing literally faster than I can keep up with, was born at 7lbs 5 oz and is now over 18lbs. My thought is this, if your wee one is showing interest, its worth a try...just think our moms started us at 6 weeks !!! That was the going theory back in the day !

Good Luck !

Kristel - posted on 04/17/2009

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Interesting. Keira's doctor told us to wait until 6 months to introduce solids. She has been interested in food for at least a month, but because of what the doctor said, we have been waiting. She's probably ready I think, but I figure waiting another 2 1/2 weeks is not a big deal at this point. But we will not wait past 6 months at all.

Claire - posted on 04/17/2009

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i have been giving my boy cereal, fruit and veg since he was just under 4mths as he was hungry all the time (on health visitors advice). and he loves it! not tried meats yet. at first new tastes were'nt welcomed but after giving it to him a few times he now loves everythin i give him. my health visitor said babies before 12months dont know what they like and dont like so keep trying your little one with different foods so he doesnt get fussy later on. hope this is of some help?

Kristina - posted on 04/17/2009

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I have been giving kylie baby cereal since 4 months because i knew she was interested and ready for it. I started with single grain rice cereal and then introduced whole grain flavors and just recently have attempted fruits, but she doesn't seem to like those. I think that you just need to listen to your baby and if she is fine and there is no problems then, i dont see the harm in it

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