(Closed) Starting solids?

posted 6 years ago in Parenting
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I started rice cereal at 4 months just to see if my muchkin was ready.  I had a bottle feeder, it is a bottle made for baby foods for if you are on the go.  I did this once a day at the evening meal, about 2 oz at a time. Actual solids we started at 5 months in a high chair.  Now we are up to 2 times a day for solids 2 oz each time. 

You will be able to tell if your child is ready when they either try to grab your food while sitting in your lap or they watch you like a hawk when you eat. 

 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

DS started taking cereal in his nightly bottle at 3 months. We started DS at 4 months eating cereal as well. We started with a few bites at a time. He likes his food a little thicker so it took a few tries to find the right consistency. After almost 2 months he eats cereal in the morning, veggies for dinner, then before bed he gets another bowl of cereal. We will be introducing fruit next week.

What  Sassygrn:  said about watching you is a great indicator. DS eats first in our house otherwise he just makes you feel bad when you are eating. He looks like a little bird…lol.

 

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@mommytobee:  Then I would say he is ready, all the  books and info say talk to your doctor first. Me personally if you feel your child is ready then go for it. All you can do is try. If he isn’t he will let you know.  That is how we did it with our son.  We just tried a little bit at a time to see how he would react and boy does he like his solids…

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

The suggestion to start at 6 months is because bubs gut doesn’t mature until closer to 6 months. 

We are doing Baby Led Solids which means bubs feeds himself there is no spoon feeding. We started at 5.5 months when he started picking things off our plates

At about 4 months there is a growth spurt, he is prob cluster feeding to build up your supply

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

We just started our little girl last Thursday- 1 week before she turned 4 months.  She has been staring at us eating for quite a few weeks now.  We gave her rice cereal and she loved it.  We have her 4 month check up next week, so we will talk to the pedi to see if we should only give her rice cereal or when we can introduce veggies!

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@mommytobee:  Glad to hear it! I think the recommendation is now 4-6 months and it all depends on the maturity of the baby. Did your doctor say anything about when to start veggies? Ours just gave us the go ahead when we thought he was ready.

We started him on veggies at about 5 months. DS has tried quite a few now and like I said earlier we will be starting him on fruits next week. We wanted to try him on squash next which would be his last new veggie for awhile.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@Lolasmomma – Many people now days are starting with veggies and skipping the rice cereal. There’s no “rule” that says rice cereal has to be first or given for a certain amount of time before other foods. 

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Ifyour bub shows signs of constipation you can always ease of the solids and go back to more milk feeds

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

*this is all my mommy opinion* sounds like your LO needs some meat with his potatoes. if i was you i’d start giving him some formula after he finishes nursing to get him full. i wouldn’t say start on solids (even rice in a bottle cause that’s no good rice is food and it is meant for eating with a spoon) but eating that often is kind of a lot for you i’m sure! my ped. gave me great advice one day. he said, “always walk away with milk left in the bottle.” aka let him eat as much as he wants without cutting him off before he is full.

we started solids at 4.5 months and it wasn’t because he wasnt getting full enough.. he had as much milk as he wanted (and was used to) and then twice a day we would do food but it was always AFTER he had a bottle. almost like a “here try this food” instead of “this is your breakfast” then get a bottle. 

OAN: I would totally skip rice cereal. there is practically no nutritional value besides the iron and i honestly think rice cereal is more for the parents than anything else…. we mix rice with his food like mashed up bananas and a little rice cereal and a splash of water. or squash with some rice in it etc.etc. we tried avocados today and he is in LOVE.

good luck to you! 

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