Post # 1
So, my son turned four months old what will be two weeks as of tomorrow. From my understanding, that’s when solids start to become fair game for him. The recommended age range from my understanding is from 4-6 months though I’ve heard of moms who hold off until closer to six months. So far, we’ve tried peas and rice cereal (not mixed together mind you), but the kiddo didn’t really care for either (might be a matter of getting used to). So for now, it’s still mostly either breastmilk or formula. (Unfortunately, I’ve gotten a bit more dependent on the latter than I would have liked, but it seems like I can’t seem to supply enough of the former to fit his demand.)
So, out of curiosity, at what month did you start your kid(s) on solids or what month are you planning on giving it a first go? And for those of you who been there, done that, how’d it go at first?
Post # 3
I started putting some rice cereal in DS’s bottle at around 4 months at our Drs recommendation to help him with sleeping, and started feeding him solids when he turned six months. It went well and he took to it straightaway! He loved green veggies the most 🙂
Post # 4
We started him at 4 months on our doctor’s recommendation. He was not gaining weight fast enough even though he was drinking lots and lots of milk, plus he was really interested in our food, imitating us when we were eating and leaning towards the food.
He was ready for solids. We started only with cereal at first and it was very liquid for a while, and very small portions. Once he was good with that and his food got thicker, we started fruit and veggies…
I would have waited at 6 months though if he didn’t seem to be starving!
Post # 5
Your wee one just might not be ready yet for solids, that’s all. The recommendation used to be four months but nearly all places have raised it to six months.
I’ve been reading lots of articles on when to introduce and sometimes we introduce solids too early. The recommendation is to wait till six months with breast milk (preferably) only. A baby’s interest in watching others eat food isn’t enough to mean that they’re ready to eat solids. They have to demonstrate chewing type behaviours and the ability to eat off a fork, etc.
That said, I’m not trying to discount any mother’s experience posted here as to their baby’s readiness.
Post # 6
@Moderate Mouse: We started solids at 4 months per dr recommendation. My daugter was really big for her age.
Post # 7
Everything I’ve read on the subject (though admittedly I do not have kids yet) has basically echoed the ‘food before one is just for fun’ rule, and that babies should be getting most of their nutrition from breastmilk or formula in the first year. So my current intention is to follow that, I’ll wait till she is 6 months and then evaluate.
Post # 8
@Moderate Mouse: We’re thinking about introducing some solids soon, our little one is 4 months. He demonstrates chewing behavior all the time and is recently also interested in what we’re eating. Our doctor, who is about eight million years old, said we can add solids at any point now. The only concern is a super minor risk of some sort of food allergy. Since hubbs and I are not allergic to anything we’re thinking of giving him little tastes here and there of the plain base foods of our dinners (plain mashed carrot if we’re having them with spices and such).
Also, I wanted to share that when my milk supply seemed to be a bit low about a month ago I started adding a pumping session at some point during the day and it worked really well to stimulate more production so LO would be satisfied at each feeding.The more formula you sub in the less milk your body will make…leading to needing more formula, and so on and so on… :/
Post # 9
@Nickles9911: The whole “More formula=less the breasts will supply thing” isn’t what factors in to not really liking using formula that much. Part of it is an economical issue (ie formula isn’t all that cheap and we’re kind of low on the financial scale) and part of it is that as a Stay-At-Home Mom (since I had trouble finding employment prior to the pregnancy), I’m right there and everything more often than not and to me, the purpose of the bottles, formula and whatever pumped breastmilk (when kiddo is away visiting MIL) is on hand (frozen or otherwise) is more or less to act as back up for if Dh or Mother-In-Law or anyone NOT me is feeding the baby (or if breastfeeding is “impractical” at the time as was the case with a one-day road trip we took awhile back). If my boobs are not cutting it at the time and I must use a bottle, I’ll thaw out whatever breastmilk I have in the freezer and depending on the amount in the bag (my policy per bag is 4oz minimum, 7 oz max) I may or may not add some water and formula to the breastmilk. It is after I run out of that when I’d resort to straight formula (which I do with more reluctance than the breastmilk with or without formula mixed in).
Even when there were days when I strictly breastfed, there were times when it seemed like I couldn’t get my calories up enough to maintain the supply to meet kiddo’s demands. (As far as Dh or I could tell, the kiddo’s “favorite activity” has been and might still be is to eat, and I swear that what has come from my boobs has gone straight to his thighs.)