(Closed) When Did Your Baby Start Solids?

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
5822 posts
Bee Keeper

We started solids at 6 months but should have started at 5 months.  Dear Daughter was showing MANY signs that she was ready, and when we did start them she was a great eater.  Some signs to look for are if your baby is still hungry after a bottle, and if your baby watches intently while you eat or gestures to your food.  The recommended time frame is 4-6 months old, and some babies are ready before others.

Post # 6
654 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I commented on your other post but just wanted to say if you have any questions about how my daughter is taking to solids, etc just let me know ๐Ÿ™‚


Post # 7
165 posts
Blushing bee

Our boys are the same age (mine has two teeth as well).  We gave him some brown rice cereal this weekend for the first time and he did really well.  I’d been wanting to wait until closer to the 6 month mark, but he was showing such readiness (any time we eat he stops what he’s doing, nursing/playing, to watch us eat or try to grab my plate – following each of our bites from plate to mouth with his eyes and smacking his lips) I felt like it was time.  We had the video camera ready expecting him to spit it out or have some kind of fun reaction, but we offered him the first spoonful and it was surprisingly uneventful…he just ate…my husband’s own table manners only slightly better ๐Ÿ™‚  I’ve read several different recommendations for when to start, but for us it was when it just felt right (which happened to be at 5 months).

Post # 8
1645 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Six months for baby T, but Darling Husband and I have been back and forth over this topic a lot lately. DS is 5 1/2 months old right now. The current recommendation is 6 months. (American Academy of Pediatrics). I got a lot of comments from family and Darling Husband about not starting him at 4 months because he was “soo ready!”. But he wasn’t. The signs for readiness aren’t just watching you eat and being interested in what you have, (don’t they do this for everything around 4 months?) but being able to sit up independently and being able to pick up small things with their thumb and forefinger (pincher style).

Darling Husband really thought that Baby T needed more calories than just breastmilk, which I proved to him just isn’t true (for our healthy, full term, breastfed baby). So we waited. We did give him a few pieces of fruit in a mesh teether, but he just kind of drooled over it. I don’t really consider it giving him food because he’s just tasting a few drops of juice, he’s not actually ingesting fruit. We are starting on a whole grain cereal soon (at DH’s request, since I would just as soon skip cereal altogether) and then will move right to first foods (avacados, bananas, sweet potatoes, pears, etc…).

There really is such contradicting information out there, and it seems that pediatricians are very slow to get up to date with the current information and recommendations by the AAP. Add to that everyone and their brother telling you that “well, I did it this way and so-and-so was just fine!” and it’s enough to make your head spin.

Not only were things different when Darling Husband was a baby, but his parents broke all the “rules” with him, so I drive them crazy that I am sticking to the current AAP recommendations and not doing things their way.

Post # 10
289 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

We started with really cereal mixed with breast milk at 4 months old. He had been showing interest in our food, and everything I read said between 4-6 months. The cereal was VERY thin though. It took him a little while to get the hang of it, but now he is 7 months old, and LOVES meal times!! 

Post # 11
1309 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

My daughter was 5 months. It was recommended by a doctor because of acid reflux. But she definitely wasn’t ready and the first 2 weeks was pretty much her not liking me much for putting food in her mouth. After that it was smooth sailing.

Post # 12
155 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I just finished a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program and like people have mentioned, we recommend starting solids between 4-6 months. The best thing to start with (because it has the least allergies) is rice cereal. Other good choices at the beginning are cereals, fruits (bananas and applesauce are great but watch out because they can cause constipation!), veggies (start with green then yellow then others), and meats (with baby-food meats start with single-ingrediant).

From here, we recommend introducing finger food options at 6 months. Feel free to try many different foods at this point, just always be sure to introduce new foods 4-7 days apart so if there is an issue with allergies or intolerance you will know which food was the problem. Also, be sure to avoid choking hazards like popcorn, hot dogs, sausages, raisins, hard candy, and large pieces of raw veggies, fruits or meats.

Last thing to consider would be a short list of foods that we recommend waiting until 1 year to introduce because they are common allergies. These are egg whites, wheat, citrus fruits, and honey.

Hope this helps!

Post # 13
7081 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

We started trying at 6 months, but she never really took much until a year.

Post # 14
2829 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

about 7-8months was when we made the transition.

Post # 15
1145 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2000

We were planning to wait until 6 months since I am breastfeeding and milk is excellent nutrition. But baby was sitting in her spacesaver high chair at the table from early on, so she was very ready watching our every move since 4 months. So we changed our minds and fed her when she turned exactly 5 months, Father’s Day and she loved it.  No more grumpy stare-downs at the dinner table. We did one meal a day until 6 months, two meals a day at 7 months and just started 3 meals a day. By meals, I mean 2 oz. of food a sitting. Not much. She’s turning 8 months and she’s enjoyed everything: a bunch of fruits, veggies, meats, mum-mums, and puff bits. She only hated and got sick on yogurt. I don’t recommend that…some sites say it’s a go, but I think not! ๐Ÿ™ Not for our baby.

ETA: She is barely popping one tooth as of this week, nearly 8 months.

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