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post #1 of 32
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I know my babe is at the earlier end of the group so this is extra early for many of you but I'm wondering what you all are thinking about starting solids.  With DD1 we did the Dr. Sears recommended approach of starting at 6 months (when she was super interested and ready) and giving one single ingredient at a time and spread out by 3-5 days. 

 

DD2 is 4 1/2 months old and the dr. suggested that if she's interested we might try giving her solids.  Seems early but not way too early.  I found myself wondering though why some people wait until babes are 9 months, a year, etc... I've never really understood what the argument is for delaying solids a long time. 

 

So, I'm wondering what you all are thinking.  Do your babes seem ready and interested?  Do you have ideas about what the first food will be?  How worried are you about introducing them slowly? 

 

I'm not sure when we'll do it but I'm thinking we'll start with avocado, yum!

post #2 of 32

My kids are interested we have given them breastmilk popsicles and they love it we are probably going to start at 5 months with a bit of fruits and veggies here and there.

post #3 of 32

i'm going to wait till he can sit up and seems interested.  i'm not tied to that 6 months on the dot age of beginning them, but i think the other signs of readiness are important.  he's not seeming like he wants to eat anything but his toes at this point.

post #4 of 32

With DD we waited until 6 months, and I saw no reason to rush anything.  DS is SO different.  He is really really interested in our food and gets upset at mealtimes...totally not the way DD acted.  He is growing like a weed and i seem to have tons of milk but he is ravenous.  So maybe a bit earlier?  He tries to steal food off our plates at 4 months old, ha!

post #5 of 32
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With DD we waited until 6 months, and I saw no reason to rush anything.  DS is SO different.  He is really really interested in our food and gets upset at mealtimes...totally not the way DD acted.  He is growing like a weed and i seem to have tons of milk but he is ravenous.  So maybe a bit earlier?  He tries to steal food off our plates at 4 months old, ha!

 

 I've heard of younger siblings being interested in food earlier than the first child.

 

We've given Phina tastes of whip cream here and there, like from my birthday cake. She loved it! DH had her lick a green bean at 2 months to taste it, but not eat it, which I thought was adorable thing for my DH to do. Other than that, no signs of readiness yet at almost 4 months. We'll probably wait till 6 months.

post #6 of 32

We plan to do baby let solids. So I've offered Bryce some things but he doesn't know really what to do with it yet. He watches us eat but doesn't open his mouth for a spoon. 

I plan on starting with avocado too but cut in slices. Bell peppers, mangoes and other things of that nature. I don't plan to puree anything and for this reason and the chocking hazard it presents we are waiting till 6 ish months. (Choking is why I think a lot of people wait so long, in addition to the digestive system being slow to develop? Or they just don't want to change nasty smelly poo when EBF poo is simple and less smelly? LOL not really sure.)

 

Much like breastfeeding on demand, the idea is baby should instinctively know what is okay to eat for them. I still have to do more research on this but that is the thought process we are going with. I feel like letting him decide what and how he eats will instill healthy and more natural eating habits for him. 

 

On the contrast, we started solids(puree) with DD at just barely 4 months. And introduced one thing a week. She's fine, has some really crappy allergies (tree nuts and soy, which are in EVERYTHING) but all in all fine.

post #7 of 32

Oh also, I felt with dd I missed out on some of the breastfeeding relationship by starting solids so early so part of the reason I want to wait is to challenge myself to not going the easy route of solids and EBF for the full 6 months. 
I don't know, is that stupid?

post #8 of 32
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Interesting, Kaydove, about the idea that younger children are more interested in solids sooner.  That definitely fits our observations.  We are a family that sits down to meals (at least once a day and often twice).  I'm starting to feel sorry for the baby who avidly watches each bite as it enters our mouths.  I've watched her follow plate-to-bite-to-mouth over and over again.  She hasn't grabbed anything from a plate yet but we also always keep her out of reach.  So instead she sits there (on my knee or in the bumbo) and watches and babbles.  I think we'll likely start soon. 

 

Interesting too that no one is talking about rice cereal.  We used that with DD1 (the only commercial baby food we ever used! was the Earth's Best Organic Rice cereal) but I just don't find it appealing for DD2. 

 

As for the spoons, I was also thinking of just letting her suck some avocado-breast-milk-mash off my finger as a starting point rather than spooning food into her mouth.  That way she gets to explore texture and taste but isn't really consuming much.  IDK... seems like a good idea to me.

post #9 of 32
I think it's important to follow your instinct and do what feels right because more times than not that is hats right for your family and your child! smile.gif
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I think it's important to follow your instinct and do what feels right because more times than not that is hats right for your family and your child! smile.gif


I agree.  Though I also like to hear about other mamas' good ideas!

post #11 of 32
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We plan to do baby let solids. So I've offered Bryce some things but he doesn't know really what to do with it yet. He watches us eat but doesn't open his mouth for a spoon. 

 

 

My husband's name is Bryce! I love it!

post #12 of 32

Lola has really started to notice food and watch us all eating, and she's a third child so it definitely fits the "siblings picking up on it faster" bill. We are a 'baby-led-weaning' family so when I feel she is really ready she will just start to eat appropriate food from our plates. I think  I'll probably wait until she's sitting assisted more strongly and when she starts grabbing for things. 

I'm more hesitant to start just because EBF is SO much easier and less messy ;)

post #13 of 32
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Interesting, Kaydove, about the idea that younger children are more interested in solids sooner.  That definitely fits our observations.  We are a family that sits down to meals (at least once a day and often twice).  I'm starting to feel sorry for the baby who avidly watches each bite as it enters our mouths.  I've watched her follow plate-to-bite-to-mouth over and over again.  She hasn't grabbed anything from a plate yet but we also always keep her out of reach.  So instead she sits there (on my knee or in the bumbo) and watches and babbles.  I think we'll likely start soon. 

 

Interesting too that no one is talking about rice cereal.  We used that with DD1 (the only commercial baby food we ever used! was the Earth's Best Organic Rice cereal) but I just don't find it appealing for DD2. 

 

Yeah, we did not do rice cereal with DD, doubt we will with DS.  We started DD with sweet potatoes, peaches, chard, broccoli, then meats, yogurt, etc.  (Of course now she is a terrible eater....oh well.)  

 

DS is a plate-to-bite-to-mouth watcher too.  And he grabbed my apple yesterday with both hands and tried to shove it in his mouth!  I let him taste it and he got the funniest look on his face.  

post #14 of 32

We've decided that at the next grocery trip we're going to get an avocado. Brody's 4 1/2 months too. He really into grabbing food so we thought we'd see. He swiped a croissant off my plate and tried to eat that. Technically he's already had his first solid, but I don't that maple leaf counts...........

post #15 of 32

i gave miekka a chicken leg bone to chew on last night.  she's teething, and it seemed like the most natural thing i could come up with.  she loved it...

 

when she starts getting food, it will be broth, meat/bones, egg yolks, cooked veggies.  no fruit, nothing raw.  no grains until at least age 2, if ever.

post #16 of 32
With my older boys we started around 5-6mo, but Misha isn't interested in food at all. I eat over him all the time but he'd just rather stuff his face in my boobies. Not sure how/when we start...probably 7+ mo unless he shows interest sooner.
post #17 of 32
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i gave miekka a chicken leg bone to chew on last night.  she's teething, and it seemed like the most natural thing i could come up with.  she loved it...

 

when she starts getting food, it will be broth, meat/bones, egg yolks, cooked veggies.  no fruit, nothing raw.  no grains until at least age 2, if ever.

 

Curious, why no fruit or raw veg?

post #18 of 32

raw veggies are super hard to digest because of all the fiber.  we have a very low fruit household because my older daughter and i both have fructose malabsorption.  fruits have too much natural sugar in them (bananas are super high in glucose) and avocados are pretty allergenic.  cooking food in general reduces allergenicity.  i just really don't want to start off with foods that could cause SIBO from fructose malabsorption, or send her down the allergy highway.  btdt and never want to go there again.  my 5yo has done alot of healing, especially in the last 7mo.  praying my 4mo never needs to go there.

post #19 of 32
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We started avocado yesterday!  Baby gobbled it up and kept reaching for the plate to try and get more.  We started with just a teaspoon worth but I think she would have eaten till she puked if we let her.  She loved it!  And then at breakfast she yelled when we all sat down to eat and there wasn't anything for her.  Yikes!  Looks like we'll be shopping for four now.

 

I had forgotten how very messy it is and how gross her diapers are going to get! 

 

Funny, mtn.mama but it looks like you and I eat completely different foods.  I'm a vegetarian and eat tons of fruit and veggies each day with beans, grains and dairy as a daily part of our lives.  But, at least 2 meals a day focus on raw fruits and veggies.  We wouldn't make good dinner companions (on the plate anyway; I'm sure the conversation would be fun!). 

post #20 of 32

Another avocado fan here!

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