Today I took my four month old son to his well baby visit. Everything looked great, thank god. We had a brief little chat about whether I'd started solids yet, I said I intended to persue baby led weaning and thus far he's had no more than a tiny lick of peach and banana he stole out of my hand. They were really supportive and said it was fine to skip rice cereal, wait to six months and breastfeed for two years as I intend to.
Then we took him to be weighed. Well, so much for my plans! He dropped from the 60th to the 20th percentile in two months. He's only gained a pound. I missed it entirely. He's totally proportionate, so he still looks like a chubby little baby to me, but I guess he really hasn't grown much at all.
He's already fed on demand and he's already combination fed due to breastfeeding issues. There's very little I can do to boost calories with milk at this point. The dr suggested rethinking my aversion to baby cereals and starting solids now.
I guess my question is, if I do start solids now at four months to help get some extra calories in him is it necessary to ONLY spoon feed cereals? He is extremely interested in bringing foods to his mouth on his own, my older child wasn't this interested in food until much later. Is there anything else I can give him at this age that's a bit more in line with my whole 'food is a fun, exploratory thing' philosophy. If not I'm happy to try cereal, I just thought I'd ask if there are any safe alternatives for a baby as young as my boy.
And just for fun, here's his chubby little nursing face http://instagram.com/p/dFrhRWp8_8/