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#1 of 5 Old 10-02-2008, 02:21 PM - Thread Starter
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My ds is 5 months old, and I'm wondering when should I start feeding him solids and what to feed him first? Is rice cereal okay with a little avocado?

I feel I should wait but also I think he's ready for eating.

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I think the current recommendation is at least 6 months. Why do you think he is ready now? Off the top of my head I don't know the readiness signs but that should be pretty easy to look up. Food during the first year is really mostly for experimentation and getting used to it, rather than nutrition.

Personally, I would skip the rice cereal, it is really just calories and no nutrition (other than hard-to-digest iron they add in). Avocado was DD's first food. I didn't start solids until almost 10 mos when DD was capable of self-feeding so never did any baby food at all. Worked great for us. Just breastfeeding is waaaaaay easier than dealing with baby food, so I wouldn't rush. Also, breastmilk is so chock full of nutrition.

You may get more answers in LWAB though, I recall there was a lot of talk about this sort of thing when I had a little baby.
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I waited until they were able to pick up small pieces (pincer grasp) and feed themselves. I started with bananas, then avacado, sweet potato.

I'm thinking that Mother Nature is smart, and when we can feed ourselves, we're meant to start solids. I do understand that desire to spoon feed the "first foods" (especially with your first! trust me, it goes away after subsequent children )

If *you're* really jonesing to do that, freeze some breastmilk into a slushy/soft ice cream form, and then spoon that. That helps with teething and is great if you have a baby that won't take a bottle and you need a bit more time away between feedings.

Also, with my first, I liked this chart I think some of his food recommendations are a bit dated, but it's a good reminder of developmental feeding stages, IMO.

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6 months is the earliest recommended age for starting solids I've seen. I agree with the PP on rice cereal. We actually followed the baby-led weaning method (like Blue State Mama), skipping all purees and spoon feeding and going straight to real, whole foods. We just cut fruits and veggies up into steak-fry type spears, and made sure they were soft enough. Bananas, avocados, squash, potatoes and really ripe pears were some of the first things she ate. We've really loved the whole experience of introducing her to food, and I believe it's helped her become a healthy and adventuresome eater. I posted about her first foods and BLW on our blog here and an update at one year here if you're interested in reading more about it.
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I think 6 months is a good age to start solids. Avocado I agree with, but I'd skip the rice cereal. WAPF has a good article called "Nourishing a Growing Baby" with tips on when and what to feed babies: http://www.westonaprice.org/foodfeat...rish-baby.html

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