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#1 of 10 Old 06-19-2013, 02:13 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I know that you aren't supposed to start solids till baby is 6 months. But what if he is younger than that and clearly interested in real food. My first two kids started at 4 months, the LO3 at 5 months, and nothing adverse happened.
I guess what I'm getting at here is, is it wrong to watch the baby instead of the calendar? It seems like with medical recommendations, todays truth is tomorrows lie kwim? So that right there makes me apt to let LO lead the way regardless of what calendar months I'm looking at...

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I am a bit of a stickler for the 6 month rule. I think it doesn't hurt to allow their gut as long as possible to mature. And both my girls have been avidly interested in *everything* we had in our hands. I don't think they connected the feeling of hungry with the interesting stuff we had in our hands. I know plenty of people do start early, that's just my view on the matter.

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I guess there is no right or wrong date to start solids if the baby is ready! The most important thing is to make healthy choices for your baby. 

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He is still EBF, at least I consider him to be.
We have let him suck on watermelon and apple. And taste a little avocado. But he hadn't actually *ate* solids yet, just tasted them. Is that at least ok until he reaches 6 mo?

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My baby started at 4 and a half months, bananas, avocados, pureed food. At 6 months he was already eating chicken and fish!


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mine started at 5.5 months old just 1-2 spoons we take it lightly an 90% still breast milk

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I don't think "interest in solids" is any different than interest in chewing on paper or dirty shoes in a baby. My 6 month old would LOVE to do both.

 

They are interested in things you have, not food per se. I would never give solids early just because he is interested in my food. I don't give my older kids food that isn't good for them just because they are "interested" either.

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My personal feeling is that it's safer to wait until 6 months, because you can't be sure the gut is closed until then, and you're less likely to see allergies develop. There are other health reasons as well. I'll share a link here:

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Awesome link, thank you!

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I don't think "interest in solids" is any different than interest in chewing on paper or dirty shoes in a baby. My 6 month old would LOVE to do both.

They are interested in things you have, not food per se. I would never give solids early just because he is interested in my food. I don't give my older kids food that isn't good for them just because they are "interested" either.

This is such an interesting perspective. I don't think it would have occurred to me to put it this way. I'll keep that in mind for our baby when we are making this transition ourselves.

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