Put her in her highchair and let her play with some spoons. Then she can copy what you are doing. If she really seems like she wants to eat something, freeze some breastmilk and give her that on a baby spoon.
A young infant actually has cells that are farther apart then an adult, which let larger molecules of food into thier blood stream (I believe this is to help all those live germ fighting cells you are producing actually get a chance to fight whatever is attacking her, and there have been studies that show that exclusively breastfed say 7 month olds have less sickness then 7 month olds that get breastmilk and solids).
Which is why foods that have a higher risk for allergies are not recomended until over 1, because those larger pieces of peanut or wheat protiens that get into her blood stream can cause her body to over react.
Infants don't have the same digestive jucies that we have (that's why carrots look the same coming out), they really are not ready to digest many foods yet. (many of these aren't at high enough levels until after 1 year old).
Other changes that happen lessen the intestines ablility to digest iron, so an exclusively breastfed baby is really at less of a risk for iron deficency then one that starts solids early.
Early solids increase the risk for obesity.
Starting solids can have bad effects on your milk production.
It can cause more fussyness, night waking, spitting up, ect.
It is a mess- more dishes, laundry, baths, ect.
I don't think my 4 month olds are really prepared to make these kind of decsions about thier health.
How was your trip? How is that baby? We are leaving next saturday, but I hope we can get together when we get back!
Hey Mallory, I was just thinking about you yesterday. Our trip home was wonderful! Except for the tornados, floods, constant fighting with my MIL, and missing my flight home Where are you guys off to? Email me when you get back and I'll plan a trip up to see you guys. Maybe we could go to that children's museum. Have fun!!
Some people like bananas or cereal. some poeple say introduce all the eveggies first or they will have a sweet tooth. Our tradition is applesauce because I was making smeone day and thought. Oh, warm applesauce fresh from the pot with fresh picked aples from a local orchard. that would be a nice first taste. and so it was.
I guess I don't give the whole solids question a lot of debate. we just approach it really naturally. as in "here you might like this". i think most americans with all of thier food hang ups really overthink this.
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