starting solids "early"? - Mothering Forums
Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
#1 of 4 Old 11-04-2003, 11:55 AM - Thread Starter
 
kezia's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Posts: 223
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My dd is almost 5 mos old and is extremely interested in my food. I've tried giving her a spoon to play with, nursing her while I eat, etc, but I'm starting to feel like I'm depriving her.

It's really freaking me out, because ds was so not interested in food for such a long time. He was a big, chubby baby (20 lbs by 5 mos), but I still got lots of comments from family about when was I going to give him some "real" food. : I had done lots of reading about the benefits of waiting even later than the AAP-recommended 6 mos, and didn't offer food until he was almost 8 mos old. At that point, I put small chunks of food on his plate to see what he would do with it, and gave him water for the first time too. He mostly played with it, and didn't start eating any significant amount of food until he was over a year old.

Anyway, I had planned to do the same thing with dd, but now I don't know what to do. I went back and reread some of the things I used to support my decision to wait with ds, and two of the things I was waiting for were for him to be able to sit up (which he did well at about 7 mos), and to develop the pincer grasp (which he did about the same time). Dd, however, started sitting up at around 4 mos, and is now very steady, and is even able to sit up from laying on her back, and is starting to crawl. She is also already picking up small objects (like the pieces from ds's Hi-Ho Cherry-O game : ) with her thumb and forefinger. (and she has 2 teeth)

I wanted to wait until she was at least 6 mos, and preferably until after the holidays, but I'm doubting myself now. Thoughts?
kezia is offline  
#2 of 4 Old 11-04-2003, 12:12 PM
 
Evergreen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Where all the women are strong
Posts: 5,400
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
All kids develop at different rates. I think you are doubting the fact that she isn't ready for solids because you are in tune with her. I would still try and hold off atleast till 6 mos, but if you still feel she's ready then, give her a taste of something nonallergenic (rice or cheerios or bananas...). If she doesn't have that tounge thrust reflex and it comes out in another form than it went in, she may be ready for solids. If not, you can always stop.

Evergreen- Loving my girls Dylan dust.gifage8, Ava energy.gifage 4 and baby Georgia baby.gif (6/3/11).

Evergreen is offline  
#3 of 4 Old 11-04-2003, 01:22 PM
 
IslandMamma's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Bellingham
Posts: 1,648
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Kezia, I am in the EXACT same place. DS is 5 months also and exhibiting all the sign of readiness, and going CRAZY when he sees us eating. All meal times have become very loud! He's also sitting well unsupported, pincer grasping, all the things (except teeth) he shouldn't be doing for a few more months!

He has reflux as well, and I've always been committed to EBF for at LEAST 6 months, and pref. 8. But now I think it wil be a mircale if we hold out until 6. I will continue to BF though... I plan on at least 2 years!

I was going to post this exact same thing. I'm at a loss.
IslandMamma is offline  
#4 of 4 Old 11-04-2003, 08:06 PM
 
mamabeth's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: RUNNING errands
Posts: 3,033
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My dd (now 10 months) was the same way at about 5 1/2 months. I wanted to hold out on solids, but she passed all the milestones and we finally decided that dh could give her some banana when I was gone (I work pt). She went nuts for it, and so we gave her banana once a day until she was 6.5 months or so, and then started some other stuff (no cereal, only fruits and veggies til she was 8 mos or so). She just really loved solid food!

I felt like an ap failure for a while, but then I started seeing it as "listening to my baby." BTW she didn't really cut back on nursing, either.
Peace.
mamabeth is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Drag and Drop File Upload
Drag files here to attach!
Upload Progress: 0
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Mothering Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off