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nak<br><br>
ds1 didn't want solids until 8.5months, and wasn't really into it until about 1yo.<br><br>
ds2 is 4.5mo, and i swear the kid wants to eat. he watches me move the fork to my mouth with each bite, tries to grab the food, and even gets cranky like he's mad that i won't give him any. he is also much more 'mouthy' than ds1 was.<br><br>
is this possible? he is happy and healthy - gaining plenty of weight, satisfied after nursing, sleeps pretty well.<br><br>
has anyone experienced this? what did you do?
 

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my friend's baby was the same way!!! at 4.5 months, he would watch every bite they took of anything & really wanted to eat. he was a very hungry baby & loved every food they gave him. she started him on solids then & he did really well on them. no history of allergies in the family, so she wasn't too concerned about that. he's now 20 months & not picky at all!
 

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The best advice I got about children "wanting" to eat with you is, a) let them play with thier own spoon and plate, cup and bowl...this usually ties them over for quite some time... and after that b) breastfeed first as long as they want then offer the spoon and bowl and if they still insist AND they can pincher-grasp (i.e. pick up cheerios) they are problably ready. With following both of these most babies will be "ready" to eat solids around 8 months of age (that is if they are exclusively breastfed).<br><br>
Then let the fun begin!
 

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Ds was like that around 5 months but when I tried to feed him, he wanted nothing to do with it. So after a week, I stopped and waited a couple months to try again (I plan on waiting longer to start solids w/DD)
 

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Yes. Waiting is good. Extended breastfeeding is important and everytime you introduce a solid or a cup or a bottle or whatever you start the weaning process.
 

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nak<br>
my 5 1/2 month old son is like this, has been for a month or so now, and sitting up. i have always been of the opinion it's better to wait. i gave him cup and spoon...kept him for a three weeks ish. he got frustrated with it. so i give him a whole carrot now, peeled too big to chock on. can't really eat it with no teeth, but gets a taste and practice holding it and getting it to his mouth. once he gets frustrated with carrots i think i'll do an apple slice something crisp like a fiji. it's not really delaying solids but it's close enough to make both of us happy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br>
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I definitely prefer to wait. Ds2 nursed until he was 3.5yo, so I have no problem with EBF. I was just a bit taken aback by his insistence at wanting food! I have started giving him a spoon to play with, but will be more on it about making sure he has something to grab while I eat, and just try to delay as long as possible.
 

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Ice!!!<br><br>
Ds2 seemed to want solids too when he was about that age. He was sitting unassisted, you know, the whole nine yards. But, I prefered to wait, so I bought a baby safe feeder and put ice cubes in it for him. He LOVED it (still does). I would give it to him when ds1 was eating his meals and ds2 seemed satisifed with it.<br><br>
Now that he's over 6 months, I have tried solids a few times and he spits them right back out. Wants absolutely nothing to do with them although he still seems so interested when I or ds1 eat. Go figure!
 

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nak...<br>
my dd is 5.5 mos and started really seeming interested in food at about your ds's age. at 5 mos i tried giving her mashed avacado (after she grabbed a piece of lettuce from my salad and brought it to her mouth).<br><br>
she was pretty into the spoon (holding it herself) but only lukewarm on the avacado. a few days later i tried mashed sweet potato and on thanksgiving i gave her some mashed banana.<br><br>
she liked the banana best so far but really hasn't been interested in food much at all (other than playing with it) so i stopped. i have some cubed food ready in the freezer but unless she really shows interest again...i'm going to wait.<br><br>
i had it set in my mind that i would delay solids at *least* until 6 mos. she really seemed to be interested so i went ahead and introduced foods at 5 mos. now i'm following her lead (or at least attempting to) again and backing off.<br><br>
part of my desire to wait is just that i'm lazy. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> nursing is so darn easy and i want to hold off solid food poopy diapers as long as possible. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/grossedout.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="gross"><br><br>
:LOL
 

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Have you tried giving him and empty cup and his own spoon to play with and mouth when you are eating?? Or even some plastic/wooden play food to teethe? Kieran seems so very interested in "eating" with us but really he isn't all that into the actual eating part, just the cool stuf we're "playing" with <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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