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my DS is 5 months old and since he was about 4 months old i've been letting him lick some of my food like grapes and other fruits and veggies. i make sure there is nothing that may fall off where he could choke. he is still getting breast milk only no solids till 6 months (even though Doc said 4 months)<br><br>
he keeps trying to steal my food so i let him try just a little.<br><br>
what do you girls think????
 

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I think 6 months is a very general guide line. Some babies may be ready at 4 months and there are some babies who aren't ready until 8 months... I wouldn't give anything before 4 months but if you feel your 5 month old is ready then I say, go ahead. You are the best judge of what your baby is or is not ready for. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
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Four months is an out of date recommendation. Recent research says that waiting at least 6 months is better for starting solids.<br><br>
The American Academy of Pediatrics has been recommending waiting to start solids until 6 months for six years...since 1997. The World Health Organization has been recommending waiting 6 months for several more years.<br><br>
What will happen if you start earlier? Maybe nothing, but research shows that starting solids earlier than 6 months can increase the risk of food allergies (which can manifest as ear infections, rashes, intestinal upset...) and adult obesity.<br>
Giving anything but human milk before 4 months also increases the risk of asthma to the child.<br><br>
For more info about solids check out<br><a href="http://www.kellymom.com" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com</a>
 
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