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My 6 month old has been grabbing at our plates for a few weeks now, so I made him some rice cereal out of whole brown rice (toasted, ground, cooked like porridge, thinned with bm). The first day, I gave him 1T and he gobbled it up. The next day, I gave him 2T, which he also gobbled. That night he seemed kinda gassy and irritable, so I didn't give him any the following day. That was yesterday. He seemed a bit gassy last night as well, and also unsatisfied after nursing. He's been super-hungry all morning today, nursing like a champ but crying when the flow slows or stops. So, I'm thinking I should just continue to nurse on demand and hold off on the cereal for awhile but I feel like he really, really wants to eat. He sits on my lap or in his clip-on chair at dinner and lunges for food. We give him toys and I nurse him while I eat, but he's really focused on whatever we're eating and I feel like maybe I should give it another chance. Anybody else here have an eager eater? Any thoughts on what I should do?
 

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My 5-month-old is soooo interested in food, but I don't want to give him any until six months minimum. So I am eager to hear responses to this.
 

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Nutritionally he should be fine on just bm, but since he is so eager I would go ahead with introducing solids. If rice doesn't agree with him, try something else - banana or sweet potato are both good choices (though too much banana can cuase constipation). My ds is 8 months old and we introduced solids around the same time (though he didn't eat them regularly until 7 months). He has really enjoyed the solid food - I think it makes him feel included when the rest of us are eating. We have him self-feed, rather than spoon-feeding him, since I feel that he knows when to stop better than I do.
 

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Catherine12, or anyone else, can you share tips on self-feeding for an infant around this age? What do you do--just set a bowl of food in front of them and let them have at it?
 

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I agree- back off the cereal- choose fruits and veggies to start with- and allow to self feed instead of spoon feeding.<br><br>
As to how to- watch your baby- some do better with tiny bits of things they can pick up- sweet potato, banana etc. Others do better with a chunk they can hold and bite- banana, pear etc.<br><br>
good luck!<br><br>
-Angela
 

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Thanks everyone. I'm going to wait a day or two and then give him a little bit of very ripe banana. So, now I'm thinking I might not bother with cereal at all, and just give him fresh fruit and veggies and then gradually introduce whole cooked grains when he's got some teeth. Maybe I'm just being lazy, but porridge is a huge pita to make and store and we're a whole foods kinda family. Again, thanks for the advice -- I can't wait to see what he does with a mushy piece of banana!<br><br>
eta: I like the idea of giving him foods he can self-feed at will -- it seems more natural and I did always worry with the other two if I was reading their cues properly when spoon-feeding.
 

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There's a really good link out there about self-feeding but I lost it when I switched computers and I can't remember what it is. It's dutch so the address is not intuitive. Let me see if I can find it.
 
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