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I know that delaying solid foods helps decrease the incidence of food allergies, however how long should I delay them? My dd seems ready and very eager! She of course still wants to nurse, but she definitely wants to eat, especially in social situations. I've heard some parents delay solids until 1 year old! No way would dd put up with that! She is way too interested in table food.<br><br>
My dd has been interested in what we are eating ever since she was about 5 months old. She will be 6 months old this week. If we are eating and do not give her something she has a fit! This is tough when we take her out to eat with my parents, which we do often. Last week at my parents anniversary dinner, I was holding her on my lap and that little hand shot out, quick as lightning and ripped a chunk out of a piece of bread I was holding and shoved it into her mouth! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"><br><br>
Not sure how to handle this. How do other parents handle it when their baby wants to eat, but you plan to delay solid food?
 

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I was told that waiting 6 months was plenty sufficient to give the digestive tract time to evolve. We started rice cereal at 6 months and added a new food every 3 days and ds is doing great. Now he's eating solid solids and, apart from the mess, everything is fantastic.<br><br>
It definitely sounds like your child is ready! Have fun on this new adventure.
 

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if she's grabbing food and getting it to her mouth and eating it and not experiencing digestive upset afterwards, i think you're doing fine.<br>
personally, with this next baby, i am not going to GIVE solids, but wait until he/she can feed him/herself. it just seems ridiculous to me to spoon feed mush to someone, when in a few months they will be able to feed themselves actual table food. i did the pureed foods with dd, and it was just frustrating that she would eat like 1-2 spoons full and half of it would end up on her face, and she mostly wanted to play with it anyway. i am so not doing that this time.<br>
anyway, it does sound as though your child is ready, though sometimes babies just grab anything and put it in their mouths, so if you're sure that's not the case, i think you can proceed with a clear conscience! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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You can go ahead and let her have bread. My ds liked little pieces (too small to choke on) of soft fruits that he could feed himself. We never used "baby food" like cereals or jar food (he did occasionally have it when my mom babysat). He started eating solids between 7 and 8 months, just stuff he could eat and feed himself.
 

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Here is some good, research-backed info:<br><br><a href="http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/solids/solids-when.html" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/so...lids-when.html</a><br><br><a href="http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/solids/delay-solids.html" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/so...ay-solids.html</a>
 

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I think you're fine to start now if you feel she's ready but be careful for allergic reactions (since you're letting her have more than one ingredient items). I am not delaying (I consider delaying past six months because I would never start before six months) because I have some desire to do so, my daughter is almost 10 months and has no desire to have anything solid. Every child is so different, as your child and my child show!
 
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