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Anyone else with a babe who wanted food really young?<br><br>
DS is barely 5 mos old, but for about the past two weeks he's been mooching nonstop. I really wanted to wait to introduce solids but it seems like there is something else there he really wants. I tried just giving him a spoon to play with, but that was a total bust. He's grabbed things off my plate, stares very intently at others who are eating, he's even grabbed my cup and tried drinking my seltzer. He's a fairly big baby. He'll be 5 months in a couple days and he's about 18 lbs. He's usually very mellow and lately he's been very fussy... Really? solids now?
 

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You are describing my ds who turned five months yesterday!! He's been doing that for over a month so a couple weeks ago I finally relented (I also wanted to ebf for longer, but he has other plans!!) and gave him solids and he LOVES it!! I called my LLL leader to ask what she thought and she agreed that he really sounded ready by the behavior you described.<br><br>
I know they say to give this tiny bit at first, but he would have nothing to do with tiny bits, wanted a whole third of a banana. So for the past couple weeks we've been doing solids once a day, usually early afternoon works well for us. I've given him banana, mushed rice, potato, oatmeal, sweet potato, and even let him suck on half a grape and cantelope when he is really after what we're eating. He has loved it and I'm glad I listened to him instead of following my own agenda. The one drawback is that he is a little constipated now...going to start a thread for ideas on that!<br><br>
So, I say, go for it with yours. And he may just like the idea for a while and then leave it or he may really be into it
 

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my dd starting getting really into watching us eat and attempting to steal my food about a month ago (she'll be 5 mo. TOMORROW!!). i wanted to wait until 6 mo. before introducing solids, but her signs indicated she wanted to try early!<br>
we've given her a little rice cereal (which she likes clumpy rather than runny. go figure) and some sweet potatoes (disturbed look at first, then rather enthusiastic). we do it only once a day and not every day-- just when she seems like she'd want it. yesterday was a serious boobie juice day, so she didn't have anything.<br>
right now i'm just letting her set her own pace. it's working well for us.
 

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My dd is almost a year, but we started solids at 4 1/2 months because she was doing those same things - watching other people eat, reaching for adult food, eating non-stop and still acting like she wanted more.<br><br>
It took a couple weeks for her to get used to the idea of being fed by a spoon, but then she just chowed! I've always felt like most babies tell US when they're ready for solids, rather than the other way around. And it sounds like your little one is probably ready.
 

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All babies are different. Dr Sears has a checklist of signs that baby is ready for solids:<br><a href="http://www.askdrsears.com/html/3/t032000.asp#T032001" target="_blank">http://www.askdrsears.com/html/3/t032000.asp#T032001</a><br><br><br>
A baby that cannot sit by herself, and still has the tongue-thrust reflex is probably not ready for solids. A baby whose family has a history of allergies should not be offered solids too soon, and definitely not foods that family members are allergic to.<br>
Also watch babies dirty diapers for signs that s/he is not tolerating solid foods.<br>
My oldest daughter could not digest solid food until after she started walking, before that, it all came through her digestive system practically unchanged.
 

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Thanks guys. We gave him a few bites of mushy bananas and he was all over it. I just wanted to wait a little longer... Oh well. My DD also started with food early too, but with her I was all for it. I had nasty PPD and was looking for any little bit of growing up she could do. (I think I thought of her growing as me getting closer to being human again.) Now I'm just sad about losing our exclusive nursing relationship. sniff sniff...<br><br>
Witchbaby! Our babes have the same birthday! Your DD is so beautiful! 5 months... wow...
 

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we have been discussing solids in our Nov/Dec babies thread quite a bit lately. Jessica is 6 months old now but she's not quite as interested in solids as other babes seem to be. IMO if he is that interested then maybe you can try it - I've given Jessica some oatmeal a couple of times when she was acting like she wanted something more interesting than me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> It's not too early. come on over to the Nov/Dec thread - there are lots of discussions going on about this.<br><br>
ETA link <a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=141910" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=141910</a>
 

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My ds also became interested in what we were eating at around 5 1/2 months of age. I was hoping to ebf him for longer but he had a different idea. He was no longer content to play with the baby spoon. He was reaching for my glass when I would take a sip, grabbing at my utensils and mimicing our behavior at meal times.<br>
There are some days where he will get one small meal of solids and there are other days where all he wants is the boob. And there are days if he can have a sip of my water, he is content. I am just following his lead. It sounds like your little one is ready to start also.
 
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