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I haven't started feeding my 5 1/2 mo. dd solids yet, she bf's exclusively, but I'm starting to get the feeling that she's getting ready for solids. Lately whenever I'm eating I have 2 little blue eyes staring at me and I swear if she could talk she'd say ....GIVE ME SOME OF THAT! I was wondering what other mamas started feeding their babes, and when. I don't want to start too early and I want to make her food so I know it will be all organic. Any thoughts!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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We started with avacadoes, bananas, and carrots & baby biscuits (the hard ones ...she'd suck on them). I didn't give them to her at 3 set meals a day. She only ate when we ate. Now that she is older and eats everything she has 3 meals aday. The first months of solids we just fed her to keep her included. She started to eat daily when she was about 8 and half months.
 

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Babies sure are observant, aren't they?<br><br>
The time to start solids is different for every baby - I think a good measure is when baby can sit up by herself (key to helping prevent choking) and can actually pick food up and get it to her face (if not her mouth!).<br><br>
You will find some great information at <a href="http://www.kellymom.com" target="_blank">www.kellymom.com</a> under starting solids. Great first foods for your baby might be sweet potato, avocado, banana.<br><br>
We started around 6 1/2 - 7 months with those foods. Given what I know now, I would've waited until my DD was a little older 8-10 months. I also would have given her more protein/fats in her solids diet - butter/oils on fruits/veg and lamb/meats earlier. We did wait on dairy and grains until she was about 13 months old.<br><br>
Foods to avoid would be anything you or your DH are allergic to, plus the obvious choking hazards or poor nutrition things. I learned <b>a lot</b> at the <a href="http://www.westonaprice.org" target="_blank">http://www.westonaprice.org</a> site.<br><br>
You might try giving her a bowl and spoon to play with while you are eating - my DD enjoyed figuring them out long before she actually wanted the food!<br><br>
when you do start, making your own food is really easy!<br><br>
have fun!
 

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We gave avocado and banana. Started at 6 months. She now eats whatever we are eating. I don't puree anything, just give her big pieces to gum. She has had over 30 different foods, and loves them all! Most people wait between introducing new foods, but we have no history of food allergy and she has been fine.
 

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Avacados, avacados and more avacados! He loves them. Bananas too and mangos in the mesh bag, extra cold. He loved those when his teeth hurt.
 

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Sweet potatoes, then bananas, then avocado (which she hated until about 12-18 mo, but now loves!), then carrots...<br><br>
Baby creal as like the 6th or 7th thing & she honestly never cared for it much. Now at 2 1/2 she loves her fruits & veggies. We'll follow a similar schedule with DD2. You can also check out <a href="http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com" target="_blank">www.wholesomebabyfood.com</a> .<br><br>
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We started with our regular table foods - eggs, fish, waffles/pancakes, soft (overcooked) pastas, etc. Anything fairly "soft" that we ate regularly was given to all three when we started solids. No making special foods, really even "thinking" about what to give them, no expensive jarred foods.
 

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I wouldn't dream of it before at least 6 months and being able to sit well.<br><br>
Skip the purees, babies who self feed can regulate how much to eat better and not over fill on non-milk stuff.<br><br>
Just steam cubes of sweet potato or something and you can freeze them. Makes a mess but mine loved it
 

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I'd wait until she grabbing for it and copying chewing motions. Also wait for developmental readiness like: sitting unassisted, pincer grasp, no tongue-thrust reflex, has teeth.<br><br>
We started with oatmeal and bites of banana, then some avocado, sweet potato, pears, mangos & peas.<br>
We don't eat meat, eggs, or dairy at our house. But we also waited until 1 year on other common allergens like wheat, soy, citrus, corn, nuts.
 

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My ds started screaming at me when I ate. He was just shy of 6mo, so I gave him some avocado. He's tried some bites of potato, sweet potato, green bean and banana. What I found out is that he really does just want a taste to see what I'm eating. He hasn't had more than a couple tablespoons in the past 3 weeks. Not even every day. He can't quite sit up on his own yet either.<br><br>
I did make my own baby food for dd and it was really easy. But that was back when I was told to start solids at 4mo and I didn't know better. Now I'm just waiting till he can handle soft fruits and veggies.
 

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Honestly all babes get to a point when they stare at you when you eat. It doesnt mean they are ready to eat themselves-it just means they are curious. Harvest watches me when I am making bread, playing the oboe and making the bed. It doesnt mean that he wants to do those things. He just likes to watch.<br>
That being said, I really think 5 1/2 months is too young to eat solid foods. Babes do really well with just breastmilk for a long time and they dont truly need regular food until they are around a year old. Not saying you should wait that long. Food before a year is more for exploration and getting a taste of everything. Starting foods at six months is fine but only if they are able to sit up on their own and put food into their mouth themselves. I think it is important to wait until they are able to do those two things.<br>
If you want to give your babe a taste of something this young you could cut a big chunk of apple and let him/her hold it and suck on it. It is fun, tasty and feels good to them without giving them too much to take in at once.<br>
Good luck! I am sure you will do what feels right to you as your babes mommy.
 
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