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I have a 6½ month old, and as of now he is bf only. He seems to be satisfied and thriving, so I'm wondering if I need to start them now, or can I wait? Until when?<br><br>
Also, what to start with? I doubt Eve had access to rice cereal or food grinders <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> , so what's the most natural route?
 

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You can start anytime now, but if all is well, you don't need to rock the boat. I know some moms don't start till baby can chew and eat things off the table! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I usually start w/ avacados and bananas, seperate or mixed.
 

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But I started introducing solids when my dd was 4 months. Not much, just would mash up boiled potatoes or what ever veggie was on my plate I would mash it I mean really mash it with my fork and give her a bite or two. I know I have heard that potatoes aren't the best to start out with because of all the starch, but we eat a lot of boiled potatoes in my house, so it just happens that way. I would give her tastes of gravey, or soup broth, Just what ever was on our plates is what our babies got. I imagine that is what eve did... Not that I ever thought of it that way. Sure she didn't have a blender but it really does help to make sure you have all the food mashed enough so your db does't choke.<br><br>
Hope this helps.
 

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Sort of in the same boat as you, our son is almost 9 months. Around 6 months I tried to give him cereal mixed with breastmilk, but he would not eat it for anything. So at 6 months I started babyfood gradualy, maybe offered it to him once or twice a week. He really was not intrested, just recently, like around 8 months he has sort of taken to it. On average, he eats about half a babyfood jar (2 ounces) per day, sometimes more, sometimes less. He is still thriving on breastmilk, he is 24lbs at almost 9 months.<br><br>
The only concern (if you would call it that) is for the iron in his diet. It is my understanding (and I may be totally off here, someone please correct me if I am wrong!) that the baby has iron stored up in their little body from being in utero, then around 6 months the iron stores start to deplete, thats why everyone suggests starting the iron fortified cereal at 6 months. One reason this concerns me specifically is that I have a tendency to be anemic, so I still take prenatal vits. as well as iron supplements.<br><br>
Some babies are ready to eat solids at 4 months, some are not ready more towards a year, just watch the cues your baby is giving you, he will let you know if he wants to eat.
 

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Dd was really not interested in any foods other than bm until maybe 2 months ago - she is now 11 1/2 mo. She had never stopped gaining weight at a good pace, so for us there just didn't seem to be any need to hurry the process. It was just a case of following her lead - and now she eats a huge variety of foods. She's not really interested in quantity but she will taste everything <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
All that to say; you know your babe best - he will let you know what he needs...prolly by grabbing your dinner (no joke, this happens all the time here now!)
 

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Dd didn't start soilds until 11 1/2 months! At around 7 months I started sitting her at the table with us for dinner, and she was not at all interested in our food. I would offer some yam or banana with breast milk, no dice. She was really thriving on nursing alone, so I didn't worry. I offered her cheerios at around 9 months and she had no interest.<br><br>
At 11 months or so, she walked up to my plate and grabbed a piece of chicken and popped it in her mouth. he was ready! After that we were doing 3 meals and one snack a day. She is still dursing a few times a day and really expanding her food perferences every day (now 13 months).<br><br>
As far as the iron goes, we did suffer there. We are now doing iron supplements every other day and hopefully that will clear it up.
 

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<a href="http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/solids/" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/solids/</a> The recommendation for 4 months is out of date, but sadly most pediatricians don't seem to have heard that the AAP has been suggesting 6 months for years....<br><br>
Dd was 9 months, no iron troubles.
 

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My dd is 9 months now and just pieces, she maybe eats some organic o's (like cherios) 2 times a week and maybe 4-5 pecies actully go into the mouth are chewed and swollowed! LOL She's just not into food and for me to sit and spoon feed her is out of the questions she HATES it!!! She is very independent and prefers to do things her self. She has her iorn leaves check and they are find no need for suplement unless they are low but you can have your ped or WIC office check them it's just a small finger poke no big deal. I would say try some banana or avlacodos and if she likes them go for it if not then wait a while.
 

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DD just recently started soilds. She is almost 9 months. She actually perfers table food over pureed food. I tried making her baby food and she turns her nose at it. But if I offer her bits from my plate she will take it and want more.
 

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A great food resource if "Super Baby Food" We started Hannah on solids at about 6 months, with bananas and then avocado, it is really important to do one food at a time (with at least 5 days in between ) to make sure that they don't have any negative reactions. Hannah had a mild case of diarrhea when we started, so we went back to just breastmilk and restarted a few week later, next time, I will wait until the baby is really ready. If your baby is thriving and happy, might as well wait until he is REALLY wanting to try it. It's fun once they do!
 

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I was going to post this question tonight. Angelo is 7 mth and has started expressing interest in food...or so it seems. He immatates me when I eat, opens his mouth, and tries to grab for it. He has no teeth and I am unsure what to start him with. Sounds like bananas or avocados are a good choice.
 
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