5.5 mo old dd is overly interested in food. she'll scream and kick and flail any time she sees it. since dh works long shifts I can't not eat when she's around since she is always around. She's waking every hourr if not more and always trying to nurse. I don't mind except at night. I really don't want to start solids but this is driving me bonkers! She's been doing it since like 3.5 months. I've held out so long...is it too early to start?!
03-10-2008, 03:12 PM
5.5mths is a great time to start solids. The reccom. time is around 6mths.. so you are on target. My daught. started around 5mths.
They need breastmilk or formula until 1 year old and so you could start with the rice cereal mixed with breastmilk or formula...then you can try the other baby cereals for variety (barley, oatmeal)... and you can also start with the pureed veggies/fruits now too.
Remember.. rejection of the foods is normal at first.. just stick with it and he/she will love it!
the more palatable 1st foods my daught. liked were sweet potatos, squash, applesauce (unsweetened..still naturally sweet), peas.
Once they've masted the pureed..then make it chunkier for them.
go slow.. but go for it!
My baby was the same way and we ended up letting her drink water from a cup and eat food that we were eating at aroung 5.5 months. Basically that is all she is doing now, 4 months later. Babies showing an interest is a sign of readiness, I believe.
03-13-2008, 10:41 PM
Babies should not start solids until 6 months of age. The babies gut closes somewhere between the age of 4-6 months and since you don't know exactly WHEN it closes, it is SAFEST to wait until baby turns 6 months. Not before. Here is a very helpful link on why delay solids: http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/solids/delay-solids.html
Anna will be 6 months old on Monday, but I am waiting and hopefully waiting until she is 8 months or older. Yes, she does sit on our laps and grab at our plates and food, but it isn't b/c she want's to eat it. She is just learning about things around her and is starting to grab at things. She is just curious, but has no idea that is food. However, she does know food comes from my breast! :)
The readiness signs also include being able to sit well WITHOUT support and has the pincer grasp. Most babies don't acquire these signs until AFTER they turn 6 months. Here is a link with all the signs: http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/solids/solids-when.html
I am going to give Anna solids when she can hold something and eat it herself. I won't be shoveling mush in her mouth.
Remember, babies have the rest of their lives to eat solids. Why rush it?:goodvibes:
03-14-2008, 08:08 PM
I started my daughter on VERY small amounts of cereal at about 3 months... just enough to taste it. My DR said it was totally fine to start cereal at 4 months... just don't over feed. Now my daughter is 7 months and eats everything but meat. But I wouldn't expect to be able to eat even if you start feeding her... I can't. My daughter just wants my food too. Good luck.
03-14-2008, 08:44 PM
I think it's fine.....my son has been eating solids for a few weeks now and he's 6 months old and I had given him cereal a few times prior as well.
03-14-2008, 08:53 PM
Go with your gut mama...I knew my ds was ready for solids when he grabbed my turkey sandwich out of my hand. He was just about 6 mos.
03-14-2008, 09:04 PM
It really depends on your child, and the only person who knows your child well enough to determine that is you. :hugs:
My dd was 5 months when she started literally grabbing at our food and trying to shove it in her mouth. She's been very precocious with everything so far. At that point she was already sitting independently and getting from sitting to crawling position and back to sitting again (then walking at 7.5 months, etc.). I have no doubts that she was ready at that point - she had perfect pincer grasp, no tongue thrust reflex to speak of, and was extremely interested to the point of being a brat about it. No one can make me feel guilty about it because I know it was the right decision for us. :)
03-14-2008, 09:10 PM
PS. I just went to that other link... that baby doesn't necessarily have food allergies. It's actually a little ridiculous saying that so prematurely. The kid obviously had a reaction to one of the foods that was eaten, but 99% of the time these things go away on their own with time. Clearly the grandmother was in the wrong, and I'd be P'O'd as hell, but saying she gave her grandbaby allergies is a little over the top. An "allergic reaction", yes, "allergies", no.
03-14-2008, 09:15 PM
When you do go with solids, pick something with more nutrition than cereal. The iron isn't very readily absorbed and it's otherwise a lot of empty calories. Especially if it's replacing breastmilk. Go with something like avocado in a mesh feeder, DS had a blast with his!
03-14-2008, 09:23 PM
This is my son at 4 1/2 months at his first feeding of solid foods (not a very flattering picture of him :giggle: , but I was trying to capture the moment). He was ready & made sure we knew he was ready. He literally took the spoon away from me when I was taking too long in between bites & started trying to feed himself. Though he barely managed to get any in his mouth at all it was a clear indication to us that he was ready. An old friend of mine's daughter refused all solids until she was a year. She obviously isn't ready. Every kid is different & nobody knows your baby better than you. If you are going to feed solids though, you might want to just feed one new food at a time for 3 days before starting another. That way you know if there's an allergic reaction.
03-17-2008, 10:12 AM
I think if your baby has lost their tongue thrust, can sit up independently and get food into their own mouth, then it isn't too early.
One really good way to start at this point is to let them self-feed instead of spoon-feeding them. Purees are mostly water anyway and the sheer fun of it can overfill them and knock out a few nursing sessions before they are really ready for that. Self-feeding is even more fun, helps them develop hand-eye coordination and lets them really explore the textures, temperatures and tastes of a new food all on their own.
Dd has a ball picking up bits of smashed sweet potato, she feels so great about doing it herself; you can just tell how excited she is to be part of the meal doing the "same things" as the rest of the family. Yeah, it's messy but fun to watch too, lol. Plus with a self-feeding baby, you won't spend any money on jars of pureed stuff.
One thing to consider is that they don't have much amylase (enzyme that is needed to digest grains) in the digestive tract til closer to a year, so grains are best added to their diet at that time.
03-17-2008, 01:22 PM
Like ppl said, you are the one who knows your baby best. Go with your gut. But it doesn't sound too early from what I have read. I don't like the idea of waiting too long to introduce solids if they baby shows signs of being ready. I would be worried that they would develop aversions if you wait too long. Some ppl refered to baby food as mush like it was bad, but really it is just ground/pureed food that we eat (or should eat in regards to some of those veggies, LOL!). Good luck
03-17-2008, 03:02 PM
Sounds like maybe you should give it a shot. I started with avocado.