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Old 12-21-2011, 07:42 PM   #1
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When to know your baby is ready?

dd will be 5 months on the 29. I am debating if I should start her on solids. . She likes to sit in my lap when we are eating. She watches each bit go into my mouth, leaning toward the plate trying to mouth it, and eating for the food and sometimes cries and gets upset. Should I start? I really want to make it until 6 months ebf but if she is ready I don't want to not give her food for selfish reasons. What would you do? I started dd1 @ 3 months due to pressure from others and regret it. I don't want to make the same mistake again.

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Old 12-21-2011, 11:34 PM   #2
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Re: When to know your baby is ready?

She might be ready. If you don't want to start yet, maybe you could give her a teether or something to chew on while you are eating. I'm not sure if that would satisfy her curiosity though. Can you eat without her in your lap?

My DS started doing the same things when he was a little over 4 months old and I caved, even though I had planned to wait until 6 months. He wasn't ready though (he was pushing the food out with his tongue), so we waited a few more weeks then tried again. He's been eating about 1/3 of a jar of a fruit or veggie a day.
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Re: When to know your baby is ready?

There is a checklist to see if your baby is ready. Let me see if I can find it.

Edit- I found it and it has more info than I remembered. Some really good advice for your situation. http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/solids/solids-when.html#developmental

If you scroll down a bit, there is a section that says "What if my 4-5 month old seems developmentally ready for solids?" and it gives some suggestions. I hope this helps.
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Re: When to know your baby is ready?

Thanks so much. I'm going to the site now.
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Re: When to know your baby is ready?

My DS seemed ready at 4months, he was loving food, and eating all the foods we would give him, fast forward to now, he is 11 months, and won't eat baby food anymore, and he is practically a begger when food is around. He pants, and begs at our feet, and screams until we feed him. DS2 we will wait till 6 months or so, I also plan to breastfeed him.
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Re: When to know your baby is ready?

My daughter was ready at 5 months...I wasn't but the Dr.'s talked me into it. And she was so much happier after we started!
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Old 12-22-2011, 11:14 AM   #7
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Re: When to know your baby is ready?

My youngest was ready at 5 months. I was oblivious until she managed to get a hold of a home made sugar cookie and had gummed it to death before I noticed.

My oldest was not ready for solids until closer to 8 months and went directly onto finger foods.
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Old 12-22-2011, 05:09 PM   #8
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Re: When to know your baby is ready?

I decided to try some squash today! She seemed to like it and knew wHat to do with it. I'm so fighting myself I still want to wait another month. I might try some mompops instead
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Old 12-23-2011, 02:38 PM   #9
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Re: When to know your baby is ready?

My daughter is almost five months and also "seems" ready. I went by the advice on Kelly Mom and bought her a Nuby sippy cup. It works well, especially since she doesn't really like the bottle!
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Old 12-29-2011, 08:52 AM   #10
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Re: When to know your baby is ready?

We waited til a week short of 6 months and he may have been ready at 5 months, but I was happy I waited. I wanted him to sit unassisted, not thrust his tongue, and for his digestive system to be matured. He did and still does well with anything we give him, moving on to solids, but he did have reactions to apples and strawberries, which would have been emotionally harder for me to handle at say, 4 or 5 months, than it was when we discovered them around 7-7.5 months.
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