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Old 05-20-2008, 09:41 PM   #11
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Re: Whats the best age

Originally Posted by happimum View Post
I heard 6 months is the perfect age to start, and so we did, but I have heard you can start as young as 4 months.
Just a head's up for everyone, solid food should not be introduced (anything besides BM or formula) until baby reaches the age of 6 months due to the very high risk of food allergies. Baby's gut closes somewhere between 4-6 months and since you don't know exactly when, it is best to wait.

Also, baby should meet the following developmental milestones before starting:

* sits unassisted (yep, all by themselves)
* has lost tongue thrust reflex
* has pincer grasp
* is visibly interested in what and how you are eating (watches you pick up food from plate, put it in your mouth, and chew) and grabs food to eat rather than to play with like they would a toy.


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Old 05-20-2008, 10:16 PM   #12
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Re: Whats the best age

Originally Posted by *lovestef* View Post
There are some differing opinions on when to start solids. My pedi recommended that we start cereal at 4 mos. and veggies at 5-6 mos. We're following his guidelines. It also depends on the baby. Some babies are ready to sit up and eat from a spoon at 4-5 months and others aren't ready until 6-7 mos. Use your mama instincts Just my
That's exactly what we did. Shortly after 4 months DD started rice cereal (4 months + 1 week), and we introduced veggies at 5 months, fruits at almost 6 months.

Every baby is different, some are ready for cereal around 4 months, some not til 6 months or after that. Watch for babies cues (mine tried grabbing my mom's sandwich shortly after 4 months )
By now (6 months + 1 1/2 weeks) she has tried rice cereal, oatmeal cereal, and "beginner" peas, carrots, green beans, squash, wax beans, sweet potatoes, apple sauce, bananas, pears and peaches, as well as gnawing on a Baby Mum rice rusk cookie, and stole a pickle (cut lengthwise) off my plate.
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