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Old 11-18-2007, 09:02 PM   #1
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When did you give solids?

Baby #1 & 2 got solids at 5 months. I think mainly because I was excited to see them eat (it was not nearly as exciting as I thought it would be!) and also because I was working 3 days a week and lets face it, pumping can be a hassle.

Baby #3 is almost 6 months old and I've been fortunate enough to only work 1 day a week. Pumping is not nearly as annoying when it's only 1 day a week. I haven't really been feeling like giving him solids because breastfeeding is so easy. It's more like me looking at the calendar saying 'he's almost 6 months - his brothers were getting solids by now' though he has been grabbing at stuff on the table. Pulling spoons into his mouth, grabbing my glass and sucking on it etc.

I know breast milk is the perfect food and solids are really not needed. . . but I'm wondering when the rest of you started on solids and what your motivation was.
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Old 11-18-2007, 09:07 PM   #2
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My little man just turned 7 months old last week and he is still not eating anything solid. I thought I would start him at 6 months but that came and went and he still doesn't have any teeth so now I have decided that I am just going to do what feels right and I am sure that it will work itself out.

GL mama. This is my first one so I do not have tons of advice.
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Old 11-18-2007, 09:20 PM   #3
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I always started my kiddos when they started following food to my mouth with their eyes and opening their mouths for it LOL.
(my oldest took a bite of DH's cheeseburger when he was 5 months old and I had a panic attack. He chewed, swallowed and was just fine. Doctor laughed at me and said if he was fine than let him eat! - Dh was just holding it and turned his head with ds next to him on the couch so it wasn't as if dh was giving it to him)
However, He did the majority of things abut 3 months to 6 months earlier than the average child. He was a bit strange, still is LOL.

But I started when they showed me they wanted to eat.
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My son started eating "solids" (rice cereal) at four months. My daughter "celebrated" turning five months with some peaches (mainly for pictures) but didn't eat solids more than once a week until she was ten months old.
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My son started around 3.5 months and jumped right into it .. he already had teeth coming in!! My daughter is 7 months now (just got her 2 bottom teeth) and it's touch and go with her. She will eat about half of the Gerber plastic cups and that's on a good day.
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Both mine started after they turned 1 Year-Old. Theres no real need before that if breastfeeding!
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I started my DD at 6 months with infant cereal. I would have exclusively BF for longer.. but, her iron was low at her 6 month check up.. so, my pediatrician recommended that I start solids. She's going on 8 months now and she has about 1/4 cup of solids twice a day in addition to breast milk.
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Re: When did you give solids?

This book is a great book and I highly recommend it
"WHAT TO EXPECT THE FIRST YEAR"

lots of helpful tips and information about our growing babies broken down into a month by month timeline. There's even a first aid section in the back.

Great Lentil stew recipe also in the book. I posted this recipe on the kitchen forum.

I am happy for my daught. that she is able to experience different flavors and tastes and still gets to bf. She gets the best of both worlds!

Yes, like another mom stated they don't get as much iron from our breastmilk after 6mths and it must come from other sources of nutrition (fortified cereal, lentils, beans are good source of iron and fiber)
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DS1 was FF and started solids at 4 months. It's what was recommended "back in the day
DD was BF and FF and started around 10 months. She hated purees so we went straight to table food when she was ready.
DS2 was 7 months (exclusively BF). He's a food FIEND. He loves everything. His favorite foods are bits of bread and tiny chunks of banana.
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This book is a great book and I highly recommend it
"WHAT TO EXPECT THE FIRST YEAR"

lots of helpful tips and information about our growing babies broken down into a month by month timeline. There's even a first aid section in the back.

Great Lentil stew recipe also in the book. I posted this recipe on the kitchen forum.

I am happy for my daught. that she is able to experience different flavors and tastes and still gets to bf. She gets the best of both worlds!

Yes, like another mom stated they don't get as much iron from our breastmilk after 6mths and it must come from other sources of nutrition (fortified cereal, lentils, beans are good source of iron and fiber)
That book along with the rest of the what to expect series is a piece of crap.
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