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Old 04-23-2017, 09:13 PM   #1
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When to Start Solids

Its been 6 years so I'm really not familiar with starting solids. Last I heard the recommendation was to wait until 6 months, but at our 4 month visit the doctor told us to start. My daughter can sit up assisted pretty well. We also want to try baby led weaning this time around.

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Old 04-23-2017, 09:24 PM   #2
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I pretty much ignore recommendations and go by kid cues. I figure there's no way the recommendations can be worth anything since they change them all the time.

The earliest we started was three months. The latest was seven months. We've done purees, homemade mashed foods, and baby led weaning....I'm of the opinion that there is no one 'right' answer so I say do what you and kiddo feel comfortable with when the time feels right!
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I pretty much ignore recommendations and go by kid cues. I figure there's no way the recommendations can be worth anything since they change them all the time.

The earliest we started was three months. The latest was seven months. We've done purees, homemade mashed foods, and baby led weaning....I'm of the opinion that there is no one 'right' answer so I say do what you and kiddo feel comfortable with when the time feels right!


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Thanks, we've decided at this point to wait and feel better about it.
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Because of the challenges of maintaining a milk supply while pumping at work, we didn't start baby led weaning until 9 months; until then it was milk only.
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We are also waiting... Ds is 8.5 months. We will probably wait another couple of weeks. Then baby led weaning (which always sounds so funny... But it is the best description of how we feed our babies and toddlers.)

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I pretty much ignore recommendations and go by kid cues. I figure there's no way the recommendations can be worth anything since they change them all the time.

The earliest we started was three months. The latest was seven months. We've done purees, homemade mashed foods, and baby led weaning....I'm of the opinion that there is no one 'right' answer so I say do what you and kiddo feel comfortable with when the time feels right!
Ditto! I always say I'll wait till 6 months and then usually start sooner. I think I started giving my little guy tastes between 4 and 5 months, but he was showing so much interest in food I felt bad NOT letting him try. He's now almost 8 months and, while we feed him things like applesauce from time to time, I mostly let him feed himself. BLW is so much easier, IMHO.
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I loved the advice from the book "The Science of Mom"- I'd recommend that to everyone!
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Ditto! I always say I'll wait till 6 months and then usually start sooner. I think I started giving my little guy tastes between 4 and 5 months, but he was showing so much interest in food I felt bad NOT letting him try. He's now almost 8 months and, while we feed him things like applesauce from time to time, I mostly let him feed himself. BLW is so much easier, IMHO.
This is how it went for us. DS was basically begging for food at 4 months. We let him have a little, but I wasn't interested in pushing it. Sometime in there I realized he would wake up from naps grouchy and whiny, so I started feeding him actual meals after naps and he was immediately a happier baby! I don't think my milk was running out, because I was still leaking, but maybe it was? Now, at 9 mos, he eats almost everything we eat, and lots of it.
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Yep. This. Exactly.
agreed and agreed! (oops, it didn't quote the original post, but you get the idea...)

With my first I used Super Baby Food (among other resources) and was the queen of homemade baby food.

Gradually, and with each child, I've relaxed and simplified. Now, with our fourth, I ascribe more-or-less to BLW. He was super-interested in foods at 4 months and could sit up well so I started with little tastes of what we were having (I did spoon feed applesauce and yogurt... though I don't think that's technically BLW). Now I give him little bits of things to feed himself and he's had quite a variety at 8 months.

I DO think the earlier you start with "real" foods that harder it can be on babies' immature digestive systems (gassiness, constipation, etc.), so if your baby isn't really that interested in foods might as well hold off. But of course there are also foods that are gassy no matter what (hello beans and broccoli).
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