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Old 08-18-2010, 12:00 PM   #21
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Apparently I didn't get the memo that strawberries were as bad as peanuts... my 8 m/o has been eating them for months! :-)
I don't know that strawberries create as severe an allergy as peanuts. However, my understanding (and again it's been 5 years since I had an infant) is that strawberries are one of the most likely foods to cause an allergy - up there with peanuts, eggs and shellfish.

I think though that when mine were little the recommendation on strawberries was to wait until 18 months where it was 3 years on peanuts.

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I`m pretty sure that in Canada, the recommendation has recently changed from `between 4 and 6 months`to `at least 6 months`for starting solids. By recently, I mean sometime within the past 10 years. That is why some doctors are still recommending them at 4-6 months.

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We see specialists with DS & they said the current recommendations have changed. They said they used to tell parents to hold off on solids but found it really doesn't make a difference.

I have 4 kids & at least with them, I started early with some & not others. Actually the one with the least allergies was the one I started earliest with. JMO but I think it had more to do with her make up than when we started or didn't start solids.
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My pedi told us 4 months but I didn't feel comfortable with it.
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I would never start solids prior to 6 months. BM or formula is the only thing they need.

I started solids with dd1 and dd2 at 6 months b/c I was "rushed" into it, but did wait until 8 and 9 months, respectively with dd3 and ds1.
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I don't know that strawberries create as severe an allergy as peanuts. However, my understanding (and again it's been 5 years since I had an infant) is that strawberries are one of the most likely foods to cause an allergy - up there with peanuts, eggs and shellfish.

I think though that when mine were little the recommendation on strawberries was to wait until 18 months where it was 3 years on peanuts.
Yes, this is correct. Strawberries are a highly allergenic food.
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Our pedi says you can introduce solids anytime after 4 months but it shouldn't be so much it replaces a session on the breast or a bottle. After 6 months you can up solids if you want but baby needs at least 24 oz of formula or nurse several times a day still.

Both girls started solids around 5 1/2 months and ds didn't start until after 6 months because he'd just gag on anything before that.
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FYI....I believe that solids are just that....SOLID food....NOT mush. I thankfully learned with dd3 and ds1 that you don't need to give babies mush and if you start solids when they are developmentally ready (sitting UNassisted..not propped, have no tongue thrust, have pincer grasp, and are actually interested in eating food on their own instead of grabbing at food b/c they have very grabby and curious hands around 3-6 months) then you can go ahead and feed them solid food. For example, a slice of banana, avocado, slices of baked sweet potatoe, sliced cook apples, etc.

Mush and baby food was created by baby food companies to make more money. I'm sure their thinking was along the lines of 'since babies aren't developmentally ready to chew and digest it, let's puree it so we can start having their parents spend their money on us earlier.'

No thanks, I will wait until my baby is actually ready to eat food in a solid form and save a TON of money.
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FYI....I believe that solids are just that....SOLID food....NOT mush. I thankfully learned with dd3 and ds1 that you don't need to give babies mush and if you start solids when they are developmentally ready (sitting UNassisted..not propped, have no tongue thrust, have pincer grasp, and are actually interested in eating food on their own instead of grabbing at food b/c they have very grabby and curious hands around 3-6 months) then you can go ahead and feed them solid food. For example, a slice of banana, avocado, slices of baked sweet potatoe, sliced cook apples, etc.

Mush and baby food was created by baby food companies to make more money. I'm sure their thinking was along the lines of 'since babies aren't developmentally ready to chew and digest it, let's puree it so we can start having their parents spend their money on us earlier.'

No thanks, I will wait until my baby is actually ready to eat food in a solid form and save a TON of money.
Yep, exactly. I read that pureed baby foods were marketed decades ago when pediatricians were pushing solids between 2-3 months.. when babies OBVIOUSLY are not ready developmentally, and are unable to chew.

I think that's why my DD turned her cheek to purees the first time she was fed one. She was like "Mom, I'm 6 months. I know what I'm doing", grabbed an avocado wedge and went to town
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Re: Just curious - solids

I agree to that to a certain extent. But, my kids were all late teethers. My oldest had only 2 teeth on his first birthday.

They were not ready to do much chewing in that 6-9 month range, but were otherwise ready. So, I didn't puree, but I did mash either fresh or steamed fruits and veggies until they were ready to chew the firmer foods.

I did completely skip the prepared baby foods. We tried a few times with my first, but it was much easier to just mash something off of my own plate for him than it was to give him those smelly jarred foods.
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