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Starting Solid Foods 2010-03-05 04:00:20

The Best Time to Start Solids

Are you ready to make the switch? Moving your lil one to a diet that includes solid foods can be an exciting time. While many of today's parents were fed rice cereal almost from the get-go, doctors currently recommend holding off until tots are between four to six months old before bringing a spoon to their mouths.

Before introducing the baby cereal, most pediatricians look for wee ones to exhibit certain developmental milestones such as sitting up (with support), doubling their birth weight, and showing interest in food. Even if your hungry tyke is salivating when watching you eat at four months, some docs insist on maintaining an exclusive breastmilk or formula diet until they reach the half-year mark.

When did you start introducing solid foods?

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Pamela-Newberry Pamela-Newberry 7 years
"Doctors currently recommend holding off until tots are between four to six months old before bringing a spoon to their mouths." My daughter just turned 28 and these were the recommendations when she was an infant! She was exclusively breast fed for 6 months and weaned herself at age 3 :-)
carolynz carolynz 7 years
I ebf my daughter until she was 6 months- my husband has asthma & allergies and the AAP recc'ds ebfing until 6 months if you can, and says that it can help reduce the risk of allergies & asthma. When we did start we introduced avocado and totally skipped the cereal thing, until we introduced oatmeal, which she still eats. I didn't really see the point of introducing something like rice cereal which has so little nutritional value and isn't something that's going to help their palates develop, etc.
Niami Niami 7 years
Mine is 4 months and just started with the rice cereal yesterday. He didn't spit it out and was much better at it the first time than his big brother was. I'll continue to BF until he decides it's time to wean.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
May87 if you don't like your pediatrician, don't go to him anymore! I started giving my girl cereal and baby food at 4 months; if I could go back and do it over again, I would puree my own. From the time she was just a couple months old, I would let her gum my food, just to give her a taste of it. I think I started cutting up my food for her when she was about 6 months. I breastfed her til 6 months;I would have done it longer, but I started working full time and wasn't pumping enough and I ran dry. She was on the bottle til 12 months, she had no trouble switching to a cup.
schnappycat schnappycat 7 years
We started DS at about 6.5 months. I didn't feel there was any hurry and the research suggests waiting. Then he had some potential allergy issues, so we actually stopped all solids for awhile and didn't pick them up again until closer to 8 months. He was actually much more ready then.
amandachalynn amandachalynn 7 years
I actually started feeding my son at 3 months. He could sit in a high chair well enough and he was interested in food. He was 9.5 lbs and 22' long at birth, and he was always hungry. After I started him on solids he was less cranky and slept better. My Ped thought it was fine because of those reasons, and now he's 4 and eats everything!
Jessie-M Jessie-M 7 years
I started my daughter on solids at about 4 months with some rice cereal, and am adding in baby foods. She's five and a half months now, and currently having rice cereal in the morning and some baby food when we have dinner-as well as breastfeeding.
starbucks2 starbucks2 7 years
My plan was to exclusively breastfeed until she was 6 months old, but at 5 months I felt it was the right time for her. She started with pureed carrots and I'm in the process of slowly weaning her.
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