Yesterday, 09:15 PM
So baby is now, 4 months old, and in a couple months, you will be home for a couple months and can nurse your baby instead of pumping/bottles, and then she will not be going to daycare until she is about 9 months old? If I have the timeline right, I guess I am not understanding how starting solids "early" will help?
I agree with djsmom. If you want to use real foods, not pureed, very liquidy baby foods, wait a bit to get to the time babies are typically ready for the introduction of solids, which is usually around 6 months old but may be considerably later for some babies.
Also be prepared for your child to not take in anything significant as far as solids for many months. How much a child will eat as far as solids varies tremendously, and it is unpredictable. In any case, the recommendation is that a child's primary nutrition for the first year is breastmilk or formula. Primary in this case means approaching 100%, not a simple majority. Of course again, this will vary baby to baby.
I also liked the baby led solids book, (called baby led weaning) I did not read it until our third baby and solid introduction certainly went smoothest with her. Another very good book that takes a fascinating look at the overall subject of food intake, growth and health in babies and young children is My Child Won't Eat.
Here is a pretty good article about readiness. I will also say, my middle child had all the readiness signs before 6 months, and even so, and even though we...