Re: Too early to start solids?
I know some people advocate waiting for all the signs of readiness before starting solids, but I personally feel that you know your LO best and if he really seems ready to you, you should feel free to go ahead even if he's not sitting unassisted or whatever.
One thing to keep in mind is that at 5 months you want to be offering tastes of solids, not meals. A couple teaspoons of food per day should be enough. You don't want to replace breastmilk in your baby's diet to any significant extent, since your milk is the healthiest food your baby will ever eat in his entire life and you want him to maximize his consumption of it.
If you're not quite ready to start solids, you may be able to keep your LO occupied during mealtimes by giving him a bowl and a spoon to play with. He might have so much fun that he forgets that he wants your bananas!
ETA: bananas and fruits are terrific first foods! No need to start with cereals. Just make sure you're offering mushy pieces that are not choking hazards. My kids have both dored entire peeled apples- they can pick them up and lick them, but they're too big and round for the baby to bite off a piece.
Last edited by @llli*mommal; May 16th, 2011 at 10:28 AM.
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