Re: starting solids question.
I think you nailed it- the advice on solids is all over the map. Some docs say 4 months, some say 6, others say that solids are optional until around a year. And the rice cereal thing... Don't get me started! I don't know if thickened feeds help with relfux or not, but rice cereal certainly isn't a great choice if you want to promote weight gain. It's just starch with fome additional vitamins and minerals- not the healthiest stuff, nor the most calorie rich. However, rice cereal can be a good choice for babies who are anemic, since it's an easy way to get them to consume some additional iron.
Definitely check out the solids forum. There's great info there.
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