Re: Pediatrician's Advice
Rotten advice from the pediatrician.
A lot of advice on sleeping and solids is based on assumptions about what parents want. Most people, and many doctors, assume that moms are eager to wean and desperate to get the baby out of the parental bed. Therefore they advise pushing solids, limiting nursing, and sticking baby in a crib in her own room. There's no medical reason to do any of those things, though. Just cultural reasons. And I pay my doc for advice on medicine and health, not for advice on culture.
It's very normal for babies to continue to be mostly breastfed until well into their second year. Until around the first birthday, breastmilk alone provides sufficient nutrition, and solids are just for fun with new tastes, textures, and motor skills. Around the first birthday, solids become an increasingly important component of the baby's diet, but the transition from needing only mama's milk to needing a ton of solids is a gradual one. You shouldn't expect a baby to suddenly start eating a huge amount of solid food just because she's a year old.
Often the solution to unwanted advice about solids and sleep is to just stop talking about it. When the someone asks "How's baby doing with solids?" you reply "Just great, she really enjoys them!" Of course, that could mean "she really enjoys flinging them against the wall and feeding them to the dog, and once in a while she actually eats some". When someone asks "How is baby sleeping?" you can answer "She sleeps so nicely all night long!" without mentioning that she also sleeps with you and wakes up 5 times to nurse.
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"