Re: Starting solids with a weight slowdown?
Don't overthink things, mama. If you and baby are ready to start, go ahead and start. Just make sure you nurse before offering solids so you know she's filling up on the good stuff. Anything above and beyond that is just extra (that's probably what your doc meant). In the beginning most babies hardly eat any actual solids anyway. Like with nursing, follow her lead and let her self-regulate. You'll be fine and so will she.
Signs of readiness for solids (from kellymom):
Signs that indicate baby is developmentally ready for solids include:
- Baby can sit up well without support.
- Baby has lost the tongue-thrust reflex and does not automatically push solids out of his mouth with his tongue.
- Baby is ready and willing to chew.
- Baby is developing a “pincer” grasp, where he picks up food or other objects between thumb and forefinger. Using the fingers and scraping the food into the palm of the hand (palmar grasp) does not substitute for pincer grasp development.
- Baby is eager to participate in mealtime and may try to grab food and put it in his mouth.
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