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    Default Does it hurt to wait?

    Do you have to start solids at 6 months? Are there any physical or nutrition benefits to starting them at that time? I'm just curious because it seems like more work to me to make baby food (and I'm not interested in paying $1 for a jar of baby food). I think I'd rather wait till they can just eat table foods. I'll do whatever is best for my DD though .

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    Default Re: Does it hurt to wait?

    Absolutely not! In fact, many people reccomend starting closer to a year due to allergies and digestive issues.. If your baby has no teeth, or is not acting interested in eating then you have no reason to force it!

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    Default Re: Does it hurt to wait?

    Of course it doesn't hurt to wait. Of course, most 6-7 mo are perfectly capable of eating many talbe foods. I know ds was at 6 mo. So long as things are soft enough and/or in small enough pieces, and so long as baby can pick it up and put it in her own mouth, you're good to go. An often recomended first food is bite sized chunks of ripe avacado.

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    Hi,

    There is certainly a lot of conflicting advice offered regarding starting solids! Here's my experience, FWIW -

    My DD hardly ate anything until she could pick it up and chew it. She was 17 lbs soaking wet at a year, and was just a happy little peanut who didn't need to eat very much (quite happy to nurse, and still is ...). Somebody has to be on the bottom of the growth chart, and she is We got a lot of pressure from my family doctor to "fatten her up" but children are nearly impossible to force feed! Just after she turned two, we finally saw a gastro specialist who poked, prodded, asked questions, didn't raise an eyebrow that she was still nursing, and pronounced her healthy but little. She will likely grow to be about 5 ft tall. Since I am just over 5 ft, I was hardly shocked

    My DS was 17 lbs at six months, and now (at almost 8 mos) is quite happy to eat anything I've offered (bananas, sweet potato, avocado, cereal, etc). Each baby will or will not eat as and when they want to. I found with my son that he was *very* interested in what we were all eating, and within a few days was excited to go into his high chair because he knew that I was about to feed him. The only times he has refused food in the last few weeks is when he is about to cut a tooth.

    I have found the LLLI book Whole Foods for Infants and Toddlers very helpful for both of them. They have a list of signs to look for (middle of the first year, watching you eat, able to swallow without spitting out, interest in food, nursing a lot more than usual (i.e., more than just a growth spurt), etc).

    You are the best judge of your baby. Start solids as and when your baby is giving signs of readiness, and follow the baby's cues from there.

    One thing I have found helpful is to cook a sweet potato (roast in med oven for about an hour), mash it til it is a paste, and freeze it in an ice cube tray. This way you can take out what you need, add water if necessary for a good consistency, and feed the baby without much waste. If you take a frozen lump on an outing with you, it will be thawed when you go to feed the baby.

    Good luck
    Liz

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    Default Re: Does it hurt to wait?

    The only strong nutritional motive I've heard for starting solids at 6 months is that they say the "iron reserves" your baby starts with at birth are used up by about then, so they might start to need food containing iron. On the other hand, I've also read that exclusively breast-fed babies don't get as much iron deficiency as babies fed iron-free formula; and it's apparently quite easy to give too much iron, if you supplement, and that's hazardous too. Maybe talk to your doctor about that.

    If your baby DOES show an interest in trying out the odd spoonful of something, you don't need to put a lot of effort into food, and you don't need to get jars. A box of organic baby-rice or baby-oats (you can get the iron-enriched kind, if your doctor says so) costs the same as a single jar, and does for a lot of little meals or tastes, to practice with; can mix with expressed breast milk or water. Or a spoonful of apple-sauce, or mashed banana: those are no trouble at all, and cost very little. But I'm sure it's true that all babies are different, and if yours isn't ready yet, there's absolutely no point in rushing it.

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