Trying not to cave, but...
Okay, I have a few questions. My baby is coming up on 23 weeks right now and I, of course, am running into the solids battle with my family. First, how do you count "6 months"? Is it weeks, b/c 24 weeks is just a week and a half from now, or is it calendar months, because he won't be 6 months until the end of Nov. or when he is almost 27 weeks. The issues I have is that I work at home for my mom and rarely can get ANYTHING accomplished because my baby only sleeps for 20-30 min at a time during the day. Now, my mom thinks that the reason for this is because he is such a big baby (about 18 1/2 lbs) and he metabolizes breast milk too fast and is ready for solids. He is growing fine (obviously) and just last week got his bottom two teeth. He is not yet sitting up on unassisted but is close, probably 4 weeks away. She thinks that if he were to start having "meals" it would regulate his schedule to where he would nap for a few hours at a time.
Are there signs a baby is ready for solids? Is one of those short naps? I have read that rice cereal to help a baby sleep is a myth, but I am going to start him on oatmeal and avocados when the time is right. Am I splitting hairs here? I ripped my FIL's head off a few weeks ago b/c he was trying to feed him solids, and I was firm about 6 months. Now, I feel guilty because I need to work, but I really wanted to hold out for the 6 mo. mark. I know there is nothing "magic" about a number, but I just want to do what is best for my baby boy.
Any ideas on what I should do? Is her opinion right?
Emily, mommy to
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