Re: 9 days shy of 6 months
Do what's right for you. Lots of people skip the cereal. Really it was only invented because Docs used to think babies needed to eat solids earlier, but babies weren't ready for solid food, so they came up with the cereals. You should be fine to skip them and go right to solid foods.
The sweet potatoes will probably be fine, they are a good first food, but like I said, if you don't want to just tell your family no. You are the mother after all. I know my parents were really excited for us to start solids- it's a fun time and everyone feels like they can be involved in feeding the baby, which is a new thing for them if you're exclusively breastfeeding. It's understandable they are anxious to get started, but you're the mom and if you don't want to you don't have to.
HTH, have a fun Thanksgiving whatever you decide.
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