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    Default First soilds at 4 1/2 months

    Okay, so I know that must people would agree that babies first soilds should be introduced at around 6 months. So here is my story.... My DD is 4 1/2 months. She sits in her highchair when we eat or on my lap. She grabs at our food and watches everything that we put in our mouths. She is so interested and drools the whole time.(This could be from teething, but it does add to the cuteness) Anyway I spoke to my doctor and he said that she is ready for soilds. I was really torn and decided that I would let her taste some organic rice ceral just for fun. She loved it and kept looking at the bowl when it was gone. Now I am wondering if I should continue or not. Let me know what you think.

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    Default Re: First soilds at 4 1/2 months

    Our pediatrician said we could start solids at 4 mo if we wanted to.

    Based on the research that I did, I decided to wait until after DS turned 6 mo. I was also planning on doing a baby led approach to solids (no purees - baby self feeds from the start) so we waited until DS was developmentally ready to self feed.

    We cheerfully ignored the pediatrician

    Here are some resources I found helpful when making the decision to wait until 6 mo.

    why delay solids

    when will baby be ready for solid foods

    Oh - and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for ~ 6 months.
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    Default Re: First soilds at 4 1/2 months

    I don't know, isn't something about baby-led that every baby is different? Maybe her baby is ready early? It sounds like some of the signs are there. I wouldn't go to town on the solids, but if she's really that interested, she could be ready for the occasional playing with food.

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    Default Re: First soilds at 4 1/2 months

    From what I understand .... most 4 or 5 mo olds are very interested in putting things in their mouths and starting to do what mommy & daddy are doing. Which doesn't necessarily mean that they are ready to eat.

    I've also read that there are health benefits to delaying solids and that most LO digestive systems aren't mature enough to handle solids until more like 6 mo.

    There's some great info at the links I posted.

    Ultimately we all end up making the decisions that work best for our families.

    Oh - and "baby led" is self feeding. So baby needs to be able to sit up without any support, be able to pick up food, and not have a tounge thrust reflex anymore.
    Lynn
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    Default Re: First soilds at 4 1/2 months

    Signs baby is ready for solids
    The overal jist of the article is as follows: TIFWIW

    Your baby is starting to get ready for solids when:

    he is about four months old
    he becomes more sociable, playing and holding "conversations" with you during a nursing session
    he has a growth spurt and nurses more frequently for a while
    he imitates the chewing motions you make whilst eating -- he is practicing!

    You will know that he is really ready to start solids when:


    he is about six months old
    he can sit up without any support
    he continues to be hungry despite more frequent nursing which is unrelated to illness or teething
    he has lost the tongue-thrusting reflex and does not push solids out of his mouth
    he can pick up things with his finger and thumb (pincer grasp)
    Frankly, they just don't need them yet...
    FWIW we held out until 6+ mo and did BLS too
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    Default Re: First soilds at 4 1/2 months

    Thanks for all the advice. Those links were great. Really something to think about.

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