my lo is 5 1/2 months and he's been eating solids (and still nursing) for about a month. we started him on solids because he was really beginning to show interest in our food (watched us like a hawk, reached for food, made chewy faces when he saw us eating) and his weight was a little low. the doctor suggested it, even though he isn't sitting up yet, we put him in the bumbo.
he's a champion eater and has eaten everything we've given him (mostly spooned purree's for now plus some prunes and frozen mangoes in one of those baby-self-feeder-bag-pacifier thingys). sometimes we add cereal to the purees and sometimes we don't.
i'm feeling unsure of a couple of things though. he eats SO much! (sometimes 2 of the bigger jars of food in a sitting!) i don't want to overfeed him, but the doctor suggested he's probably pretty hungry since he wasn't gaining much weight. i want to encourage good eating habits though and sometime don't feed him more -- even if he's insisting -- if he's eaten a large amount already. i can't find any guidelines about how much he should be eating.
also, the doctor suggested we start to augment with some formula to give him more calories. aside from him hating the formula we got for him, i don't quite understand how this will work. he always nurses until he's satisfied and to try to give him formula afterwards to 'top him off' as the dr suggested... well, let me just say it didn't go well and i was sure in those moments that if my baby could swear at me, he would have.... do any of you have luck augmenting with formula?
also... we've started with organic jarred food, but have sometimes just whirled up some of the veggies we've cooked for dinner, etc. for him. yesterday there was great enthusiasm to feed him everything from the thanksgiving table, i nixed the 'first turkey' plan that was formulating but went with mashed potatoes with some cranberry sauce mixed in... not really thinking about the sour cream in the potatoes or the sugar in the cranberries... i'd love to get to a place where i just whirl up some of what we're eating so he gets used to the spices and tastes we enjoy... but we cook with oils and butter and lots of things that are probably going to be tough on his system. when have others started feeding their babies in this way?
i can't believe it's time for solids already. it made me a little sad at first, but he's still nursing -- in fact, sometimes it seems like now his appetite is even bigger and he wants to nurse even more.