Just a few questions:
I just got back from the ped. for my dd 4 month check up and she (dr) said that if dd isnt sleeping 6+ hrs straight at night, we would need to start solids. luckly she is currently sleeping 7.5 hrs straight at night (but just for the past 2 nights, before she was eating ever 4hrs). I really dont want to start solids before 6 months.
1. Is there any good reason to start sooner? Ped. said if she was waking in the MON it means that she isnt getting enough to eat- but she gained 2lbs 13 oz in the past 2 months- much better than the 2lbs that she "should" have gained. She has also moved up from the 25% to almost the 50%.
I am just worried b/c allergies run in the family; the concept of the open gut; and apa and who both recommend waiting until 6months.
2. What types of solids should I start with. I want to make my own baby food (I have since I was a teenager) and I know most start with rice- but I am afraid of her getting constipated. I dont want to introduce oat, wheat, barley, or corn until she is a year old b/c DH is allergic to all of the above. (She had bad excema on her cheeks and I cut out dairy and wheat and it cleared up).
3. Does she have to have a grain??? Or can I start with veggies and fruit? I know I need to introduce them slowly, but how slow?
TIA... Im just trying to have some ideas for the next time that I go to see her ped.