Re: How do you start solids??
with the PPs. There's no rush to offer solids before 6 months, and as long as you are nursing on demand I highly doubt that the increased night-waking is due to "not getting full." Teething and development are much better bets.
According to my pediatrician, solids are not nutritionally necessary until the first birthday- they're just for experimenting with new tastes, textures, and motor skills. After the first birthday, they are an increasingly important part of the baby's diet, but the transition from needing only mama's milk to a majority-solids diet is a gradual one, with many babies still mostly breastfed well into their second year.
So try to think of solids as a fun new game: if you offer some solids and she eats some- great! If she tastes them and she spits them out- fine! If she won't open her mouth and prefers to smear the solids around with her hands- still a triumph! Don't expect your baby to eat much, especially at first. My kid didn't eat more than a teaspoon or two of solid food per day until she was well over a year.
The best way to make sure that the baby receives the maximum amount of breastmilk when also eating solids is to always nurse right before you offer the solids, at least until the 1st birthday.
Baby-led solids is a great way to introduce your child to solid foods. Just put some pea-sized or smaller chunks/strands of very soft food on her tray, and let her maneuver them into her mouth. Soft, cooked, mashed carrots, squashed peas, and small chunks of sweet potatoes make good starter foods for a BLS approach.
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"