Re: To start or not to start?
For some babies, yes! Some babies get interested in solids early, and will happily accept 3 meals per day. Others don't have much interest, and will continue to be mostly breastfed well into their second year. My pediatrician would tell you that until age 1, breastmilk (or formula) is all that it required to meet a child's nutritional needs. Until that age, solids are just for experimenting with new tastes, textures, and motor skills. So IMHO, 3 meals per day are not a requirement- they're a suggestion.
The pedi wants her to be having three meals a day by the age of nine months. Doesn't that seem like a lot?
Nurse first, offer solids after. That should help keep breastmilk as the mainstay of your baby's diet.
You might want to put the spoon away, and allow your baby to self-feed. Just put some healthy solids on your baby's tray and let her get them into her mouth if she wants, or play with them if she doesn't. Either way it's a positive learning experience.
LO could careless about a spoon with food on it.
Aside from the fact that rice cereal is fortified with vitamins and minerals, there's no need to give cereal at all, and since it can make babies constipated, there's a good reason not to. Many moms start with fruits and veggies instead of cereals.
She gets a little constipated with the cereal unless we use prune juice in it....
We started at 6 months. DD showed almost no interest in eating solids until she was around 14-15 months old. She was always in the higher percentiles for weight and height, and today is a very good, not particularly picky eater.
I think we are going to take it very slow...but when did your LOs start solids?
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