Re: 5 month old eating solids
At 5 months old, solids should be for experimenting with new tastes, textures, and motor skills only. They are not nutritionally necessary. In fact, until around the first birthday, breastmilk or formula alone are sufficient to meet a baby's nutritional needs.
Frankly, the amount of solids that you're offering sounds like it's very much on the high side. Many 5 month-olds have yet to even begin taking solid food, and your baby is already eating a very large amount. At 5 months, all that's required is for the baby to try a taste of solids. Think a teaspoon or two per day.
The best reason to go slow is that breastmilk is the healthiest thing any of us ever get to eat. Unlike solids, breastmilk is a complete and balanced diet in one tidy package, and it contains everything your child needs for optimal growth, particularly brain growth. Every time you feed your baby some solids, you replace some breastmilk in his diet. So, why replace the optimal baby food with something that isn't?
One thing you absolutely want to avoid is rice in a bottle. It's a choking hazard, it won't make your baby sleep longer, and rice is pretty much a nutritional wasteland. Pure starch- not the healthiest thing to give your child!
I'm sorry if this sounds critical. It's really not meant to be!
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