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#1 chelley

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 01:24 PM

I know it sounds ridiculous but Rafferty is showing a lot of signs of being interested in solids. Aurelia was having solids three times a day as soon as she was 6 months. She absolutely took to solids with total gusto.

Rafferty is about 8kgs and so is not wasting away. He has silent reflux too.

Whenever we eat he just stares at us and smacks his lips together. If anyone is holding him on their lap and they have food he lunges for it.

A relative let him hold a cracker to see what he would do with it, we were all watching and it was straight into his mouth and he would have eaten it or at least gummed it wub.gif if we had let him.

4 months seems way too early for a bub to be ready and I am still going to wait longer with Rafferty as I don't want to confuse readiness for solids with the usual growth spurt that kicks in at about 4 months.

I am sure he will be ready by 5 months though.

So when did you start solids with your little one, by which I mean first trying and offering.

Also what did you start with? With Aurelia we skipped rice cereal and started off with avocado which is still one of her favourite foods.
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Posted 19 August 2012 - 01:27 PM

Ethan fell face first into a bratwurst in Germany at about Rafferty's age. He held DH's hand in a vice-like grip until he'd sucked out most of the inside. We took that as a sign that he was ready!

He's never been interested in puree either - straight onto the Bolognese sauce and tiny pasta for my little guy.

Not sure others would approve but it worked.

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 01:29 PM

We started around 4.5 months. J was a big healthy boy. We had been advised at a solids talk that anytime between 4-6 months is a good time and can start when you think they are ready/showing appropriate signs!


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Posted 19 August 2012 - 01:51 PM

We started both around 5/5.5 months - although Im sure both were showing signs earlier.

DS hasnt taken as well as DD did, but I think I tried to introduce too many tasts too quickly and we had to woo right back. He is now 6.5 months and going really well.

If he is showing signs, maybe start him on some carrots/pear etc, and if it doesnt work, just wait a few more weeks
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Posted 19 August 2012 - 02:38 PM

Penny started solids around/just after the 4 month mark. She started on rice cereal, but progressed pretty quickly to other tastes (sweet potato, and pear from memory).

Has been a great eater from the get go.
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Posted 19 August 2012 - 07:02 PM

Cate started bang on four months and she took to it with gusto smile.gif Four months was the recommended starting point according to my MCHN. We also ditched rice ceral (seriously, that stuff taste foul and it is just asking for constipation....) and started with pureed pumpkin, then apple.

I offered Seamus at four months but he wasn't ready. Waited another two weeks and we had success.

Rafferty sounds very ready IMO. I don't know much about silent reflux, but don't solid foods help with that? It certainly wouldn't hurt to offer him and see what his response is wink.gif

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 07:10 PM

About 5 months. We did baby lead weaning, so no purees, straight to finger food.

We were told to start at 4 months but held off for the extra month as she didn't seem quite ready and we weren't keen on purees. She took to finger food really well and is a great eater. We planned to start with just the odd taste of food but within 2 weeks she was eating 3 meals a day. By 7 months she was basically eating the family meal, no probs.
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Posted 19 August 2012 - 07:37 PM

5 months and 1 week. We started with rice cereal and purees. He absolutely loved it and took to it like a duck to water, he is still a fantastic eater.

I've heard anything from 4-6 months is fine so if you think Rafferty is ready, I'd wait a week or two and then go for it!
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Posted 19 August 2012 - 07:48 PM

6 months for both of mine. But they were breastfed, I think if they were formula fed I would have started them earlier.

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 07:53 PM

4 months, based on the guidelines according to our (then) paed. We tried to introduce as many foods as possible before 6 months.

DS has hypotonia (weak muscles) which was undiagnosed at 4 months, and his physio believes that his eating earlier was a great positive.

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 08:32 PM

We started at 6 months but really could have waited for longer! Hattie took ages to get into solids, she had a breast refusal stage around 4 months and once she got throguh that she didn't want anything but boob
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Posted 19 August 2012 - 08:41 PM

6 months with Keira as that is what the Community Nurse said.

4.5 months with Liam because the Community Nurse said.

Funny how they keep changing their mind as to when is the right time to start. I think after I started Liam they then said 6 months again.

I wanted to start Keira earlier. She had been losing weight as my milk wasnt good enough, but they told me to hold her off and give her formula instead. Being a first time Mum I of course did what I was told.

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 08:46 PM

Yes. That was it! The recommendations changed between Ethan and Sophie from 6 to 4.5 months - along with the recommendations re peanuts, eggs, strawberries, etc. It was at approximately that time that I stopped listening to the recommendations and went with my instinct.

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 09:27 PM

About 5.5 months. I wanted to wait until 6 months, but DS seemed ready then. He was born a month early and at his 4 month check up, the nurse said he definitely wasn't ready then as he couldn't quite sit up. We did purees for about a month before he began refusing them at which point we just dropped them completely and started blw. I remember DS wasn't even 3 months and he would make chewing motions when I ate (I remember because it was cheese and bacon balls I was eating laugh.gif ) and I personally would never give solids that early. I've done a bit of reading on child nutrition (for my own interest) and if we have #2, I would try waiting closer to 6 months again. But that's just me. smile.gif

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 09:38 PM

Leo started at 5 months. I have allergies in my family and wanted to give Leo the best chance to avoid them so I started early.
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