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With DS1 we started solids right after 4 months but that was because he was a super spewer with bad reflux and our pediatrician thought he would benefit from the heavier solids. Plus we had already been giving him rice cereal in his bottles for months.
With DS2 I think we are probably going to split the difference and start at around 5 months. He is a super strong baby and hefty baby so I am sure he is going to be ready by then. I'm not sure if we are going to mess with cereal this time around or just go straight for the fruits and veggies. If we do do cereal we will probably go with oatmeal and not rice.
You're going to get a lot of different answers but it ultimately comes down to what you think your baby is ready for.
At most, your pedi is going to approve your baby to start solids. That doesn't mean you have to. You can wait until your baby is ready.
My pedi approves solids at 4 months (unless there is some reason not to) but thats next week for my LO and I don't believe he is ready. He shows no interest in our food, doesn't reach for items on our plate, etc. I have no problem with starting solids at 4 months because I know some babies are ready at that time, I just don't think this LO is yet. I just plan on following his cues.
Also, we plan to skip cereal and move straight to veggies/fruits.
We had our 4 month visit this morning and my pedi said it's up to me but not to give a lot, especially since BFing is going well and she'd hate to see him take less BM. She's fine with either rice cereal or oatmeal once a day.
I'm not in a rush at all but I'll follow his cues. He's been eating a lot more frequently for the past week or so (went from every 3 hours to every two during the day and is clearly full at the end of each meal), and has stopped STTN and added 2 nursing sessions overnight. He's also able to sit on his own, almost double his birth weight (born at 8 lbs 12 oz, currently 17 lbs even, so 8 oz short of double and up almost 5 lbs in 2 months, so he'll likely be at double by next week) and watching our food with interest. I wouldn't take any of these signs individually but all combined I suspect he may be ready. I'm waiting another week for him to calm down a touch with the eating but if he doesn't then I'll start.
My older two were ready later. DD1 first ate a week shy of 6 months and DD2 was over 8 months before she was ready. But he is seeming close to ready so I'll likely offer oatmeal sooner rather than later.
JandK4ever:Our pedi told us to start rice cereal at her 4 month appt., but we're going to wait til she's closer to 6 months. I didn't care for his reasoning for starting solids so soon...he said it helps develop their speech patterns as they get older...umm what?! My niece started solids at 6 months and now at 2 years she has the vocabulary of a 5 year old, so I don't really think that holds up. Anyway, I figure she's doing great EBF and gaining well so no need to rush into things.
You do not have to do everything that your pedi recommends.
With DS, I was told that because of his reflux, that he would be better on rice cereal in addition to BM or F. I started at 4 months, and he is generally fine, but while I was pregnant with LO, I read a lot about the recommendation to wait until 6 months of age to introduce solids and read some really informative, science based findings. At the end of the day, I don't care what other people choose to do with their babies, as long as they are being cared for.
That being said, personally, I will be waiting until 6 months and skipping rice cereal.
jahjbmr: JandK4ever:Our pedi told us to start rice cereal at her 4 month appt., but we're going to wait til she's closer to 6 months. I didn't care for his reasoning for starting solids so soon...he said it helps develop their speech patterns as they get older...umm what?! My niece started solids at 6 months and now at 2 years she has the vocabulary of a 5 year old, so I don't really think that holds up. Anyway, I figure she's doing great EBF and gaining well so no need to rush into things.
What??? How would that develop speech patterns. Dumb
I know, right! He said something about them using their tongue when eating food helps develop speech patterns. Which, maybe it could somewhat but probably not enough to merit feeding them solids before they're ready. Usually everything he says is very intelligent and spot on, so I was a little taken aback when he said that.