5.5 months, at the suggestion of one of the ladies on here, because that way I would have enough time to try a few things & ask the pedi questions at teh 6mon appt.
my child always has been interested in what we eat, though. he basically eats what we eat every night at this point (last night was asparagus/broc/mushroom risotto, before that it was bbq pork, baked beans, etc.)
Our plan is to start offering food no earlier than 6 months. As for when he'll actually eat it, we plan to do baby-led solids, so we'll go off of V's cues. I'm hoping we'll have something ready from our garden to start him with. If not, I think we'll do avacado. I can't believe our babies are old enough for us to be thinking about this!
All that said, DH thinks it is the cutest thing to let V lick foods. This makes me a bit batty. I think he's only done it twice: once with a banana and once with white chocolate (sigh). Who knows how it will play out for us, LOL!.
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at H's 4 mo visit (which was really almost 4.5 months) the pedi told us we could start. though she hadn't doubled her birth weight yet -maybe she still hasn't? - which i've heard they're supposed to, so we didn't start. she does show a lot of interest in us eating and drinking so i think she's ready now.
we probably will start on oatmeal within the next week or so and introduce other things before her 6mo visit so i can follow up
My mom just told me the story of my first food. At 4 months, she dipped my paci in ice cream. I blame her for my addiction to Ben and Jerry's (which is now being thwarted by my dairy-free diet).
we delay until LO shows real interest. with DS, that was 7 months. we started wtih oatmeal, then added spinach to the oatmeal, then moved to avocado.
with DD, we started at 8 months. we started with egg yolks, then avocado, then applesauce and Mila (a "superfood" blend of chia seeds).
i nurse and so for each baby i mixed whatever solid they had with breastmilk.
I believe it's been shown that eBFed babies who start solids too early (much before 6mo old) are more likely to be obese later in life; we started DD at 1 day before 6mo old; we started DS at 5.5mo old but he was ready way before that. We did rice cereal followed by avocado for each one (although DD was allergic to avocado as well as a bunch of other first 'staples,' such as sweet potato). Until 8mo old, solids are for practice only, he will still need as much BM as he's getting now; in fact if your under 8-mo old baby is starting to decrease BM intake, you need to decrease the amount of solid food. He'll be on solids the rest of his life, what's the rush, is my opinion.
We started at 6 months - here is a link to some info. on delaying solids from Kelly Mom
We're going to try some oatmeal this weekend, a few days before DD turns 6 months old. We'll see how it goes and then can discuss solids at her 6 month check up.
Pedi gave us the ok to start anytime between 4.5-6 months. We decided to wait until 6 months and when DD started showing interest. She has just started showing interest in the past week or so.