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hello young yummy mummies,
what age did you put your baby on solids?
how will i know he is ready for it?
The recommended age for introducing solids is 6 months.
started my DD at 4months
Here are some signs to look out for to indicate bub is ready for solids:
At the same time that your baby needs more nutrients, there will be other obvious signs they are ready to try solids such as:
Watching others eat, and leaning forwards when food is around
Opening mouth when food is offered
Reaching out to grab food and spoons.
If a baby is not yet ready or interested in solids (or if they are full), when food is offered they may:
Push their tongue out
Close their mouth tightly and turn their head away
Push the spoon away.
If this happens at your first attempts to feed your baby, relax and try again in a few days.
While most children naturally spit food out when first given solids, they soon learn to accept food if you continue.
Getting to know when your baby is hungry or full, disinterested or tired is important to having happy, relaxed and enjoyable mealtimes.
However by introducing solids too early can have problems which are:
Some parents want to try solids early, believing this may help baby grow, sleep or settle better. Giving solids rarely helps these problems and may lead to:
A greater chance of developing food allergies.
Poor growth if the solid food replaces breast milk or formula.
Loose bowel actions or diarrhoea if baby cannot digest the food.
Offer hungry babies more breastmilk or formula feeds until they are ready for solids.
Babies before 6 months their gut isn't very mature and will find it hard to digest the solids also.;)
I introduced solids at 6months as well. Much to the disappointment of my MIL as she wanted DD fed on solids from 4 months :mad:
Great post OM :thumbsup:
5 months he was always soo hungry
Zach was 3 months but the reccommended age back then was 4 months and my maternal and child health nurse suggested I start him early as he was feeding such incredible amounts (he was 3.0kg and drinking 240ml bottles 6-8 times a day)
Isobella was 4 months
Savannah is 3 months and already showing interest but we're holding off until 4 months again :)
Here is a really great article about why it is good to delay to 6 months:
Sorry for crashing your section young mummies, its just such a good source of info and really helped me when I was wondering how to go about introducing solids. :)
The kellymom site is a really invaluable resource. I love it and recommend it too :)
I waited until 6 months to start, and even now, he only gets solids twice a week or so.
I introduced Summer on solids slowly at 5 months :thumbsup:
thanks heaps everyone,
its very helpfull, i think i will a bit more researching into it but just watch out for the signs.
my partner really want to give him a steak but i guess i will have to tell him no. hehe
OK I am still young-ish so gonna post :D my DD is 5.5 months old and is now eating solids every now and again some days she wants them some days booby's enough best to wait :)
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