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    Default Starting solids at 3 months

    Hi,

    I'm after some advice. I've been to see the "sleep doctor" Dr Brian Symons in Adelaide as my 3 mo baby does not settle well. He has suggested starting solids to assist with ensuring that bubs is gaining weight and therefore settling better.

    Has anyone had any experience with starting solids earlier and have you found that it has helped with settling?

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    Is bub breast or formula fed?

    3 months is still quite young to expect a baby to sleep well (IMO)

    Also in regards to weight gain, a little gain is better than losing weight. Both my girls only put on max 50-70 grams a week.

    The current guidelines for starting solids is 6 months (WHO) I started around 5 and a half months, and there are some members who do start solids at 4 months. 3 months is too young, I don't think a baby's tummy would cope well at that age.

    Hope you get some more advice!

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    I personally wouldn't start that early.

    I agree that any weight gain is good. Can you offer more BF/FF instead?

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    I've known a few people who started early in the hope of their bubs sleeping better at night, but it has made them worse as they were getting tummy pains all day and night, so it's hit and miss I think.

    How much is your little one drinking and how many feeds?

    Are they showing any signs of being ready for solids?

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    Bubs is breast fed but has become very fussy on breast and is not feeding well so I am doing formula top ups at some feeds. It's so hard to know if she is getting enough to eat!!!!!!!

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    Oh and she's feeding about 4 times a day from 7am to 7pm, and am feeding 3 times during the night. During the day if I give a formula top up it's q20ml with a final formula feed of 180ml before bedtime.

    She's gone from doing the occassional 6-7 hour stint of sleep at night to wanting to be fed again every 3-4 hours. She used to go down really well between feeds at night but is becoming more and more unsettled.

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    She could just be going through a growth spurt? Perhaps sit on it for a week or so to see if she goes back to being more settled?

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    I would avoid starting solids at such a young age.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dags View Post
    Bubs is breast fed but has become very fussy on breast and is not feeding well so I am doing formula top ups at some feeds. It's so hard to know if she is getting enough to eat!!!!!!!
    If she is having 5-6 good wet nappies a day, then she is getting plenty.

    It sounds like a growth spurt, it can last for about a week.

    When both my girls got to 3 months they drained the breast really quickly. If she is becoming fussy she could have a bit of wind or maybe she is just telling you she has had plenty to eat. (My DD2 is like that)

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    Just wanted to add that babies change their sleep pattens all the time too. DD2 used to sleep really well at night up until 4 months, and then she started waking more. Throw teething into the mix and things really start to get fun

    I really wouldn't be listening to the so called "Sleep Doctor" advice. I don't think he understands babies at all.


 

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