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    Default Starting solids, farex

    Is it necessary to start with farex? I read an article about farex and how it is not beneficial (if anyone has this can you please post me the link. !!)Any advice would be greatAlso, what are the signs your baby Is ready for solids?

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    We started DD with avocado, then pumpkin. There is no health reason to start with farex, its pretty much only recommended due to tradition and the belief that babies find it easier to transition to bland food.
    However i ( and many others) believe that fruit and veges are better to start with as they are more nurtitional and natural.

    We started DD on solids at 5.5 months as she could hold her head steady, sit up and would watch us eat with interest and grab at our food.

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    My dd was restless all the time and would never settle. This was at 4 months old. The doctor suggested farex and it worked. Turned out she just wasn't filling with milk alone. PLEASE before I get hauled over coals this is just My experience not a suggestion as to what you should do. I am pro farex as for me it worked. I think trial and error works for every parent. Keep trying things until something works for you. Good luck!!!

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    think it just depends on the baby. some babies like the taste, some don't.
    my son liked it at first but as soon as i tried pumpkin, he wouldn't eat rice cereal again! my baby girl won't have a bar of it....

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    I have never given DS Farex. I started with mashed veggies. Once he's had all the veggies, I started giving him fruit. I was told that if you wait with giving the sweet foods like fruit last, your child won't have a sweet tooth. It might just be a fluke, but DS doesn't like sweets whatsoever.

    When he started having breaky, I gave him Rafferty's multigrain breakfast cereal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lilbird View Post
    Is it necessary to start with farex? I read an article about farex and how it is not beneficial (if anyone has this can you please post me the link. !!)Any advice would be greatAlso, what are the signs your baby Is ready for solids?
    Nooo, it's not necessary. It's slowly becoming an outdated recommendation...farex has poor nutritional value and tastes like shyte.

    These might be the links you are looking for:

    "When flour is refined to make cereal, the grain’s most nutritious part is removed. The flour essentially becomes sugar.

    As white rice or flour turns into sugar in the body, it raises blood sugar and insulin levels. Worse, babies who consume highly-processed white rice or flour may become accustomed to this unhealthy diet in their older years".
    http://pachamamas.wordpress.com/2011...thy-baby-food/

    http://parentingsquad.com/first-food...-for-your-baby

    http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?sec...lth&id=7930723

    Some signs that bub is ready for solids which I look out for are:
    * Able to sit up
    * Good head/neck control
    * Absence of extrusion reflex (tongue thrusting)
    * Showing an interest in food (DS would watch me eat, watch my food go from hand to mouth with intense curiosity, and then reach out to grab some to try himself).
    * Development of the pincer grip.

    DS1 did not show the signs for some time, and wasn't interested in solids until he was 10 months. DS2 has been eating solids since about 6 months. I have seen friends jam rice cereal down their babies mouths at 6 months because it was the 'right age'...Babies all develop differently, so I don't believe there is a set age for *every* baby.

    We do BLW, and I start with avocado, ripe pear (ripe enough so it's quite soft) and sweet potato. At the moment his favourite foods are soft banana, avocado, sweet potato, watermelon sticks, cucumber sticks, mango seeds to gnaw on and broccoli florets

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    I started my girls on Rafferties Brown Rice Cereal for breakfast, they don't mind it.


 

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