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    DD1 we started at 4 months as she was a very big child, still is (97th percentile height and weight). She took to it so well, by 6 months she had tried all foods that we ate without issue.
    DD2 is approaching 4 months and there is no way she is near ready. I think as Mums we just know when they are ready. I think she will prob get to 6months before solids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by share a book View Post
    Recommendations are recommendations, not laws. Instincts play a part too.
    Agreed, but their stomachs and ability to digest proteins and starches are not fully formed until roughly 6 months

    We started at 6 months with BLW , which for us was the best and most natural approach to weaning , my SIL just started her baby at 7 months

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    Started both of mine around 6 months.. neither of them showed any interest really but I just made it available.

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    I started with bub at 4.5 months, one meal per day until 6 months when we went to 2, then 3.

    My doctor said the WHO Guidelines are out of date, that they are mainly designed for babies in third world countries where there is a poor nutritional food supply. My MACH nurse said the 4 month guidelines are old, and like the doc said the 6 month guidelines are under review. She said current recommendation from the state health authority is that parents start solids sometime between 4 and 6 months depending on readiness signs the baby is displaying (bub is interested in what you're eating, tries to put things in their mouth, loses the tongue thrust reflex, can hold their head up).

    At my bubs 4 month check up the nurse gave bub an oral vaccine and he tried to drink it... Had definitely lost the tongue thrust reflex.

    Bub had started waking earlier around 4 months but when we started solids bub slept later.
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    17 weeks. Dd was tiny. She was having a hard time gaining weight. I was under pressure from the MCHNs and her Pead to start formula feeding and wean the bf. I met a fantastic independent mchn who listened to me and helped and guided me with solids. It allowed me to continue bf, especially made it easier to return to work and keep bf when she was five months. Dd loved food and thrived! She quickly started putting on weight. As she got older we evolved into BLW
    She is now a huge almost 3 year old that with her height people often think she is four already

    We skipped farex. She hated it! We started with fruit and veggies. I'd cook up a portion of one fruit of veg, blend it was still lumpy a fair bit though and freeze it in ice cubes. We started with breakfast and dinner. Two months later started lunch and than added snacks when she was ready again
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    Just before 6 months, because he was very, very ready for them.
    I will be following this baby's lead too

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    DS started at 6 months.

    I gave DD tastes of fruit and veg purées from 4.5 months and then after 6 months I started giving her regular meals.

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    6 months with BLW.
    The 2003 IFG NHMRC guideline are being reviewed and will be published soon and the indications are that the time of starting solids is to remain at around 6 months, but the detail says this is from 22 weeks onwards (5 months) to take in all babies, ie some are born earlier than others and signs of readiness etc.
    http://consultations.nhmrc.gov.au/fi...tion111212.pdf

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    DD was 4 months/16weeks (corrected age 11weeks)
    When we had our 4 month chn check up she said to try solids and see how dd went
    when I was weighing dd at 6 months the same chn questioned why I started dd on solids "early" especially when as she was 5 weeks early - umm hello it was you who recommended we start!!!

    IMO i think it's best to watch your child and judge when you think there ready! You can always give a go at 4 or 5 moths and if they don't seem ready, leave it until 6 or 7 months

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    I went to my pediatric nurse 2 weeks ago and she said 6 months is very out of date. They are changing the guidelines to 3-6 months as babies develop at different rates. You just have to keep you eyes out for the signs and go with your gut.
    But really guidelines are just that and you just feed your baby solids when you think they are ready.

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