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    I started solids (Farex) just before 5 months. DD woke up regularly on the few nights after she had it so I stopped it and haven't started again since, plan to start closer to 6 months. I have friends who started at 4 months with no issues, but I wouldn't start any earlier than then.

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    6m with my DD, who's now 3yo and has no allergies (touch wood).
    4m with my DS, who's nearly 7mo and going well (touch wood again - I'm very superstitious!)

    As far as I'm concerned, I give the most credence and weight to the advice of paediatricians and other specialist doctors, as opposed to lactation consultants or infant nurses. Not because I don't have the utmost respect for the latter professionals - on the contrary (and I take my baby for periodic check-ups with the community health nurse) - but simply because paediatricians are at the top of the infant health pecking order. They're the most educated and have access to the very latest research.

    So, with that in mind, I deferred to the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy for advice on when to start introducing solids, and both say between 4-6m:

    http://www.mcri.edu.au/news/2012/sep...gy-in-infants/

    http://www.allergy.org.au/health-pro...feeding-advice

    But that said, I started a thread a couple of months back asking when Hubbers themselves first ate solids (ie when your mother first gave YOU solids) and the responses ranged from hilarious to terrifying:

    http://www.bubhub.com.au/community/f...rst-eat-solids

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    Default How old was your baby when you first feed them solids?

    I started bub on rice cereal at 4 months. Just a little bit each day. Slowly worked up to trying different purées. Started with just lunch, then after 5.5 months added dinner. At about 6.5 months added brekky. Didn't add morning and arvo tea until about 11 months.

    My maternal child health nurse said the recommendation to start at 6 months is old and under review. Current recommendation is to start sometime between 4 and 6 months depending on bub (lost tongue thrust reflux, shows an interest in food, can sit up etc).

    My Doctor said WHO guidelines of 6 months are designed for babies in third world countries where the food supply/water is of poor quality.

    So I suppose my advice would be to wait until bub is 4 months, then look at what readiness signs bub is displaying before deciding to start.

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    Default Re: How old was your baby when you first feed them solids?

    I started DS1 at 4 months at paed's advice due to severe reflux. He took to it well, he was already crawling at 4 months so I think he was actually ready to start anyway.

    DS2 we didn't start offering until 7 months (we did BLW) but he didn't eat anything for a long time after that due to a medical condition with his tongue.

    I think watching for the readiness signs is the best way to make sure bub is ready, and I highly recommend BLW.

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    I had my first baby back in 1997. Back then the recommended age for solids was about 4 months. So baby 1 and baby 2 started solids then. Also I was in a bit of a hurry to get solids established by 6mths for some reason but over the years, as I learned more about breastmilk I didn't start solids till 6mths (as the recommendation changed) and became less and less inclined to be in such a rush to have solids 'established' by a magical age. Mostly food was for play and for different tastes and textures till 10-12 mths when I started weaning from breast.

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    Default How old was your baby when you first feed them solids?

    Ppfftt I am sorry but I believe in the old school method of every baby is different, we started DD on farex ( on Dr's advice) at 10 weeks and DS1 at 15 weeks DS2 is now 12 weeks and I really don't think he is ready so I haven't started having said that when I believe he is ready I will start him. Really think about it when us and our parents were babies they didn't have "age labels" and just went on instinct and that is what I do now.

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    Default How old was your baby when you first feed them solids?

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    My maternal child health nurse said the recommendation to start at 6 months is old and under review. Current recommendation is to start sometime between 4 and 6 months depending on bub (lost tongue thrust reflux, shows an interest in food, can sit up etc).

    My Doctor said WHO guidelines of 6 months are designed for babies in third world countries where the food supply/water is of poor quality.
    Just to let everyone know the Australian health and research centre has had the starting solids age under review for the last 12 months and have just published their findings and will be alerting the medical field ( finally no more confusion) early next year - their findings were the same as the WHO ones that exclusive breastfeeding ( or formula) until 6 months is recommended regardless of food/water quality , babies do not need ( unless under medical advice) solid food under 6 months

    also side note they found Australians eat too many starchy vegetables ( potatoes ) and refined cereals !

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    Dd and ds both 6m when i first started. Dd took to it straight away, ds took a few months to actually eat anything substantial. Both are now ok but ds now 1.5y does not eat veggies.
    My friend started her dd at 4m and now at 15m is a fantastic eater and loves everything!
    So i guess its up to you and follow your baby's cues.
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    Default How old was your baby when you first feed them solids?

    Op I understand your eagerness to start 'new' things with your bub, I was the same with dd. although after researching both sides, I opted for waiting till 6mths and the pead's we were seeing at the time strongly believed the gut was not ready for food before so I waited.

    With DS he was grabbing food off the table at 5 1/2 mths you were not able to go anywhere near food, so I started him then, he was great with food, but always fights us and wants to be very independent, I didn't know it had a name at the time but what we did with him was BLW, I wouldn't have done with my first though. But that's just me

    I have a friend who does things by a book she finds really helpful,(forgot the name) so she started feeding at 4mths as it said he wouldn't be a fussy eater, he is the fussiest 18mth I know, so what I mean is there is no one size fits all. Get all the info you can, talk to you pead/dr make an informed/confident decision, and that'll be what's best YOUR bub

    First food- that's a whole other kettle of fish, or however the saying goes


 

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