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    What is YOUR opinion
    As to when your baby is ready for solids / rice cereal for example or how old?... I'm not after "it's recommended between 4&6months" or "doctors say not before then" and also what you think of "giving food too early causes allergies" I want YOUR opinion or experiences
    I have read on other sites where preemies have been given a teaspoon of rice cereal at 2days old as the bub wasn't able to keep milk down without it (given and suggested by the hospital) and was continued thereafter, some have waited till 6 or 7months and some anywhere from 4 -6 weeks etc. my second eldest was on farex from 8weeks by advise from health nurse (he's now 7).
    I also think exposure to foods prevent allergies to some extent, the way I see it is we're all here and therefor alive, our parents could feed us at any age really and did many many many things that we are told not to do as it's dangerous or harmful to bub to toddler and yet we're alive and there were a lot less allergies etc back then and through our generation than there are in the kiddies of today.

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    I think 6 months. From all the research I have done that is roughly when a babies digestive system is strong enough. Obviously there are exceptions but that's when I would start. I hate seeing all those people saying 'well I started at *this* age and my bub is fine' stupidest line in the world, just because your child started at a certain age doesn't mean every child would be ready at that age.

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    To me, it varies per child, but somewhere between 4-6months.

    Sorry OP if that's no the type of answer you were after

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    When they can sit upright when supported, have excellent head and neck control, have lost the tongue thrust reflex and are showing interest in food. This generally occurs between 4-6 months. I've never seen or heard of a child who can do all those things before 4 months. I also skipped white rice cereal with DD2 as there's no real nutritional benefit and went straight to steamed mashed veg/fruit and fresh food like avocado.
    Eta- I forgot- pincer grip is also a sign of readiness
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    Quote Originally Posted by Just*Ace View Post
    I think 6 months. From all the research I have done that is roughly when a babies digestive system is strong enough. Obviously there are exceptions but that's when I would start. I hate seeing all those people saying 'well I started at *this* age and my bub is fine' stupidest line in the world, just because your child started at a certain age doesn't mean every child would be ready at that age.
    Total agree!
    At around 6 months the majority of babies can sit unaided, have lost the tongue reflex and can pick up things - all natural signs of being able to feed themselves - this is when I knew my baby was ready and I followed his lead on how much he wanted and offered everything from prawns to strawberries from the get go - the only food I didn't offer was honey ( or processed foods obviously!)

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    It definitely varies from child to child. I would never start before 6 months, but all my boys were not very interested in solids until around 7 - 9 months. They just all developed at different rates (and were major boobie boys)

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    I started at 6 months, but I think a bit earlier would also have been fine. My (largely uneducated) opinion is that, when we were cavemen, babies probably just put things in their mouths and slowly learned what food was. If they ate a rock, it would just come out the other end, if they ate something that made them feel sick, they wouldn't eat that again for a while.

    So I think babies are ready to start tasting a little bit of food whenever they start putting it in their mouths and that would vary from baby to baby.

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