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    if there's one piece of factual information you take away from this conversation, let it be that you don't give whole nuts. whole nuts aren't recommended until a child is much older (at least 5 years old) as they pose a choking hazard.

    foods made from nut products (nut butters, peanut paste etc) are not recommended before 6 months of age.

    what's the rush with solids anyway (genuine question)?

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    I introduced solids with both my sons at 4 months. DS1 bc of severe reflux (and it made a huge difference) and DS2 bc he was a very hungry baby from the day he was born and was ready. Most drs and MHN's say 4-6 months now as it's been shown that delaying solids actually ups the development of allergies.

    Having said that, bm or formula should *always* come first at that age, and it always did for all my 3 kids.

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    For my second I also skipped the rice cereal stage. My first liked the rafferties garden rice cereal but with my second I just started with puréed fruit and Veges

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    Quote Originally Posted by BitsHead View Post
    I have already stated; it is completely up to the individual with what they feel comfortable giving their baby. These are not rules, they are opinions and if someone decides they would go off what another person has written rather than discuss it with a doctor well, that's their own choice also, but I'd not expect anyone to do so. Experience is experience. Be it bad or good. Experience is knowledge. Share it.
    Have you actually told your doctor that you're feeding your child 5-7 massive meals a day BEFORE offering milk? I'd love to talk to one of these numerous professionals who have advised it's okay to give so many meals?

    I also don't know how you can say "everything is developing" given your child is 4 months old. How do you know?

    And I completely agree if your baby is breastfeeding there is absolutely no way of knowing if she's getting a full milk feed after so many solids (and I highly doubt she is getting that)

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    Default Alternative to rice cereal for 5 month bub

    My PERSONAL view is the guidelines should be "around 6 months unless otherwise prescribed by dr". Dd2 was around 5 months and actually helped herself to her sisters food. After that we started.

    As I've said DS was a little before 4 months on advice of his paed from chronic and severe reflux.

    DD3 seemed ready at 4 months but j waited til 4 and a half. She was hungry etc but even tho she took to it it gave her terrible stomach cramps through the night.

    So that's why I still think I would have been better to wait.

    As for the rush? No idea. Solids are a PITA.

    And yep always they were breastfed first. My kids were never off the freakin breast!

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    I think guidelines should be 4+ months. DD was 7 months before she ate solids as she had the extrusion reflex. Her body was saying she wasn't ready. But DS2 was happily gutzing down a tub of solids within days of starting. No pushing him, no tummy pains.

    Under 4 months and the gut just can't handle it, but once that milestone is reached, every child is different. JMHO but WHO standards on a range of topics are more aimed at 3rd world countries where clean water, and untainted food/good cooking facilities can be scarce.

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    It's not just WHO guidelines, it's guidelines by research from allergy and pediatric specialists in the UK, US and Australia. The advice not to delay solids anymore is advice not to delay too far past 6 months and not to delay allergenic food after 12 months as neither is believed to help lower the risk of allergies anymore.

    I actually regularly have to see a pediatric allergist in one of London's best children's hospitals. They don't want you delaying anymore but they also aren't regularly advising people to start at 4 months. I agree with Sonja that Australia should be around 6 months unless advised by a dr because its current guidelines leaves too much open for interpretation with people not actually understanding why they should be waiting until closer to 6 months or what developmental milestones they should be looking for. It's not just about allergies it's also that an infant's gut is not mature enough until closer to 6 months and that they also need to be able to do specific things physically before it is safe.
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    @delirium, you would be interested to know though that there is a current study at the hospital we go to where they are introducing foods between 3-6 months to see if the early introduction, combined with breastfeeding, will help lower the rate of childhood allergies. It will be interesting to see what comes of it when they are able to draw some conclusions .
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    Quote Originally Posted by HollyGolightly81 View Post
    @delirium, you would be interested to know though that there is a current study at the hospital we go to where they are introducing foods between 3-6 months to see if the early introduction, combined with breastfeeding, will help lower the rate of childhood allergies. It will be interesting to see what comes of it when they are able to draw some conclusions .
    We have no history of food allergies in our family so I'm not so concerned for me. I'd be concerned if they relaxed the guidelines from a gut health point of view. We know so much more about gut health and its importance to general well being I personally think it's something worth seriously taking into account.

    And as for babies being hungry, I never quite get that as you give them so little it can't fill them up? I would personally wait til they were a little older and introduce more than start very young and do it really slowly (which is why I think solids can be a pita).

    With DS we actually had to give him binding foods to fill him up, certainly not what I'd give another baby. And we did it so slowly as I was worried how young he was it didn't improve his reflux until he was closer to 6 months anyway.
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    Actually @delirium (I'm obviously spending way too much time googling)...I stand corrected for the US guidelines, The American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology recommends between 4-6 months, but to start with low allergenic foods first, SLOWLY, and then introduce more allergenic food once those are tolerated: https://www.aaaai.org/conditions-and...ma-in-children

    BUT....the American Academy of Pediatrics says 'around 6 months' still.... I assume because they take other issues into account? https://www.aap.org/en-us/advocacy-a...No+local+token
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