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    Quote Originally Posted by BB77 View Post
    Yeah maybe I'll wait a bit. When are you thinking of starting @twinklify?
    Not too sure atm. I would prefer to wait to closer to 6 months. Especially due to the sitting/hunching thing. She doesn't seem to have much or any tongue reflex left. So just waiting on the sitting thing.

    DS was terrible with solids so hoping its easier with DD. Although looking at pics of DS at her age he was sitting up straighter than her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by turquoisecoast View Post
    my ds started at 5m and had all the above - can sit upright, no tongue thrust, seems interested/grabs at our food. solids is going terribly however as he seems to hate being spoon fed and/or purées. which makes me think he's not ready!?

    solids is overrated!!
    You probably have but have you looked into Baby Led Weaning?

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    About 4.5 months with nr 1 (big bubba, lost his tongue thrust reflex super early). About 5ish months with bub 2.

    I can't recall either bub sitting in a highchair at that point, maybe a rocker chair - I don't think sitting in a highchair unaided is a necessary benchmark. Losing the tongue thrust reflex, showing an interest in food, waking frequently an and not being satisfied with milk alone, robust head control etc are what I would focus on.

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    Started at 6 months with both my boys. Neither of them showed any special interest in solids before this time and i would have waited longer but it's not recommended. I don't understand the pressure to start early that people mention, or the even the desire. For me (and this is purely my personal experience), the idea of starting solids was stressful. Breast feeding seemed so much more convenient and easy, and once we did start solids, 90% of the food i prepared just went to the bin. It's annoying. BLW definitely helped but I found it was mostly just playing with the food.

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    Started DS just before 5m. He was sitting in his ingenuity chair, had lost tongue reflex and was super interested in us eating.
    Not wanting to go against what anyone has said, but I haven't found preparing a bit of puréed food or the feeding stressful. We have been through a lot of fruit and veg and more recently (he's now 6m) he sucks on rusks and lamb bone on his own!
    Regarding advice, the CHN I saw at 5months was very discouraging that I'd just started giving tastes of fruits. And the GP I just saw at 6m thinks it's great that I started when he was ready, as all the latest research is heading back to the earlier the better.
    I guess there is nothing wrong with making a small purée and just seeing if he's ready yet?
    I must also note that solids have not made my DS sleep any better!
    Good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by Its Me View Post
    You probably have but have you looked into Baby Led Weaning?
    yes but was unsure if it would suit our family as we rarely do meal times with him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by witherwings View Post
    Started at 6 months with both my boys. Neither of them showed any special interest in solids before this time and i would have waited longer but it's not recommended. I don't understand the pressure to start early that people mention, or the even the desire. For me (and this is purely my personal experience), the idea of starting solids was stressful. Breast feeding seemed so much more convenient and easy, and once we did start solids, 90% of the food i prepared just went to the bin. It's annoying. BLW definitely helped but I found it was mostly just playing with the food.
    this is exactly me right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by turquoisecoast View Post
    yes but was unsure if it would suit our family as we rarely do meal times with him.
    Definitely worth considering. I did BLW with all 4 of mine (not that i knew it was called that) and they didn't eat with us. It's just a different (in my view, easier) way of preparing food. Steamed vegetable sticks, chunks of fresh fruit and vegetable like avocado and cucumber. My kids loathed purees. And being spoon fed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by turquoisecoast View Post
    yes but was unsure if it would suit our family as we rarely do meal times with him.
    My DS hated food but we did more BLW than purees. He did not eat with us often. When I started it was steamed sticks or eggy toast to gnaw on. So not necessarily our food. Then it was leftovers.

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    I asked about the tongue thrust as my DD2 kept pushing food out till she was 7m. I had started trying at 5m and would try once a week but she couldn't swallow it. I took her to a useless pead because of her sleeping issues who said she needed a drastic diet overhaul and was carrying on about her size (no idea what she was on about, she was a normal big baby, on about the 90th percentile whereas her big sister was miles off the top of the chart). I thought how on earth can she need an overhaul when she can't even eat yet? The pead mentioned nothing about tongue reflux being a sign she wasn't ready and gave me a referral to a dietician. I never used the referral and my DD started swallowing at 7.5 months.

    My DD1 however started at 4 months and swallowed it and loved it. But she spewed up all night after that first try so I didn't go back again till 5m and it went fine then

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