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    Default When to start solids?

    I know the recommendation is approx 6 month. But I had a MCHN recommend I start my 3 month old on so rice cereal?!?
    Anyone else done this?

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    Was there a specific medical reason why your nurse recommended 3 months? I've never heard a recommendation that early before.

    My doctor said the WHO guidelines of 6 months are out of date, being reviewed and are mainly for the benefit of third world countries where there is a poor nutritional food supply.

    My nurse said our current state recommendation is to start between 4-6 months, depending on signs bub is displaying that they are ready to start (holds head up, lost tongue thrust reflex, puts things in mouth etc).

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    My gp recommended I start my DD1 on solids (rice cereal) at 3.5 months.

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    My DS just turned 4 months and I personally don't think he is ready. I will try 4 1/2 - 5m. I think average recommendation is 4-5m now. Was 6m not so long ago.

    I think it's also important that they have good head control to prevent choking. Also if they push the food out with their tongue, they may not be ready.

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    I started at 4.5mths as she was showing the signs and was starting to get intersted in what we were eating, I didn't think she was ready any earlier, but all babies are different!

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    I started my DD on rice cereal at 3 months. She was much more settled with a tiny bit of solids in her tummy. Go on your instincts though. Your the only one who knows your baby best.

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    we waited till 6mths to do BLW. But in hindsight we should have waited till 7/8mths as DD1 was not interested till then.

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    We started DS on a tiny bit of solids at 4 months (rice cereal) purely to give him a taste. He pushed it out with his tongue for a while and I honestly didn't worry too much about properly transitioning to solids until he was 5 months old and showed more interest e.g. Wanting to grab mine or DH glass, spoon etc. At 5 months he started to actually eat the food properly and loves it. I give it 3 times a day and he just inhales it. I think it's just something to do slowly until they are ready, you will know. Unfortunately I had my doctor say 6 months and child health nurse 4 months..i just did what I thought was best for DS.

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    I started BLW at 5.5 months. And this was only because when I was eating some vegemite toast she grabbed it out of my hand and shoved in her mouth! And loved it!

    When we started I gave her food after every boob - so four/five times a day. She was very interested and it was a great way for her to experience foods. Even tho she didnt eat much (usually a slice of cucumber or some tomato or a bit of toast) she enjoyed it as we ate together (she was eating from my plate).

    Now 7 months and she cant get enough of food! She only wants stuff she can feed herself.


 

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