The Australian national health and research council did its own independent studies in 2013 and also came up with the same recommendations so yes it really is clear cut , it just depends if you want to take their advice or not
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27-06-2016 13:27 #41
purées & spoon feeding or BLW?
27-06-2016 13:57 #42Senior Member
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Pretty much introduce them too early and there may be more problems later (and at the time) with various gut issues.
Which is why I also suggested probiotic as well.
27-06-2016 14:03 #43
purées & spoon feeding or BLW?
my ds can sit up (supported) and has fantastic head control. his hands are constantly in his mouth. I don't know about the tongue thrust thing. but I still think he's too young.
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27-06-2016 14:55 #44
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27-06-2016 15:58 #47
I think this thread is a perfect example of how bloody confusing the whole thing is. Honestly it was much easier with DS1 - that was 21 years ago and there was no alternative. You fed purees from 4 months. DS1 could sit not unsupported, I'm pretty sure he hadn't lost his tongue thrust either lol poor baby I just kept wiping his face and spooning it in! I did however not go the rice cereal - I made some up and gagged at the smell so had no intention of giving it to my precious baby. My now ex BIL made him some congee (a chinese rice porridge made with meat stock) instead and he had that as his first food.
I think the recommendations on when to start solids are in a state of flux at the moment. Personally, and as I said in my earlier post when DS3 is born I will just play it by ear to see when he shows signs rather than sticking rigidly to BLW as I did with DS2.
27-06-2016 17:08 #48
^ this! So many opinions out there on what is the right age. As if all babies are exactly the same and develop at the same rate?!! No wonder mum's get confused.
Honestly I think we all over analyse it. Pretty sure back in the old days they didn't put this much thought into it. And interestingly the rate of allergies was much lower when I was a kid...
I think trust your instincts. There is no harm in trying now at 4 months, but I don't believe there is any harm waiting either. It's not like introducing solids is some new age science experiment, humans have been doing it since the beginning of time. Without national guidelines!
27-06-2016 17:34 #49
27-06-2016 17:43 #50
My eldest got fed rice cereal at 4 months (by my mum behind my back).
My second we tried purees from 4 months but he refused. He took a sausage at about 5 months and so we rolled with it.
My third couldn't handle food at all until she was 8 months. She vomited everything before then.
My first two kids fed my fourth a piece of fruit bread while we were in the car. He was 5 months.
So if I have a 5th, the rule is likely going to be, whatever baby takes, whenever baby wants it (within reason of course. I'm not a monster). I wouldn't *pick* what you are going to do just yet. Read the baby.
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