We started a week shy of 6 months with both.
GOLD / wonderful pea / 17697 posts
DS was 6 months. We'll probably do the same with DD.
nectarine / 2951 posts
We started just shy of 6 months with DS.
honeydew / 7283 posts
six months with both kids
blogger / wonderful cherry / 21628 posts
grapefruit / 4418 posts
We did BLW and started around 6.5-7 months.
honeydew / 7235 posts
We started at 6 months with my older son but started just after 4 months with my younger. Mainly because he hates bottles and refuses to eat all day while I'm at work, but he loves food!
eggplant / 11287 posts
wonderful cherry / 21504 posts
Started one week shy of 6 months for C. Will likely do the same for G (who is 4 months now). I'm in no rush- it's just one more thing to do and nursing is easy!
nectarine / 2994 posts
6 months with both kids
blogger / honeydew / 7081 posts
6 months with K, 4 months with M as recommended for his GERD.
cherry / 107 posts
Since we did blw I would ask we tried a little right at 6 month but didn't get serious about it till 7 months.
nectarine / 2640 posts
6 months with DS1. Had so many issues. Food refusal. Weight loss. So much stress. Started at 4 months with LO2. So much better. I know it's really individual, but I know that I missed DS1's window by waiting until 6 months.
pomegranate / 3768 posts
6 months with both
apricot / 315 posts
We started a week or two before DS turned 5 months. He was very enthusiastic and although I had intended to wait until 6 months, went with the recommendation from our community nurse and he did great.
pomegranate / 3601 posts
I waited for signs of readiness (putting food in their mouths etc.) and for both that was around 7 months. It went really quickly from there both were eating family dinners by 9 months.
grapefruit / 4291 posts
We started at around 5.5 months for both kids but we started slow
wonderful kiwi / 23653 posts
A week before 6 months!
squash / 13208 posts
cherry / 215 posts
This is probably a dumb question, but my pediatrician recommended at our 4 month appointment to start oatmeal cereal. Why is he saying 4 months when so many people are waiting until 6 months?
pear / 1621 posts
2 years ago with LO1, the pediatrician said to start at 6 months. This time,she said we could start at 5 months. Not really sure why the difference both babies were/are EBF.
wonderful pea / 17279 posts
@rockinghorse: this just happened with us at our 4 month appt today and it's definitely dissappointing. For us LO is 50th percentile for weight, but height and head circ is 95%. The doc said he is underweight and since he's maxing out on formula we have to add solids in order to get him needed calories. LO is EFF at this point, but our doc said we could have delayed solids in this underweight situation til 6 months if he was still BF. She suggested rice cereal, but said veggies or fruits as a first food would be fine. DH wants to go with the cereal because of the carbs. Did your doc give you any clues on the rush to solids?
pineapple / 12793 posts
@rockinghorse: I've had three babies since 2013 and the solids recommendation has been different with every baby (same doctor.)
@Mrs. Lemon-Lime: Strange, my second was underweight and EBF and they pushed us to start solids at five months.
We started my first at two weeks before six months. She had had every readiness sign for over a month but at the time the recommendation was "not before sic months." She was so ready it was cruel to withhold any longer.
My second started at just over five months. She had been ready for a while and due to pregnancy my milk supply was doing and her weight gain had stopped. She gained just under two pounds in a week after starting. I have a lot of mama guilt on that one
My third was recommended to start when she was ready after four months. We started around five months. She too was very keen to begin.
pear / 1650 posts
With my first we started at 6 months
With LO2, she started at a little over 4 months (puréed avocado was her first food) because she was already showing signs of being ready (sitting up supported, and making noises with her lips whenever she saw us eating, and trying to grab food off my plate etc).
@oliviaoblivia: I thought her response was a little strange honestly since BF babies stop eating on their own when full.
pear / 1503 posts
@Mrs. Lemon-Lime: that would really bother me, too. My son has consistently been 40-50% for weight and 90-95% for height his entire life, and with a slightly smaller than average head circumference. Basically, he has the same build as me, my dad, and my brother - tall and slim. None of us are underweight. He was EBF, and also his doctor said that if we were really keen to start after 5 months we could, but it's fine to wait until 6. We waited until 6m5d, and he was a good eater from the start.
Anyway, my point is that unless the child isn't maintaining their own specific growth curve, there shouldn't be a cause for concern, or any reason to rush solids. The growth charts that are used were based upon a very small population decades ago, and are guidelines only. Just as there is a range of body shapes in the adult population, there is a range within the juvenile population. 50% is the average; someone has to be below and above it. I'm a scientist, I get passionate about proper statistical analysis!
clementine / 849 posts
Following... LO's 4 month appointment is in 2 weeks and the pediatrician told me we'd talk about introducing rice cereal then. His little friend down the street is only 3 weeks older and has already started. I really have no idea about this stuff... What are pros and cons of starting at 4 mos vs 6, if he should get mashed veggies or cereal, and how to know if he's ready? I also have no high chair yet, oops
There doesn't seem to be a consensus among pediatricians as to when to start solids. At DD's 4 month appointment her doctor said no solids until 6 months at all. She asked if she was BF or FF before telling us that. I'm not sure why that matters.
persimmon / 1270 posts
5 months, it was earlier then I thought I would but LO was super interested and really good at sitting up. Our doc suggested it, also partly because he was a really big guy and having him eating sooner was a huge help for me breastfeeding. The kid loves food.
We started with mashed fruit and veg and only added rice cereal later to thicken things.
cantaloupe / 6791 posts
5.5 months for both boys
hostess / wonderful apple seed / 16729 posts
We got the okay at 6 months. (I never asked at the 4 month appt so I have no idea what my dr would say.) I asked about rice cereal, whole wheat cereal, multigrain cereal. Since the babies were not sitting unassisted yet, dr said they might not have the right stomach muscles to digest somethings like multigrain. She suggested rice cereal (single grain) to start. I asked about the arsenic, she said it is no longer a problem. I know aresenic is naturally occurring in rice but a lot of other foods have it arsenic naturally... Like chicken.
Anyway, dr said rice cereal first then later multigrain later. We gave both babies the rice cereal at 6.5 months (5 months adjusted). DS loved it. DD did not like it and was not able to keep it in her mouth. We tried DD again at 7.5 months (6 months adjusted) and she like it.
grapefruit / 4361 posts
We started at 5 months for various reasons:
1) Sitting with assistance
2) Interest in our food
3) Seemed to be more and more hungry
4) DH & I are both teachers and his 6-month "bday" would have been the first week of school / full-time childcare. We wanted to start earlier than that so we could have more time and see how things went.
5) I'm really nervous about allergies due to DH's history so I wanted to roll things out really slowly, 1 food for 3-4 days, etc. Thus I wanted to get started a bit earlier bc I knew it would take more time to add things in.
We just started DD on oatmeal cereal at 4 months, 1 week. Our ped brought it up at our 4 month appointment, and he said rice cereal, I said purees, and we met at the middle with oatmeal. He just would like us to do the cereal until she gets the hang of it all, mainly because of the potential mess. He was also saying that the younger you introduce foods, the less likely they will have allergy issues. Anyone else told this?
I have actually really been looking forward to starting solids, because, I don't know, it seems like fun introducing new foods and all that jazz.
@YogiRunner: We have been feeding her in her infant to toddler rocker chair (that thing has sure come in handy!) or DH holds her while I feed her. No high chair here either.
nectarine / 2418 posts
We started small amounts of fruits and vegetables at four and a half months. We didn't do rice cereal, but he eats oatmeal and cream of wheat. He wasn't even sitting up at that time really. At almost 8 months, he eats everything and has had no problem with digesting or allergies or anything.
I just remembered at our 4 month appointment the ped also said that BF babies need the additional iron in cereal/solids.
nectarine / 2046 posts
We started at 6 months. To be honest, I don't really understand why doctors say to start food if babies are underweight. All the first foods are what adults use when they are on a diet specifically because of their low calories!
@Astro Bee: he was 75-85% for weight during his other check ups.. Statistically maybe the ped is right in this case? He isn't showing readiness signs though. We are still waiting on all of our solid food supplies Amazon delivery and didn't start at all this weekend. His bottle before bed tonight was the first time ever he fussed for more formula and ended up eating a whopping 8 oz!
hostess / papaya / 10219 posts
We started around 5ish months with both. Both were sitting unsupported for a month by then and very interested. Both did very well! We started with purées at 5 months and "normal" food starting at 6 months. Both are great, non-picky eaters.
Eta: With my first the doctor said anytime after 4 months and with this one she never said anything.
nectarine / 2821 posts
@Mrs. Lemon-Lime: formula seems so much more nutritious than rice cereal. I just don't get why doctors recommend it! If anything it might make him eat less formula because his tummy will get full. I know you are big on researching and making the right decision for your family so take what I am saying with a grain of salt
@Mrs. Pickle: perhaps that is because of the Virgin gut theory. Which may or may not be true.
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