Love reading your blogs. You are a good source of information especially for a first time mum!
I was wondering if you could ask your readers or address yourself the fun topic of solids, when to start and what to feed!
The mothers I know seem to all start at 4 months even though recommendation is 6, did you start early and how did you know when they were ready! And each photo of your children eating I notice is always healthy! Do you or your readers have recipes to share?
(If its posted on your page could I remain anonymous please)
Love to hear what your opinion on the topic is!
Thanks for your email! It’s such a hard question and the answer has so many differing opinions. Most of my friends have gone with the medically recommended age of 6 months to start feeding their baby solids. I have gone down 2 different paths and am about to go down my third.
The medical fact is that a baby is supplied all the nutrients needed in breastmilk or formula up until the age of 6 months (unless there is extenuating circumstances). After 6 months a baby needs essential nutrients from other sources as well as the need to be exploring different textures.
Unfortunately the verdict is out when it comes to a link between allergies and the age solids are introduced. Some doctors say introducing food to a baby before 6 months increases the possibility of the child developing allergies but others disagree.
As all of my three kids have completely refused to take a bottle I chose to start solids earlier rather than later. This was really just to give myself a break but it also meant that when leaving a baby with Andrew or mum they were able to feed the baby if things got hairy.
I started Autumn at 4 ½ months. She was my strongest baby. Rolling by 3 months and sitting up. When I offered her food it was rice cereal and breastmilk and she loved it. She opened her mouth and gulped it down.
This is her at 5 1/2 months.
As I was starting her earlier than the recommended age I progressed her really slowly. Two weeks on one meal a day of breast milk and rice cereal. The next two weeks was two meals a day, one veggies/fruit and one rice cereal, then three meals a day.
I tried to do the same with Lux but he wasn’t interested until about 6 months. He just kept spitting everything out and to be completely honest if I could have waited until 6 months I would have. I was just desperate to have an option to feed him other than myself. It’s actually quite annoying having to make an extra meal if you don’t need to and once you start you can’t stop.
All I can suggest is that you do your own research and find out what sits well with you and your baby. If you are going to start your baby earlier than 6 months make sure you read your baby signs. Is he strong enough to sit and hold his neck up? Is his interested in food? Is your babies gut mature enough to handle solids? Have a chat to your doctor about it.
The medical advise that I was given was that after 6 months your baby’s number one form of nutrition should come from food.
With regards to what food I gave my baby’s, avocado and banana have always been my foods of choice. It’s so easy to chuck one on your bag and off you go, food for the day.
Van is now 4 months and 1 week old. Just as the others did, he is completely refusing to take a bottle so I am currently debating when to start him on solids.
Once I do I will let you know how it goes and will post with some food recipes for you. I hope this helps!
I would love to hear from all of you. When did you start feeding your baby solids and why? What was your doctors advice?