Posted in Bottle Feeding, Starting Solids, Babies

Opinion on solids?

Anonymous

My daughter turned 4 months on the 5th of April and at her 4 month appointment our pediatrician suggested we start solids. She’s a rather big baby, 17lbs and 24.5 inches long (her dad is 6’7 and i was a big baby at her age too). Our daughter doesn’t last very long in between bottles and our pedi said it will help her feel fuller for longer. I’d love to start her on solids so she can last longer between her bottles, but at the same time I have heard so many other moms start mom shaming people who start their babies on solids before 6 months. Opinions on this?

  • PK
    Apr 28

    We started at 5 months per our pediatrician recommendation. Never been shamed for starting before 6 months. You know your kid best.. are they showing signs that they’re ready? Your pediatrician looks for signs too based on what you guys say at the appointment and their observations. There’s going to be parental shaming for a lot of things in the future. Just ignore it. You are the parents.. you know your child best, not some stranger on the street who has 4+ kids. They may have advice and experience but they don’t have the experience of looking after YOUR UNIQUE child.

  • Anonymous
    Apr 28

    @PK she’s definitely showing signs that she’s ready! She can almost sit up on her own, is super interested in everything that my husband and I eat and she’s always putting any toy she can find into her mouth. I just don’t want to deal with any judgement for this, i know when I was a baby my mom started me on solids when I was 3 months!

  • Anonymous
    Apr 28

    This is just one of the many choices you will have to make, and you will always get opinions and advice from both. Feed early, feed late. Potty train early, potty train late. Kindergarten early, kindergarten late. It's up to you, do what you think is best for her. There are lots of thoughts on both, you are almost at 5 months so a middle ground seems like a good place to be!

  • Amanda
    Apr 28

    The only thing to bare in mind is at 4 mo solids should supplement formula/milk and not be the primary source of intske.

  • Sara
    Apr 29

    It used to be a thing to never start solids before 6 months but there is a recent new recommendation that some babies start solids earlier. My baby started at 4 months based on the pediatrician's recommendation -- she explained that for babies who are ready to start at 4 months, there is a new study that shows it can help reduce allergies. Anyway, I did end up starting at 4 months and my baby is now 11 months and is a great eater! At the end of the day, do what you think is right and your pediatrician thinks is right. The amount of solids they are eating anyway between 4-6 months is not a ton -- it's really just to get them used to it.

  • Amy
    Apr 29

    I did a ton of research (PhD in bio here, I can't help but research anything haha) and this is what I ended up doing for my own kid: After Pediatrician gave the go ahead at 4 months for my big baby who nursed constantly, I started giving tastes of baby oatmeal made with breast milk. It took 2 weeks before she swallowed more than 2 baby spoons lol and then added some applesauce or pear to the oatmeal .... So then at 5 months I added more single food purees (pear, butternut squash, Apple, pumpkin) and by 5.5 months started mixed food purees and some big teether biscuits, and then some easy baby led weaning foods. Through 7 and 8 months (current) we've continued a mix of purees, oatmeal, and finger foods.

  • Amy
    Apr 29

    Oh - and I introduced the key allergens by giving at least a taste (eggs, peanut butter, bread, berries) in the 5.5 month range, and watched for a couple days to make sure she wasn't reacting before giving the next one.

  • Lily
    Apr 29

    Just saying what I did, not shaming for what others did. But my little one was only breastfed until about 9 months, and then I let her try whatever I ate. She is now almost 2, and eats everything! A really really good eater. And no allergies.

  • Anonymous
    Apr 29

    @Amy our pediatrician told us to try peanut butter when she turns 6 months too! said it can help prevent allergies.

  • Anonymous
    Apr 29

    And same as Amy- doc said make sure to introduce allergens by 6 mo!

  • Anonymous
    Apr 30

    I would suggest doing some research from nutritionist. Unfortunately pediatricians are not fully training in infant nutrition (as well as other infant parenting topics like breastfeeding). Then you can make a more informed decision on when to start solids. Of course every parent is entitled to do what they feel is best for their kid.

  • Mama
    Apr 30

    I would look into baby Led weaning. The mom is also a nutritionist andShe has great advice. You can search for her on Instagram.

  • molly
    May 01

    forget the lame shamers. ur baby ur rules. my baby was super small so we started solids at 5 months but he still had milk.