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When did you start solids

My son is 23 weeks old and is almost at that 6month mark that the pediatrician suggested we start him on solids. When did everyone start their baby on solids and why? I want to start now on a veggie like carrots or green beans so that he likes vegetables. Hes had rice cereal and loved it especially when he’s teething terribly. What are some suggestions on timing and what to give?

  • Jenn
    Dec 27

    I started around 5 months and did orange veggies (carrots, sweet potatoes, butternut squash) and then green veggies (peas, greens beans, etc.). After those I did whatever fruits or veggies I had, but anything soft is good. My LO is 7 months now and basically eats anything. I did pureed first and then when she was 6 months, started giving small pieces of food for her to pick up. She loves feeding herself! We still do a combo of puree and finger foods. We also mixed the rice cereal with the purees and now we mix them with oatmeal. At first, I just did food once at night because that worked best for us. Now she usually does breakfast and dinner, but there are days she also has food around lunch. When she turns 8 months, I'll start doing 3 times a day regularly. We have also introduced a bunch of the allergen foods, so my LO eats peanut butter, eggs, salmon, shrimp, and strawberries. We are working on the other ones.

  • PK
    Dec 27

    We started at 5 months.. the first week being oatmeal and rice cereal. Then we did veggie purées. Once he’s tried all the veggies we moved on to fruits. We did this based on our pediatricians recommendation. We wanted to start sooner since he showed a lot of interest in food but we waited until we got the green light from the dr. After we went through all the fruits and veggies we just rotated between them all until we got the green light to try meats, yogurts, etc etc. Our pediatrician guided us through the whole thing and even when he started giving us trouble with purées. Turns out he got sick of purées and wanted to feed himself solid foods.

  • Jamie
    Dec 28

    Honestly we gave ours solids starting at 3 1/2 months, but she was popping teeth like crazy already, and we were only giving her really liquid-like food maybe every few days but I'd say by the time she ate solids regularly every day she was around 5 months old. 6 months is the 👌 time. They can handle it, just start slow. And the veggie first thing is true although I haven't birthed a control group to experiment (kidding), my almost 3 year old just grabbed a can of peas last night and asked if she could have it as a snack. Thanks Gerber! Oh! Don't be afraid to make your own baby food. You can sneak extra food nutrients in there and get them used to all sorts of tastes. I'd wish I introduced more odd stuff in the beginning for mine, but she does still love her veggies. <3 good luck!

  • Jenn
    Dec 28

    Beechnut makes some great combos with different flavors. I've given my LO combos with beets, kale, spinach, zucchini. They are usually mixed with a fruit, but I have been able to smell the veggies when I feed her so I know they are in there as a strong flavor. Now she will eat little pieces of those veggies by themselves.

  • Elle
    Dec 28

    Egg, boiled carrot, avocado, squash, etc.

  • J
    Dec 28

    Started at around 4-5 months with oatmeal. We started the single fruits and vegetables, and at the 6 month mark, started introducing all the high allergy foods. every baby has some preference i think; mine enjoys everything. he started finger foods around 7 months and by 9 months, he was really good. now at 11, he loves feeding himself. My doctor told me that the goal is that baby will eat what you eat by 1 year old, just in much smaller portions. i’m not sure that will be exactly there in a month, but we will be close.

  • Haley
    Dec 29

    6 months exactly no need to rush, we also skipped all empty carb/sugar filler foods.

  • Kelly
    Dec 29

    We stared at 4 months.......first food was green beans, which (at 2 1/2) is still one of his favorite foods. 🤷‍♀️ We skipped carbs until I knew he’d eat fruits and veggies with ease,. He has a pretty well rounded diet today, especially for a toddler.

  • Nikki
    Jan 04

    I started cereal at 4 months and solids at 6 months. My pediatrician recommended that I start with veggies/starches and then work the fruits in last (because of the sweetness). She’s now 2 and absolutely loves veggies!