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Introducing solids BEFORE the 6 month mark

Postby chickypoo on Sat Jul 28, 2012 9:05 am

Have any of you started your baby on pablum, or any solids before they were 6 months? If so, why did you? and what did you feed? are you glad you did? I have a 3 month old (and no, i am not going to feed her solids at this point) and just wondering when people started solids? TIA
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Re: Introducing solids BEFORE the 6 month mark

Postby 2kids4me on Sat Jul 28, 2012 9:34 am

Yes we fed our son rice cereal at 4 and a half months and then added veggies etc (home made to start with so I knew what exactly was in it) and with our daughter she was closer to 6 months, but still under. We did it because I was starting to supplement with formula as he was gobbling up the breast milk and I couldn't keep up! I figured he was ready - he was sitting up on his own quite early and was definitely interested in our food. He has been a good eater ever since :)
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Re: Introducing solids BEFORE the 6 month mark

Postby kattnipp on Sat Jul 28, 2012 1:21 pm

At 4 months we were advised to since our daughter wasn't drinking much and not gaining weight.
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Re: Introducing solids BEFORE the 6 month mark

Postby mommyx7 on Sat Jul 28, 2012 3:47 pm

4 months i did start that was the norm when my older kids were babies and i had no issue and started even the 3 yr old at 4 months mixed it with breast milk and noticed he would sleep longer
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Re: Introducing solids BEFORE the 6 month mark

Postby rosamond on Sat Jul 28, 2012 5:10 pm

On doctor's recommendation I started my daughter on solids at 4 months. She was in the bottom 5% for weight (and gaining verrrry slowly even with formula supplementation) and she thought it may help. It sure did and she eventually got closer to the 50th percentile.
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Re: Introducing solids BEFORE the 6 month mark

Postby TazDevil on Sat Jul 28, 2012 5:56 pm

We tried at 5 months but she was so sick with rice we stopped. I regretted it as it messed with her sleep cycle and she stopped sleeping.

We then waited until 7 months and did oatmeal which was fine.

With DS we tried again about 5 with the same results. Apparently a rice intolerance is far more common than people think as it turns out a lot of my friends kids couldn't do rice either. :?

I guess it depends on the kid. However I supplemented with formula for extra weight gain with DD instead because really there is not much goodness in cereal as far as it doesn't contain the good fats or complex proteins.
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Re: Introducing solids BEFORE the 6 month mark

Postby Sunnygirl on Mon Jul 30, 2012 12:33 pm

4 mo was recommended when ds was that age, from his first bite he wanted more, more, more and had no trouble with it.

Dd didn't want it at 5 mo, 6 mo, 7 mo - turns out she just didn't want to be spoon fed so she went straight to finger foods. By 2 she wouldn't feed herself anymore and wanted to be fed for a couple years after that LOL
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Re: Introducing solids BEFORE the 6 month mark

Postby Elisitas Photography on Tue Jul 31, 2012 8:51 am

My oldest i started at 4 months because he was eating two 8 oz bottles at a time and just wouldn't stop!! Feeding helped a lot. With my second we didn't start until after six month mark, and he continued supplementing with formula(12 +) until he was 2. He just was not gaining weight or wanting to eat a lot of food so the formula kept him getting his vitamins. My son right now will be four months tomorrow and he is showing NO signs of needing food lol. He is growing amazingly with formula, sleeping through the nights and is just perfect, so I will wait for a bit. Every child is so different it drives me crazy that they say 6 months and sooo many people push it as the only way to go. Good luck :)
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Re: Introducing solids BEFORE the 6 month mark

Postby chickypoo on Tue Jul 31, 2012 5:54 pm

Thanks for all of the responses....
And I totally agree with you E.P. The reason I am asking is that our almost 3 month old just stares at us when we are eating or drinking...it's like she is sooo enthralled. She is a TERRIBLE sleeper, won't take a bottle or soother, will NOT fall asleep in the stroller or swing...screams in the car....just wants the breast to be soothed. She doesn't sleep well at ALL in the day either. She started out colicky but that has now resolved and I really don't want to introduce anything at this point seeing her guts are settling nicely. However, I do wonder, if she had food in her system if she would sleep better? I Think it's just her immature brain and personality as to why she is taking these ridiculous 10-15 min naps through out the day. I really don't think she is hungry as she is thriving, gaining an oz a day and is over 11 lbs now. She soaks her diapers too, has folds all down her arms and legs so I am pretty sure she is not a hungry baby (she spits up if I try and push more milk into her). I just want her to sleep! (in the day)!!!
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Re: Introducing solids BEFORE the 6 month mark

Postby chickypoo on Thu Aug 02, 2012 5:33 pm

2 hr stretches??? OMG, you need to come to my house! We are happy if we can get her to sleep an hr at a time. Todays naps were, 45 mins, then 40 mins, then 1.5 hrs, then 20 mins then another 30 mins....it used to be 15 min naps!!! I can't wait to have 2 hr stretches....and how do you "gently" teach your baby to nap for 2 hrs? She's fed, dry bum ,put down when she's not overtired or over stimulated, burped, cuddled, etc. I have tons of milk and shes gaining weight well. Please come to my house and gently teach my baby to sleep 2 hr stretches!
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Re: Introducing solids BEFORE the 6 month mark

Postby kattnipp on Thu Aug 02, 2012 5:42 pm

Do you get your little one up as soon as they are awake and making noise? We found with our child she would wake but not be ready to get up. We left her she would go back to sleep and when she was done with nap time she would let us know. Even then we didn't rush in the second she made noise. We didn't leave her for hours on end just left her long enough to know that we know she is there and we will be in soon. Even at 3 she would wait in her room until I finished my shower and opened her door to come out. She just stayed in her room and played or laid in bed.
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Re: Introducing solids BEFORE the 6 month mark

Postby Elisitas Photography on Fri Aug 03, 2012 8:22 am

oh man!! Poor mommy :( My son only naps 20-30 minutes (just turned four months yesterday) but he sleeps 8-9 hours at night! Is baby in a dark, quite room? Some children are sensitive from a young age no matter what you do. Do you always hold her? I know some parenting styles hold child all the time (which is fine I have a ergo I hold my son in quite often) but some children have a hard time sleeping on their own because they get used to/love snuggling so much! I found we worked up to longer sleeps, so lay her down in her crib a few times a day by herself, even when she isn't tired, just so she can get used to being on her own. When she wakes up, let her 'play' a bit on her own. Even crying for a minute or two is ok ( I usually wait until my son is actually crying, he has a pick me up lame cry and a I'm really upset cry). If she is tired and wakes up, go in and pat her on the back when she is actually crying until calms down and then leave again. Usually this can extend in crib time, even if she is awake. It should eventually lead to longer sleep times!!
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Re: Introducing solids BEFORE the 6 month mark

Postby chickypoo on Fri Aug 03, 2012 8:48 am

E.P, is your son breast fed? or formula fed? just curious
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Re: Introducing solids BEFORE the 6 month mark

Postby Elisitas Photography on Sun Aug 05, 2012 10:26 pm

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Re: Introducing solids BEFORE the 6 month mark

Postby Podruha on Mon Aug 06, 2012 6:49 pm

My mother just sent me MY baby book from the mid 1970s. It has my weights and lengths and all that regular stuff, and my earliest prescriptions.

TWO WEEKS old and the doctor has instructed her to feed me rice cereal three times a day. She says I loved it. She cut the top off the baby bottle nipples and kind of funneled in the food. Apparently, my husband had the same doctor, but MIL did not receive the same advice. He didn't start solids until closer to 7 months.
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