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Old Nov 9th, 2012, 18:36 PM   11
SabrinaKat
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We started Finn at around 5 1/2 months on baby rice (he was born a month early, so 4 1/2 months adjusted) and then, slowly introduced 'food' over the next few weeks. My suggestion would be to ask your doctor and/or offer something like baby ceral, BUT keep on the formula/breast milk as if LO wasn't eating at all, e.g. offer something but not to make it official weaning. In fact, Ireland recommends weaning from 4 months, BUT I didn't feel comfortable with that and waited a bit. Now, he does eat 3 'meals', but also 600-700ml of formula a day as well, e.g. a combination of both, but it has been a gradual thing.

Also, we have limited him slightly -- if there are things that I am allergic to, e.g. kiwi and some fruits, we haven't offered at all, if that makes sense?

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Old Nov 9th, 2012, 18:37 PM   12
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In the US alot of doctors say 4 months at their appointment, but waiting till 6 is best.
Personally If I could go back I would have waited. Its so MESSY.
We started at 4.5 months and we went along with veggies first. My son hated puree bananas, but loves them whole



 
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Old Nov 9th, 2012, 19:06 PM   13
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I would wait until six months and skip the whole baby food. Try looking into baby led weaning. Best thing we ever did. www.babyledweaning.com



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Old Nov 9th, 2012, 19:11 PM   14
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The guidelines in the US are 4-6mo. They do need to be able to sit with little support...our guidelines don't say they need to sit fully unsupported, just with little support. Also the loss of the tongue thrust reflux which is different for every baby.

We started my oldest at like 3.5mo (on advice from the pedi, as that was the recommendations then) he did fine. My 2nd we started closer to 5mo (4-6mo recommendation), again he did great. My 3rd we waited until he was right over 6mo and he refused to eat anything until 9mo and even after that ate very very little, wouldn't do 3 meals a day until like 14mo. He is also my only one with any allergies. SO based on my kids and the history with them we decided to start Preston between 4-5mo. He's 17mo now and so far no allergies and eats very well.



 
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Old Nov 9th, 2012, 19:13 PM   15
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My health nurse told me it was 6mths forbf babies and 4mths for ff babies and to start with baby rice r veg ad fruit is sweeter n if u start first with fruit they won't want anything savory!



 
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Old Nov 9th, 2012, 20:09 PM   16
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when my daughter was 4 months i was repeatedly told no food till 6 months but i decided to try her on rusk mixed with her milk just half a rusk with 3 ounces of milk breast or formula she loved it so we started her on 4 month+ jars of food and started with a few spoon fulls now and then... my advice would be try her on the rusk combination i mentioned above and see how she goes xxx



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Old Nov 9th, 2012, 20:11 PM   17
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Rusks aren't available in the us. Also, they are very high in sugar.



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Old Nov 9th, 2012, 20:47 PM   18
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Baby Mum Mums are rusks and are available in the States. They have 0.25g of sugar per rusk... I have no idea if that is considered a lot or not.

My doctor recommended introducing solids around 4.5 months. He said if she was ready, she would eat it. I gave her a taste every few weeks but she wasn't really interested until she was 6.5 months. I probably would have waited until six months but she was barely gaining weight and was refusing bottles at the time.



 
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Old Nov 9th, 2012, 21:04 PM   19
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My LO can't sit unaided, but sits well in his high chair! It reduces the chance of choking if they are upright!

We started at 5 months and 1 week as he wasn't gaining adequate weight. Started with giving him steamed broccoli florets. He pick one up and took it straight to his mouth, and actually consumed quite a lot of it! We've just stuck to veg (both whole and mashed), and fruit purees for breakfast! He just loves eating, and now he's 26 weeks (1 day off 6 months) we can introduce gluten, so may give him some toast at lunch!



 
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Old Nov 9th, 2012, 21:53 PM   20
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Guidelines say not til 6 months, but if your baby is showing true signs of readiness then you can start before. These signs are being able to sit unaided and the loss of tongue thrust reflex
I've always found the sitting guideline strange - I know quite a few 6 month old babies at our groups that can't sit unaided, yet the official advice is to wean at 6 months... just an observation I've always wondered about
I personally would have waited til he could sit unaided, even if it meant waiting a bit longer .. He lost his tongue thrust around 5/5.5 months I believe and didn't think hed sit unaided for a few more weeks after that but at 25 weeks he just rolled himself into the sitting position and wouldn't stop lol so we were able to start just after the recommended 26 weeks.



 
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