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June 20, 2007


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It's hard to find well-informed people on this topic, but you sound like you know what you're talking about! Thanks

Orla is 18 weeks and 19 lb 8 oz. We started weaning last week - breast milk just isn't enough for her. If he's interested in food, can hold his head up and seems to want more after a full breast feed then he's ready. Try him on a teaspoon of baby rice mixed with breast milk after one of his morning feeds and see how he does.

Good luck. Great to know someone else has a huge breast fed baby like mine!

My son is 4 months old and is 1/2 ounce shy of 13 lbs. What in the hell ARE you feeding that baby? LOL

My ped. said yesterday that since he's still nursing every 2 hrs, that we could give him some, if he wanted. He also said to give him whatever he'd eat, not just rice cereal - so we'll see. I'm thinking PIZZA!!


I started my daughter on rice cereal at 4 months. Mostly, I was just eager to try it. She wasn't really into it. After I started her on the doctor okayed it anyway. She was a big baby.
My son, a little peanut of guy, I started at four months too but he was ready and happily wolfed down anything I gave him. He's still a great eater at 18 months but he's lean. I don't know where he puts it!

I am actually wondering the same thing about my son. He is 4 months 3 wks and grabbing water glasses, food plates and anything else he can get his hands on. I wanted to wait until 6 months, but I get the feeling he is almost ready. I am not sure what the best thing is. Dr. Sears says 6mths, but he also says moms know when babies are ready. Let us know what you decide and how it goes.

Cordy was 20 lbs at 4 months old, and we started solids right after her 4 month checkup. The doctor said she was drinking so much milk (it was a LOT) that she needed to start solids. She took to them easily at that age, and never looked back.

I introduced baby food (carrots to start) at 4 1/2 months. The pediatrician suggested it.

I had stopped breastfeeding but was still pumping after I went back to work. So we had expressed milk, one bottle of formula a day and Dawson was still on the light side. So I gave him some Gerber and he loved it.

I think he was ready.

You're the mom, so you're the expert!

Right about 3 1/2 months. He was downing bottles like a champ (he REFUSED to nurse) and my brother-in-law (a doctor) witnessing this told my husband, "that kid needs food".

PS Everything's so much more casual with the 2nd child.

I started my daughter at 4 months, because I hoped it would help her sleep. WRONG! However, I stuck with it and she was eating one jar of veggie and fruit by the time she was about 6 months old. By 9 months she refused all baby food and we started her on table food. She has always been a good eater, but a small girl.

I wanted to wait with my son. I tried him at about 5.5 months, but he wasnt having it. He prefered breastmilk and then the bottle.

He was weaned at 9 months, because there was some concern for his weight. He was still drinking 3 6 oz bottles a day until he was 13 months old and decided he had enough. He still has some gagging issues, but it isnt so bad. I rarely jump anymore. He can work it out by himself.

He is picky and doesnt try things easily. We keep trying and hoping. He eats enough, but I would say he eats to live not the other way around. I dont think it has anything to do with when we started him on food. I think it has everything to do with his personality.

Good Luck.

We started Grady at 4 months. I told myself that I would wait until he started showing interest or 6 months, whichever came first. The interest came first. By 4 months he was already following our our food when we ate and grabbing at things. He's almost 6 months and eating three times a day now. He loves anything orange.

All four of mine have started between 4 and 6 months, depending on when they started to stare us down and try to grab our stuff. Nemo's been on solids since 4.5 months, and due to his size and obvious affinity for eating the ped told me to jump right to 2 meals/day. He's very happy with that.

I agree that when they start to try to steal food, they are probably ready. But, he's 20 lbs already? I fear for your food bill once he starts eating!

When he starts mooching. And/or when he outgrows his tongue-thrust reflex. That's my rule of thumb, and it's worked for me.

My second daughter refused anything baby food. For a month. Turns out she wanted normal food. Once I just pulled small pieces of our food off for her, she was thrilled and ate like a horse. But no baby food. My pedi. said one of her kids was that way as well. Kids are so confusing. Once you've figured out one child, the next one comes a long and messes everything up! :-)

When my youngest started boring holes into our plates of food with his envious eyes and trying to grab my plate, I let him have some. I think that was somewhere in the 5 month range.

There's no magic age. If he seems interested in it, who are we to tell him no? I just made sure it was something squishy, like banana and he loved it. I know, I'm such a rebel starting him on FRUIT first and not veggies. How dare me.

The first wasn't ready til 7m or so. #2, 6mo, has been mentally ready for about a month. We tried him about a month ago, subsequently, and his mouth and tongue-thrust reflex just weren't as ready as his desire to eat was. So he's been watching us, eyeing me angrily with that look that says "ok, you put it in your mouth, in the other boy's mouth, WHERE'S MINE, DAMNIT!?" I've started, against the usual rules of foods to start with, letting him suck on things. Apple slices, pickles, etc. He gets the taste, but nothing to swallow but that. Loved both, btw (for those of you thinking feeding a baby pickles is ghastly). We'll be trying him again on "cereal" in another week or so, to see how that goes.

About 3 and a half months. I say go for it.

My second child was ready to eat much sooner than my first. She was bigger, and was just plain hungry. She started on food around 3 1/2 months. ( accidentally, the toddler fed her a sandwich) But, turns out, thats what she needed. Well, not so much the sandwich, but, you know, food.

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