Starting Solids

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Starting Solids
Mon, 01-24-2011 - 2:58pm

Okay Ladies, I am starting to have a mild panic attack about solids...AACK, I can't even believe that my little one is even almost ready for Solids. We gave her just a small taste of a banana on Sunday and she loved it!! She almost sucked the thing right out of my hand, so I think she will be ready when we want to start here at 5 1/2 or 6 months...that being said because she is getting close I am getting nervous I am not going to do things right.

We are planning on doing the Baby-led Weaning and skipping the purees'. if we were doing the purees and stuff I think I would feel more comfortable. I have read the BLW book that Ella and others have recommended. but I think I am just wondering how to get started.

I know they say to start with what you are eating, so I was thinking we could do sweet potatoes, cucumber and maybe some banana for her first meal. Then I was wondering is that too much? I guess I just am questioning what to start off with, what to do and how to react to her, I know I have some serious reading to do in the next few weeks, just wanted to get anyone's experience with solids to help me out. Even if you haven't done BLW, I am curious when you did start your child on full solids (non-puree's) how you went about it.


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Mon, 01-24-2011 - 3:55pm

We actually did it differently for Eloise and Desmond. We did do BLW for both of them though.

With Desmond we started him will well steamed broccoli, and then moved on to other things like avocado, bananas, sweet potato fries (home made), etc. He didn't really get mixes of foods till he was 8ish months old. Of course he wasn't that interested in eating till then either.

With Eloise, we were out to dinner with my Mom at Cheesecake Factory on her 6 month birthday, so we decided she could have some solids. She had some of their brown bread, she had a few pieces of banana, she had artichoke, which she adored. She was actually eating the same things as us, off our plates by the end of the week. We never really did separate food for her or starting her on one thing and adding other things. That being said she loved to eat, though she ate very small portions at that stage.

With newbie, we'll probably follow the same model as with Eloise, just hand him things off our plate when he is ready. With two older siblings I figure he'll probably get at least a pretzel or 3 along with various other foods long before he is 6 months old, though I don't intentionally plan to start him on anything until that point in time.

Thank you for the sig Mary

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Mon, 01-24-2011 - 3:58pm

I don't think David was on full solids until about 9 months (after his 9 mo visit) but he was still on baby food somewhat at that point. He wasn't totally off baby food until a litlte before he turned 1.

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Registered: 04-29-2008
Mon, 01-24-2011 - 6:24pm
What you're doing sounds great. The only thing I would change (you may plan to do this anyway and I misunderstood) is to use the 4 day rule-one new food every 4 days to rule out any allergic reactions.
Here's a great website for starting solids-it has some great recipes and ideas for first foods, including when you're doing BLW:
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Mon, 01-24-2011 - 6:25pm
I would say just bear in mind that it may not go the way you think or the ideal way you want to feed her.

I was very intent on BLW but Maxim turned 6 months and showed zero interest in foods. Then 7 months came and 8 and he's just NOW starting to eat more solids. And its all in purees. I put stuff on his tray and he just plays with it, makes no motion to put it in his mouth or just stares at it. So BLW hasnt taken off for us right now and I think it will be awhile yet before he gets into table foods. It seems to be a texture thing for him to prefer the purees right now.

And with a BF baby, nursing should still be 90% of her nutrition for the first any solids is exploration really. Dont stress about doing it "right" just watch your baby. Some things I've read suggest offering one food at a time for a few days to rule out allergies or sensitivities. It sounds like she is really interested though, so good luck!


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Mon, 01-24-2011 - 7:22pm
I print out food charts for what to feed at what age from

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Mon, 01-24-2011 - 7:40pm

Well, Ry is a special case...I didn't know about BLW when we were starting him on solids, but we did want to give him real food, not baby food, and to get him off purees as soon as possible and to let him take the lead. Didn't happen. We never used jarred baby food, but he was on homemade purees for a LONG time because he has a lot of trouble with oral motor functions. He still needs a lot of foods cooked well and mashed, and he has never shown much interest in food.

Around his 2nd birthday, he finally was able to start picking up some foods and getting them to his mouth, but he only does it intermittently, and usually won't pick up anything other than very preferred foods like cookies. He is able to use the spoon if we load it up for him, but he has trouble purposefully releasing the spoon back into the bowl. We're just now adding a separate feeding therapy session to his therapy schedule because he's not making the kind of progress we'd like to see with just occasional feeding sessions in ST and OT.

Anyway...that wasn't much'll get back to you when Pippa's ready for solids...of course by then Gabby will be a solids pro, I'll be able to take advice from you!

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Wed, 01-26-2011 - 9:26am

Thanks ladies...this helps me greatly, I just need to realize that whatever happens happens and I can't control it..something good for me to remember :)

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Wed, 01-26-2011 - 3:25pm

Jess, obviously I haven't done it yet, but I think I'm planning on starting really easy and simple--like just offering one food at a time at first--banana, sweet potato or potato, steamed broccoli or other steamed veggies.