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Did You Delay Solids?

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Does this baby look like he needs rice cereal?

I have zero food allergies, and had none growing up, either. However, T has an anaphylactic allergy to shellfish,  which he didn’t develop until puberty. So, I’ve always been concerned about this whole allergy thing. I started Shnook on solids when he was 7 /1/2 months, mostly because we were going on a trip to Mexico before that and I didn’t want to have to deal with having to feed him there, especially something that might give him parasites.

It all worked out, and thus far, Shnook has no food allergies. I haven’t given him any shellfish yet. But, he’s had plenty of other fish, nuts, etc.

Fuzz is 5 months old. Recent research has suggested that introducing solids between 4 and 6 months may reduce chances of allergies. When Shnook was a baby, the research was the opposite. Introducing solids prior to 6 months meant more risk for developing allergies. I’m really not feeling ready to introduce solids anytime before the next four weeks, if not for longer. He’s not quite sitting up by himself yet, and I’ve read that is a factor when they are ready as well. Not to mention that it’s so much easier just to keep him on breastmilk, especially since he’s growing spectacularly.

He does grab for things going in my mouth, but he also grabs everything else in my hands and shoves that stuff in his mouth as well. He even ripped a piece of a cardboard box I was holding the other day. I’m not convinced this is a sign of being ready for solids, but more a sign of teething, and having more control over his limbs.

Should I be worried that delaying starting solids might give him allergies?  When did you start solids?

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