Now that people have stopped asking me all the time whether 17 week old Baby G is sleeping through the night yet, there is a new question du jour that seems to be popping up with great frequency. It’s “when are you going to start her on solids?”
I am aware that in decades past, doctors recommended that mothers start feeding pablum to their newborns at 2-3 weeks old. In fact, I have the written instructions from my pediatrician to my mom, telling her that she really needed to be feeding me a “balanced diet” of pureed foods by 3 weeks old. But isn’t the current medical thinking that we are supposed to wait until after six months? Or at least until the baby can sit up? I kind of thought it was, but a lot of people are telling me that they started their babies on solids at 3 or 4 months and that the baby loved eating from a spoon right away.
With my older kids, I sometimes played around with a little applesauce on a spoon at 5 or 6 months, just to see what they would do, but really, I didn’t get serious about adding solids to their regular diets until they started actively reaching for stuff on my plate while I ate with them in my lap.I think I will probably stick to that same general solids timeline for Baby G., even though I am getting an awful lot of unsolicited advice telling me that she needs something more substantial right now, at four months old (like a steak? or maybe some lasagne?).
How about you? I am curious to hear from other mamas on how and when you decided your baby was ready for solids. What did your pediatrician advise? Did a lot of people chime in with their opinions when your baby reached a certain age? And how did your baby react when you did start trying to offer mashed up sweet potatoes and the like? Tell me in the comments below.
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