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How Do I Know When He's Ready For Solids?

I can't believe it's already time for starting solids!

Cullen and I have reached that wishy washy grey area.  The four to six month period where you can start solids, but you don’t have to.  My pediatrician says it’s fine to wait until six months, and that I should read his cues to see if he seems ready.

 

He follows my food with his eyes now, and if I direct a bite toward his mouth he opens up wide!  Sounds ready, right?

But the real question is… am I ready?

Starting solids feels like such a huge step.  Of course it has to happen eventually, but I’m just not sure either one of us is really ready quite yet.  Selfishly, I’m feeling nervous about it because I feel like I sort of failed with the whole bottle thing (still not taking them, btw!).  While I know many babies refuse bottles around his age, I can’t help but wonder if he stopped because I wasn’t consistent or regular enough with offering them.

Once we start baby food, it needs to be something that is incorporated into our already hectic and busy daily routine.  I feel like we are just now starting to get into a good napping/feeding/sleeping schedule, and I’m afraid to introduce anything new that might throw that off.  I think we need a few more weeks to adjust and get ready.

I want to make sure that once we start, I feel organized and prepared.  As someone who cooks for a part-time living, you’d think I’d be counting down until I could be pureeing homemade baby food and freezing my creations into little trays.  And as much as I am looking forward to that, I think I’m still clinging to a few more weeks of just letting the boobs do the work.

Everyone tells me that when he’s ready I’ll know.  Even though he shows interest in food now, I’m still not sure that he’s quite there yet.  Can any moms weigh in — how did you know when to start solids?  (And what food did you start with?)


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