From Bean to Sprout

a first time mom's forray into parenthood

Solids: When to start April 19, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — frombeantosprout @ 12:15 pm

I’ve been reading a bit about when to start giving solids to babies. It seems like the standard answer is 6 months however I’ve seen some studies that suggest you can start as early as 4 months with cereal. The prospect of feeding Henry solids at 4 months is both appealing and scary at the same time. It would be great if he’d sleep a bit longer through the night instead of waking up every 3-4 hours and I feel eating solids would probably help that but at the same time, I feel a strong bond with him while breastfeeding and I’m worried I’d lose that. For the moms that are reading, how long before you started solids?

I feel like every day now, Henry goes through these giant developmental steps. On Sunday, he tried grasping at one of his toys which was amazing to watch as he struggled to figure out how to move his hand to reach for the toy. He’s also trying to grab his feet now when he can see them. He’s a lot chattier as well. On Saturday night, we had gone to dinner at Gillian and George’s and on the way back, he chatted with Ginger the entire ride home. He says “HEY!” a lot which I’m convinced is his way of trying to get our attention.

We got a loaner Bumbo chair this weekend as well. Henry’s a little small for it since he doesn’t have complete neck control yet but he sat in it for a while as I supervised him. The pictures are kind of funny since it looks like he has no neck and the chair looks like a little torture device for now.

You can torture me all you want, I'll never reveal the location of the microchip!

Alright, I'll talk!

Henry's new fun game: sticking out his tongue

We had some company today as well. Our friend Jen and her daughter Charlotte dropped by for a visit. I always love hanging out with Jen, she’s so laid back. Chris and I have always said we want our kids to end up like hers and that we hope to be able to raise Henry as well as they did for Hailey and Charlotte.  Their kids just seem so well adjusted. Thanks for coming by Jen!

 

2 Responses to “Solids: When to start”

  1. Whistlepea Says:

    I would hold off on solids as long as you can. It’s an old wives tale that it helps them sleep through the night and it can lead to food related health problems later in life. Also DO NOT put cereal in his bottle. It’s choking risk.

  2. Selena Says:

    Declan didn’t start solids till about 6 months. You’ll know when he is ready. First of all he’ll be sitting on his own (about 6 months but some babies develop later and the sitting provides a better marker than age). Another marker is that he has to be able to push food to the back of his mouth with his tongue. Picture the parent sitting there re feeding the same spoonful of cereal over and over and as the child pushes it out of his mouth because he has no clue what it is or what to do with it let alone the capability to push it to the back of his mouth and swallow it. Also, he’ll start reaching for food on your plate, probably the most obvious sign he is ready. He’ll want to imitate and put food that you put in your mouth into his. Until then I would suggest sticking to breastfeeding. Don’t worry about him giving that up though. Even with solids he’ll still be feeding from you on a regular basis.

    As for the sleep thing, he’ll sleep through the night when he’s good and ready. Declan sleeps 12 hours but is up twice for a snack. Don’t rush it, they grow up so fast as it is!!!


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