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Solid foods for baby...

We've been discussing this over in November (as you know I post on both!) and I was wondering what our December moms were going to do as far as solid foods for your LO? When will you start with them (if you haven't already)? Will you start with rice cereal... in the bottle or spoon-fed? Jar foods? Homemade baby food?

I think I'm going to start Trystan on rice cereal mixed with apple juice next week, as he's really been eyeballing me eat my own food lately and smacking his gums at it! I will probably hold off on jar food until around 6 months, as I've read that BF babies are OK to wait on that.

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My boy hasn't had any food yet but my girl was getting rice cereal to thicken breastmilk in the bottle in an attempt to help her eat. It didn't help so we're back to no food and will probably hold off until 6+ months since my guys are pretty little.

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We are going to do baby led weaning. We won't do cereal at all...her first food will be at six months unless she shows lots of readiness before that. I will probably give her some avocado, banana, or maybe sweet potato to gum on. I will probably do a few purees too. I am going to make my own, I got a baby bullet for Christmas Smile

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Ryan is already on rice cereal for his reflux. I won't start jar food until he is 6 months. I had no intentions of starting him on cereal until then either but life threw us a curve ball. Plus he has a milk protein allergy so we will really have to watch him with table foods. They recommend no dairy until at least a year for kids with an allergy.

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We will wait till at least 6 months too for solids. I got a baby bullet as well so will be making lots of our own baby food.

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I posted in Nov Smile But 6 months plus here too. I'm in no rush, Rory eyes everything I do so I don't pay it much mind when he watches me eat. I will, however, likely do pre-packaged baby food when I use it. I like baby-led weaning and DS 1 didn't really get in to solids with much gusto until 9 months and by 11 mo was off all baby food. But I'm REALLY lazy about homemade puree....I just bought it....maybe I'll be more motivated this time but I doubt it Wink I have like 6 cases of organic baby food from work so I'll use that this summer

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I will probably wait until around 6 months as well. I have a small blender to make baby food at home which is my plan especially since we will be heading into summer arond that time so lots of yummy fruits and veggies will be in season at the farmer's market. We don't have a lot of cupboard space so I cannot really stock up on a lot of jar baby food.

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I start at 6 months and start with avocado. I make homemade food, unless we are going to be out or in a bind I use jars. Seeing T eating on FB made me realize how close I am getting to this change Sad Where is the time going?!?!?!

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Trystan had his first bowl of rice cereal mixed with apple juice yesterday... and he devoured the entire bowl!! He was loving it! I decided to spoon feed him instead of giving it to him in a bottle because 1) I don't want to feed him a bottle, I want him to know that when he eats with mom, it's from the breast and 2) I don't have any BM to spare to mix with so I just did juice instead! I'm not going to do solids until he turns six months.

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My plan is very much like Hilary's. I will wait until 6 months or maybe a little sooner if she seems ready. We will start with whole foods like sweet potato, banana, avocado, etc. I love that we will be heading into fresh fruit and veggie season just as she will be starting to eat. I might consider some organic jarred food for on the go, but we have a manual baby food grinder, that can be used anywhere, so she will eat whatever we eat.

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"Starryblue702" wrote:

I'm not going to do solids until he turns six months.

Huh? Rice cereal is solid food.

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"triplespiral" wrote:

Huh? Rice cereal is solid food.

I meant jar/homemade foods. I don't consider rice cereal solid as it can also be mixed and given in a bottle... I just choose to give it to Trystan via bowl and spoon because I personally don't want to give him a bottle. I don't want him to associate a bottle with me, I want him to know that when he eats with momma it's from the breast, and that the bottles come from daddy and nana.

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I consider rice cereal solid food -- my definition of "solid" is more "other" anything that is not breastmilk or formula. I know some folks have to mix rice cereal with formula/BM for medical reasons but since I don't have a medical reason I consider it "other" and therefore a solid. If that makes sense. But it probably is a grey area. That being said I never did any cereals with Evan so I know nothing at all about them.

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The only reason I started Trystan on rice cereal is because he started to eyeball me whenever I would eat food, so I thought it was a good time. I only feed him that once a day, as I still want his primary source of nutrition to be BM. I probably would have rather mixed it in a bottle, but like I said before I don't want him to see me giving him a bottle, I don't want to be associated with bottles in his mind, if that makes sense lol...

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Krystal, how did he do using the spoon? Did he open his mouth for you to feed it to him or did you kinda have to coax it in there?

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"_Jessicah_" wrote:

Krystal, how did he do using the spoon? Did he open his mouth for you to feed it to him or did you kinda have to coax it in there?

After a few days he's now opening his mouth up for the spoon! He still is learing how to swallow it and not just "thrust" it back out with his tongue, but he's doing such a good job with it!!

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Bumping because now T doesn't want anything to do with the rice cereal!!! How strange is this? For the first few days he was all about it, wolfing it down and then when I've tried it the past couple of days he actually cries after the first spoonful and pulls away from the spoon. I haven't tried in the last few days and I think now I'll just hold off on it since he's doing better about BF... but has this ever happened to you BTDT moms? None of my others ever did this?

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I have very little experience Krystal so I'm not sure I count LOL but solids weren't smooth for my DS#1. He fought it and it drove me crazy. We didn't start until 6 months and one day he'd eat and the next he'd absolutely refuse. I did my best just to roll with it. If he wanted to eat I'd feed him but I only offered once or twice and then we'd stop or he'd get angry. Really I don't think he routinely ate solids until closer to 9 months and by 10 months he had quit purees all together. He wasn't really baby led weaning we did do purees and there were a few he liked but from 6-9 months the only thing he LOVED was yogurt and even that he'd occasionally refuse. Occasionally it drove me crazy mostly b/c I had a 9 month old that nursed all day (he did STTN though) and I was feeling like maybe I should get a little break but then it seemed one day he just wanted to eat food and it all fell in to place by 13 months he was weaned (no real effort just happened naturally) and he was eating all sorts of things. He's still kind of a picky kid but not unusually so for a toddler I don't think.

I will be curious how Rory does.

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baby led weaning. he's never had anything other than breast milk so far. we won't be doing cereals or and spoon feeding.

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I think that is kind of normal Krystal. My cousin's baby is 8 months and she did the same. She was loving solids and then just refused them for a few weeks. She is back to loving them now though. I think as long you are following T's lead, you are doing fine.

I plan to wait until 6 months, but gosh.... he nurses a lot. It's hard not to go ahead and give him some food. LOL

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I like the saying "under one, just for fun" then you don't stress about it if they suddenly decide solids are for chumps, lol Wink because you know they're getting all they need from your BM (or formula)!

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So I talked to our doc about solids at the 4 months appt the other day. He says the iron in breastmilk starts to decrease around 6 months so that's a good time for us to make sure we have started some iron-fortified foods. So it's up to us anytime now when the babies seem ready. I know my son will be ready first. Eee! Now it seems soon!!

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So I gave T some of the banana flavored Gerber rice cereal mixed with some water this morning, and he loved it! I'm keeping my fingers crossed this time, as he loved the other cereal at the beginning the last time too, then hated it after about a week! DH is going to give him some peas tonight, so we'll see how he likes those! His pedi said it's ok to feed him solids 2-4 times a day now.

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wow, trystan is just moving right along! I hope he likes the peas and cereal!

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I have given Vivian a little bit of cereal 3 times now. She loves it, and gobbles it all up. She does really well w/the spoon/swallowing, too. I've only been making about 1T but she eats it all. I'll wait a few weeks before introducing some veggies.

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We are going for homemade baby food. I tried bananas but she did NOT like that. Maybe try rice cereal again in a few weeks, or bananas again?! I'm in no hurry.

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T has now had rice cereal (which he did not like!), banana oatmeal, peas, squash, and bananas! He's my little solids monster now lol!

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**lurker** I just wanted to say that i LOVE my baby bullet. I bought it used from a neighbor and i use it ALL THE TIME....for myself!! I make fruit smoothies in it...lol. O didn't really get into purees - she perfers to just feed herself finger foods - we did more of the BLW, but she LOVES nursing still. so i stopped pureeing and now just steam foods for her (carrots, beans, peas, pears, apples)

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What age or milestones did you or will you guys wait for before feeding solids?

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"triplespiral" wrote:

What age or milestones did you are will you guys wait for before feeding solids?

I was wondering this too. I assumed I would be waiting until closer to 6 months to allow his digestive system time to mature but I see people starting earlier here and on other boards.

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We are waiting till 6 months as per pedi recommendation. They say it significantly reduces the risk of food allergies and since we already have to deal with the dairy/soy nightmare we don't need to increase Ryan's risk for any other issues. We will also wait for all signs of readiness (eyeing our food - check, sitting unsupported - nope, loss of tongue pushing reflex - don't know). He does not appear to be starving on breastmilk so I'm happy to wait.

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"science_gal" wrote:

We are waiting till 6 months as per pedi recommendation. They say it significantly reduces the risk of food allergies and since we already have to deal with the dairy/soy nightmare we don't need to increase Ryan's risk for any other issues. We will also wait for all signs of readiness (eyeing our food - check, sitting unsupported - nope, loss of tongue pushing reflex - don't know). He does not appear to be starving on breastmilk so I'm happy to wait.

This is one of the big reasons I want to wait with Finn. I'm hoping he will outgrow his dairy protein allergy around one year of age but I don't want to gamble with introducing other foods too soon and create more allergies that could last through adulthood. This info from Dr. Sear's website also makes me feel I would be better off waiting:
Baby's intestines need to mature. The intestines are the body's filtering system, screening out potentially harmful substances and letting in healthy nutrients. In the early months, this filtering system is immature. Between four and seven months a baby's intestinal lining goes through a developmental growth spurt called closure,meaning the intestinal lining becomes more selective about what to let through. To prevent potentially-allergenic foods from entering the bloodstream, the maturing intestines secrete IgA , a protein immunoglobulin that acts like a protective paint, coating the intestines and preventing the passage of harmful allergens. In the early months, infant IgA production is low (although there is lots of IgA in human milk), and it is easier for potentially-allergenic food molecules to enter the baby's system. Once food molecules are in the blood, the immune system may produce antibodies to that food, creating a food allergy . By six to seven months of age the intestines are more mature and able to filter out more of the offending allergens. This is why it's particularly important to delay solids if there is a family history of food allergy, and especially to delay the introduction of foods to which other family members are allergic.

So milk for him until he is closer to six months. He watches me eat but my pedi said babies' eyes track you doing a lot of things at this point so it's not always sign of interest in food.

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Thanks Christina for sharing - that's exactly the reason we are waiting. We might even wait till our next pedi appointment at almost 7 months since Ryan was almost a month early and we are away on vacation till he's 6.5 months old.

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One thing that has me confused is the conflicting information on exclusively breastfeeding and anemia. Some sources say to give iron-fortified rice cereal before 6 months to avoid anemia and allergies and other sources say the opposite. This recent study indicates that breastfeeding to 6 months has no bearing on infant anemia (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22043773). Our plan here is straight elbows on the belly or 6 months, whichever comes first, for my son. (I'm sure my son will be trying solids well before his sister because he's bigger, developmentally ahead and has never had digestive issues.) And we'll get the pedi's opinion again for my daughter at her 6 month appointment.

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"triplespiral" wrote:

One thing that has me confused is the conflicting information on exclusively breastfeeding and anemia. Some sources say to give iron-fortified rice cereal before 6 months to avoid anemia and allergies and other sources say the opposite. This recent study indicates that breastfeeding to 6 months has no bearing on infant anemia (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22043773). Our plan here is straight elbows on the belly or 6 months, whichever comes first, for my son. (I'm sure my son will be trying solids well before his sister because he's bigger, developmentally ahead and has never had digestive issues.) And we'll get the pedi's opinion again for my daughter at her 6 month appointment.

Yes there is conflicting info on when iron is needed. Thanks for sharing the article (though I only read the abstract Lol since I can only find studies from the early 2000's. I don't know if you go on KellyMom at all but there was an interesting posting about iron supplementation and breastfeeding there http://kellymom.com/nutrition/vitamins/iron/
My son's main ped said that Finn should be on supplemental iron drops since he was born early and she was concerned that he may not have received enough iron from me that last trimester. I'm not really good about giving him the drops now because he doesn't like the taste and when he spits up it stains clothing, etc. Hopefully he is getting enough from breastmilk though I worry that my iron levels may not be great because I'm vegetarian and not good about taking extra iron supplement beyond my multi (I've read that the calcium in multivitamin/mineral pills essentially blocks absorption of the iron in them). Need to go munch on some pumpkin seeds....

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"triplespiral" wrote:

One thing that has me confused is the conflicting information on exclusively breastfeeding and anemia. Some sources say to give iron-fortified rice cereal before 6 months to avoid anemia and allergies and other sources say the opposite. This recent study indicates that breastfeeding to 6 months has no bearing on infant anemia (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22043773). Our plan here is straight elbows on the belly or 6 months, whichever comes first, for my son. (I'm sure my son will be trying solids well before his sister because he's bigger, developmentally ahead and has never had digestive issues.) And we'll get the pedi's opinion again for my daughter at her 6 month appointment.

Thanks for posting that article. It is reassuring, although I have a few concerns for myself. I am worried because I was slightly anemic towards the end of pregnancy, severely anemic after delivery, and only back to slightly anemic at 7 weeks PP. I didn't take iron pills because they are hard on my stomach and I was (am) battling terrible hemmhorids and I'm not about to make them worse!! I get my iron checked tomorrow and that will be 20 weeks PP so we will see how I've done with just diet, I guess. but it has made me question whether I need to supplement with cereal at times. Ultimately I have decided the risk of cereal outweighs the potential/possible benefit of iron and she may not even need it anyway. But I second guess myself sometimes!!

What does straight elbows on the belly mean in terms of solid food?

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".hilary." wrote:

Thanks for posting that article. It is reassuring, although I have a few concerns for myself. I am worried because I was slightly anemic towards the end of pregnancy, severely anemic after delivery, and only back to slightly anemic at 7 weeks PP. I didn't take iron pills because they are hard on my stomach and I was (am) battling terrible hemmhorids and I'm not about to make them worse!! I get my iron checked tomorrow and that will be 20 weeks PP so we will see how I've done with just diet, I guess. but it has made me question whether I need to supplement with cereal at times. Ultimately I have decided the risk of cereal outweighs the potential/possible benefit of iron and she may not even need it anyway. But I second guess myself sometimes!!

What does straight elbows on the belly mean in terms of solid food?

Hemorrhoids are worse with iron supplements? I had gross butt issues after birth and took prenatals. Oh hi, I'm dumb ... prune juice and/or colace!

Oh the straight arms has nothing to do with solids really, it's just like a developmental step that we randomly decided would be our solids time if it comes before 6 months. Gerber lists it as one of the steps babies should meet before starting on step 1 foods.

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Hilary I can't stomach the iron pills either (make me nauseous) and bought liquid iron supplement instead. It is called Fer-in-Sol and I bought it at Walmart. It doesn't taste good but I usually mix it into a glass of juice and that way you can hardly taste it. It never makes me nauseous and I never get constipated from it.

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Oh thanks!! That sounds perfect, I will try it Smile

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Just updating on Trystan's solids regimin (sp?)... he's now eating oatmeal for breakfast, and then a fruit for lunch and a veggie for dinner. So Far he's had sweet potatos, carrots, peas, green beans (which he hated, so I won't be buying those anymore lol), pears, peaches, apples, bananas... he pretty much will eat anything!

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"xtinagreen" wrote:

My son's main ped said that Finn should be on supplemental iron drops since he was born early and she was concerned that he may not have received enough iron from me that last trimester. I'm not really good about giving him the drops now because he doesn't like the taste and when he spits up it stains clothing, etc.

I am giving Luke poly-vi-sol for this same reason. He was born early and didn't get the iron from me the last month. It is the nastiest smelling stuff. My pedi recommends giving it to him in the bathtub, that way if he spits it up, he doesn't get it on his clothes.

We got some baby food last night for Luke. I may try it today. We have been giving him cereal, but not consistently. I am kind of lazy about it right now. I think he is going to LOVE the food though.

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"gaidinsgirl" wrote:

I am giving Luke poly-vi-sol for this same reason. He was born early and didn't get the iron from me the last month. It is the nastiest smelling stuff. My pedi recommends giving it to him in the bathtub, that way if he spits it up, he doesn't get it on his clothes.

Thanks for the tip - I gave it to him during tonight's bath.

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So how are solids going for all the babies? Any tips for a solids refuser?

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Solids are going really well over here. Sorry you have a refuser. I gave Evelyn a spoon to play with and chew on for a few days. Then we just took it really slow. She only took a few bites the first few times I tried to feed her, now she's really got the hang of it. Maybe it's a texture thing. Are you making your own food or using store-bought?

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I am going to start them on Monday (6 month mark). I am excited! Elaina tries to grab all our food anyway. The only tip I have for a refuser is just what I've read, no experience obviously, but always heard not to push it and just try again in a few weeks.

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".hilary." wrote:

I am going to start them on Monday (6 month mark). I am excited! Elaina tries to grab all our food anyway. The only tip I have for a refuser is just what I've read, no experience obviously, but always heard not to push it and just try again in a few weeks.

We haven't really tried yet just given big chuncks of banana and Ryan didn't like it. We will start purees in a few days. If he doesn't want them I will wait a few days and try again.

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"triplespiral" wrote:

So how are solids going for all the babies? Any tips for a solids refuser?

Ugh. We have one of those. She started out loving rice cereal! She'd open her mouth nice and wide. Now she seals her lips shut, turns her head. I have to sneak it in. And if I can get it in there, she does like it and will eat it fine. I've tried moving her highchair (maybe less distraction?), a different spoon. If I let her hold the spoon w/food on it sometimes she will bring it to her mouth herself...if the food doesn't fall off before then. Wink Yesterday and today I've started feeding her when she would typically be due to nurse. She has been opening her mouth better then, and then I nurse her immediately after (and seems to be nursing just as well as usual). I'm hoping she'll just not be too fond of purees and love table food when the time comes.

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It's going insanely well here. Luke LOVES solids. He just opens his mouth and holds it open between bites lol. The only thing he doesn't like is peas and green beans.

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First day of solids yesterday: Went ok, but not fantastic. He opened his mouth at first but after 2 bites he didnt want to anymore. I think I got about a teaspoon in is mouth and about 1/4 of that down, the rest came back out. We tried sweet potato mixed with a little breastmilk. He had some pretty bad gas all night and two huge poops overnight, which is uncommon for him. We will see how it goes today. Oh and he also made a really disgusted face... not sure if it was the texture or the taste, or just the surprise of experiencing a new taste.

ETA: Today did not go well. He doesn't want it anymore Sad Will try again in a few days. He also has diarrhea now.

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"science_gal" wrote:

First day of solids yesterday: Went ok, but not fantastic. He opened his mouth at first but after 2 bites he didnt want to anymore. I think I got about a teaspoon in is mouth and about 1/4 of that down, the rest came back out. We tried sweet potato mixed with a little breastmilk. He had some pretty bad gas all night and two huge poops overnight, which is uncommon for him. We will see how it goes today. Oh and he also made a really disgusted face... not sure if it was the texture or the taste, or just the surprise of experiencing a new taste.

ETA: Today did not go well. He doesn't want it anymore Sad Will try again in a few days. He also has diarrhea now.

Sorry for the rough start. I hope it goes easier the next time you try. I think you are smart to give a few days break.

I have been adding some probiotic (break open capsule of Culturelle) to bottle of cool milk to give to DS since I was on antibiotics again for mastitis recently. It says it helps with digestive health. I wonder if that could help while you're introducing new solids.

DS had some rice cereal the past few days and I just added sweet potato today. So far I haven't noticed any BM changes or other issues *knock on wood* He also takes some sips of water from a sippy cup for practice and to prevent constipation as recommended by our pedi. He didn't seem too keen on the rice cereal at first but would get very animated when he would see me eat my morning oatmeal. He also hated the sippy cup at first b/c he would get so frustrated with it but now sips with holding assist. I think I will try some ripe avocado after a few more sweet potato days.

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Tried solids for the first time this morning! I broke up a banana into three pieces and let her play with it. She gummed it and made weird faces, it was cute lol. When she got a piece in her mouth she gagged it out, but we are doing mostly BLW so that's okay. I'm going to try cereal with a fruit or veg mixed in sometime later this month, as I am still borderline anemic so I'm concerned about her iron intake. Originally I was going to skip cereal altogether, but I got too nervous about iron after my bloodwork came back showing mine is really low.

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