But when do you typically start babes on pablum? Everyone tells me a different times (some even say they should be on it now). I do remember putting DD1 on it around 5 months but I thought the recommended age was 6 months. I guess I could look on the side of the box!
Just curious if I put them on @ five months like I did DD1 is that too early?
My plan is 6 months for any solids. I'm not one to go strictly off an age though, we'll see when he shows signs he's ready like sitting and the disappearance of the tounge thrust reflex. My last two were ready around 5 months and he is trying to sit but we'll see, I could see him sitting in another month but you just never know when those reflexes disappear. I'm not in a real big hurry just makes life more complicated. Lol
I gave up on that stuff with my other baby. Waste of my time for no point, same with pureed food. He wasn't excited about it and I was doing it more for me and my excitement than I was for him.
Plus, since trying to give it to him, I have researched and I don't believe their little bodies can digest grains well at such a young age, which is understandable.
I'm going with more of a baby led weaning method, though not entirely. He can have finger foods when he shows signs of being ready.
With my now 16 month old, I tried so hard to get him to eat pureed carrots, and sweet potatoes and peas and all of those things, and he just refused! I couldn't figure out why, when everyone else's baby was eating jars and jars of food. He finally didn't really start wanting to eat anything until he was about 10 months. I finally would cut him up some banana and he'd go to town on it. Cook a sweet potato and cut it in slices with cinnamon, and he loved it and I was happy because I didn't have to feed it to him.
I'm kinda the same way... With a lot of things- I've learned that we introduce things because society tells us this is 'when' a baby/child should be doing xyz and then it ends up super frustrating!
Anyways, six months is now the normal time to introduce cereal and then you slowly introduce other foods. I'm in no hurry to introduce solids and unless Flynn really is interested, we will keep nursing and only introduce solids when he is interested in them
We didn't introduce solids with Hailey until just after 7 months. She wasn't interested, fully satisfied with breastfeeding etc. We didn't do the cereal thing at all, I think we started with avocado and then sweet potato or banana.
I plan on letting Audrey tell us when she's ready, but I do feel strongly about no solids before 6 months. I don't think their tummies are ready before that. I will also wait till she is interested, and can sit up. We did do purees last time, not sure if we will this time, or just do baby led weaning with finger foods.
You can start pablum/rice cereal around 4 months old but only a tsp am/pm to start. Solids (veggies/fruits) shouldn't be introduced until 6 months and meat until 8 months +. Every baby is different, all my kids have had rice cereal/pablum starting at 4 months and did great. Their natural instinct is to push the food out the first few tries but then they get the hang of it. It's not true that they "can't digest it", they will absorb the vitamins/nutrition of pablum but not hardier foods like meat/vegetables.
Here is a pretty good list of reasons to delay solids:
great link Prudence, have to bookmark that one for when my mom starts the 'that baby needs to eat some real food' stuff again
I think different pediatricians will have you start things at different times too. My ped doesn't see any nutritional benefit to rice cereal and says you can feed whatever with proper spacing between new foods after 6 months. Meat, veggies and fruits. With my first ds she even changed the reccomendation on waiting for peanut butter. I think the only things she still reccomended waiting on was pure honey and cows milk.