All my kids were started around 3-4 months, the 2 boys it was about 3 months because back then, that was the guides/recommendations, blah blah blah. With Heather it changed to 6 months, but I still went with the 3 month thing. She had no interest and wasn't fully ready at 3, so we waited till 4 and she was good to go. Same with Hailey, waited till 4 months and that's when she was ready. Alyssa can hold her head good when we stand her up, sit with her etc, however in the bumbo seat, she still seems floppy to me, maybe she's just unsure on how she should sit, or maybe doesn't like it or something, so given that, I think I'll hold off a bit longer. I'm not in any hurry either, time seems to be going soooooooo freakin fast and she already seems 'old' to me and she's growing alot faster than Hailey did. At this age Hailey was still rather tiny, Alyssa's a freakin giant lol. I may try closer to the end of January with food, we'll see how she is with the head control etc in the bumbo. She's also getting belly time at least once a day so maybe since we slacked a bit in that area the last month or so she's just not strong enough yet.
That being said, feed your babies when YOU feel they are ready, not based on what the books etc say. They're only guides and recommendations and as I always say, they're not born with manuals that say when they're to have this or that. You do it when they're ready . Good luck!
Oh and Alyssa had a taste of gravy "it was made really watery and dabbed on my finger" and she absolutely LOVED it, she was opening her mouth and licking her lips and was super excited by it. So I believe she IS ready to try new things, however the head control thing is throwing me off which makes me think I should wait a tiny bit longer. Also, they change the guidelines so frequently that it's hard to know what to go on. They have changed, even if only slightly, with each and every single one of my kids!! My oldest was born in 2000, and since then they've changed when and what you should feed them, when they should be doing things, carseat laws, what should/shouldn't be in their cribs *right now Alyssa is violating one of the guidelines, she's got a blanket on her and 4 stuffies in her crib. Guidelines state absolutely NOTHING in the bed LOL*. I'm also slightly old school and go based on what I learned growing up with my grandmother and cousins, and what it was with my first. I would go insane if I even tried to keep up to all the slight changes made. They've even changed the needles and what you get about 3 times in the last year, now THAT is rediculous. I just walk in, hear there's another change and say ok whatever, as long as she gets what she needs just give it to her, shut up and get it over with. Ok, I don't tell the woman to shut up, but I sure think it lol. But in the end, if you're watching for readiness, allergies, troubles digesting etc, then if you were to try now, I personally don't see any problem. Don't know till you try
Babies born at 36 weeks are considered "late preterms" and typically we don't base too much on corrected age vs actual age. I would be inclined to wait a little longer, but your doc is the best person to ask that of. If they are on track developmentally I would just use their actual age.
With dd1, we gave rice cereal at 4 months, followed by green beans, then some fruit, I don't remember. At 2, she was diagnosed with allergies to egg, rice, green beans and peaches. So we are pretty sensitive now to what we will feed dd2 and when. We are definitely waiting until 6 months to try anything, and I'm still not sure what we will start with.
I'll probably wait unti DD2's adjusted age is around 6m. DD1 wasn't really interested in food until 10m and then she just liked toast and peas. I might do baby led weaning because DD1 wouldn't eat any veegies and most fruit pureed. I find introduction of solids to be a lot more hassle at the begining so I'm in no rush to start.
DD1 July 2008 (41w3d)
November 2010 (13 weeks)
DD2 August 2011 (33w5d)
I didn't throw in my original post but I also wait until after a year old for meats. I don't believe they're ready or able to digest properly until then. I still don't give my 16 month old any pork products because pork is hard to digest as it is, so I've put off that for a bit longer.
I also don't give him peanut butter at all (but I started almond butter at an earlier age), and have only done honey cooked in something, not any raw.
We're pretty clean/organic/natural/minimal sugar food eaters. I made him an applesauce cake for his first birthday, he's never had chocolate of any kind, and he just had ice cream for the first time last week.
With my first, who had reflux, my pedi suggested starting him on rice cereal at 4 months. He really wasn't ready so we waited until six months and then I tried avocado and bananas which he loved. We will most likely be waiting until six months and I think I'll skip the cereal and go with avocado and banana again and move from there. I make my own baby food so there should be lots of produce options available by the time he's ready.
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I will wait until 6 months at least to start anything with Miss S. My other two kids absolutely hated cereal and purees... I could not get them to open their mouths to take bites. So, they pretty much went straight to finger foods at 8-9 months on their own. I'm not even sure I'll try purees with her after my experiences with the other two. Although, I am itching to make my own baby food as we're back in the states and I have my food processor again! It is fantastic for making purees.
I don't understand why people always link a baby's size with their maturity! It drives me crazy! So because (for example) Kesler is a big boy, would they expect him to be walking at talking at an earlier age? Or at a later age because a baby is small? Size has no bearing on maturity and development (and not specifically talking about feeding).
I also had someone justify giving their baby cereal at 4 weeks of age because the baby was always hungry. She was formula feeding and hadn't increased the amount he was eating since birth. Yeah he's hungry, he's growing! Give him more formula, not cereal! Sheesh.
Sorry. I will get off my soapbox now. Every mum should do what is right for their family, and you take the outside advice that makes the most sense to you.