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I know I should know this...

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?

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What is plablum? Cereal?

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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

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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.

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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 Smile

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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.

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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.

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Here is a pretty good list of reasons to delay solids:

http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/solids/delay-solids.html

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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.

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Thanks ladies, after reading that article (thank you prudence) I think we'll wait to 6 months. Now I have another question... Because they were 1 month premature should I wait till they are7 months?

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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 Smile

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Carter has been eating cereal and oatmeal from an infant feeder for a while since his reflux is so bad. My pedi says solids at 4 months so he has tried a few things. He really likes green beans and peas.

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Kesler has really sevre reflex too. Here they recommend waiting till 6 mnths but b/c kesler is 17 lbs ppl keep telling me to give him pablum. I haven't yet tho

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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.

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"Roobear" wrote:

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.

I agree completely. Not all advise is good advise!

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Meghan I agree completly and I rfuse to give it too him he is far too young in my opinon.

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oh boy Meghan do I agree with you and I get it all the time "He's 19lbs and exclusively breastfed? That boy needs some 'real food!" He's only 4 months old, and obviously if exclusively breastfeeding has helped him grow to 19 lbs it's plenty for him!

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"mandi04" wrote:

oh boy Meghan do I agree with you and I get it all the time "He's 19lbs and exclusively breastfed? That boy needs some 'real food!" He's only 4 months old, and obviously if exclusively breastfeeding has helped him grow to 19 lbs it's plenty for him!

DD1 was 19 lbs at 4 months and exclusively bfed and we got comments all the time. Some babies just grow faster then others. Aftet 4 months her speedy growing stopped and she only gained another 3 pounds between 4 months and one year. I think some ppl think they are experts ( especially family member, my MIL being the expert in ours!).

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I agree that size has no bearing on when they should start eating solid food, and every child is different. With DD, I had wanted to do baby led weaning, but we did start her on a small amount of purees when she was about 5 months. She was small, which in and of itself wasn't a problem, but her growth had REALLY slowed down, to the point where my pediatrician was starting to be concerned, so we needed to add some extra calories. She was exclusively breast fed up till that point. I struggled a bit with supply with her, although up until 5 months it was enough. At that point, we decided to add some solids instead of supplementing with formula, because she liked eating solids and absolutely refused to have anything to do with formula. Those few extra calories were all she needed, and it wasn't long before she was feeding herself finger food.

This time, if all goes well I'd like to try baby led weaning, and wait until about six months. Ronan is a giant, and supply definitely isn't an issue this time, so hopefully it will work out. I personally hate doing the purees, so the less we have to deal with them, the better!