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Hi everyone

My daughter has just turned 4 months and I think she is ready to start trying solids as she is showing all the signs...! However, the nurse at the ECC advised it is best to start introducing solids when baby is at least 6 months. Any advice? Would appreciate hearing from any mums who started earlier...or anyone who has an opinion...

Gabriella, Chiara & angel called home


Well as you mentioned, it now recommended that babies don't start solids till 6 months. Although i can guarentee you will get lots of replies about bubs who have started earlier!

My opinion, unless your daughter seems unsatisfied now with just the bottle, or isn't gaining enough, i would hold off as long as you can! I started my son on solids at 5 .5 months and he is a big boy! My daughter started at 4 months, but she wouldn't take much bottle, as she had tongue problems with sucking.

I think there is nothing wrong with starting earlier, if that is what your bub needs,


DD5, DS3, DS lost to SIDS at 6mths & DD6m

Hi Tepe

Thanks for your message! Gabriella is thriving on breastmilk at the moment and there is no real reason for me to start her on solids yet - I think I am an over-eager parent! The nurse mentioned that feeding them early can lead to development of allergies later in life. Have you heard anything about that?

Gabriella, Chiara & angel called home

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Hi again,

Yes i have heard of the allergies and intolerances, this is the main reason to delay them. It is even more relevant if there are either of these in your family history. The other main reason is the bubs digestive system is still very immature and cannot handle some food.

Best of luck, it sounds as though your little one is doing very well with the Breast feeding. I agree though, starting solids is quite exciting when you have only ever fed them milk,


DD5, DS3, DS lost to SIDS at 6mths & DD6m

my daughter is almost 5mths. and she has been eyeing off my food for a while now. every 2nd day she has a few teaspoons of rice cereal and this seems to stop her from grizzling while we are eating. but the more i give her the more she wants. i wont give her much else besides rice cerearl til she starts showing that she wants something else. i did try a bit of puree apple mixed in with the rice cereal but she didnt like it. sometimes she goes 3 days between cereal. but when she has it i give it to her at the same time (6pm) everytime.

just do it slowly. dont give too much at first cause it changes their poo's and could give them a tummy ache if they have too much at first.

like when we eat and we are so full that we have to undo the button on our jeans for relief smile

DD 13/11/03 -DD 11.11.05 - DS 17.4.08

My Daughter is doing the same, she's quite happy to reach out for my coffee or toast. Only to have me tell her how nice it is and she'll have to wait!! HAHA.
She is really starting to go off her bottle lately though, she'll have 140mls at the moment and then that's a struggle. Im taking her for a check up tomorrow because on the weekend we discovered teeth!!! ekkkkk at 4.5 months!!!!! so I think my little baby (she is growing up to fast) might need more than the bottle. She's also not sleeping through the night as she did before, so now that teething is on the cards I can understand why she's changed.

Kerryn, SA, baby girl 20/11/03

My daughter is 13 weeks and is starting to show the signs of solid readiness, too. I asked her paediatrician a few weeks ago when I could start her on solids (as Karitane said not to start until 6 months, etc. because the World Health Organisation recommends it), and he said it's ok to start her at 4 months, and the thing recommended by WHO is just a guideline. He also said that every baby is different and to watch out for allergies.
So, I'm starting her at 4 months as it seems that I'm not making enough milk for her (she's doing the 45 minute sleep thing), despite letting her feed longer, expressing, more feeds, etc., and I don't want to give up on the breastfeeding.
If you think that she needs solids at 4 months, then go ahead!

Angela, NSW

I started my son at 5 months on rice cereal mixed with breastmilk. He loved it, and I am slowly introducing apple and pear purees and potato and pumpkin purees.

I knew he was ready when he started waking at night for feeds, when he didn't seem satisfied after some feeds and when he was intently watching us eat. I also thought the tongue reflex was gone.

I thought I'd give it a go and see if he was ready and he was. So try it and see.

SA, 2 boys

Thanks to all of you who responded! I appreciate your thoughts and advice. I have decided to wait another month before I start giving solids. She is thriving on breastmilk so why interfere!

Gabriella, Chiara & angel called home

Hi again,

Just a thought....there is no reason why you couldn't start cooking and pureeing some food now. Veges are suppose to be fine for three months or so, just label and date anything you freeze. Just that you mentioned how exciting it can be, after only breastfeeding.

Why didn't i think of that for myself, :~


DD5, DS3, DS lost to SIDS at 6mths & DD6m

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