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Solid foods?? Soontobe3lovelies 3 kids; 2 angel babies; Ontario, ON, Canada 306 posts
6 days ago

Ok, I'm honestly not trying to start anything. Just looking for people's honest opinions and viewpoints, especially if you have a bit of an age gap between kids.

My oldest is 7 1/2 years old. At the time, it was completely acceptable to have him start trying some more tummy friendly purée solid foods like apples or banana at 4-6 months. Same when it was my daughters turn and she is 4.5 years.

Now I am hearing that it is not safe or acceptable to start introducing baby to solids until 6 preferably 8 months. Just curious what had changed?

I know that studies can be done and granted what was done in the past is not always good - 60 years ago our parents were s*****g on lead paint toys as babies.... I just am wondering what you have done if you have kiddos with larger age gaps, especially if you were unable to Breast feed.


♥Jessie♥ 4 kids; 2 angel babies; Idaho 11740 posts
6 days ago

My daughter is 7 (November birthday) and all the same studies were out at her age and the recommendation was to wait until 6 months of age. A lot of doctors are older tho and were still recommending the old recommendation of 4 months. Just wanted to make sure you knew that the American Academy of Pediatrics has been recommending waiting until 6 months since your firstborn was an infant.

tinana+2[12w] Due September 6; 2 kids; Orlando, FL, Ireland 42456 posts
status 6 days ago

It wasn't really safe or acceptable back then either. My oldest is turning 9 next month and we waited until 6 months.

People read and hear what they want or look for all these imaginary signs and 3-4-5 months that their babies want all the food and go with it.

♥Jessie♥ 4 kids; 2 angel babies; Idaho 11740 posts
6 days ago

I would still wait until 6 months. It is so much better for gut health. They are starting to speculate that feeding before gut maturity is what is causing so many things like obesity issues, lifelong tummy upsets, sensitivity to gluten. I believe it with how rampant these issues are.

Have Heart 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Western, NY, United States 8010 posts
6 days ago

20 years ago, 2 months was acceptable. I guess it all depends on the kid, you're the parent do what you want. just be mindful of what it does to their delicate little systems.... and to wait a week or so in between trying new things to make it easier to pinpoint an allergic reaction. With my oldest, I started purees at 4 1/2 - 5 months, just little tastes to get him used to the spoon and such. he was bottle fed breast milk til age 1. with this kid, we're gonna do more of BLW.  he eats like 90oz a day, so we might try an oatmeal or something in the next few weeks just to give my b**bs a break. he's 3 1/2 months. I'd mix it with breastmilk though. Our pediatrician seems to think it's a good source of iron? she's pushing for 6-8 months old also.

DaniellaEllaElla Due August 5; 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Greenville, NC, United States 14828 posts
status 6 days ago

Quoting tinana+2[11w]:
It wasn't really safe or acceptable back then either. My oldest is turning 9 next month and we waited until 6 months.

People read and hear what they want or look for all these imaginary signs and 3-4-5 months that their babies want all the food and go with it.


^ This. 

My my oldest is turning 7 soon, and everything I read basically said 6 months was the standard recommendation, though ANY age that was mentioned was always followed with a statement saying "solid foods are not necessary until age one" or something. Because formula and breast milk are considered complete nutrition for babies. 

Jackie Burkhart 1 child; Baltimore, MD, United States 7327 posts
6 days ago

My son is almost 6 and that was the standard when he was born too. I think more like when I was a kid (I'm 28.) 3-6 months was the "norm" 

definitely wait as long as you can. 

♥Jessie♥ 4 kids; 2 angel babies; Idaho 11740 posts
6 days ago

Quoting tinana+2[11w]:
It wasn't really safe or acceptable back then either. My oldest is turning 9 next month and we waited until 6 months.

People read and hear what they want or look for all these imaginary signs and 3-4-5 months that their babies want all the food and go with it.


Yep.

Jackie Burkhart 1 child; Baltimore, MD, United States 7327 posts
6 days ago

Quoting ♥Jessie♥:
I would still wait until 6 months. It is so much better for gut health. They are starting to speculate that feeding before gut maturity is what is causing so many things like obesity issues, lifelong tummy upsets, sensitivity to gluten. I believe it with how rampant these issues are.


THIS. I've thought this for so long! that's why so many people my age have IBS, GS, Crohns, and other digestive problems/allergies, because our parents were busting our gut with cereal and solids before we could digest it. 

Soontobe3lovelies 3 kids; 2 angel babies; Ontario, ON, Canada 306 posts
6 days ago

Quoting ♥Jessie♥:
My daughter is 7 (November birthday) and all the same studies were out at her age and the recommendation was to wait until 6 months of age. A lot of doctors are older tho and were still recommending the old recommendation of 4 months. Just wanted to make sure you knew that the American Academy of Pediatrics has been recommending waiting until 6 months since your firstborn was an infant.


I definitely have a more 'old school' doctor. Lol. Same dr now as when my first was born. I'm going to go ahead and say you are right, 6 months was the standard when our oldest first started feeding, but I feel like I started letting him have tastes at about  4.5-5 months. I just feel like the dr kept recommending it at 4 months with both my others kids. 

bia. 3 kids; ., ., Portugal 100721 posts
6 days ago

My oldest is 9, and It was 4-6 months when she was an infant.. 

Soontobe3lovelies 3 kids; 2 angel babies; Ontario, ON, Canada 306 posts
6 days ago

I feel the need to say that I have not yet started feeding my now 4.5 month old any solids. But it feels like he is eating me out of house and home and he's formula fed with the gentle ease formula....

bia. 3 kids; ., ., Portugal 100721 posts
6 days ago

Quoting Soontobe3lovelies:
I feel the need to say that I have not yet started feeling my now 4.5 month old any solids. But it feels like he is eating me out of house and home and he's formula fed with the gentle ease formula....


Well, considering you should always offer formula before meals until 1 anyways, looks like you're shit out of luck lol..

DaniellaEllaElla Due August 5; 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Greenville, NC, United States 14828 posts
status 6 days ago

I guess I'm lucky I breastfed both my kids. I was never in a rush to get them to eat baby food or table foods because my breast milk was free and I'm cheap. 38

♥Jessie♥ 4 kids; 2 angel babies; Idaho 11740 posts
6 days ago

Quoting DaniellaEllaElla:
I guess I'm lucky I breastfed both my kids. I was never in a rush to get them to eat baby food or table foods because my breast milk was free and I'm cheap. 38


haha ditto!