Starting solids was quite a big deal with my first baby and I waited not so patiently and with great excitement for the day I could feed my baby girl. At one of our checkups with the pediatrician she told us to start solids at 17 weeks and gave us some instructions on how to start. I just followed what she told us and never knew there was any other way. We gave her rice cereal at 4 months old.
Now that my 2nd child has arrived I know that there is so much contradicting information. One thing I do know after all my googling and researching is that to start before 17 weeks (4 months) is dangerous. However there is a huge debate amongst moms: starting at 6 months vs 4 months. The World Health Organization states that babies should start solids from 6 months of age.
With my son we decided to wait until 6 months old before we started solids, however he had other plans! From about 4 months old he started screaming whenever any of us ate anything and then when we were out to breakfast one morning I felt something on my hand and when I looked down I found he had managed to steal an egg off my plate and had eaten half of it before I even realised what he was doing. Then I started thinking about the debate about egg and when it is safe for baby! Some people say only after 1 year and others say that is from when the chicken pox vaccine was made from egg and it affected the babies but it is fine for them to eat egg when they start.
Then I have heard people saying the longer you wait to start solids the more susceptible they are to allergies and other people saying the earlier they start the more chance they have of being allergic. There is just so much contradicting information on the topic of starting solids. For example our pediatrician told us to start our daughter with rice cereal and now I have read that it is one of the worst foods to start with. How can this be when a doctor has advised this? Some website give rice cereal as the best food and others the worst.
My son’s 2nd introduction into solids came about when I was cooking supper and he was in the high chair in the kitchen playing with his toys. Out of the corner of my eye I saw my daughter next to my son and I turned around and saw she had Smarties in her hand. I asked her if she had fed him a Smartie and she denied it very enthusiastically. Then my son started laughing and blue drool came running down his chin, then my daughter started laughing. Ok not good, but they both had fun.
When he was 5 1/2 months old his screaming at the supper table became too much to bear every evening so hubby and I decided it was time to start solids. I cooked him some lovely home-made veggie purees and he loved it. After 1 week of enjoying his home-made puree he started screaming every night at supper time again. I was confused for a very short time until I saw he was looking at my hubby’s plate and was very obviously not impressed with being given something else. We went over immediately to baby-led weaning which is where baby eats exactly what we eat. I was quite astonished to see that at 6 months old my boy could pack back the same food my 3 year old daughter was eating.