Aiden is turning 4 months soon and I got him some solids to try out. Just in case! He has always been a real hungry baby so I think (I hope) he will like this and ready for it too. I prefer organic food for my children and this brands (Alnatura & Hipp) are just perfect. Want to know when to start with solids and especially what to give your little boo for the very first time? Please, feel free to continue reading!
What do health experts say?
Health experts and breastfeeding experts agree that it’s best to wait until your baby is around six months old before offering solid foods. The American as well as the European Academy of Pediatrics, the World Health Organization, and many other health organizations recommend that babies be exclusively breastfed (no cereal, juice or other foods) for the first 6 months of life. But what If your baby shows signs before this 6 months? Mine does! If you ask me, he showed signs that he was ready for solids after a week 😆 Just kidding!
If not now, then when?
I really do understand the struggle of most moms go through not to give your baby solids before 6 months! A lot of pressure from the media…and especially about ‘breastfeeding is the only best thing for your baby!’. Yeah, we know that! Thank you very much! But it’s not like your poisoning your baby when you give formula! When breastfeeding is just not working or coming to an end, there are lots of other options. Moms, have faith! We all want the best for our babies! Never doubt yourself! For me back then I asked myself a million times ‘If not now, then when?’. By that I mean stop nursing and switch 100% to formula. But there was this little voice inside my head who told me to hang on. Every drop of mother milk he could have was worth the struggle. So I chose this way.
I still breastfeed Aiden but besides my milk I had to combine this with formula because he never seem to have enough. I tried really hard to postpone the addition of formula but when I look back now, I’m so glad I did. Otherwise breastfeeding became a real struggle for both of us and I’d have stopped breastfeeding. It was a battle we both won actually! I listened to my baby boy and gave him what he cried for! Breastfeeding on demand was just not an option for me (believe me, I tried that too) because I was recovering from my cesarian. If i’ve held on to it, I had to feed Aiden every hour! You may understand that I also wanted to enjoy other things instead of only feeding. Let’s see untill when we both are ‘done’ with this hard, but beautiful battle called ‘breastfeeding’.
Developmental signs that Aiden is ready for solids
Different babies are ready for solids at different times. This cannot be determined by using a calendar. Most babies are developmentally ready for solids somewhere between 6 and 8 months. That is usually when they can:
– Baby can sit up well without support.
– Baby has lost the tongue-thrust reflex and does not automatically push solids out of his mouth with his tongue.
– Baby is ready and willing to chew.
– Baby is developing a “pincer” grasp, where he picks up food or other objects between thumb and forefinger. Using the fingers and scraping the food into the palm of the hand (palmar grasp) does not substitute for pincer grasp development.
– Baby is eager to participate in mealtime and may try to grab food and put it in his mouth.
But there are babies who are ready sooner. I’ve learned that from my daughter. I started to give her mushed pear at the age of 4 months and she liked it very much! She did not pushed it out with her tongue or whatever. She was curious about food! Besides solids around that age, I also nursed her. Today she is a healthy and happy 5 year old! Aiden does not really show physical signs that he wants solids, but he is hungry constantly. He is now 4 months old and I’ve started with adding rice cereal to his milk. After such a meal Aiden is just happy, satisfied and sleeps longer. I will extend his meals step by step by constantly adding different solids. I must say this new adventure starts with 1-2 spoons per day. In a future post I’ll share a feeding schedule with you.
When did you started giving your baby solids? Feel free to share!