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What age did you start your baby on solids?

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October89 Sat 28-Nov-20 21:14:36

My baby is 5 months old next week. I think she would really benefit from some solid food. She has about 7oz 5 times a day and now she's started to notice and stare when I eat and makes chewing motions. What age did you introduce solids? Google tells me no sooner than 6 months.

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BernadetteRostankowskiWolowitz Sat 28-Nov-20 21:15:21

Easter Sunday for DC1, so she was 5.5 months.

MonkeyPuddle Sat 28-Nov-20 21:16:38

A few days over 6 months as then I could give him Christmas dinner as his first meal. He sat and gnawed on some turkey and carrots.

Happywith2 Sat 28-Nov-20 21:17:27

Dd was 7 months ( was not interested in food)
Ds was 6 months. Both where blw

AntiHop Sat 28-Nov-20 21:18:17

6 months

dementedpixie Sat 28-Nov-20 21:19:34

What benefit do you think it would offer her?

skankingpiglet Sat 28-Nov-20 21:24:16

Both DCs were around 5.5mo as they independently reached over and swiped food from our plates (you think we would have learnt with DC2, but no). It was in their mouths quicker than we could move, so after that we thought we may as well just get started. We had intended to wait until 6mo.

addictedtotheflats Sat 28-Nov-20 21:40:45

About 5.5 months, couple of weeks earlier than I intended but he sat unaided, no tongue thrust and good hand-mouth coordination. Did BLW

HeeHawSeeSaw Sat 28-Nov-20 21:55:22

6 months to the day!

Takethewinefromtheswine Sat 28-Nov-20 21:59:47

Blw at 6 months.

jomaIone Sat 28-Nov-20 22:04:00

Just wait until 6 months. The guidance is 6 months for a reason unless there is a specific reason as discussed with health professionals. Don't wish it away, I found weaning hard work.

CraftyGin Sat 28-Nov-20 22:05:07

When they grabbed them off our plates, around 9 months.

OnlyFoolsnMothers Sat 28-Nov-20 22:05:32

6 months

Phyzzy Sat 28-Nov-20 22:08:12

The guidance was 4 months when mine were babies. One started solids at 4 months the other wasn't interested until 6 months.
Big deal at the time, in hindsight it's insignificant in the great scheme of things.

Cheeseycheeseycheesecheese Sat 28-Nov-20 22:09:55

Christmas day, he was 5 months and a half months old, he literally had 2 or 3 spoonfuls of Christmas Dinner, he was much more interested in playing with the spoons.
He didn't start eating 3 meals (not always the whole meal) until he was 9 months.

SRK16 Sat 28-Nov-20 22:10:52

Signs of readiness for solids are not just about looking interested in food, they are:

They can stay in a sitting position and hold their head steady.
They can co-ordinate their eyes, hands and mouth so they can look at the food, pick it up and put it in their mouth, all by themselves.
The baby can swallow food. Babies who are not ready will push their food back out with their tongue, so they get more round their face than they do in their mouths.

Taken from

I weaned at 6 months.

londongirl12 Sat 28-Nov-20 22:11:17

6 months, like all the experts say

Megan2018 Sat 28-Nov-20 22:13:28

Just over 6 months, anything earlier than 6 months should be on medical advice only.
There is no good reason to start earlier otherwise and it can be harmful.

TiptopJ Sat 28-Nov-20 22:13:35

With ds he had his first taste of food at about 5 1/2 months and I think ill probably do the same with dd next month. Just a spoon or two of mushed fruit or veg though so not really weaning more of an introduction to different flavours.

MrsWooster Sat 28-Nov-20 22:14:04

If she’s 5 months then you’re nearly there. Why not go for baby led weaning and just let her have access to a few grabbable bits and pieces so she can get a run up towards her 6th monthiversary? My DS started at almost 6 months straight onto things like roast par op and dd started about 4 months on docs advice as she has some digestive issues and she was more into mushy things like banana-a MUCH messier business!!

ShirleyPhallus Sat 28-Nov-20 22:15:24


When they grabbed them off our plates, around 9 months.

9 months? Is that a typo?

DerbyshireMama Sat 28-Nov-20 22:16:01

About 5.5 months for very first tastes, settling into more of a routine at 6 months.

AnneLovesGilbert Sat 28-Nov-20 22:21:56

6 and a bit months. She wasn’t at all bothered. Don’t rush it, it’s a massive bloody faff.

Todaytomorrow09 Sat 28-Nov-20 22:22:58

4 months with my first as that was the guidelines with my first at the time.
Guidelines was 6 months with my second but due to other reason the consultant at hospital advised 4,.5 months - but if it wasn’t for that I would have waited till 6 months.

ShowOfHands Sat 28-Nov-20 22:33:10

6 months.

Watching you isn't a sign. They watch you use knives and drive too, definitely doesn't mean anything!

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