Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Dean | 2008/09/16


5 Month old and solids

My baby boy of 5 months is exclusively breastfed. He was weighing a healthy 7.3kg at his 4 month check up. My paed suggested that I start him on solids at 4 mnths which I tried however he' ll open his mouth for the first spoonful and then after that clamps shut. I dont want to force feed him, but I' m a bit concerned that he doesn' t want to eat. I' ve tried different solids, e.g. rice cereal, cerelac, my own pureed fruit, purity fruit - but he' s just not interested. Do I just leave him, or keep trying every couple of days and hope that at 6 months he decides to eat. Is it bad if he still refuses solids at 6 months?

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Your baby is doing well and he is thriving on breastmilk. You can certainly wait until your baby is 6 months before trying again. It is no use trying to force him to eat solids.

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Posted by: Ally | 2008/09/17

Forgot to mention: if he' s happy and thriving on breastmilk, then there' s no need to start on solids yet. The recommended age is 6 months and since your baby is gaining so well, why bother? Follow your instinct  )

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Posted by: Ally | 2008/09/17

Don' t stress too much about solid food. He' s still getting all his nutrition from his milk for the moment and the minute this solid food thing becomes an issue, he' ll pick up on it and you' ll have a fussy eater for life! For now it should just be an exploration of taste and texture and not a " meal"  as such. A brilliant website for tips on making baby' s food and also when/how to start etc is www DOT wholesomebabyfood DOT com. Good luck!

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