Saturday, September 06, 2008

Random Poll Friday!

It's Saturday, I know. That just goes to show you what a crazy week we had. More on that later. This week's poll is about solid foods. Surprise. :p Since, you know, Elly is just starting to experiment with real people food. Whether you're aware of it or not, there's a lot of debate out in cyberland about when babies should start eating solid foods. The official recommendation is 6 months now. Some people are very strict about this, and won't start their babies on solid foods before the magic 6 month mark (as well as telling others they shouldn't). Other people don't think there's anything wrong with feeding their babies solid foods in a bottle by the time they're 2 months old. Most people probably fall somewhere in between. As is the case with me. I do have some concerns about starting too early, since there is some evidence that early introduction of solid foods may be linked to allergies. And, of course, there's the issue of the digestive tract just not being mature enough to handle anything other than breastmilk or formula. Personally, I think solids are okay once the baby seems ready to eat them from a spoon. That is, they can make chewing motions, know how to move the food around their mouth, and can swallow it. As opposed to just spitting everything right back out, and pushing the spoon out with their tongue. With my own kids, I just kind of watched for signs that they were ready. They showed interest in food when they saw us eating, seemed to drool a lot more while sitting at the table with us, were able to sit unassisted (or close to it), those kinds of things. For Tyler and Elly, that meant they got to start trying real food around 5.5 months. Bryan was more than ready at 4 months, and Kaylee was 6 months old. Interestingly, Bryan is the pickiest eater of the bunch so far. Anyway, what's your experience with introducing solid foods? Do you listen to the doctor? The crowds of people with advice on the internet? Your baby? For those of you who have more than one child, the poll is multiple choice this week. And since Elly is just too darn cute when she eats, here's a picture after she finished sweet potatoes. Which were a total hit. She kept opening her mouth and wanting more, and most of it actually made it into her stomach! :D

9 comments:

Jeni said...

Have you ever looked at that book "Super Baby Food"? It's a great book!

I've always thought 6 months was best. There are a bunch of food allergies in the family. The specific allergy items they didn't get till after they were 1. It may be a good idea to wait till after 1 to introduce any of the 6 or 8 top food allergens. I forget how many there are now, though maybe not practical since eggs and wheat are among them.

Kelley said...

I'm a rather lazy mom when it comes to solid foods. I may introduce something around 6 months, but I'm not very consistent about feeding my babies solid foods until much later. I think that is a good thing, too, since we do have an issue with food allergies in our family.

It'll be interesting to see when I start Rachel on solids. Certainly not any time soon, though.

Doreen said...

Good point about the food allergies. If there's a history in the family, it obviously makes sense to wait, especially on the allergy foods.

Jeni, I've heard of the book, never read it. From the reviews I've seen, it always seemed a bit over the top for me (personally). I'm not much into making my own baby food, I like the convenience of jars. Of course, anything I don't have to cook I do homemade, like bananas (if I have ripe ones around) or avocadoes. We really don't give solids a lot until the kids are about 8 or 9 months old, anyway (just once a day), and by then I have my little food grinder thingy that I can just use to mash up whatever we're eating (minus the salty/spicy stuff). :p

Kelley, I was lazy like that with Kaylee. She didn't have solids regularly until she was probably 8 or 9 months old, and just started eating some of our food. We'll see how I do with Elly. She nurses A LOT, and I'm ready to have a little break where I can go more than 1.5 hours without her wanting to eat. I'm hoping giving her solids will give me at least a little break once a day (you know, where I can maybe have my body to myself for a solid 3 hours or so). :p

Keith and Nicci said...

We waited until 6 months with Austin, but mostly because we were living with Beth and Kyle all summer and didn't want to start a new thing until we were back in our own place and own routine again. If we had been, I think we would have started him around 5 months since he was showing interest and a lot of those signs then. We'll just have to wait and see with this next one when it feels right. We're not super strict about the 6 months, but we'll probably hold off on all the high-allergy foods until a year for sure again.

kyleandbeth said...

So, I have to laugh because the recommendations keep changing. When my kids were little they were saying 4 months. You can't win. Just one more thing for parents to think the worst of themselves over. Can't we just be happy with doing the best I can? (I guess I should get my own blog to rant)

Anyway, I was happy to get them going on solids to I could have some freedom. Breast feeding wasn't all the joy for me that it is for others and I couldn't wait for the kids to have an alternative. All my babies started out loving food. Now, they are all picky eaters but getting better. I just tell Marcus he is going to go on a mission somewhere that they serve tongue or something!

Doreen said...

YES, Beth, start your own blog! :D They eat tongue in Germany. And stomach, liver, brain... I heard the South Pacific can be interesting for food, too. And Asia. :p

Doreen said...

When Tyler was little, the recommendation was 4 months, so starting at 5.5 seemed late. Now, it's 6 months, so starting Elly at 5.5 months is early. Go figure.

Alicia said...

I waited until ???? I can't remember when I started my boys on solids! Am I a bad mother for that? So I feel that you should start you baby on solids when they show the signs of wanting to eat your food and when they can keep most of it IN their mouth! I am big on the belief that EVERY baby is different and that the mother should watch for signs from their baby and not for the guidelines given in books or doctors.

Leia said...

We tried them with #1 at 4 months and she was not ready. Then I read about allergies and we held her off until 7 months.

With #2, she was having weight-gain issues, so we tried at 4 months, but she was also not ready. She was more ready at 5 months, but did not eat much until 7 months. If we ever have more kids, I won't even try until 7 months - that seems to be the magic number for us!