Tuesday, August 25, 2009

TWO SENSE TUESDAYS #25...When to feed solid foods?

Being a new mother I seem to get a lot of advice, which can be helpful, but is also very frustrating when it's from people who are insistent that their way is the BEST way. I also get advice (because I'm an adoptive mother) from those who think that my son is just a stand-in until I get "the real thing."

Each week I will post a new question. I'd love it if you'd play along and offer us new mothers your pearls of wisdom.


How soon can you start a baby on more solid foods? What about if at 8 months he still doesn't have any teeth?


Debbie B said...

I know a 14 month old who has no teeth and is doing a great job gumming it all up.
So I would say start when they're ready regardless of how many teeth they have.

KLTTX said...

They don't really use their teeth to chew since they do not have back teeth. They use their gums. Go ahead and try. My Samuel had a really hard time with any texture other than baby food and he has 8 teeth. He just turned one and is starting on more solid food now.

Headless Mom said...

8 months is a prefect time to introduce all kinds of foods. They are usually curious to taste everything! I read in a book that as soon as they start reaching for 'adult' food you should give them tastes of it-be smart, though. Very small bites of soft food, and stay away from peanut butter, nuts, honey, or anything that they could be allergic to (if food allergies run in the babies' family. Do you know?)

SarahHub said...

I agree with Headless Mom - whenever they start reaching for it! Just soft stuff, but they love it!

Kris said...

I agree...but did you read the article in Parents that said kids who are exposed to nuts earlier end up having a less chance to develop an allergy to it? Unless of course, there is a family history of allergy.