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When should I start feeding my baby solids?

 

Hi, I'm a first time mum of a beautiful little girl who's just turned 5 months. I was giving her some baby porridge to try and get her through the night, but it didn't really make any difference. I stopped and I'm giving her breast feeds most of the day and the odd formula now and again if I'm out and at night around 12 o'clock as a dream feed so she doesn't wake up.

However, I was just wondering is it OK to stop and wait until she's 6 months and start properly then?  What should I feed her? How often does she need feeding? As in how many solid feeds will she need? And how many milk feeds will she still need? 

Thank you in advance smiley


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Hi Miranda,
With babies, it's all about reading their cues. You need to see how they respond to changes in their normal feeding pattern.
Going onto solids is a big deal for some babies and others love trying new foods. I would suggest to wait until she is about 5.5 months, then try giving her the baby porridge in the morning for a couple of week. Just knock out one milk feed in favour of the porridge, or maybe give her just a couple of ounces alongside it. 

If she responds well, after a couple of weeks move onto a solid feed in the afternoon. I love the HIPP organic baby meals from 4 months+ and drop another milk feed. 

See how you get on. It's all trial and error at the end of the day as every baby is different.


What should I feed her? How often does she need feeding? As in how many solid feeds will she need? And how many milk feeds will she still need? 
I'm a baby led weaning fan myself, so I'd say, keep up with the breastfeeding until baby is six months, then start to give her food she can eat herself, we cut up cucumbers and carrots, out little girl loved them. Make sure they are long enough for her to hold in her little fist and have enough length to eat from the top.

The great thing about baby led weaning is that your child learns how to eat on their own much earlier, so no aeroplanes for you when they're 2 years old! 

There's a great book on baby led weaning (called baby led weaning), here's the link for that book and some other good ones too including a cook book. 



  • SuzieQ32
  • @2014-02-12 11:10:54
  • United Kingdom
  • Age: 37
Here's how you know your baby is ready to start eating solids.

- If baby is between 4 - 6 months 
- Not satisfied my their milk feeds
- Demanding more milk feeds
- Waking in the night for feeds, when she had previously slept through the night
- Watches others eating
- She can support her own head and neck in a sitting position

  • DIYmummy
  • @2014-02-12 11:17:20
  • United Kingdom
  • Age: 40
Try her on fruit purées, you can buy them ready made or get yourself a smoothie maker or food processor and make your own meals. 

Also give these veggies a go, carrot, parsnip, swede and sweet potato, the natural sweetness makes them a popular choice with little tums. 

You will only need to give her very small amounts in the early days as their tummies are so tiny. 
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