Monday, 05 January 2009
Guest post submitted by IamKelleyK
My baby is 4 1/2 months old. She has been eating rice cereal since she was 12 weeks. She was holding her head up well, didn't seem to ever be full enough, was still up every 2 hours at night, and was watching everything my husband and I seemed to eating. We made the decision to go ahead and start her on rice cereal even though everything we read said 4 months. She took to it very well, and since then we've added pears, green beans, peas, squash, peaches, apple sauce and a few others. She eats great.
At this point, I'm not sure where to go next. I spoke with the pediatrician a little, and he said to hold off on the meats and stuff until at least 6 months.
Right now, she has a bottle first thing in the morning, eats rice cereal with fruit midmorning, eats rice cereal with veggies in the early afternoon, takes a bottle mid afternoon and eats a little cereal and fruit in the early evening. She drinks 6 oz of formula before bed and sleeps for 8-10 hours. She still gets bottles through the day when she acts hungry also. She's doing good, but I can't help but to wonder if I should have waited longer, like the pediatrician said - if I had, she'd just now be starting on something other than rice cereal.
When your little one started eating solids, how did you progress? Did you listen to the pediatrician, or to other parents and friends? Do you think it's OK to not follow what the pediatrician says word for word?