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My boy is 5 months. I think he is ready to start solids. Advice has changed since I had my 4 yr old daughter. I want to know what to start on, what time of day and amount?


Posted by kjo81, 29th December 2016


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  • We tried farex with our daughter at 5 months she seemed ready for food. She didn’t like it but I tried puréed pumpkin and she loved it I gave it to her early in the afternoon before a bottle to see if she was keen for it. I thought if I didn’t it after a bottle she simp,y would be to full already.


  • The advice changes all the time, it’s so hard to keep up. I would start with a little bit of Farex stirred into the milk bub is drinking. Bub will only eat til full so you can’t over feed


  • Let baby take the lead, I’d probably stick to nothing before 4 months but each child is individual to a certain extent. Let baby sit with you for meals and gauge their level of interest.


  • The current advice from the Breastfeeding association is still 6 months but the paediatricians recommend 4 months. I split the difference and went with 5 months. The change to 4 months was prompted by the rise in allergies and (unless you have a family member with a severe anaphylactic food allergy in which case seek professional advice) you should try to introduce allergenic foods especially eggs prior to 6 months to reduce the likelihood of allergies. The current recommendation is also to introduce foods together not individually like they used to.


  • Things have changed but i think a lot of the advice from the past are resurfacing. I fed my babies rice porridge and fruit, veggies and a taste of whatever we were eating. They have no allergies rarely get sick and eat just about everything, Follow advice but don’t be to rigid about it. its a guideline as long as they are active, happy and healthy they are getting enough and will thrive


  • I always followed my blue book when my kids were babies and made regular visits to the childhood centre where the sisters were very helpful. What I remembered was starting light such as mushy rice porridge and then have milk afterwards ( so either breast or formula ) . The idea is they slowly get used to solids and drink less milk to get a balanced diet. Some foods included rice porridge and/or soft steam vegies, soft bread ( without the crust ), anything I can mash up etc..Talk to the childhood nurse if you can as they are really good with advice .


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