Exhausted and Confused?   Yes! I need help and more sleep.
Exhausted and Confused?   Yes! I need help and more sleep.
Exhausted and Confused?   Yes! I need help and more sleep.

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  1. Folusho says

    Hi, my baby is 4 months old, she wakes up about three times for night feeds.Its disturbing for me has I feel the breastfeed is not sufficient for her again. Can I introduce solids please?

  2. Emma Holderness says

    This now needs to be updated as recent findings have stated that starting allergenic food early actually decreases the chances of developing allergies.

    • Kelly Stellato says

      Hello Emma, thank you for taking the time to comment. We are in the process of updating our information. There was a period of time when the evidence from the pediatric medical community and the pediatricians we specifically work with acknowledged that there was now proof of no harm in starting high allergen foods early. It took a while longer for additional well done, peer reviewed, evidence based studies concluding that not only is there no harm, there MAY be benefit to introducing certain infant populations with high allergen foods at an earlier age.
      We appreciate your feedback.

  3. machurine says

    my daughter is 6months and 10days old.should I start giving her solid food like??

    • Jen says

      I started my daughter at 6 mos and 5 days with rice cereal mixed with milk. It really depends on your baby. If she is showing interest in food, trying to grab at your food if you hold her when eating, shows you when she is full then she is probably ready. Don’t be discouraged if she isn’t ready. My daughter showed all of these signs and when I tried cereal the first time she cried. We waited a few days and tried again at 6 mos and 8 days and now she can’t get enough. Hope this helps!

  4. Liz Johnson says

    My pediatrician says that we should start now and she is four months old. She has a very sensitive tummy and doesn’t handle formula very well. She is thinking it might help strengthen her gut. She has all the signs I’m just nervous it’s too early.

    • EmilyDeJeu says

      @ Liz Johnson – if your ped. says it’s okay, then go for it! You ped. knows best; you should follow his/her advice over and above anything you read here. If you’re concerned, bring it up, by all means, w/ your doc, but ultimately, your peds. recommendations are best.

      Good luck to you!

  5. Charlize van der Westhuien says

    My son was born on 37 weeks, and is now 3 months old. He has full blown colic, and extreme reflux. About 2 weeks ago our doctor recommended adding a teaspoon of baby rice cereal in his bottle once a day to help with his reflux. And it has made a huge difference. Finally all of us can get some sleep, although he still wakes 1 – 2 times a night to feed, we don’t have 4 hour long screaming sessions any more. (this can be due to the cereal or his age though) Our doctor also said that this can be increased to one teaspoon cereal twice daily,but we should not introduce any other foods for at least 6 more weeks.

    • EmilyDeJeu says

      @ Charlize van der Weisthuien – Sounds great! So glad your doctor suggested this and that it is working so well for you. Keep up the good work! And thanks for commenting. 🙂

  6. Cassandra says

    My little one is 5 months and 2 weeks. She was also 4 weeks premature but was a healthy weight (6lbs 6oz) and seems to be on the same development level as other full term 5 month olds. She become obsessed with watching me eat and loves. To smack her hands in my food. The other say, at a restaurant, she grabbed the spoon and gagged herself with it. First attempt, right in there. She has started sucking banana off my fingers and seems to enjoy it. I have got all my baby food stuff ready to go and I think well be starting it soon.

    • EmilyDeJeu says

      @ Cassandra – sounds awesome! These are all fantastic signs and indicate that she is almost certainly ready to start solids 🙂 Best of luck to you!!

  7. Katie says

    I started just recently she’s 4 months old now but she has for a few weeks mastering the if I scream while they eat so they have to pick me up and I can stick my hand in there food and try and eat it technique which also is kind of an issue because her pediatrician has us putting oats in her bottle due to a is reflux and her being allergic to the rice cereal, so we don’t really know where to start, so this has been a fun experience.

    • EmilyDeJeu says

      @ Katie – oh, this does sound tricky! Have you figured this out and made good progress?

  8. Luz says

    This article is fantastic. My mom keeps pressuring me to feed the baby, he will be 4 months this week, but he is not showing any of these signs except wanting to nurse more often. Thank you!!

    • EmilyDeJeu says

      @ Luz – glad you found it helpful! You’re right to resist outside pressure – when you start solids should be based on your healthcare provider’s advice, and your baby’s signs of readiness.

      Best of luck to you!

  9. kalpana says

    Its a great help to have a knowledge of small infant’s behaviour and needs through ur articles. I had been always wondering if my 5 month old had had enough sleep or not. Your articles have lighted my path.

    • EmilyDeJeu says

      Thank you, @kalpana! Glad you’ve found the site helpful 🙂

  10. Kelly says

    Excellent article! I started my son on solids when he was 5 months and 3 weeks old. I knew he was ready because he was stalking my plate with his eyes for weeks and started reaching out for what I was having. He met all of the other signs of readiness and I knew it was time.

    • EmilyDeJeu says

      @ Kelly — great timing! That’s pretty much when I started mine on solids, too. I could never make it exactly to the 6 month recommended window (they always seemed ready before then), but I figured 5.5 months was close enough 😉