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When to give my baby solids? Phayyy 1 child; Jacksonville, Florida 9 posts
27th Dec '12

I have a premature son born at 21 weeks. He is now 5 months old but the doctors only consider him 2 months old. I have asked the ped, if I can try to see if he will eat solids but she said that it just depends on the baby, and it wasn't really a clear answer. I feel like he doesn't get full all the time off just formula, but I don't want to hurt his insides. The doctor also said that he is "mature" for a premee already holding his head up and breaking teeth, even though hes only "2 months". Any advice?

IDID-VBAC 12/09 2 kids; Alaska 44106 posts
27th Dec '12

6+ months. I would personally go off his adjusted age of 2 months, not his living age of 5 months. But I postpone solids until 12 months so the later the better IMO.

Kylees Mama 1 child; Faribault, Minnesota 4193 posts
27th Dec '12

His adjusted age, especially with that big of a gap.

[JadeLee] 1 child; Minnesota 12190 posts
27th Dec '12

They don't NEED anything but formula until 12 months. So I would wait until he is 6 months adjusted.

Jennybananna 2 kids; Gilbert, AZ, United States 25079 posts
27th Dec '12

6 months and I think it's by adjusted age not actual. Just give more formula of e is hungry no reason to rush into solids.

twingals 2 kids; Ontario 600 posts
27th Dec '12
Quoting Phayyy:" I have a premature son born at 21 weeks. He is now 5 months old but the doctors only consider him 2 months ... [snip!] ... that he is "mature" for a premee already holding his head up and breaking teeth, even though hes only "2 months". Any advice?"

My doc said to start solids at 6 mos ACTUAL age. She told me there was no benefit to waiting at that point, but just to go slow with introducing new foods (there is a dairy/soy allergy). We have been introducing one new food per week since 6 mos on the dot. They don't actually ingest a whole lot of the foods yet, but are playing around with it in their mouths to nail down the coordination of everything and getting used to the spoon.