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Starting solids and baby not sleeping well since??....Advice??

Well Kira is 5.5 months old and i have started (and stopped) giving solids to her a few times over the last 2 weeks. The thing is no matter what i try, rice cereal, fruits, vegies, mashed potato & pumpkin (all homemade other then the rice cereal with no salts/ sugars or anything except the vegie or fruit pureed) but everytime without fail it causes her to be badly unsettled every night with sudden bursts of screaming and generally stirring and crying every few minutes!! When i stop the solids she goes back to normal. Yesterday i tried again and all she had all day was about 5 tea spoons of Farex rice cereal mixed with formula and she was up all night crying and screeching untill 6am this morning.

Has anyone gone through this or know what i can do?

She is intensly interested in everything i eat and constantly reaches for whatever im eating, copies my chewing motion when she watches me eat and seems unsatisfied now with just her bottle.

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Asked by mummsey at 9:57 PM on Apr. 12, 2011 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • most docs say not to feed them solids until 6 months because babies digestive tract isnt fully developed at least until then. I would just go back to the bottle for awhile, and try semi-solids again later. She might be showing physical signs of readiness but I don't think she's biologically ready.

    Answer by an-apple-a-day at 10:00 PM on Apr. 12, 2011

  • sounds like you gave her a lot to try already. you might want to stop for a week or more, and then try again with only one food, ( just a few spoon, only once a day). easily digestable product like carrots or bananas.

    Answer by kokomaman at 10:02 PM on Apr. 12, 2011

  • Sometimes when a child is going through a milestone they have trouble sleeping. DS does this all the time. Our DR told us to start cereal at 4 months then at 6 months we started one veggie at a time until we were thru them. Then we went on to fruits and so on.

    Answer by Liamsmom09 at 10:03 PM on Apr. 12, 2011

  • Also try not to give her food at least 3 hours before going to bed, and watch for sickness or rashes. Talk to your doc.

    Answer by kokomaman at 10:03 PM on Apr. 12, 2011

  • Rice cereal is HARD on their bellies and isn't good for them anyway. Wait a couple weeks and the try Avocado. Interest in your food is a reflex. True signs that she is ready is the ability to sit unassisted and to grab food and bring it to her mouth and chew it.


    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 10:05 PM on Apr. 12, 2011

  • sorry i wasnt really clear... she hasnt actually had more then a few teaspoons all up in any 24 hours and its been for one day here then one day there because each time iv noticed the reactions at night. i was told to only start her on home made fruit or vegie or farex rice cereal by my doc who said as she was in the 75 percentile for her weight and height and to give it a go. but maybe your right maybe she just isnt ready...

    any advise on what to start on again in a few weeks then?

    Comment by mummsey (original poster) at 10:08 PM on Apr. 12, 2011

  • Avocado, bananas and baked sweet potatoes are the best starter foods.

    Size has nothing to do with her stomach and intestine readiness.

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 10:10 PM on Apr. 12, 2011

  • maybe wait a month or so, there really isnt a rush, everyone will tell you different ways of introducing foods etc, my Dr said to start with fruits, the same fruit for 2-3 days to watch for any allergies then to move onto vegetables, it worked well for us, we started with banana maybe she just needs a bit more time then to be introduced slowly

    Answer by Princess_s21 at 10:14 PM on Apr. 12, 2011

  • bananas, applesauce give the same fruit for 2-3 days to make sure no reaction, then offer a different fruit for 2-3 days till you have offered all fruits; wait about 2 weeks then offer vegetables

    Answer by Christmaslver68 at 7:47 AM on Apr. 13, 2011

  • I started with veggies first. Carrots fist and ended with peas last since they are so thick. I did fruit after because children prefer fruit because it is sweet. I thought it would be easier to try out veggies so he would eat them before getting used to the sweet fruit.

    Answer by Liamsmom09 at 3:08 PM on Apr. 13, 2011

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