Although he is just a week and a half shy of the 6 month mark, he has been eyeing our food for a couple of weeks now and is more than able to sit in the high chair himself so we figured we'd give it a try.
Day one was 1 teaspoon of rice cereal which he lapped up and cried a bit when it was all done because he wanted more. Day two was 1 tablespoon which he couldn't quite finish.
I thought the feeding was going well until I realized that at 10pm last night he still hadn't pooped all day. At that point he had woken up after just 2 hours after a previous night that was full of crying and hourly wake ups.
And then I made the connection. The rice must have been constipating him, causing a tummy ache and numerous wake ups.
So we promptly gave him a bottle with some water in it.
Finally asleep at 11 he woke up again at 2 and 5 (pretty normal for us) and his diaper was full both times.
So we're taking the day off from cereal today. I'm contemplating trying oats tomorrow.
And here I slightly believed that old wives tale of solids helping sleep :)