baby food

Anna Michelle - posted on 03/08/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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i was told to start w/ the yellow veggies then green. but i know some veggies are better for beginners. I am making her baby food so, I really am not sure what veggies to choose first. I bought asparagus but then I read that babies arent ready for that till 8mos. any reccomendations on which ones to start out with???

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Christianne - posted on 03/08/2010

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When I went to my Maternal and Child Health Nurse for my sons 4 month check up they gave me a list of foods that I could introduce to him and at what age as well as how to prepare them. It is roughly based for 6months olds but can be used for babies as young as 4 months.
Babies from 4-6 months can have: Rice based infant cereal, cooked apple, apricot, banana, mango, peach, pear, broccoli, carrot, marrow, potato, pumpkin, squash, swede, sweet potato, zucchini.

How old is your little one? It depends on how old but most of these foods are great to start them on most have to be cooked and mashed although there are some foods like banana and mango that can be mashed and fed as is. I was also told that it takes a baby 8 tries of one food for them to get a taste for it.

I hope that helped :)

Sheree - posted on 03/08/2010

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I started my daughter in the below at 6 months. she is now 8.5 months and eating everything we eat, i also included that at the bottom.
For breakfast she usually has:
farex, weet bix, toast, pancakes or scrambled eggs
Lunch is fruit, or fruit and yoghurt:
kiwi fruit, water melon, rock melon, peaches, strawberries, apples, pears, banana, nectrines, oranges, mangos and avacados.
Dinner veg include:
sweet potato, potatoe, pumpkin, squash, beans, peas, spinach, broccoli, cauilflower, chokos, zucchini and carrots.
I only puree (magic bullet) apples and pears as she doesnt like them cooked. The rest I just mash with either a fork or potato masher.
But now that she is eating our food she has, chicken fettuccine, apricot chicken, roast with roast veg, pork on the bbq, lamb loin chops and veg, meatloaf, spag bowl, rissoles basically whatever we are having for dinner. I dont puree her meat just hand it to her and she feeds herself. Babies have one of the best gag reflexes so generally if they swallow something too big they will bring it back up quite easily. Also for snacks if she is hungry through the day, i give her biscuits, yoghurt, toast or custard. A lot of the fruits and vegetables i give to her to fed herself as with the meats. Hope this helps a little :)

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Heather - posted on 03/11/2010

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I make my own baby food too. We started with squash, green beans and carrots. I introduced fresh bananas and avocados when I had them at home. I was planning on starting asparagus this week, but will do some research after your comment.

Vicki - posted on 03/08/2010

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There are so many different opinions amongst parents and also health professionals. We just let our boy eat whatever we're eating (with safety in mind, no whole nuts of course). Asparagus was one of his first foods as it's easy for him to hold and eat. I've never heard that they aren't 'ready' for it. We started him on solids around 6 months.

Christine - posted on 03/08/2010

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i bought a book from target full of babyfood recipes. mason started on veggies bc i didnt want him to have a sweet tooth like me. as far as i have been told you can start wherever you want but make sure in the beginning you only introduce one food at a time and keep the baby on that food only for three days. this is just to make sure you can track any reactions negative or positive. if baby doesnt like a veggie you may have to wait a while and then try again. i was told that sometimes it takes a baby 10 or 12 times before they realize they like something. mason started w/ rice cereal, then sweet potatoes, then all different types of squash. (cauliflower gave him a HUGE tummy ache, as did spinach puree), green beans, strained pureed peas, then fruits like peaches, berries (strained of course) and now at 10 months he eats whatever we do for the most part. good luck!

Serena - posted on 03/08/2010

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I'm not sure if you have already did this but I was told by my doctor to start out with fruit because its easier for them to digest and slowly work in veggies. When I had my son start veggies we used sweet potato first because it was sweet like fruit which made for an easier transition. Good luck

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