HOW TO GO ABOUTS FEEDING FRUIT TO A 5 MONTH OLD?
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Sheri - posted on 05/31/2010
Continue giving bottles at this age as much as she wants. That should be their primary food source until they are well established on a variety of solids, usually by the time they are eating 3 meals a day of solid foods plus snacks. They get the most complete nutrients from breastmilk or formula. Also, when you do start solids, it takes a while before their feeding behavior is well established. Before then, it is more about practice moving the food to the back of their mouth and learning to swallow it.
We started our DS on rice cereal once a day at 5 months. It was very thin and easy for him to take. We did this for a few weeks before introducing the foods. We started with green veggies first, as these are usually the ones that babies dislike the most. We began with peas once a day in addition to cereal, and continued like that for about 3 days. Unfortunately, DS got a little rash when he ate peas, so we stopped giving them. (This also happened on 3 other occasions, so now we know that it is a food allergy.) We gave green beans next, and he LOVED them! They are now one of his favorites. After 5 days, we gave carrots. Then we moved on to squash and sweet potatos, for 3-5 days each. After we got through all of this, we started on the fruits and continued with the same process. By the time we started the fruits, he was up to eating cereal twice a day. His breastmilk consumption went down from 30-35 oz a day to around 25 oz a day at this time, but that was because he had a well-established feeding routine. It takes some time, but it is worth all the effort.
DS is a year old now and eats 3 meals a day, plus 2 snacks a day. His meals are more toddler food at this point, although we still give him oatmeal and fruit or rice cereal and fruit/veggies. I make my own veggie food for him, and have for a while. So I make it thicker and chunkier now because he wants to chew things. I also give him finger foods and anything we are eating that is not too hard or spicey. In addition to all this, he also drinks 15-20 oz of breastmilk a day. He will occasionally get juice or water as well.
Hope that helps!
Amy - posted on 06/02/2010
If you start solid fruits she probably wont drink as much because shell get fuller. Unless shes just drinking so much because she likes to suck. Try using a nuk. my daughter had one from the day she was born until she was 4 months. its easy to ween off of. If you start fruit id do it once a day with a little bit of cereal in the morning, make sure its runny enough so she doesnt choke. good luck.
Brenda - posted on 06/01/2010
babies will take fruit no prob, its introducing blan veggies after they had that sweet fruit!! i steam zuccinni,eggplant broccli stems ect.into thick sticks so the can hold it.(messy but im ok with that) with a sprinkle of salt in the water to make them savory. i give my babies veggies before fruit so they wont think sweet is the only flavor. it helps them enjoy veggies but they still prefer the sweets.
Sherry - posted on 06/01/2010
I'd start cereal 2x a day... not a fruit ... rice cereal, barley, or Oat (oatmeal works) as long as it's signle grain..
7 oz at this age is pretty normal (my son's a guzzler and downs 10 in one shot and he's 6.5 months) Generally speaking he should have about 25-36 oz until he's about 7 months then it will drop down to about 24-30 oz
once he's been on a cereal for at least a week.. change it up (switch cereals or add a veggie/fruit-- we did veggies first cuz we don't want to fight with him about it when he grows up)
you may find that the AM solid feeding is accompanied by screaming (he's hungry and he can't have his bottle LOL and he wants it NOW -- or rather wants anything to eat NOW) it will take a bit of work...and patience.
ANyways, I'd start cereals, then veggies (currently have beets boiling on the stove to puree and freeze. Use your own best judgement though. Hope that helped.
Strawberries should be kept to last in foods to serve because of the potential for alergy.. but if you chose to do it sooner puree them and instead of water/milk in the cereal use the puree.. my son loved it (we just gave him strawberries about 2 weeks ago) but I would hold off on the citrus until at least 7 months.
Ashley: instead of berries and fruit try your little on on sweet potato, Peas, Carrots, Pears, Apple sauce (non sweetened), green and yellow beans, zuchini, squash, pureed peppers even (though I wouldn't recommend this one to start with) peaches, plums (and prunes), cabage (any variety), beets, avacado, aprocots..greens like swiss chard and that sort of thing is ok too. be aware that prunes/plum and aprocots have laxative properties so I wouldn't feed more then 1/4 cup.. definitely NOT a whole jar unless severely constipated
babies will also guzzle more formula/milk in one sitting my son has gone up to 50 oz some days but we try and keep it under 40oz
I'd only hold off alergy related foods until about 6 months.. then have at it... some doctors feel that if small doeses of these alergy foods are fed to a child they actually don't develop an alergy too it or became tolerant if they initially show an intolerance. (my hubbie was a cealiac but now can't get enough pasta or home made breads)
Sarah - posted on 06/01/2010
As for food allergies, a new study just came out that says withholding foods from your child actuallly CAUSES allergies, not the other way around. This is brand new info and was just published in Parents Magazine in June 2010 (pg 44).
here is the link for the American Academy of Pediatrics guide to introducing solid foods-
Sheri - posted on 05/31/2010
Here is our schedule:
(Keep in mind that my DS is a year old, but this is pretty much the basic schedule we have been working with....)
6:00 AM (or so) - He wakes up at about this time.
We give a bottle of breastmilk and he drinks about 4-6 oz.
Between 8:00 AM and 9:00 AM: Breakfast
We chose from these options:
oatmeal/rice cereal made with breastmilk, with fruit mixed in and sliced fruit (bananas, apples, strawberries, whatever we have on hand)
whole grain toast with butter, cut up
waffle with butter, cut up
Snack: Anytime between breakfast and lunch
Bottle, 4-6 oz (or more if he wants it)
Between 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM: Lunch
We choose a few foods from the following:
Gerber 3rd foods
rice cereal made with breastmilk
diced carrots, cooked
canned green beans
diced apples, or other fruit
Snack: Anytime between lunch and dinner
Gerber puffs or yogurt bites
Bottle, 4-6 oz, or as much as he wants
Between 4:30 PM and 5:30 PM: Dinner
We choose a few foods from the following options
rice cereal made with breastmilk
veggies, finger foods or homemade baby food
canned green beans
Gerber meats (I hate feeding him these, but he loves them!)
homemade mini meatballs, cut into quarters
anything we are eating that is soft and easy for him to bite and chew
Between 6:30 and 7:30 PM: Bedtime
After his bath, we give him a bottle and relax. He goes to bed at around 7:00 PM. We put him down awake but drousy, so he can put himself to sleep.
We give DS a sippy cup of breastmilk with all of his meals too. Sometimes we will give fruit juice in a sippy cup. (Only 100% fruit juice, mixed with a bit of water.)
When we started him on solids, we basically fed him breakfast only (rice cereal and maybe a fruit or a veggie). He is hungriest in the mornings, so we thought this would be the best time. He enjoyed it. When we added a second solid meal, we added dinner. At that point, I would do cereal and fruit for breakfast, and cereal and veggies for dinner. Eventually, we did 3 meals a day and came up with this schedule.
So to answer your question, I would give her sweet potatos (or whatever you want) for dinner, then wait about an hour before giving her a bottle before bed. That is just me, though. DS seems relaxed by a bottle after his bath and it is part of our bedtime routine. Plus, it's nice to have a bit of a full belly before going to bed. Hope that helps!
We started my son on solids at 4 1/2 months old. We started giving him veggies such as carrot, swede, parsnip, turnip, potato and sweet potato etc. He will now eat anything from brussel sprouts to apple and pear. He has a 5oz bottle at around 5:15am, his breakfast at 7am followed by a 5oz bottle, dinner at 11am followed by a 5oz bottle, tea at 3pm followed by a 5oz bottle then a 5oz bottle at 7pm before he goes to bed.
Vicki - posted on 05/30/2010
my daughter will be 6months on the 21st June. and with the help of a midwife we made a food table for her.
for breakfeast she has baby porridge (9am). for lunch she has purred fruit (1pm) for dinner she has a tin of baby food (6pm) for desert she has baby custard (630pm) then she has a bath gets ready for bed has a bottle at 9pm (210mls) then goes straight to bed and sleeps till 10am which is 13hours, she was NEVER like that until she started eating.
hope that helps you alittle.
Jenee - posted on 05/30/2010
Yes you can start solids. I would start out with about once a day till your baby hits the 7-8 month mark. When you start a new solid make sure that you feed that solid 4-7 days before starting a new one. It gives your babies system time to get used to it. Also if your baby is allergic to it, you will know what fruit to stay away from.
There are a few fruits that should not be introduced to baby until your baby is older.
Stay away from citrus fruits (such as oranges, pineapple, lemon et al) until baby is 10-12 months due mostly to the acidity of the fruit Stay away from Strawberries, grapes, or anything your baby could choke on.
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