in need of some help pls

Jennifer - posted on 02/24/2011 ( 23 moms have responded )

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my son turns 6 months on monday feb 28, and im wondering about some of the new food and drink options, when can i start giving him things like apple juice and prange juice, also what foods should i introduce first and then second, such as veges, meats and fruits?, wat about the color of the food does it matter if i give him carrots and then green beans?

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Elfrieda - posted on 02/24/2011

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I wouldn't do juice unless he's constipated. (and then apple juice, not OJ because it's too acidic.)

People say do cereal first, then veggies, then fruit, then meat.

I tried the cereal a bit, but went right to applesauce, then peas, and all kinds of veggies and fruit. I waited until my son was older, probably 8 months, before I gave him meat. I think the only real rule is to wait 3 days between giving new foods to the baby, so that if he has an allergic reaction, you'll know what caused it.

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Lise - posted on 03/13/2011

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Orange juice (all citrus) is not recommended until after a year due to how acidic they are.

Walaa - posted on 03/13/2011

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you can start with fruits banana,appelavery weak one kined you can also gave hem juice (orange)

Mary - posted on 03/09/2011

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I started my son on rice cereal at 4 mos because he wasn't gaining enough weight. Then once he was good at eating the cereal the dr told me to introduce veggie and fruits, I introduce the first veggie(squash) 3 days later because he took right to eating off the spoon. I jsut did what felt right to me my son ate atleast twice as much as what I was supposed to give him according to the dr. Just whatever you do not give your child all orange food my aunt turned one of her kids orangish, because that's all the girl ate. A variety of colors works best.

Heidi - posted on 03/08/2011

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with my son, i started out with plain rice cereal when he was around 3 months. about a month or so later i started with some fruits. and about a month or so after that i started on veggies. with the juice i think i got the gerber apple juice and watered it down and gave him a couple ounces around 6 months or so. you'll just have to try a couple things and see what works for him. as for the color of the food, i don't think that matters at all.

Sylvia - posted on 03/07/2011

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every baby is different and like different things. we started my son on cereals first at about 3 or 4 months. we started the stage 1 baby foods atabout 4 or 5 months and started stage 2 foods at like 7 months. we also started juice at about 7 months, his fave is pear! i was told not to do orange juice til like a year because of the acidity. he is 9 months no and we have started to give him some soft foods and the gerber puffs and lil crunchies. he has no teeth yet so i am kinda scared to give him table food. they say to start veggies first cuz if u give them fruits first then they wont want the veggies, but we did fruit first, we started it in his cereal and he did fine when added the veggies. hope this helps.

Ruth - posted on 03/07/2011

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we avoided juice all together until she was 14months old if she got constipated we would give her some apricots as for foods bland is best to start with like cereals we also then started to add some veges to her cereal,Sweet potato and pumpkin to her wheatbix for example

Judes - posted on 03/03/2011

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i've started on sweet potatoe,swede 'green beans. also apple and pear. and she loves banana cereal.

Charlotte - posted on 03/02/2011

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Everyone says to start with cereal and this is because it is what Doctors recommend. The truth is, the only reason they do so is that traditionally cereals (specifically rice)are less likely to cause an allergic reaction. I didn't do my own research and went this route at first too. My daughter ended up constipated very quickly. I did more research and learned about various foods, introduction timing and early associations. If I had to do over, I would have started with Fruits and veggies for sure. If you've already gone with the cerals, introduce a gentle fibre like pureed pears or prunes as this will balance out the constipating cereals, In terms of early fruits and veg, all things are not equal. Carrots and spinach are VERY high in mineral content...too high in fact for a younger infant to tolerate or absorb (9 months they're good to go though). Colours are great though. Butternut Squash is super easy to make (bake 1 hour at 350F then scoop out and mash with fork or blend and you're set). Sweet Potato, pears, apples (steamed then blended) are all great. Start slowly but remember early associations can be made and don't avoid giving baby something you don't like just because you don't like it! Silly associations we have as adults don't exist to a baby so, use his clean slate to help him have a varied and healthy diet!

Miranda - posted on 03/01/2011

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I would suggest baby food for dummies book, I cant tell you how often I reference it! my daughter is going to be 6 months next week. we started with rice cereal using her formula to mix it so it would taste familiar. I would do that until your baby gets the hang of eating it takes practice. don't be surprised if he only eats a bite or two at first. the book says to give each new food for at least 3 days so you know if your baby is allergic or not before adding more. butternut squash, corn, and carrots are good first veggies. then peas, green beans, etc. the book recommends fruit at 7 months and meat at 8. citrus is a no no unless your doctor says to give it. apple and grape juices that are 100 percent juice are good no added sugar. our doctor started her on 2oz juice mixed with 2oz water. careful at first because it can give them loose stools. we had to stop juice because that with the veggies had our girl pooping 4 times a day! hope that helps, message me if you want anymore details I got all the info from the books! im also making all the baby food which is fun and easy!

Tori - posted on 03/01/2011

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Start with the rice cereals and mix them very watery at first. We were told to start fruits first around 6 months. We waited about 5 days to a week between starting a new one because my daughter had a sensitive stomach and to look for allergies. Once we introduced all the first step fruits, we moved onto veggies and followed the same process. We didn't do meats until about 9 and a half months, and she hate them haha!! She is 18 months and will eat like lunch meat but the pureed meats she hated. We were told not to do juice because it is very sugary and absolutely no oj because it is so acidic.

Lauren - posted on 03/01/2011

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We started off on banana at 6 months, then sweet potato, pumpkin and now we have a combo of all the veggies (sweet potato, carrot, pumpkin, spinach). My son hated the maize cereals. He had a slight reaction (red bum) to apple but now is fine with it. For lunch we are having yoghurt (plain) with pear or banana mixed in. We stay away from juices but he has sips of water during the day

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avoid fruit juices unless constipated. always offer water first. offer booby or bottle before solid feeds. start with bland foods like cereals mixed with breast of formula milk. then try small amounts of pureed fruits like apples, bananas(make sure banana really pureed, hard to get rid of all lumps sometimes). try mixing cereals with fruit to make a bit more thicker after being on solids for a while. then around 7 months start with meats and other foods. have fun with feeding times, never rush it. let baby have a turn with the spoon with a dribble of food on it - only when you say baby can have a turn after you have done the majority of feeding. mixing diferent colours of food is fine, prob more interesting =)

Erin - posted on 02/28/2011

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starting with the baby cereals first the slowly making your way into the other foods or his gets the hang of eat start adding vegies in with the cereal i always started with vegies first as fruits are alot sweeter and it could be harder to get them to get the vegies are something sweet with things like meats i cant remember at what age they reconmend starting a kid on the but you should be able to get a chart for your dr or chemest showing at what age should foods be introduct but by getting the 4 or 6months rice baby cereal is the best place to start instrouctions on how to mix are on the back of the box i also didn't let my kids have any juices or anything sweet until they where 1 only fruit as a sweet my kids where happy with water and milk

Mary - posted on 02/27/2011

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also another thing my doctor told me to slow down on formula still give her formula just not as much maybe 3 bottles a day and try giving her more food now

Mary - posted on 02/27/2011

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well my doctor told me to go ahead and give her like cherios just mash them up and cheetos and spaghettios and jucie i gave her white grape and pear juice she loves it but really you can give them anything just nothing that would upset their tummy like pizza sauce or anything spicy thats what my doctor told me

Lise - posted on 02/26/2011

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We followed these guidelines for amount: http://mother-2-mother.com/samplemenus.h...

We also did babyled weaning, so my daughter has never had canned/jarred baby foods or purrees. Worked for us, but doesn't work for everyone. No juice - water and breast milk only (and now that she's older, some rice milk here and there).

Raven - posted on 02/26/2011

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My doctor said its an ounce of juice for every month of age.. He also said that just because we feeding baby food do not slow down on the formula. My daughter in the begining wouldnt eat anything but sweets (apples and bannannas and just fruit) She still wont eat carrots and some meats. I usually give her fruit in the morning and something like turkey with rice and mac n cheese for dinner.. My daughter also has to drink/eat prune juice to help her poop cause she has acid reflux.. Some nights my daughter eats 2 cans of food a bottle of juice and milk. The doctor said let them eat till they push the food away. But dont only give sweets (trust me) its so hard to get them to eat anything else.

Nikki - posted on 02/26/2011

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Start introducing first stage fruits and vegetables one at a time. For example pureed apple, pears, banana, pumpkin, avocado,sweet potato, broccoli, peas, carrots, green beans. But try each item individually for a few days to ensure your baby doesn't have an allergic reaction.

Don't introduce meat or dairy until after 8-9 months (by dairy I mean yoghurt and cheese, no cows milk until 12 months)

A lot of people start on cereals first, it's pretty gross stuff so I started my daughter on avocado first. I am pretty sure that only rice cereal is ok until 8-9 months then you can slowly introduce wheat and barley.
I wouldn't give juice unless your baby is constipated, if you do make sure it's watered down 20% juice and 80% boiled water. Apple and pear juice are ok but pineapple and orange juice are too acidic.

Just be aware when you first start solids for the first few weeks they eat a tiny amount, really just a taste.

Have a look at this website, it's excellent. It explains which foods they can have during each age and which foods are dangerous like honey and nuts, it also has lots of great recipes for when they are a little older.

http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/

Lise - posted on 02/25/2011

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We started with a fruit (avocado) and then went on to veggies and meat; we never did cereal. I think it's really up to you. I just recommend looking into what foods are recommended to delay for allergies/health (like wheat until 9 mo, honey after a year, etc).

Brianna - posted on 02/24/2011

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start with trying all the cereals rice, barley, wheat, ect.. then start with veggies first before fruit (otherwise sometimes they wont eat veggies) good starter veggies are carrots, sweetpotatos, green beans, ect.. as for juice babys dont need juice but if you want him to have some i would wait until hes tried lots of cereals and veggies first and make sure u really dilute the juice so it 1/2 water so it doesnt hurt his tummy. goodluck

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