My son is 7 months.. How much solids should i be giving him and should i be giving him juice yet?..
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Allison - posted on 03/26/2010
My Doctor recommended that we start soilds at 6 months. Starting with cereal for 2 weeks. After that adding a new food every two weeks. Meat then vegetable then fruit and a snack. I did Cereal, vegetable, meat and then fruit as I found adding the meat before vegetable made her constipated. Once I did that she had no problems. I think its okay to start juice at 6 months although some say not while teething.. Water is always good or homemade juice! Do what you feel is best!
Michelle - posted on 03/24/2010
Don't feel like a bad mom if your baby isn't eating solids.
My daughter is eating a little food every day or every other day. She gets backed up SO quickly that I try to be really careful. We give her some of our food (if she's been introduced to it already) and some homemade purees.
Otherwise, she's breastfed when she wants to eat. And she is a very healthy, very happy baby girl! :)
Celia - posted on 03/23/2010
My son is still breastfed except for tasting some home made puree at dinner. He has tried butternut squash, peas, apple sauce and yams.
Every baby and every parent is diferent, as long as your baby is well fed and not over fed you're doing fine :D
Breastmilk has everything a baby needs for the first year so solids are only introduced as can be tolerated. I would worry about anything that may be a choking hazard, its just not with the risk in my books at such an early age.
Chrisitina - posted on 03/21/2010
My son is 7 months, he eats twice a day just to get a taste, My peditrician recomended that I do a fruit and cereal in the morning and a veggie and cereal in the evening. We tried to start solids at 4 months but he was not interested in starting until about 5.5 months.
Becca - posted on 03/19/2010
My son won't eat purees (unless I spread them on toast or pita bread) and hasn't since he was 6 1/2 months. If you are looking to add table foods I would recommend taking a look at these sites as they give some great ideas for how to present the table foods:
Natalie - posted on 09/28/2012
Do not start him on too many things at a time . Take one at a time. Do not give them too many to eat at once as you can stretch their stomach too fast. You also will never know what actually agrees with baby is you introduce new foods all at once. Enjoy the learning of what baby likes and what agrees with his body. Its important to note what you feed baby and how his body and skin reacts to foods
Charisse - posted on 03/25/2010
My 7 month old is still trying new foods, all mushed up in the blender. I only feed him in the mornings while he gets used to the taste and texture, but as he is waking at night now, I think I'll start giving him a late afternoon/early evening meal of a food he has experienced before and that I know he is not allergic to.
Babies don't need juice as such. If you want them to have the nutrients (and the fibre), give them the whole fruit, either mashed up, or a soft piece of pear or banana.
i started giving my son solids at 4 1/2 months. it started off just once a day and now he eats up to 3 times a day. and anytime i eat he tries a bit of my food as well. he has also been drinking juice for about 2 months but its watered down so its not so sweet and sugary. but its less watery now then when he started having it=]
Krista - posted on 03/23/2010
Ok I am starting to feel like a bad mom... My daughter still won't eat baby food to speak of (everything we've tried she has spit back out) and I am scared to give her table food because she doesn't have any teeth.. She is gaining weight fine... should I be more forceful with the foods?
Andrea - posted on 03/22/2010
My baby gets water in a sippy cup, and cereal mixed with baby food twice a day. She breastfeeds a few times a day too. She doesn't have any teeth yet, so besides giving her rice rusk "cookies", she doesn't eat anything "solid". I'm holding off on juice for as long as possible, because I just don't think babies need juice at all. If they're breast fed and/or eating healthy foods, they don't need the nutrients in the juice (and certainly not the sugar). I guess I'm trying to train her to turn to water first when she's thirsty, because that's really the best thing to drink anyway.
Well, that's what is working for us right now. Every mom and baby is different. Follow your baby's cues, I guess, and he'll probably turn out just great!
Tonia - posted on 03/22/2010
I had these same questions and asked Jobe's pediatrian about them she thinks it is fine as long as you only try one food item at a time to be sure of allergies, Mashed pumpkin, carrots, and potato are all fine as well as sucking on bacon but make sure he doesn't chew any bacon off, blending the bacon with potato makes a tasty treat
Vashti - posted on 03/22/2010
I feed my baby about 2 ounces of jarred fruit in the 4 ounces of jarred food later in the day, but his diet is primarily milk until he is 12 months. Milk should be their primary source of nutrition and you should start out with solids once a day and gradually move up to 3 meals and two snacks. I would stay away from the juice for now because they are teething at this stage so the sugars are definately not good for them. Try usings fresh fruit puree if you must.
Julie - posted on 03/21/2010
My son eats regular food, he would NOT eat baby food. I started trying to give him baby food at 3 months, but he wouldn't take it. Dr said because babies don't know how to suck and swallow, but to just keep with it, I did that for the next 3 months, but to not avail. So, I started giving him small little pieces of regular food. I took my son for his 6 mo ckup and the pediatrician said that it was find to give him everything, except eggs, peanut butter, HONEY especially, strawberries, milk, and certain meats...just make sure he doesn't choke. My son does wonderfully with regular solid food. I would double check with your pediatrician and see what he/she thinks. Good Luck!
Julie - posted on 03/21/2010
My son will be 7months tomorrow (3-22) and he has yet to eat baby food, but he loves regular food. My doctor told me it was fine to give him anything, except, peanuts, milk, eggs, strawberries, and honey. So, I give him a variety of things and he does fine with all of them. He said just to make sure he doesn't choke. I would just kinda take it as you see fit, but make sure its ok with your dr. Good Luck!
Kristi - posted on 03/21/2010
My daughter is going on 8 months now and at her 6 month checkup n shots appointment her pediatrician told me to start her on table foods, just not to give her eggs or meats yet. She usually eats oatmeal, grits, or pancakes for breakfast then lunch, depending on what I have, we will eat a sandwich occasionally we have something fast food...she loves french fries n tater tots. And at dinner she gets whatever my husband and I are eating...mac n cheese, veggies, spaghetti, and everything else that I dont think she will get choked on. She does still eat some baby foods since lunch n dinner dont always consist of something she can eat. I have also started giving her some whole milk (half milk half water) So I would say yes let him try your food as long as you feel he can chew/gum it enough to not get choked. He will let you know when he is full. My daughter actually eats about 4 times a day and still has a snack somewhere in between the meals. She lets me know when she's hungry and full.
Nadia - posted on 03/21/2010
i feed my baby 3 times a day to brekky,lunch n dinner!i give my baby jucie i just water it down heaps,it dont hurt them,i also give her fruit jucie made by myself just not lots because it cxauses nappy rash(acid in the fruit).hope that helps ya a bit
ps.i have worked in cc for nearly 6 yrs!
Lucy - posted on 03/21/2010
i feed my son a small bowl of baby porridge, half a jar of cow and gate stage 1 jar and a yogurt for dinner and the rest of the jar for tea and half a baby pudding, i also feed him either a banana or rusk as a snack half between dinner and tea to keep him going. it's also good for finger foods. he loves feeding himself. x
Tiffany - posted on 03/20/2010
Get organic juice with no added sugar and definitely no high fructose corn syrup. My daughter is now 7 months old and I can't give her solids because she has no teeth yet. If he has enough teeth to chew soft foods and not choke then feed him. What I do for my baby is I went and bought a teething feeder. You put a fruit or veggy into this mesh cloth thing with little holes and screw on the cap and they just suck and chew on the fruit but they can't get enough to choke, my daughter LOVES it. Also, when it comes to juice, if he has diarrhea don't give juice, it makes it worse. I feed my daughter basically anything she won't choke on. Mashed potatoes, spaghetti sauce if I'm having spaghetti (not her own portion just a little bit of mine), formula or breast milk should still be his primary source of nourishment at this point but I see nothing wrong with feeding him other stuff. Especially if he's like my daughter and wants everything mommy and daddy eats.
Laura - posted on 03/19/2010
First, you have to remember every baby is different and to do what you feel is right for your child! My little girl is 7 1/2 months and she has been eating solids since 5 months. She'll have a bottle in the morning then some weetbix or toast for breatfast, normally a sandwich and yoghurt for lunch, a banana for afternoon snack and whatever we have for tea! She also has another half a bottle at lunch and dinner, as well as a full one before bed. So to answer your question, haha, yes it is ok to let him taste what you are eating for tea, providing there's no nuts and such and that it would be easy for him to get down. As far as the juice goes, it's recommended that you hold off for a while longer because it is basically pure sugar. If you wanted to try him with juice that's fine, but maybe water it down like Leah said. As long as your little angel is putting on weight and is happy there is no reason to be concerned with the amount he is eating. Keep up the good work!
Leah - posted on 03/19/2010
My ped. recommends waiting until 12 months to start juice because of the high sugar content. If you have a juicer that would probably be best if you want to start now, so there is no added sugars. Also, only add a little juice to water so that it isn't so potent. My daughter is 7 1/2 months and she eats 1/2 jar veg and 1/2 jar fruit a day with just a little oatmeal. It is best to feed them as much milk as possible and only use solids to let them get used to tasting foods, not as a supplement. She wants EVERYTHING that I eat, so occassionally I will let her have a small tase of things that are easily dissolved or swallowed. Or I let her suck on foods that I know she can't bite, like pears and apples and she not only loves them, but it helps with her teething too. Hope this helps.
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