what can a 6 month old eat?

Kit Noel - posted on 02/02/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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i was just wounding what a 6 month old can really eat? because baby food lables say one thing but then people say another or do you just go by what you think..i know what not to give like egg whites and cows milk but things like meat and cheese? or strawberries? im just confused?

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Falon - posted on 03/05/2010

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my doctor told me no milk eggs honey seafood or peanuts until a year old only because of allergies. my 6 month old eats meat veggies and fruit because my health nurse and doctor said he can eat whatever im eating minus foods above and he loves them all. If your having any doubts call your health nurse and she what she says.

Amy - posted on 02/02/2010

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I was told not to give Meat until 8 months No cheese because its dary for a year. Still should give formula or Brest milk until a year old. Veggies and Fruits as well a juice until 8 month then start adding the meats. Hope this helps

Marci - posted on 02/14/2010

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At my daughters 6 month checkup the doctor said cereal twice a day and when she kept that down vegetables at lunch then fruits.

Jackie - posted on 02/12/2010

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Hi, My nutritionist said not to give babies anything other than fruit and veg until they are atleast 8 months old.

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Katya - posted on 03/07/2010

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I've given my 6 month old most fruits including blueberries, apples, bananas, apricots, etc. I also give him meat and veggies. He's had beef, chicken and turkey so as long as the meat, veggies and fruit are purreed he's eaten them.

Bonnie - posted on 03/07/2010

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Hi, we're Baby Led Weaning ( BLW) which basically means she has whatever we are having in hand size chunks. For example we had Sunday lunch out today and she had strips of turkey, finger shaped wedges of roast potatoes, carrot batons etc. We put it all on the high chair table and she helps herself.

We love it! She enjoys both the exploration of food and being part of mealtimes. It means no purreeing, freezing etc, she is in control of what she eats ( similar to when she breast fed) and it also makes it easy when we go out as we don't need to take any food for her - but we perhaps think a bit more carefully about where and what we eat. She still has 4 formula feeds a day as this continues to be her main source of nutrition.

There is an excellent website and book by Gill Rapley which explains it all.

She eats meat, eggs ( well cooked ) and fish ( all bones removed ) and lots of veg and fruit. The only things she doesn't have are honey ( except in a sauce,) peanuts, shellfish and we only add salt after setting aside her portion, to our home cooked meals.

Becca - posted on 02/14/2010

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I was told that I should try starting my child on lamb or chicken puree because it has iron, is a low allergen and is less likely to constipate my child than cereal. I was told to wait a year for whole milk but that cheese and yogurt are okay after 8months. I was told to avoid fresh strawberries because they are a high allergen in babies under a year but that processed strawberry (like what you get in food made for babies) is okay. Also, avoid citrus (it's too acidic and irritates the bowel) until 2 years; garlic and honey can cause botilism in children under a year; chocolate should be avoided until 2 years; and finally nuts, fish/shellfish and egg whites until after a year because of allergies.



Other than that I have found that there is really a lot of debate about when to give what. The only things that they seem to agree on is to wait 3-4days between new foods so that you can watch for an allergy, to only give one new food at a time, and to always introduce a new food at breakfast or lunch but never right before bedtime (so that if there is a reaction you are awake).

Esmeralda - posted on 02/12/2010

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Hello, my Sofia Anne, she likes eating banana so much, but my mother stopped her to eat that one, because having difficulties to poopoo, constipations. My mother tried to give her squash and she likes it and sweet potatoes....She's 24 weeks old.

Leisa - posted on 02/11/2010

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I was at my doctor today for my little girls 6mth needles. She told me to introduce meat now then veges then fruit. But she told me to cook up lamb then puree it.....I wouldnt even eat that. My bubba LOVES pumpkin, potato, sweet potato, sweet corn, apples, pears, mango, beef all in the tins and jars she is now eating gels too and baby yoghurt plus her formula. I think you go what you feel is right after all it is your baby. My doctor told me that bubba should be getting some more iron in her diet now that she is getting older and learning to crawl and walk. I always buy potato, pumpkin and beef tins ans she loves it soooo much! Just depends on your baby but maybe you can talk to your doctor

Abbey - posted on 02/11/2010

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Is your baby sitting up by him/herself? That's a good indication of what they can eat. If he/she isn't sitting up unsupported you might not want to give anything but stage 1 or 2 jarred food. My 6month old is eating those puff things that he can put in his mouth himself. Stage 2 foods, yobaby yogurt (which he LOVES), shredded chicken if I'm having it for dinner (I just give him bites of mine), pear with no peel.
Don't give nuts; always take the peel of any fruit given; I haven't given cheese b/c I don't know if I should; I have heard varying advice on juice... I'm choosing not to give any to him until he's a year old. He's fine with water.

Kelly - posted on 02/11/2010

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i have my sons 6mo dr appt on the 22nd and he said we would talk about meats and juice when we go in. i would assume that means at 6mo he can have meats and juice. i also think they can have yogurt at 6mo but no cows milk. stage 2 baby foods have strawberries in which they say eliminates the changes of an allergy when they are processed. do not give your baby an actual strawberry though. or if you have food allergies i would wait to give your baby things that usually show allergies in people. sorry im probably not too much help until the 22nd when i talk with my doctor. definately can eat stage 2 baby food, fruits, vegies, rice cereal.

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