Starting on solids - typical schedule through first year?

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Hello!



I am wondering what a 'typical' feeding schedule is for infants starting on solids? It would be much appreciated if you could answer a few questions....



What age did you start your baby on solids?



What did you start with?



How much solid food did your baby eat, and how often a day did you feed baby? What times did you feed baby?



When did you increase the amount and frequency of feedings?



When did you start stage 2 baby food?



Did you reduce the amount of breastmilk/formula once he/she was eating solids regularly?



Any info would be much appreciated. Thanks so much! :)



- Jessica

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Rachel - posted on 01/08/2010

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i started my daughter on rice cereal at age 4 months. She was a big baby at birth and continued to grow always in the 90th to 95th percentile therefore i felt she needed more substance and she showed a little bit of interest in our food. I followed the guide on the side of the rice cereal box. I believe it was 1 or 2 tablespoons and mix with either formula or breastmilk. I must say that i do remember the amount of liquid that was suggested was too much. It was too runny to feed. And feeding cereal through a bottle is highly unrecommended. I started feeding the cereal after her first morning nap since she was in the best mood being well rested. Try feeding the same amount for about a week or so and increase a little bit if you find your baby finishing all the food and crying for more. One thing to let you know though is rice cereal can be constipating so after a week and no allergic reaction you could switch to oatmeal and then barley until your baby has mastered all three cereals. By the way this was a feeding schedule given to me by our pediatrician whom was also my pediatrician as a child and i trust fully. At five months start yellow veggies then move to the green ones after waiting a week of feeding each one to look for an allergic reaction. There really is no certain way to do this. The thought process behind it is if you give a baby the fruits first then they taste that sweetness and arent too fond of there vegetables. But its up to you. No i didnt reduce the amount of breastmilk at all since the solids should be considered an extra at this age. Good luck :)

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