Bananas or Rice Cereal first?

Susan - posted on 01/08/2010 ( 51 moms have responded )

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My son is 4 months old and our pediatrician said it is great for him to start cereals now. I always heard that rice cereal is the first step and the doctor mentioned it as well, however, I have read that starting with a few slices of banana mashed and mixed with breast milk is a nice transition for babies who are breastfed. Shared opinions and facts would be greatly appreciated on this subject! Thanks.

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Megan - posted on 01/11/2010

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My 3.5 month old son has to see a Ped GI regularly because he has severe food sensitivities. That being said, our recent appt (Thurs 1/7) was super informative. According to him babies are born with minimal lining in the intestines. This lining is what helps keep proteins, among other things, from directly entering their bloodstream. In my son's case this lining is virtually nonexistant - hence our issues. This lining doesn't typically mature until they are over 6 months, closer to 7.

No I don't have a link to back this up as it was told to me by a digestive specialist! He also said that first foods should consist of organic sweet potatoes, white potatoes, pears, or avocados. Believe it or not but bananas and apples are pretty high on the allergen list!

Monika - posted on 01/12/2010

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I was told no solids until my daughter was four but my doctor who has delivered hundreds of babies in her career told us that we can give our daughter rice cereal between the age of 4-6 months if the milk is not filling her up. She said rice cereal has nothing in it to cause allergies and really has nothing in it. It's a bit of filler. Wait on the bananas they aren't even a first step food (it seems apples, pears, sweet potatoes and squash are first step foods).



I also read when you start to feel guilty eating in front of your baby and your baby is very interested in your food it is time to start your baby on some rice cereal (not before 4 months mind you). We did feed Elise rice cereal at four months because she became very actively interested in our food and us eating in general and the guilt was killing us. lol



At five months we started tasting her on the first four foods, I must say squash she doesn't care much for but the other three she really likes...



I read the p fruit are the best to help avoid constipation "peaches, prunes, pears and plums" I also make my own baby food.

Camilla - posted on 01/11/2010

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Also remember when starting solids does not mean that the child has to eat a whole meal, the primary source of food should still be breastmilk and when giving them the solids it should serve as a 'taster' - LLLI says that one should start giving 1/4 of a teaspoon to start off with and slowly increase it, those little tummys need to get use to the food.

Camilla - posted on 01/11/2010

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I agree with Lisa and Alisa! Le Leche the International breastfeeding sociaty always says that solids should only be introduced by the age of 6 months - especially if the baby has only been exclusively breastfed. One thing to consider when introducing cereal is the sugar in the porridge, processed sugar is one of the worst things for a child as is hinders the natural development of the immune system. Everyone always goes on about allergies and what not, but i dont think one can say that the only cause for allergies is that children are not being exposed to solids soon enough. If we take a look at how our diets have changed over the last 50 years is quiet scary, we live in a convenent society, in the we like things that are quick and easy, porriage is filled with ingrediants that NO 4 or 6 month child needs to be exposed to. I think that diet,processed sugars, immunisation, lack of breastfeeding are all contributing to the increase in allergies we see today.

When it comes to banana it has got sugar (fructose)but its alot healthier. Because its a natural form of sugar IT IS Better!, and good diet will teach you to eat things in its purer form ie fruit and veggies - therefor it makes sense to start with those things and leave things in a box to last

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Manda - posted on 01/12/2010

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bananas can make it hard for baby to poop.. so as long as your baby is pooping well i dont see a problem my sons first food was applesauce and then peas.

Camilla - posted on 01/12/2010

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All babies reach for things at this age as it is part of their develoment, it is generally a good sign that babies are getting ready to start solids but this should not be the reason to start solids. LLLI has some other signs to know whether solids should be introduced

1. Is baby able to sit on there own without support
2. has baby lost the tongue-thrusting reflex and does not push solids out of his mouth
3. he can pick up things with his finger and thumb (pincer grasp)

Jennifer - posted on 01/12/2010

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I am starting solids next week at 17weeks. but only for small tastes and texture not to actually feed him. I am starting with avocado and vegetables and will try some 'safe' fruits. I don't think I will 'feed' him to until he is older. He smiles and reaches his hands up when I eat and loves to lick pieces of fruit when I hold them out to him (apple/ banana). He is ready to taste:)

Camilla - posted on 01/12/2010

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Jennifer-
I was referring more to the Purity, and baby porridge, oats as you said is really great - but starting off with porridge im not so convinced. Carbs are more complex than most fruit and veg when being broken down in the body, hence the reason lots of babies are constipated when starting solids. Remember breastmilk is easy to digest so go with something lighter on the tummy and build up from there.

Jennifer - posted on 01/12/2010

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Camilla-
When you say porridge has sugar do you mean home made porridge from oats?? I always thought whole oats cooked and pureed with b/milk was something healthy for a baby on solids? I agree tht NO processed foods should be given to babies. Their organs cannot handle salt and all the extra junk that is hidden in them. Cook yourself I say or buy organic, natural baby food without junk in it:)

Pamela - posted on 01/11/2010

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We started solids at 5 months (would have been earlier if not for an operation i had). He was showing all the signs of being ready at least a few weeks earlier. His first food was butternut pumpkin, but we found that it was too strong a flavour for him and went back to rice cereal and gradually brought in the other foods again. We made the rice cereal with breast milk and gradually made it thicker.

Pureed pear is great to keep away some of the constipation. Haven't had a problem with it.

Becky - posted on 01/11/2010

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just be prepared for your baby to be constipated, keep some prunes on hand. My son is very sensitive to all foods, so we give him some prunes with every meal. ps my dr. just told us that prunes have iron inthem too so you don't have to give rice cereal for the iron after all.

Amy - posted on 01/11/2010

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I also feel that giving the child fruits now will cause a problem when it's veggie time later. I breastfed both of my children and followed the pediatrician's advice --> very runny cereal mixed with breast milk, and slowly thicken it up. After cereal, then it's time for veggies (one at a time to catch for any allergies).

Minnie - posted on 01/11/2010

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Quoting Danielle:

plus just to put this out there a .com is not reliable!!!
you are taught this in school the best places to look for research is .gov, .org, and .edu



However, a '.com' maintained by an experienced International Board Certified Lactation Consultant who is a La Leche League Leader and on the Health Advisory Council of LLLI IS reliable. A '.com' that is run by a physician who has made it his life's work to study lactation and help breastfeeding dyads, who is on the health advisory council of LLLI is reliable as well.



And if we're going to continue along the lines of this high-school teacher grading a term paper mentality- a '.org' wouldn't be reliable either, since it tends to be biased. Which would definitely knock LLLI out, although it is the world's leading authority on breastfeeding. Better only take the .gov, and .edu, since they're definitely truthful and reliable 100% of the time.



Or rather, we can take an objective look at the information contained therein, the goal of the website, and the sources cited.

Danielle - posted on 01/11/2010

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plus just to put this out there a .com is not reliable!!!
you are taught this in school the best places to look for research is .gov, .org, and .edu

Danielle - posted on 01/11/2010

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feed your child solids when you feel that they are ready...normally runny rice cereal is first then apples and bananas...i started my son at 4months as well!
good luck!

Ana - posted on 01/10/2010

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there is no need to start solids before six months and breastmilk should be the primary diet for the first year, and you baby will let you know when he is ready for solids, like grabbing for your food.
that said, Avocado is an excellent food to start with, you can mash it up fresh and it's full of good fats and nutrients. for more information you should visit wholesomebabyfood.com for tips and receipies.
-Ana

Tanda - posted on 01/10/2010

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I would definitely wait until 6 mo. before giving solids. My third baby is almost 8 mo. old and I only give her a couple bites of baby food a day. There's really no reason to give solids sooner. They don't digest it well and it's a whole lot easier (and less messy) just to nurse the baby. As long as you are getting plenty of nutrients in your diet, the baby will get what it needs. When you do introduce solids, I would actually start with veggies (organic) like sweet potatoes or carrots.

Kat - posted on 01/10/2010

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4 months (or 17 weeks to be exact) is what the newest research is suggesting is ok to start solids & no later than 6 months. (Over the last 30 or more years it's been swinging between 4 or 6 months) But when the child is ready is also important. Rice Cereal is the best option I believe. This is because specifically for a 'breast fed' child once solids are introduced their system absorbs our Iron from the milk differently & not as well. So Iron fortified cereals are the way to go to help with this. And until you introduce food rich in iron when they get older & as they progress then continue to use Iron Fortified Cereals adding fruits & vegetables to it.

Lissa - posted on 01/10/2010

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My son did not like rice cereal alone. His first was Bananas in rice cereal. He loved it!

Jennifer - posted on 01/10/2010

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4 months old is the 'new age' to start your baby on solids. However the purpose is mainly for taste and texture not to fill them up or provide nutritional supplements to breastmilk. My son is 16+weeks and he has 'tasted' apple, banana and plums while I have been eating one. A lactose & homebirhting consultant spoke to me about solids and said as soon as your baby is showing interest you can touch your finger into your food and rub a taste on their tongue (obviously you would not do this with shellfish, peanut butter, super spicy foods etc). I have also been told that starting a baby on cereal is going backwards in regards to their palette- breastmilk has many flavours and cereal is bland. I have been told by my paediatrician to start with cooked pureed apple, pears, pumpkin, potato and mashed avocado (all separately at first to watch for allergies). I was told avocado is gentle on their little tummies and it is great to use as a base for other mashed foods- avocado + potato etc. I would start your baby now on tastes only and follow recommended guidelines for which foods to introduce first and as your baby gets bigger you can mix in cereal and other foods. I have also been told not to postpone peanut butter and eggs for too long as most paediatric studies are now back peddling and saying avoidance is actually causing an alarming rise in food allergies. Same concept as having a perfect, sterile house- no immunity to germs etc. don't give allergy foods ealry but also do not wait years and years to intriduce them. My friend gave her son whole egg at 6 1/2 months and he loved it.

Good luck with whatever you do:)

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I started my twin girls on rice cereal at 3.5 months. They WANTED food and wouldn't leave our's alone. They loved it and have never had any problems. No food allergies or intolerances still. :)



My son wanted food around 5 months, but it took about a month of occasional trying before he actually knew what to do w/ it. I think the first thing he actually ate was avocado. Pretty much the only time he got cereal was the little amount I used to thicken up the purees a bit. There were quite a few days where he had no interest in solids though and we just nursed all day instead. He's 21 (almost 22) months now and still will prefer nursing over eating at times... though he loves his food too. :)



Every kid is different. I know I say that a lot, but it is SO true.

Cristy - posted on 01/10/2010

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That's the first and only place I've read that says anything about an open gut, immature gut makes more sense. However, most of the research and references for starting solids at 6 months is previous to 2008. Also, the WHO recommendations are from 2001 and are targeted at babies from poorer countries where the risks of formula and food bourne illnesses are higher.

Alisa - posted on 01/10/2010

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Christy if you click on the first Kelly mom Link that Lisa provided and scroll down a bit you will see the information on the gut issue. (along with references.)

alisa

Cristy - posted on 01/10/2010

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Quoting Lisa:



Quoting Cristy:




Quoting Alisa:

Nicole do you have a link or reference for your opinion? I've seen Lisa's research. Study for study shows that solids DO NOT help with sleep. And the the gut does not close until the middle of the first year. Studies show solids started before the gut is closed can lead to food allergies later in life. Fruit is sweet but breastmilk is sweeter. The sweet tastebuds develop before the bitter ones.







Sorry I'm confused over your reference to gut closing during the first year of life.  Where did you get that from?  I'm a paediatric nurse and my husband a doctor and have no idea what you're talking about.  Also there is new immunology research saying that there is no evidene that waiting to introduce solids at 6 months reduces the incidences of allergies.  They are actually going back to the old recommendations of 4-6 months to introduce solids from an allergy standpoint.









http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/solids...





Your husband who is a doctor should probably be aware of the following:

"Pediatricians and parents should be aware that exclusive breastfeeding is sufficient to support optimal growth and development for approximately the first 6 months of life and provides continuing protection against diarrhea and respiratory tract infection.30,34,128,178–184"

"Introduction of complementary feedings before 6 months of age generally does not increase total caloric intake or rate of growth and only substitutes foods that lack the protective components of human milk.194"

http://aappolicy.aappublications.org/cgi...

And from LLLI, which is recognized as the world's leading authority on breastfeeding:

"For the healthy, full-term baby, breast milk is the only food necessary until the baby shows signs of needing solids, about the middle of the first year after birth."

With the following being indications of readiness to begin solids:

Able to sit unsupported
Has developed pincer grasp
Can pick up food, put it in mouth, chew it, and then swallow it
Has lost tongue-thrust reflex


We are both aware of both sides of the solids debate I wasn't questioning the side that says no solids till 6 months I was simply making you aware that there is current research on the side of allergies saying that delaying solids does not prevent allergies.  I'm not debating that breastmilk is the main nutrition source in the first year either.   Also, it's no question that lactation research groups are going to side on any info that supports exclusive breastfeeding until 6 months just as companies like nestle will promote formula.  I am a strong supporter of breastfeeding but as a paediatric nurse I'm also a strong believer in supporting mothers no matter how they choose to feed their babies (provided it's sensible) and in evidence based practice.  What I want to know is where is the information about the gut not closing until 6 months,  information like that should be supported by a reference.

Madilyn - posted on 01/10/2010

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Quoting Rebecca:




Not giving sweets first is a very common misconception. Its only thought because BF milk is sweet. But BF babies are used to lots of different flavours in the milk.






 Try mushing anything you commonly eat for them, My 6month old loves mushed broccoli, carrots and even watermelon. I also gave her some of my steak blended in with cauli! she loves whatever she is given. If she hasnt taken to one food straight away, i just try it again another day. So far so good! I have found this wonderful because i dont pay for expensive jars of baby food, and i dont go to a huge effort to make it either. I just cook a bit extra of our food and blend/mash it. Its cheap and its interesting watching her lil faces with different tastes and textures!!



 



 



Ohh.  I am allergic to melons and it may be due to me getting them too early, I personally would wait longer on melons but if there isnt a history of allergies (I have allergies on both sides) then it may be fine





 

Madilyn - posted on 01/10/2010

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cereals IMO are super unessesary because they are just empty calories. I have heard that sweet potatoes are best for breastfed babies, but I am delaying solids in my 8 mo old to prevent allergies. Bananas and rice are both binders and can cause some serious constipation so I would be careful around them

Stacey - posted on 01/10/2010

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Our pedi said I could start on foods if I wanted to but that being breastfed would be enough until 6 months. We started with a fruit and some rice or oatmeal cereal at night a week after she turned 5 months. She's been very interested in everyone else eating and trying to grab at food. Now she has a fruit and veggie..each once a day. She'll eat any of them with no problem and still breastfeeds as much as before. And she used to be a every 2-3 day pooper and now goes once daily.

Nicole - posted on 01/10/2010

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and lisa what about the women who dont have that much milk and the babys r not getting full and the moms who go back to work. the babys need food so feed them it is up the the mothers and babys of what they want to do and when i started all of my kids on cereal at 4 months and my oldest when she younnger only to help her hold food down so when she was 5 months she had teeth and was eating what ever she could that was soft. and really noone really knows the best for any baby until u try it who knows her baby might not be ready to eat so she can try when she wants and if needs to for the baby to gain weight.

Minnie - posted on 01/10/2010

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Quoting nicole:

and i am sorry but i do not agree with "lisa" feed them food starting around four months gets them ready to have a fuller belly and for them to sleep longer at night my oldest who is now almost 15 was bottle feed only cause she had a reflects problem and i didnt have enought milk so at the age of 2 months she had to have cereals in her bottle and she is the strongest because of all the milk she still drinks and she really loves milk the rest of them will only drink milk if it is choc. or strawberry milk.


Why would one want to replace all of the life-giving components in breastmilk with solids?  Solids are not magically caloric than breastmilk.  What a four month old needs is more breastmilk, not solids.

Alisa - posted on 01/10/2010

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Thanks to Lisa for posting the Kelly mom Link. As an active member of LLL we also discourage women from starting solids prior to six months.

Minnie - posted on 01/10/2010

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Quoting Cristy:



Quoting Alisa:

Nicole do you have a link or reference for your opinion? I've seen Lisa's research. Study for study shows that solids DO NOT help with sleep. And the the gut does not close until the middle of the first year. Studies show solids started before the gut is closed can lead to food allergies later in life. Fruit is sweet but breastmilk is sweeter. The sweet tastebuds develop before the bitter ones.





Sorry I'm confused over your reference to gut closing during the first year of life.  Where did you get that from?  I'm a paediatric nurse and my husband a doctor and have no idea what you're talking about.  Also there is new immunology research saying that there is no evidene that waiting to introduce solids at 6 months reduces the incidences of allergies.  They are actually going back to the old recommendations of 4-6 months to introduce solids from an allergy standpoint.





http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/solids...





Your husband who is a doctor should probably be aware of the following:



"Pediatricians and parents should be aware that exclusive breastfeeding is sufficient to support optimal growth and development for approximately the first 6 months of life and provides continuing protection against diarrhea and respiratory tract infection.30,34,128,178–184"



"Introduction of complementary feedings before 6 months of age generally does not increase total caloric intake or rate of growth and only substitutes foods that lack the protective components of human milk.194"



http://aappolicy.aappublications.org/cgi...



And from LLLI, which is recognized as the world's leading authority on breastfeeding:



"For the healthy, full-term baby, breast milk is the only food necessary until the baby shows signs of needing solids, about the middle of the first year after birth."



With the following being indications of readiness to begin solids:



Able to sit unsupported

Has developed pincer grasp

Can pick up food, put it in mouth, chew it, and then swallow it

Has lost tongue-thrust reflex

Kim - posted on 01/10/2010

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I have heard that Bananas can be... ummm to put it politely... poo hardeners, so be careful that they don't give baby constipation....

Bec - posted on 01/10/2010

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Interesting article written by Professor Karen Simmer PHD FRACP. Professor of Newborn Medicine, University of Western Australia.

Excerpt:

Food Allergies and Intolerances

More recently, another consequence of delayed introduction of foods has become apparent. The incidence of allergies of all types, especially food allergies, is increasing and research suggests that delayed introduction of solids has interfered with the normal immune development in infancy reducing food tolerance and increasing allergies.

Doctors who specialise in allergies from around the world have written a joint recommendation that solids should be introduced from 4 to 6 months and not delayed until 6 months or older. Breastfeeding is of course encouraged for the first year of life.
Breastfeeding combined with gradual and steady increase in the variety of foods results in the lowest incidence of allergies.

Always when introducing solids, the parents need assess safe risk and infants need be developmentally ready. Young children can choke on solids. This is an important reason for not introducing solids at 2 or 3 months of age. When solids are started from 4 months, early foods should be soft and mushy and only one new food each week. From 6 months new textures can be included but not hard foods, such as uncooked carrot or raw apple, which can lodge in the infant’s trachea or wind pipe.


http://cradle-2-kindy.receptive.com.au/_...

I think after reading all of this I will be looking to start when 4 months hits.... I like the idea of banana and breastmilk too.. not a big fan of rice cereal...

Cristy - posted on 01/10/2010

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Quoting Alisa:

Nicole do you have a link or reference for your opinion? I've seen Lisa's research. Study for study shows that solids DO NOT help with sleep. And the the gut does not close until the middle of the first year. Studies show solids started before the gut is closed can lead to food allergies later in life. Fruit is sweet but breastmilk is sweeter. The sweet tastebuds develop before the bitter ones.


Sorry I'm confused over your reference to gut closing during the first year of life.  Where did you get that from?  I'm a paediatric nurse and my husband a doctor and have no idea what you're talking about.  Also there is new immunology research saying that there is no evidene that waiting to introduce solids at 6 months reduces the incidences of allergies.  They are actually going back to the old recommendations of 4-6 months to introduce solids from an allergy standpoint.

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Bananas are agoodfirst food we didn't start until after 6 months LO was reaching for food from my plate by this point.

Bec - posted on 01/09/2010

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Quoting from The World Health Organisation's publication:



"Complementary Feeding - Family Foods for Breastfed Children"



When should complementary foods be started?



For most babies this is between 4 and 6 months of age. This is also the age when nerves and muscles in the mouth develop sufficiently to let the baby munch, bite and chew. Before 4 months, babies push food out of their mouths because they cannot fully control the movement of their tongues. At 4-6 months of age it becomes easier to feed thick porridges, purees and mashed foods because children:

*can control their tongues better

*start to make up-and-down 'munching' movements

*start to get teeth

*like to put things in their mouths

*are interested in new tastes.



This is also the age when their digestive system is mature enough to digest a range of foods.



http://www.who.int/entity/child_adolesce...

Rebecca - posted on 01/09/2010

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Quoting Lyndsay:

I started my daughter with VERY runny cereal that was really just breastmilk with a little bit of cereal in it. I have heard and read that starting them off with fruits gets them too used to sweet foods and they don't respond well to veggies later. I went from breast to cereal to veggies to fruits... It has worked well. Good luck!



Not giving sweets first is a very common misconception. Its only thought because BF milk is sweet. But BF babies are used to lots of different flavours in the milk.



 Try mushing anything you commonly eat for them, My 6month old loves mushed broccoli, carrots and even watermelon. I also gave her some of my steak blended in with cauli! she loves whatever she is given. If she hasnt taken to one food straight away, i just try it again another day. So far so good! I have found this wonderful because i dont pay for expensive jars of baby food, and i dont go to a huge effort to make it either. I just cook a bit extra of our food and blend/mash it. Its cheap and its interesting watching her lil faces with different tastes and textures!!

Alyssa - posted on 01/09/2010

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My son is 11 months old and I started him on mashed bananas and other mild fruits around 5 1/2 months. We skipped cereal altogether because the added iron often causes constipation. I've had no issues getting him to eat veggies or fruit (except peaches). Now that he's almost a year and has a mouthful of teeth, he eats grilled cheese and many other finger foods with no issue. Good luck with your baby and only you know what's best for your baby.

Courtney - posted on 01/09/2010

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those cereals are empty calories and completely unneeded. Also starting a baby on solids before 6 months is not recommended. Those iron fortified cereals are causing children to be iron defficient as their systems are to immature to absorb the iron and it damages their systems for future iron absorption.

Bec - posted on 01/09/2010

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an opinion is an opinion.... Susan asked for facts and opinions...
I enjoy going to a mums group each week and although my bub is 16weeks and still breastfed only there are other mums who aren't having as much luck. These mums have bubs with the same issues as Nicole and have all been advised to do the same by the early childhood nurses, GP's, and nutritionists..... so her 'opinion' didn't seem to be that outrageous that it required a link or reference..... if all babies experienced the same problems and responded to the same solutions there wouldn't need to be a circle of moms.

Alisa - posted on 01/09/2010

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Nicole do you have a link or reference for your opinion? I've seen Lisa's research. Study for study shows that solids DO NOT help with sleep. And the the gut does not close until the middle of the first year. Studies show solids started before the gut is closed can lead to food allergies later in life. Fruit is sweet but breastmilk is sweeter. The sweet tastebuds develop before the bitter ones.

Nicole - posted on 01/09/2010

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and i am sorry but i do not agree with "lisa" feed them food starting around four months gets them ready to have a fuller belly and for them to sleep longer at night my oldest who is now almost 15 was bottle feed only cause she had a reflects problem and i didnt have enought milk so at the age of 2 months she had to have cereals in her bottle and she is the strongest because of all the milk she still drinks and she really loves milk the rest of them will only drink milk if it is choc. or strawberry milk.

Nicole - posted on 01/09/2010

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fruits gets them used to sweet foods. i have four kids three breestfeed. one did not. i started all four on oatmeal it is softer on their bellys cause rice will bind them so they cant go poopy.

Christa - posted on 01/09/2010

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I would wait until 6 months. No need to rush. But since your pediatrician recommended starting at 4 months then yes, I would do the mashed bananas, or pears mashed up. Get yourself one of those baby foodmills. Works great. Can even grind up meat and chicken once they get to those kind of foods.

Alisa - posted on 01/09/2010

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Also as a rule solids in the first YEAR is considered practice and should not be a standard of feeding. ;)

Alisa - posted on 01/09/2010

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I agree with "Lisa". solids for a breastfeeding infant should start around 6 months of age. At this point I started all four of my children on veggies and fruits. there is no reason to start rice cereal at all. Formula fed children are recomended to start solids at 4 months but this is ONLY if they exceed 36 ounces of formula per day. 4 months as a starting point for breastfed or formula fed children is out dated advice. If a formula fed child is exceeding 36 ounces of formula a day and STILL hungry then solids can start and this is only to give the kidneys a break from processing the formula.

The reason solids are not recommended before 6 months is the open gut issue. Somewhere in the middle of the first year the baby's gut matures and closes. We don't know exactly when that is so waiting until 6 months is a safe bet that the gut is closed.

Alisa

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I started my bub at 5months with cereal for a couple of days then apple for a couple then pumpkin for a couple then pear... then mixed cereal and apple etc and on from there with other things. I am glad I started at 5 months. By 6mths he was eating well and is now 10mths and thrieving on food and 4 brfeeds. Good luck

Shela - posted on 01/08/2010

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I had started with cereal with my daughter when she was 4 months and I thought that the cereal clogged her up, so with my son I will go straight to veggies and skip the cereal. When starting with solids, make sure you do it after nursing as it is not ment for a meal at this age, just to learn how eating works and to feel the different textures. They are ready to start solids when they no longer push things out of their mouth with their tongues.

Ivonka - posted on 01/08/2010

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Interesting. I will start my boy on solids when he's 6 months old. Our doc. told me to breastfeed exclusively until at least when he's 6 months old. Then another girl told me her doc. told her to put her kid on solids at 3 1/2 months, the boy was formula fed. I wonder why is there such a difference in times/ages. I would never do the 3 1/2 or 4 months thing, just because the majority of books and health organizations say no way - it's too early, baby can't handle other food than breastmilk or formula before 6 months. I will ask our doc. what he recomends for the very first solid food, we have the 5 month appointment on Monday.

Lyndsay - posted on 01/08/2010

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I started my daughter with VERY runny cereal that was really just breastmilk with a little bit of cereal in it. I have heard and read that starting them off with fruits gets them too used to sweet foods and they don't respond well to veggies later. I went from breast to cereal to veggies to fruits... It has worked well. Good luck!

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