How much solids and what kind should my daughter be eating?

Mary Renee - posted on 01/04/2011 ( 20 moms have responded )

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Ok, starting solids was fairly easy. I made her homemade baby food by steaming and pureeing Sweet Potatoes, Pears, Apples; baking butternut squash, smushing Bananas and then going ahead and just giving her Gerber First Step Green Beans, Peas, Carrots and Prunes because those were too difficult for me to make without a blender or food processor.



Occasionally, but not always, I'll mix in a little rice cereal.



She is now 8 months old, sitting up unassisted, crawling like a mad-woman NON-STOP, and pulling up to stand on anything and everything all the time! She literally never stops moving.



I've given her every ingredient in the Gerber Step 1 Foods (because I wanted to play it safe and served her only one new food every 5 days. She eats Green Beans, Butternut Squash, Apples, Pears, Peaches, Sweet Potatoes, Prunes, Bananas, and will eat Carrots and Peas if I mix them with other stuff (she doesn't like them on their own) I also allow her to gnaw on teething crackers and pizza crust but it's not an every day thing in our routine like baby food is.



Now that she's older (and way past the supported sitter stage) what should I be feeding her? And how much of it should I be feeding her?



Right now she eats one container of stage 1 baby food, or when it's home made food it's the equivilant of one small apple (half a large apple) etc, three times a day, at the same times each day (8 am, 1pm, 6pm) as well as nursing on demand.



Is this enough? What are some new things for me to introduce to her? What is she ready for? Should I be worried about starting meats? grains? HELP! I feel clueless, and the fact that I breastfeed has always made me think of it like a back up, like if she doesn't eat enough solids she'll get enough nutrients in my breastmilk. But now that she's getting older, bigger, and WAAAAAAYYYYY more active, I'm not so sure.



I also was a former anorexic when I was 14-15 and recovered and have been at a healthy weight ever since. I consider myself fully "healed" but I don't want to inadvertantly pass on my former obsession to her so I really want to get her started out eating right and well. Thanks and Mahalos!!!!!



Mary

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Nicole - posted on 01/13/2011

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I liked to use jarred food as my inspiration - like i'd see a jar of pumpkin & pasta and think "I can do that!" and just cook pumpkin and pasta till it was really well cooked, give it a mash and it was ready. Also try grated cheese and maybe some toast crusts to suck on, once she starts biting off the toast crusts then you can offer little pieces of toast if you think she is ready. My son's favourite was pasta, soft cooked vegies and yogurt. Also, really ripe pears and pieces of banana are great.

Amanda - posted on 01/05/2011

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We did the same as Sara. My oldest got solids at 8.5 months. We started with avocados, bananas and sweet potatoes too. My second child got solids a little earlier only because he snatched food off my plate (a piece of chicken actually and I thought WELL you must be wanting some of this!) He was about 7 months old and we started with the same foods. I never measured or fed my kids solids because I was breastfeeding on demand. We just gave them food for fun. I always gave them whatever we were eating and if they ate great and if not that was just fine with us too.

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We didn't start solids until that age. I didn't do jarred food. We just did table food. Avocados, bananas and sweet potatoes are great to start with. They are soft and easy to digest. I just slowly tried more fruits and veggies (yellow squash was a favorite too). I steamed them until they were soft and cut them into chunks that she could pick up with her fingers. We tried meats too. Just make sure they're really tender. Once she had tried a large variety of foods we just gave her what he were having.

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Margaret - posted on 01/10/2011

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My boy is 10 months, and he has been eating whatever we are eating (mostly) at the table with us. I just feed him until he doesn't open his =mouth anymore to take another bite. He seems to have a nice control over how much he eats. I think it is natural.As long as she seems like she is not hungry, I think it's fine.. I mean, you can tell if she is not getting enough right? I think you are doing perfect :)

Lydia - posted on 01/10/2011

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if you eat well, she'll eat well. don't worry to much about it. if she eats a variety of healthy things and still nurses on demand she'll get all she needs. anyways it's impossible to count every single vitamin in the food (and that would drive us nuts if we could!). i think you can introduce meats no problem, you could use ground meat first and mix with her veggies. you could try with some soft veggies like avocado how she is doing if you give her actual pieces of food.
it sounds to me you are doing everything right to start her out well on foods. you offer healthy food and that is important. as long as you don't force her to finish it is fine.
and you don't just pass anorexia... eating habits are learned, and to me it looks like you train her good habits so far.

Callie - posted on 01/09/2011

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My daughter is 14 months and I still nurse on demand (she asks for it, I give it to her). By 8 months I was 'feeding' her 3 meals a day. I'd put her in her highchair during our meal time and let her investigate what we were eating. She didn't always eat very much but she always had fun. We also were giving her only finger food (I've never given her jar food). Our pedi always says just offer a healthy 'meal' and let them eat what they want/need. They'll know when they're full. I also taught my daughter sign language which is very helpful when you're trying to decide what your little one wants/needs. Her favorite sign is milk!

Sally - posted on 01/09/2011

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If you nurse on demand (and take care of yourself), just nursing can supply enough nutrition until they're at least 2, but most babies like to at least play with table food long before then.
My kids just ate small pieces of whatever we were eating. If you like the idea of "baby" food, noodles are good. So are small pieces of soft fruits and veggies. If she doesn't have allergies; yogurt, cheese and scrambled egg are fun too. Letting her feed herself can be messy, but it is developmentally very healthy for her. In fact if she's always on the go (and you don't have carpet), leaving out a plate of healthy snacks can really help a toddler get as much food as they need when they need it. Little people know how much they need to eat until we (usually accidentally) teach them to ignore their own hunger and fullness cues. If you offer her a variety of things, she will eat what she wants until she is not hungry anymore.
Good luck

Becky - posted on 01/09/2011

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my son turned 9 months this week. i started him on stage 1 baby food at 5 months and ..then stage 2 around 7 months. He can now eat a whole stage 2 ..sometimes even stage 3!. As for solids, i give him tiny tiny peices of bananas, avacado, mushy strawberry peices, cheerios, teething biscuits, steamed and super soft peas and carrots, ..i took him to his 9 month well baby visit on friday and my baby's pediatrician told me that between 8-9 months, you can feed your baby ANYTHING solid except honey, nuts, milk, popcorn, egg white, and hard foods.

Lisa - posted on 01/09/2011

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My son loves eating peas by hand. He also loves yogurt and cheese. My doctor said not to give yogurt until 7 months old, but some doctors say differently. My son gets constipated from the iron-rich cereal, so I usually give him some pureed prunes from a jar with his food in the morning. I give my son chicken during lunch - we actually make chicken soup and put it in a bottle and he sips the liquid soup with a straw and eats the chicken separately. My son likes chicken better than beef so far. I think avocado has a lot of fat, so that's a good one to add if you want to add some fat.

Ruth - posted on 01/09/2011

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I should also add that her finger foods is not all she has, we also top her up with her mash as well and we make her things like pasta and mix her vege mash through it and in all of her foods we let her try feeding it herself if she makes a mess so be it she gains more by "feeling" what she is eating we feed her as well but she gets to explore the sensory pleasures of food.

Ruth - posted on 01/09/2011

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hi, by that age my daughter was eating most things(although not avocado or banana as it makes her constipated,have you introduced egg? my little one loves toast thats been dipped in egg she also loveed to knaw on pieces of meat, our dr told us that so long as your there with them the whole time they are eating you can give them just about anything, Leilani's(my daughter) favourite food at the moment is curry and rice very mild of course but she loves it, we got rid of the high chair and got a booster seat and she now sits at the table with us like a big girl and eats what we are having, finger foods are great we give her things like raw broccoli and mushrooms baby corn roasted beetroot etc she loves to try new things good luck

Mary Renee - posted on 01/09/2011

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Thanks everybody. I started letting her "snack" on finger foods (Graduate Puffs, Cheerios, Teething crackers) and it's pretty funny. I put it on a plate or a bowl and she likes to dump it out and then grab fistfulls and try to put it in her mouth (usually only one piece gets in there...she's enthusiastic but not always precise! Haha)

We're going to give her some meat for lunch. I bought 93% lean ground beef. The butcher said that the "fattier" meat can give babies diarhea and is harder to digest. We'll just try a little bit and see how she reacts. I'll follow some of the other recomendations here as well, I think pastas will be fun for her. MAHALOS!!!!!!!!

BTW, She still nurses every 2.5 hours (even if she eats solids in between) so I'm sure she's probably getting plenty of calories from that still. Just want to keep her iron stores up and maybe eventually give Mama a little freedom too since she won't drink pumped milk out of a bottle.

Teri - posted on 01/09/2011

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When my kids could handle texture, I made casseroles using homemade gravies, small diced up veggies and past like pastina etc. My kids loved them and they grea to like many veggies as a result.

Lisa - posted on 01/08/2011

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I think you should be on Stage 2 jars by now. I have been giving my son 2-3 tablespoons of oatmeal mixed with one jar of stage 2 babyfood twice a day (breakfast and dinner) and for lunch I give a protein and vegee - could be chicken... my son is almost a year now and has teeth, but we've been doing a variation on this for a while now.

Anna - posted on 01/08/2011

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Even if you're making your own, scan the jarred selection for ideas--your little one would definitely be ready for what Gerber calls Stage 2--bigger tubs, some new foods, a little thicker texture (which you can do by pureeing less, adding cereal, whatever).

Meat is fine to add at this stage, by the way--Gerber even has some meat in Stage 1. Honestly, I don't know any baby that like jarred meat by itself--I recommend blending it with sweet potato (think Thanksgiving/Christmas flavors) to increase your chances your l/o will like it.

Marsha - posted on 01/08/2011

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Awww, sounds to me like you are doing fine. I started my girls on solids at 6 months. Just like you, started with the easier foods to digest.
Now that your little one is 8 months, I saw someone mention avocado - this is great! You can just get a nice ripe one and let her try to eat it without squishing it. She can gum it or use what teeth she has to learn to chew.
We are vegetarian, so I can not comment on when to introduce or what types of baby food meats to try, but we gave scrambled or hard boiled eggs, soft tofu products, etc to our little one.
Even pasta, if you cook it so it is extra soft and (like the elbow or bowtie) and then cut it up to small pieces, that might be a good start too. Just with plain pasta sauce.
:)

Melanie - posted on 01/08/2011

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Well Mary, your dtr sound like mine..so busy! At that age, it's fine to let her start exploring finger foods. As long as everything is very soft and small...fruit, steamed veggies, rice, pasta, cold cereal, chicken...it's all great stuff and they really enjoy their new independence. Right now my dtr is 9 months and she eats 50% of a meal on her own and the rest I feed her with a small jar baby food and a little cereal mixed in. She eats 3 meals a day and often 2 snacks plus I'm BF every 4 hrs during the day. Also I'm introducing a sippy cup and she has sips of water during eating times. Babies won't over-eat at this age so she'll let you know when she's done...my dtr starts throwing food on the floor for fun once she's eaten enough :)

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Finger foods!! :) Cheerios, pasta, puffs, etc....

I will say that at that age my girls 2 favorite foods were any jarred baby food meat and vanilla ice cream (thanks to their dad) and my son wasn't even eating solids on a daily basis up to about a year......

Megan - posted on 01/04/2011

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my dr is real big on meats for the iron and my daughter loves them its how i get her to eat carrots

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