Starting on solids.

Shelley - posted on 06/16/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I started my son on Rice Cereal 3 days ago, he is almost 6 months old. I was going to just feed the Rice Cereal for 1 week, then add a new vegetable each week. I have always heard that if you introduce fruits before veggies then they will not go for the veggies because they get that taste for the sweet things....is this true in anyones experience?
Also how much veggies do you give and how many times a day? Right now with the cereal my son is eating a tablespoon at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Thought maybe just giving the veggies with dinner...any thoughts?????

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My son is 6 mths and been on puree food for a month or more, he was a big baby (9lb 5ozs) and milk alone just didn't satisfy him. Now he has baby cereal with a bottle for breakast, at lunchtime he has veggies mashed like cauliflower and broccoli or carrot and parsnip mashed with a bottle and at teatime he has fresh fruit like a banana mashed with a strawberry or cooked apple. I have a gadget called the wean machine which is brilliant, it mashes everthing for you and you feed them straight from it. one portion from it is enough for my little boy. and he eats most things i give him!!

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i started my daughter on food from 3months, she is now 5months and has breakfast and dinners, which i make myself and use a blender, she absoultly loves her food

Tesia - posted on 06/21/2010

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My little girl is about 5 months now and the doctor told us to go ahead and start with rice cereal. She's been eating that for about a week or two and then we started mixing applesauce into it. Just a little bit. Something about allergic reactions. I was only feeding her during the night time but now since I'm feeding her rice cereal, apple sauce and carrots and I do a little cereal in the morning then either apple sauce or carrots at night. But then again she hardly swallows any of it lol

Holly - posted on 06/21/2010

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my daughter started cereal in her bottle at 2 months to help her acid reflux. I started her on spoon cereal at 4 months. she is now eating baby food 3x a day and a whole container at each sitting. I started with sweet potatoes and carrots the semi sweet veggies and she loves them. when i started her it was almost 5-10 bites at each sitting. then after a month i started her on peas, green beans, squash, and then bananas. she also eats about 5 ozs of formula 20 mins after she eats baby food. It is true about starting fruits last bc of the sweetness factor. But if your baby doesn't take to it yet wait a week and try again. thats what i did. good luck!

Melissa - posted on 06/20/2010

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I have started all 3 of mine on rice cereal at 6 weeks, just at night, with a little applesauce. After about 4 months I start giving them other fruits, then add veggies, and then some meat. All of them have eaten the veggies just as well as the fruits. My 4 yr old and 2 yr old still eat them fine. My almost 5 month old eats oatmeal now instead of rice cereal at breakfast with fruit and then has a veggie and a fruit at dinner. I've tried giving her some at lunch too, but she doesn't want it yet so I'm gonna hold off and try again in a week or so.

Stacy - posted on 06/16/2010

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I started cereal with my son at 4 months. 3 days of rice, then 3 days of barely and 3 days of oatmeal. Then I started with veggies for sweet potatoes then over to bananas, etc. with the other 1st fruits and veggies. We had no issue switching. He's now 5 months 1 week old and we do 4TBS at breakfast and dinner of cereal - 1/2 jar of fruit for breakfast - 1/2 jar of fruit & 1/2 jar of veggies for lunch and also a 1/2 jar of veggies for dinner.

April - posted on 06/16/2010

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I started with cereal at 4 months and my son did not like it. I mix it with water so it had no taste. I started from the get go putting apples or bananas into the cereal so he would eat it. I have since introduced apples, bananas, pears, green beans, and sweet potatoes. He eats them all without issue. I found with him, and my first child that it didn't matter the order introduce, if they are going to eat them, then they will eat them. I normally do a veggie one week and then a fruit the next. As they begin eating more solids they can become constipated so that is why I would give fruits early on. Apples and prunes can help to make it easier to go for them. I give Caden a bowl of cereal in the morning, a jar of fruit at lunch, a jar of veggies at dinner and a small bowl of cereal before bed.

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