What solids are you feeding your bub?

User - posted on 07/21/2010 ( 40 moms have responded )

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Hi everyone,
My 6.5mth old is currently eating solids 3 times a day, two ice cube size portions at each feed time (plus 4 210ml bottles a day). He is eating brown rice cereal, sweet potato, pumpkin, brocolli, zucchini, carrot, apple and pear. I've also introduced banana but made him constipated so want to introduce it gradually. Im keen to introduce some more fruits but would like to know what ones are suitable, and gentle on the stomach. Also, when should we be introducing foods that offer protein (meats, lentils etc)?
Thanks

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Lindsey - posted on 07/23/2010

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Hi Annette! I think it's so cool that you are feeding your baby homemade baby food! I wish we had the time to make it for Leigha!

We have feed her baby food sweet potatos, carrots, sweet peas, green beans, squash, mixxed veggies, and mixxed veggies with mac & cheese and for fruit---bananas, applesauce, pears, peaches and the baby yogurt.

We have been feeding her 2 Tbsp. Oatmeal and 2 Tbsp. fruit for breakfast and 2 Tbsp. Rice and 2 Tbsp. veggies for dinner. Tomorrow we are going to add lunch into her solid food meals and change her menu a little bit.

We'll keep breakfast the same and for lunch give her 1 Tbsp. rice, 1 Tbsp. veggies and 1 Tbsp. fruit and for dinner give her 2 Tbsp. Rice and 2 Tbsp veggies and 1 Tbsp. meat.

One thing I always do is feed her cereal last, so if she is not to finish something it's the cereal... I feel like she gets more nutrition fromt he other foods.

All of this is in addition to her 6 bottles of 4-6 oz. of forumla per day....

Hopefully this will help you!

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Ayanna - posted on 08/07/2010

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my baby loves my very own cantalop baby food that i make with fresh cantalop also peaches and bananas mixed with mixed cereal potatoes made with baby milk

Michelle - posted on 08/06/2010

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I feed my son weatabix with banana for breakfast and whatever i eat during the est of the day like past and veg etc he has very weak juice during the day and by night he has 7oz bottles of formular milk. I feed jenson my little boy fruit each day and have found that he loves banana, grapes, apricots and bolied apples and pears xxx

Jennifer - posted on 08/06/2010

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I feed my 6 month old cereal with a little juice and water mixture in the mornings, a 1st food veggie container and a 2nd food fruit in the afternoon, a 2nd food meat with a 2nd food fruit in the evenings. We just started the meats about a week ago. I also give him the dissolveable crackers when I am eating as a little snack to keep him busy! After I get through the meats I am going to start feeding him the mixed fruits and veggies. Good luck with the feedings!

Ruby - posted on 07/30/2010

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Some moms I know are afraid to feed solids to their babies and only give pureed food. A dietitian told me that if you only give very mushy food then babies cannot develop the muscles in their jaws to sallow and chew. It is best to give them mashed instead of pureed food as soon as you can. Of course if it is meat you have to ground it and puree it, and moms have to observe if babies are really not able to then go back to thinner consistency. It is apparently normal for babies to gag sometimes as long as they are not chocking on large pieces of food. Check out this website: dialadietitian.org

Jessie - posted on 07/30/2010

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the health nurse told me that around 7 months which my son will be on the 14th, that they can eat everything we eat so thats what i m going by, apparently if u wait to long to introduce textures and solids than it can result in them having a texture problem when they r a little older (toddler)

Mama Tracy - posted on 07/29/2010

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wow thats helpful my baby has been on two solids .mix of avocado and pawapaw fruits and porridge in the morning. i feel its not enough so i will now do a third addition

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I feed my daughter cereal for breakfast, usually a fruit for lunch, and a vegetable for dinner. I still haven't started meats, and I have no plan to start them any time soon. (I'm a vegetarian, although no one else in my family is.) I see that you feed your baby homemade baby food, for more ideas you could try this Gerber website. http://menuplanner.gerber.com/ They have a meal planner and a lot of different food options that you could minipulate to fit your needs. Good luck.

Christina - posted on 07/29/2010

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With Kalli, I give her rice cereal (with or without fruit) one day then switch to oatmeal the next then the grain blend with yogurt in it then repeat the pattern. As far as lunch and dinners I typically give her one meat & two veggies or a mixed veggies with a fruit as desert. A couple days ago she had bananas for desert so the next day she had applesauce for desert. Today she'll probably have sugar free pudding. I, unfortunately, cannot find the barley cereal in my area. It's a really small town.

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It's important to follow baby's cues. If they are constipated or sick after eating a new food it might be a sign that they aren't ready to eat that particular food. On the Dr. Sears website he says, "Delay introduction of solid foods, especially more constipating ones, such as rice and bananas. Instead of rice cereal, try barley cereal. Good starter high-fiber foods for constipated infants are pureed pears and prunes." Good luck!

Megan - posted on 07/28/2010

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My little guy had a bad time with constipation- counteract the foods that bind him up with prunes or a bottle of juice halved equally with water (our lifesaver!). My dr. told us to hold off on the proteins until 9mths old because we started solids so early with our guy because he was always hungry- the proteins are supposed to be harder on the stomache and she was afraid starting them earlier would put him at risk to allergies to them?

Charity - posted on 07/28/2010

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Ruby,
My doctor told me the same, but you can also use baby cereal, most are fortified with iron, and if mixed with breast milk, most babies really like it. But I hear that too much cereal and not enough vegies may cause some constipation, so I personally always give some fruit/vegie, and a little cereal. My babe gets 2 feedings a day of something other that breast milk, so far, just to get him started with being willing to try new tastes.
Good Luck :)

Ruby - posted on 07/28/2010

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My nurse told me to give him meat now since the iron in breast milk goes down significantly after 5 months. She actually said it is important to do it now or baby will risk being anemic.

Tia - posted on 07/28/2010

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My boy eats: sweet potato, squash, zucchini, beans, peas, broccoli, pears, apples, carrot, bananas, blueberries, prunes, plums, peach, avocado, oatmeal and barley cereal, natural yoghurt, chicken, cucumber.
These days not many things are off limits except high allergen foods, sugar,salt and dairy (but PLAIN yoghurt is okay 'cos bacteria has broken down some of the proteins)
Proteins are best given at the lunch time meal as they are pretty hard to digest.
New foods are better given earlier in the day so as if there are any reactions it is more likely to be during he day when you can watch the little one and not while you're sleeping.
Meats, lentils, well cooked egg yolk are all good protein and high in iron - are meant to be given soon after 6 months as the baby's iron stores lower - but if your giving iron fortified cereal...
So many doctors have so many differing opinions but its really up to you. Imagine what you were fed as a baby that you wouldn't feed your baby today - and you're okay. Just take it slowly and keep it as natural as you can.

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My daughter was born Jan 19th, 2010. She is exclusively breastfed. We give her tastes of just about any food we are eating and she loves holding a cucumber stick and gums it. I don't plan on fully introducing solids as her main source of calories anytime soon. She loves tasting foods but gets her main meals at the breast.

Christina - posted on 07/28/2010

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I started Kalli-Mae out on stage one foods at about 4 months.Just some, applesauce, pears, & rice cereal for the most part. She jumped up to the Rice cereal w/ mixed fruit pretty quick. By 5 months she was okay-ed for stage 2 foods and has been on anything and everything since. Carrots, peas, green beans, the mixed meals like mac & cheese, turkey & sweet potato, sweet potatos, squash, just about anything but peaches. Now at her 6 month appointment she has been okay-ed for whatever she wants, whole milk, lemonade, orange juice, meatloaf.. whatever I fix basically. So now, depending on the dinner, I use the blender and let her have what we eat. Like with the meatloaf & mash potatos w/ gravy I made last week. Last night she was eating a little bit of cornbread even. She's been on the meats for a while & just started getting the 2.5oz jars of meats on her WIC Monday. You just have to observe your child & know them well enough to know what they can try. Try it for a few days, if they react negatively to it, put it away and try again in a few weeks. If they still react badly, they may have an allergy or their body just isn't ready. Talk to your doctor & trust your mommy instincts! Oh and applesauce & juice will help loosen up constipation.

ALICIA - posted on 07/27/2010

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brown rice cereal in the morning with a size1/2.5oz baby food (peas, sweet potatoes, apples or carrots) then around my dinner time he eats a larger 3.5oz baby food. And still nursing on demand

Cindy - posted on 07/27/2010

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It's fine to introduce proteins now..I've been making all of my daughter's foods since she started eating them at 5 months. She loves squash and sweet potatoes. She also eats peas, green beans, zuchhini, parsnips, carrots, spinach (which I first mixed with potatoes and some apple sauce), lentils, garbonzo beans (a great source of protein). She also loves pears, apples (all types), blueberries, raspberries (but might want to hold off due to allergen reasons), mango, papaya, kiwi, bananas, prunes (only food I do not make) as well as nectarines and apriots...You can offer proteins now...

Angela - posted on 07/26/2010

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my son will be 6 months old next week and he has tried; peas, carrots, beats, and asparagus. i started him on veggies so he would not get to used to sweet fruit and then not want to eat anything else. i will be trying avacado, spinich, and green beans soon.

Alarna - posted on 07/26/2010

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my little girl was born jan 17th so she is just over 6 months old. i am now feeding her solids 3 times a day and she has 4 240ml bottles in a 24 hour period. she seems to like beef, pumpkin and potato the most more than any sweet fruit ceriels or oatmeals. she doesnt mind her food but when i do feed it to her she dry reaches all the time... is this just because of the texture of the food? because she cant swollow it very well? or is there another reason?

Meagan - posted on 07/26/2010

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My son is 6.5 months and I feed him pretty much anything. He wakes up to a bottle and sometimes a jar of peaches or some type of fruit, for lunch he will eat cereal and a jar of veggies along with some puffs. Throughout the day he is contantly munching on baby cereals the dry ones. For dinner I feed him 2 jars of baby food, but depending on what we are having I will give him that also. It's all on your discretion really. If he seems to be fullfilled with what you are giving him great, but if he still seems hungry try upping it a little. Experiment with regular food such as regular greenbeans, tiny peices of meaballs or hot dogs. Anything that is easily chewable you can try.

Ellie - posted on 07/26/2010

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My son loves Avocado mixed with yoghurt!! It's a real favourite! I also steam Zuccini Sticks, roast pieces of pumpkin and poash pears for him to hold.

Kelley - posted on 07/25/2010

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We are doing homemade baby food as well. So far we are only up to twice a day, though. We'll probably move to three times a day sometime in the next few weeks. My daughter has had rice cereal and baby oatmeal. Then I've also made her butternut squash, sweet potatoes, green beans, and peas. The only fruit we've tried so far is pears. I also recommend the wholesomebabyfood.com website. There's some great info on there as well as some feeding charts that give info on what foods are appropriate for what ages.

Kara - posted on 07/25/2010

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my daughter is 6months 1 week old, we first started her on solids around four and a half to five months old, here in new zealand weve got a variety of foods, she eats anything from the simple apples and pears right up to chicken, noodles with vegetables, however all of the starch foods she eats it ended up blunging her up also, i asked friends and family what they used to help this, my friend said gripe water and water helped her, my mum said something with prune juice, with my luck i found pureed apples in prune juice, without realising i took off her nappy that afternon and she ended up letting it go, it was a mess but she felt much better afterwards :)

Aimee - posted on 07/25/2010

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I started my little one with avocado, she wasn't super crazy but then we tried bananas next those she loved and then I mixed the two together and she really loves it, We have also tried sweet potatoes, peaches and carrots and squash next up is apricots. I am making her food using the wholesomebabyfoods website I do keep some jars of earths best organic baby food on hand for the times when I am gonna be away from home without a way to keep the homemade stuff cold.

Charity - posted on 07/25/2010

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To the mom without time to make baby food get the "so easy baby food" kit, you only need 30 min a week!

Charity - posted on 07/25/2010

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I just started introducing foods (6 months old today) and am follwoing the reccomendations in the "So Easy Baby Food" cookbook (Target) I find it very helpful for ideas on what and when to feed. So far, rice and oatmeal cereals are a hit, bananas, pears and apples will take more time, and butternut squash is great! I have read that carrots should not be fed yet if you make your own because of the high nitrate levels, can cause anemia.. However commercial baby food carrots are screened for nitrate levels and ok to feed. I am making my own food and will wait for the garden's carrots to be ready, should line up with "appropriate" age.

Sunera - posted on 07/25/2010

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.I gave solid food to my son when he was 4.5. months old, First i gave him rice cereal thn oat cereal...now m feeding him homemade oatmeal.now m gonna introduce homemade mix vegetables soup..
In breakfast i only breast feed him thn after 1 hr i agn breast feed him thn in lunch time i feed him oatmeal..thn in between dinner i breast feed him, in dinner i give him rice cereal thn 4oz formula...

Nina - posted on 07/24/2010

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My 6½ MO eats solids most of the time, 120-200ml at a time. She only drinks milk if I make thin porridge of it and even then only 200-300ml a day.... But the nurse and doctor I spoke to said it's ok if she gets calcium supplement too. She loves all fruits and most veggies.
Started giving her meats at 5 months and she loves that too, Her faves are chicken and turkey at the moment, lamb is great as well. She's never had any stomachproblems from solids, acctually we had more problems on just milk so we're happy!!! =)

Lara - posted on 07/24/2010

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all those things sound fine... i wouldnt give inside of hotdog though... you dont know whats in ther!

Laura - posted on 07/23/2010

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My baby girl has tried rice cereal and hated it so then we went with apples, pears, bananas, and peaches which she loved! She likes oatmeal if we mix peaches or bananas in it. She's also has sweet peas, carrots, and green beans. I think I'm gonna try meats and yogurt next week after I ask her doctor's opinion. We've let her try baby Mum-Mum rice crackers for a snack, but under VERY close supervision cause they make me a little nervous! Fun stuff :)

Kelly - posted on 07/22/2010

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My Daughter eats: Apples, Bananas, Mango, Pear, Peaches, Cherry, Orange, Pineapple, Apricot, Corn, Potato, Peas, Green beans, sweet potatoes, carrots, squash, chicken, beef, baby yogurt in multiple flavors, risotto with cheese, Oatmeal and rice cereal. The only one she has small issues with is the bananas because of constipation. But a little bit of pears clears that right up.

Doctors all differ on proteins. When my 3 years old was younger the doc said at 6 months it was okay. Now the doc says at 8 months for the baby...but I gave it to her anyway as she could not state why it was better later and my 3 year old is fine. lol

Julie - posted on 07/22/2010

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My 6month old born Jan 5th eats solids 3 times a day. He takes 4-6 oz of formula about every 3 hrs as well.
I think we have tried every 2nd food out there both fruits and vegetables and now we are feeding some 3rd foods as well. Between meals he munches on snacks generally a puff of one form or another. :)

Gyani - posted on 07/21/2010

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Ive given my daughter yams, peas, avacado, mango, apple, lentils, sqash carrots and pears. Avacado is her favourite!!! she didnt like apples at all..i will try a different brand and see if it makes a difference. I think also, i will try meats next..

Jennifer - posted on 07/21/2010

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my son currently eats well anything I give to him he doesnt have a problem with constipation altho he did get the runs when he tried blueberries i started all of his veggies first peas, carrots, green beans, sweet taters he seems to love them the most once he tried all those i had him do the stage 1 meats ham, turkey, chicken then i let him have fruits i didnt start with bananas though as i hear most people do i started with squash, pears, peaches, etc then i went ahead and let him start the stage 2 meals did great with those too and rite now he is eating the stage 3 meals also sketty, lasagna, chicken noodle, etc plus the stage 3 mixed melodys and within last wk or two i've let him start trying stuff off my plate mashed taters, cooked carrots, pieces of mac n cheese, and the inside of hot dog seems I am the only one feeding this stuff I hope it doesnt hurt him in the long run!

Morgan - posted on 07/21/2010

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My baby girl has had Rice cereal, carrots, peas, yams, apples and pears.
she loves her cereal but shes still not sure about anything else. we plan on starting on meats soon

Meghan - posted on 07/21/2010

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well ive only given my daughter pears and prunes, she loves both. if you give your baby banana's give your baby prunes as well. it relieves constipation

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