real food?!?!

Amy - posted on 04/28/2010 ( 30 moms have responded )

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im about to travel to missouri next month and im wondering what "real foods" your september babies are eating. my mom is always harping at me to feed my baby regular food who turned 7 months on the 27th. she thinks my daughter should have some sort of real foods. she is very old school. when my brother was 3 months old (now 36) he started drinking 2% milk so she thinks my daughter should. i dont agree with all of it but some of it maybe. i know my mom is going to try to sneak my daughter things like suckers and candy and im wondereing what other parents may have to say about this. maybe i am just to close minded or stubborn about not giving food

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Brianen - posted on 05/10/2010

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To me, what you choose to feed your daughter is your choice, and you deserve the respect of others what ever it may be. My family and in-laws were always trying to sneak my daughter something sugary/salty/greasy and I would take whatever it was away and tell them that they are not allowed to feed her junk. I clearly remember sitting down with my mil and telling her that if she couldn't respect my choices as a mother, then she wouldn't be able to spend time with her granddaughter. She wasn't happy and told me she raised her kids and they turned out just fine. To that I responded, that she had her chance to raise her kids and this was mine. It took her some time but now when my daughter spends time with her, I know that she's not being loaded up with junk food.

Bridget - posted on 05/09/2010

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My daughter eats small bites of most of whatever we are eating, as long as its healthy! She eats chicken, tofu, veggies, fruit, and also cheerios. She doesnthave teeth yet, but she can still chew up everything! Its amazing.
Also, I feel for you with your mother. I have issues with a mother in law regarding what my daughter eats. My daughter is tiny, and actually needs to gain some weight and my mother in law keeps telling me to feed her all of these unhealthy foods, she said we are depriving her because I give her stuff like whole wheat pasta instead of white. One time I caught her feeding her twizzlers! I was not happy. And later that week, at my mothers house, I was complaining to her about the twizzlers and when I turned around I saw her giving my daughter licks from her coffee ice cream cone! Unbelievable! haha

Akilyn - posted on 05/02/2010

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We've stuck to mostly homemade baby food and some jarred baby food. We've done puffs, baby yum yums and fruit in the mesh feeder. We really haven't done too much other stuff. Once in a while I've tried just mashing up what we are having like chicken and veggies which has worked out fine too. I got a new baby food mixer which will work better than the blender I have been using so I might use it more for nightly meals. We've stayed away from candy, ice cream and stuff like that just cuz I think it is better to wait as long as possible for stuff like that. For now I'll stick to veggies and fruit mostly.

Amy - posted on 05/02/2010

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My daughter was 7 months on 29th and she eats baby jar food for breakfast and dinner with her bottle of milk but for lunch she doesnt seem interested in jar food so today I gave her a little yoghurt before her milk and she loved it. She has tried fries before but cant really get the hang of eating them. Also I buy her organic baby crisps which is something they sell in Tesco in UK they are called organix and come in flavors like carrot, sweetcorn & other vegetables and she seems to like those. She has had white chocolate buttons before but no more than 4 or 5 at a time. I worry about the amount of fat and salt in our food and therefore am quite careful about what food i give her as she is quite chunky bless her. Whatever you decide to do will be the right decision as your her mum.

Karla - posted on 05/02/2010

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I just try my lil girl with little bits of what im eating if it isnt too salty or sweet,my nephew is the same age and loves eatin wotsits skips n malted milk biscuits but my daughter didnt like any of them

Amy - posted on 05/01/2010

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i agree with all the stuff about not giving them foods because of allergies. i understand that thry dont need certain stuff but some how i think we should start early and find out what they are allergic to quicker. i kinda think the same way about well look what i was given and im just fine health wise. i just dont agree with some stuff and mostly junk food things like cookies n suckers. lol

Michelle - posted on 05/01/2010

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I totally agree with you Cinys! My son was 7 months on the 23rd. He has been eating bits of pretty much everything we eat since like 4 or 5 months. Our doc (he delivered me when I was born, as well as my older brother) is pretty old school too, he has already said it is ok for Seth to have cow's milk (2% even). So I am mixing his bottles with about 3 parts 2% milk and 1 part formula, he is doing excellent. He gets 3 meals of puree, with bottles in between. He is a healthy, happy, growing boy!
You know, if you think about it, there are so many conflicting opinions, even among doctors. Nobody really knows what is good or bad for babies. Each child is totally different, what's good for one baby might be bad for another. Like other people have said, you know your baby the best so go with your gut! I for one am happy with my decisions with feeding my son. I want to get him used to as many different foods as possible so he hopefully isn't picky when he gets older. I guess only time will tell.

Cinys - posted on 05/01/2010

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I am glad this came up Amy...
My mother is old school as well. I was raised old school, slept on my tummy from the moment I was born...
And I was fed; Cheese, eggs, beef, chicken, liver, a huge variety of fruits..if my was was able to pure it or peel it, it was fed to me. (within reason for a baby)
and you know what....I do the same for baby girl.

I was skeptical at first with cheese and eggs because I hear so much of "You cant feed a baby this yet" but I came down to this conclusion. Mothers have been feeding the babies everything from the dawn of time and they had less allergies, less problems, blah blah blah. And I know I am going to probably make a lot of people frown with this, but oh well.

My baby girl eats everything. again within reason. She has zero problems, no allergies of any kind. Has had only one cold since she was born and that was my fault. I was dressing her up to warmly and she got the shivers when I undressed her and got sick. but it was a small cold.

Since then, no colds, excellent doctor visits, excellent weight gain....

She is going to be 8 months on the 6th of May
wears 18-24 months clothing, size 3 shoe, size 4 diaper.

Sometimes, the tried and true are better then the "Lets try this now" recommendations.


Thanks for listening.

Tracy - posted on 04/30/2010

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my son born september 25 has been eating little bits of everything for the last 2months anything we eat i give him. i dont cook with salt or add any sugar to foods so its all rather healthy.with supervision almost anything can be given,i dont even puree foods anymore if there are some chunky bits he will spit them if he cant mash them enough to swallow.i give him 1 slice of bread at lunch with pickles, jam or vegemite and he quite happily mushes it up and eats about 3/4 of it. i also give him 100 mls of regular cows milk every day he seems to enjoy all the differant flavours. the only thing to avoid is nutty pruducts really and keep an eye out for any reactions to foods. i feel the more exposure they get the less intolerances they develop

Amy - posted on 04/30/2010

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im from Polk county! lol right by greene county. ur from up by st loius right? im like an hour from springfield. i know what you mean about suprised you made it out normal! i feel the same way. lol my family is so country its not even funny they liv like in the woods and have all kinds of critters around them. my dad tried to feel me wild snake and squirrel lol GROSS! rattle snake meat is one thing but wild snake is nuts lol

Noreen - posted on 04/30/2010

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Honestly, I don't really feed Abby baby food much. She mostly eats off my plate here and there, which is healthy food! But she is 99% exclusivly breastfed! The other 1% is solids off my plate or a packet of plum organic baby food.



As far as candy and and soda's. I am a total stubborn control freak when it comes to giving MY BABY junk!! She doesn't need it and I'm affraid that it will hurt her belly. I'm the same way with my older boys, 5 an 4. They don't eat much junk at all!! If they do, its a rare occasion.



I'm from Missouri too! Now living in South Carolina. I swear, I can't believe I grew up in Missouri and turned out normal!! LOL!!! Every time I go back to visit family, I am amazed at how many people smoke and eat horriable foods and just don't take care of their bodies. Atleast in the area I'm from. Jefferson County.

Brandi - posted on 04/30/2010

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I understand,.... I get harped on all the time because I don't give my daughter "table food".... To me she is still to young. She feeds herself baby snacks but , they also dissolve quickly and are made for babies not to mention she only has two teeth... I think you should do what you feel is right... Just because she is your mother doesn't mean she is always right.,... That's how I have to look at my family who think my child should be eating mashed potatoes ,gravy, eggs and anything else.... I actually had a family member here for vacation who tried to give my daughter table food and I just had to stand my ground....She is your daughter...Feed her how you want....

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My parents kept wanting to feed my son, too, but I was very adamant that he not get any until close to 6 months. He's not a big "real" food eater and still prefers to breastfeed mostly, but I ended up giving my mom a copy of this chart:
http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/text2/s...

That way they wouldn't try to feed him something that I didn't want him to eat.

Karen - posted on 04/30/2010

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my son turned 7 months last week and he pretty much eats all that we do (except dairy products) - he loves meat and potatoes, spaghetti, rice & veggies, stew..basically anything i eat , i just mash with a fork or cut up little for him....i know my mom likes to give gage things that i don't give him (like a cheesie here and there, or a bit of a fruit freezie) but in my mind, she's grandma...i know my grandma used to sneak me things...as long as i know he's getting the healthy things that i want him to have, i have no issues once in a while with having a few things "off menu" as long as they aren't allergy concerns (she knows where my concerns are and abides by those strictly)

Cristina - posted on 04/30/2010

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My son will be 8 months on May 10th. He has been eating jarred baby food from 2 months, as he would just eat and eat with just the bottle. At four months he started getting jarred food twice a day. He also started the sippy cup then too. Now he eats 3 times a day, and he eats around half a jar and table food with it. He eats everything I eat, from mac n cheese to steak. He likes mozzerella sticks, perogies, raviolis, potatoes, cake, cookies, crackers. I give him half a banana(whole still), a piece of apple, orange, watermelon, strawberries, cheese. He eats everything and he never has any problems, even without any teeth.

Tania - posted on 04/30/2010

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I don't feel that you are closed minded at all !! You have very legitimate concerns about something that is important to the overall health of your baby. The moms on here have offered some great advice about what foods would be appropriate for your daughter to eat. I would suggest going through their lists and finding stuff that works for you. I would also suggest checking out the jarred baby foods at the supermarket. They usually have an age indicator on them, to let you know what would be "appropriate" to eat at this age, and may also give you some ideas on how to combine foods to keep it interesting for your lil one. My daughter has been eating "real food" for a bit now and we have had no trouble with it. We introduced things slowly and just monitored how she reacted to it incase any allergies cropped up due to certain foods. The one thing we wont give her though is cows milk. They cant digest the lactose in it properly until around 1 year old.

I hope that this helps and that your visit turns out well :)

Holly - posted on 04/29/2010

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My dr was very persistent on NO dairy milk until one year. Its hard on their digestive tracts. My daughter was born the 18th and she's on all the toddler snacks except the cereal bars. She loves them and does great. I started with very mushy foods-mandarine oranges, peaches, bananas, etc. then moved up to Mum-Mums, lil' crunchies, and puffs. She loves it all. I started her on jar foods however, at 3 months. Bottles just weren't cutting it. Now my debate is if I should cut a bottle out during the day and put in an additional feeding. I'd definitely say NO dairy till she's a year. Day cares won't even give them dairy until they are 12 mos or older.

Emma - posted on 04/29/2010

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My son was born on the 17th, i mostly cook my own meals for, usually mini versions of what we eat, however i do use jars as well, especially if out and about. I let him try anything, he is very good at chewing and swallowing. I usually give him healthy meals and snacks, but occassionally let him have a treat or a taster of candy etc.. I think you have to go with what you believe in.

Holly - posted on 04/29/2010

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my mom has made me well aware of how she raised me and my brothers and well........times have changed. just because she fed us solids per the doc's recommendation at six weeks and we survived doesn't mean its right for everyone...especially with all the knowledge we have today that wasn't around say 35 years ago hehe!
My daughter turned 7 months on April 26 and started sampling baby food and baby cereals at four months and we have progressed successfully since then (the doc advised us we were ok to do so) As a parent you have to do what is right for your child and others (even well meaning friends and family) should respect your decisions.
My mother in law is always trying to sneak her nephew food that his mother has flat out said no to...and I'm there while she is doing it. I dread the first time I have to leave my daughter alone with her, She thinks she knows best and supercedes my sister in laws decisions....however, neither my sister in law or brother in law stand up to her. Prior to ever spending unsupervised time with my daughter she will have to show she respects our decisions whether she agrees with them or not. I guess it is harder when its your own mother. I wish you luck...and remember, you have to decide what's best for your child regardless of what others say/think.

Jamie - posted on 04/29/2010

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My daughter wants to eat real food or food she can feed to herself. We do the Gerber graduates (puffs, wagon wheels, puff sticks). And lately I have been cutting small pieces of watermelon, kiwi, peaches, bananas, and other fruit for her to feed herself. We also do cooked (unseasoned) green beans, corn, and peas. I completely agree about not doing sugary items but I have caught her 4 year old brother letting her lick his popsicle.

Angie - posted on 04/29/2010

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My daughter was born on Sept. 21st and I still don't give her any real food. Her doctor said no table food until she's one. This past weekend some family members started feeding her table food, and I yelled at all of them not to feed my daughter! lol I don't care what anyone says, my daughter will eat table food when her doctor ok's it. She said that the younger you start feeding them table food the more likely they are to be obese!

Amy - posted on 04/29/2010

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thanks ladies. my mother thinks she should be eating everything i do. and doesnt understand that i dont want her having things like suckers, cookies, things like that. so its not so much real foods as junk foods and things that even little kids really dont need. i have a lot of issues wit how my mom raises children i guess lol.

Betty - posted on 04/29/2010

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HI Amy, I believe babies arn't really supposed to eat anything but purees and milk till they have enough teeth to chew. (That's what I've been told). What does your mom mean by real food anyway?



Have you tried fruit? My daughter born on the 22nd loves watermelon and bananas. All you have to do is mash it up with a spoon. Or you can get a soft apple and scoop the flesh out with a spoon.



It is good to have your baby try a bit of everything just so when they get older, they won't be picky with foods. I heard that is good to have a tiny pinch of salt for foods like Meat, Potatoes, Pumpkin etc. This is because otherwise the baby gets used to tasteless foods and will refuse to eat flavoured foods in the future. (I heard this from a friend of mine as apprently now his kids will only eat plain pasta as they don't want anything that actually has any taste in it).



I give my daughter a taste of everthing I eat. Don't get me wrong, by taste I mean just let her suck on it a little and that's it. Like ice-cream, chocolate, cake, bread, etc. She only gets to have alittle lick so she can feel the texture and taste and that's it.



Because I've noticed everytime I'm introducing something new, she puts on this funny look on her face as if she's saying eeeehuh, what is that? But by the 2nd time I let her try it again, she won't pull that face anymore because she's used to it.



This is the stage to introduce them to a variety of different foods but milk is still very imiportant. My daughter has 5 bottles a day and also 2 servings of purees.



I hope this helps. I don't think you're been close minded at all.

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I'm staying away from any foods with refined sugars for as long as possible. My little one born Sept 20th is eating lots of veggies like sweet potatoes, peas, squash, he also likes fruit, and his cereals. All homemade that way I can monitor all the ingredients in his diet. I wouldn't be too happy if my Mother tried to give my son suckers at this point. Tell your Mom your wishes for your babies diet and hopefully she will respect that.

Karrie - posted on 04/29/2010

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Not that I call suckers and candy "real food" but i have let my daughter who is nearly 8 months eat a little choccie on a couple of occasions when she see's me eating it and the other day she took a sweet chilli chip off me and chomped it down without even screwing up her face lol. Other than that she eats basically whatever we do just in smaller pieces depending what it is i sometimes puree it a little. Go with your gut you know her best and what she's ready for!

Sarah - posted on 04/28/2010

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so far, other than baby food. we have given our almost 8 month old boy, plain spaghetti in his pureed carrots, a couple tastes of vanilla ice cream...( I know, I would never have done that with my first, lol!!) canned peas and corn. oh an dhe loves those farley biscuits and frozen mixed vegies cooked longer than normal. small peices of chicken. We just started this in the past month. Now that he is almost 8 months, I bet he will want just about anything we're having.

Kellie - posted on 04/28/2010

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I just tried some solid (real solid) food with my son today actually. He has no teeth and I was in no rush to give him "real food" but today I was eat some tyson chicken nuggets for lunch and he was literally attacking my hand. I took a tiny tiny piece of the inside and gave it to him. He had three pieces...didn't seem to care for it one way or the other but I guess it was an experience for him. He still looooves his bottle too much! :) Have a good trip!

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Hey, you're not closed minded. You're looking out for your baby's well being! That said, I was super strict with what my first daughter ate. Her first splurge was ice cream at 9 months. We haven't let our baby have anything yet. Great options are the Gerber Graduates yogurt melts, puffs, etc. If your baby gets too much sugar it may be hard to get her to eat right when you get back home! The reason milk isn't supposed to be introduced early is a possible milk allergy. The longer you wait, the less chance (supposedly) there is of an allergy. Anyway, table foods we give our baby are green beans, peas, bananas, strawberries, and yogurt. Hope you have a good and peaceful visit!!!

Amy - posted on 04/28/2010

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ive been doing the cheerios thing but she eats like 1 out of 10 that she tries to put in her mouth lol. she is very funny trying to eat.

Crystal - posted on 04/28/2010

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My little Girl was born on Sept 3. And she refuses to eat jar baby food. We have been feeding her almost what ever we eat. Potatoes, noodles, chicken, vegetables pretty much anything. I just puree it for her and she is so happy and it doesn't seem to be bothering her. I have also this week started letting her eat dry cheerios (with supervision of course) And she loves the independance of being able to feed herself.

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