What is your May 2011 baby eating now!?

Jennifer - posted on 12/26/2011 ( 61 moms have responded )

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Now that all May babies are at least a month past the "6 month mark" about half the mommies stuck to, what is your baby eating?

Rylie will eat ANYTHING you give her...except bananas.
We follow the big allergy rules (ie..peanuts, nuts, honey..) but other than that she eats everything that we do. She still eats jarred baby food for breakfast (pears, apples, kiwi, mango, plums, blueberry) along with some real solids. For example, she will wake up at 7 and drink a 6oz sippy of milk (she is off bottles!!) At 8:30, she eats a 4 oz jar of baby fruit and a bit of bagel, eggs, chunks of fruit, whatever. If she gets hungry after her morning nap, she snacks on Gerber yogurt bites, puffs, those stick things. At noon, she will eat some chunks of fruit, chunks of veggies, tiny bits of meat. Then a 6 oz sippy and her afternoon nap at 1. When she wakes up she snacks on the Gerber things again. For dinner, she has whatever we are having. Meats, veggies, breads, fruits, everything we eat..she does too. Then a 8 oz bottle at 7:30 and asleep by 8. She still wakes up about 3am to eat (6 oz sippy.)
So what is your babies feeding schedule and what all is your baby eating now!?

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The only things we avoid are milk before one and honey before two. Everything else is fair game but then we don't have any history of family allergies (except a little hay fever) so it's never been a concern for me.



My lo loves strawberries, eggs, seafood and nuts in her food (crushed, I do not give whole nuts due to the choking risk).

Merry - posted on 04/11/2012

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We don't do honey, but she's had peanut butter and pistachios. She has had eggs since 6 months and many types of fish since then too. Cooked though

Jessica - posted on 04/11/2012

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Rose has had peanut butter, and almonds, as well as eggs and strawberries (both of which she loves). Milk is also a hit. I just haven't done honey, but I think she's had a smidge or two from a knife I used and then cut her toast with!

Anything goes with this little one, and I agree with an earlier poster who said their May baby eats more than their older child. Emma (who's 3.5) sometimes eats way less than Rose and is WAY more picky. I can only hope Rose doesn't head that way too in her food preferences. :)

Oh, and Rose is getting all 4 molars right now, and I find she is "chewing" less, so pieces have to be smaller at the moment, otherwise there's a lot of gagging/almost choking. But otherwise the eating is going fantastic and she'll eat anything under the sun!!

Ianina - posted on 04/11/2012

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I don't do nuts, strawberries or honey.
Eggs was fine with Isa until she turned 6 months and then she became allergic. Sofia is fine tho with eggs.
I don't do raw/medium meat. Only well done.
No seafood here either

Jennifer - posted on 04/11/2012

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We do no nuts or honey for allergy reasons as our pedi recommended. If you aren't sure, ask your pediatrician. We've tried eggs, she just doesn't like them. Besides nuts and honey (and dairy due to personal issues with my daughter) everything is game for my littles.

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Ronda - posted on 04/11/2012

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Laura: Oh no! Soy is a bad word over here lol so we would never have it. Thanks for all the help girls :)

Ronda - posted on 04/11/2012

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My daughter has been sleeping more and eating less. I always thought that with a growth spurt it was the other way around! Oh, and as of yesterday she will not touch her infant cereal anymore. I guess she will be eating what I do from now on.

I have a question about allergens though. Who is feeding their child nuts, honey, eggs, soy, etc? I have been so confused about it all, and trying to read up on it is useless since the experts cannot agree, and keep changing their minds. Any help would be great, thanks :)

Ianina - posted on 04/11/2012

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Isa is still allergic to eggs (which I found extremely rare) but other than that, they will eat whatever you put in front of them

Jennifer - posted on 04/10/2012

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Ry started spitting up again and being fussy...so now we are happily done with the yucky nutramigen formula and on straight rice milk. Despite the fact she LOVED her formula, the change was, thankfully, easy!

We still have to really really limit her dairy intake to little or none and we do no nuts or honey but other than that, the only thing Rylie DOESN'T like is scrambled eggs and cod fish...the girl inhales her food haha.



How are all the other babies/toddlers doing now!? Anyone else given up the formula/bf for any reasons?

Merry - posted on 04/09/2012

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Jeni, how has his growth been? Does his dr have any concerns?

What foods do you try with him usually? And how often does he breastfeed?

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Ronda I will def try that. He is still not wanting food. Yes I'm def going to try starting tomorrow. I've tried handing it to him but never pushed it in his mouth. Ill try it see if he is more accepting

Merry - posted on 04/09/2012

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Fierna eats off our plates and loves food! She doesn't get processed stuff or grains and no honey but she's had some nuts and some other allergen foods and is doing great! She still nurses every 2-4 hours day and night as well. Oh and she finally mastered a sippy cup! Well two actually, she can do a hard plastic spout one, and also a soft spill proof straw one. In her cups is always just water.

Stephanie - posted on 04/09/2012

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Gavyn's eating everything we are, just chopped smaller. He has a huge appetite (I give him the same amount on his plate as my 2 1/2 year old but he's the one that finishes it all and he's still on the smaller side). His favourite foods are flaked tuna and salmon, cooked broccoli, white cheddar, and bananas. He drinks an 8oz bottle of formula first thing in the morning and right before bed, and during the day drinks water or soy milk from a sippy cup.

Ronda - posted on 03/30/2012

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My MIL suggested I use my finger to feed my baby. Her reasoning was that if I bf her then she is used to getting food through skin contact, and it worked!! :) :)



Jeni: I hope you will try this. I was in the same position you are in January. I even posted earlier in this thread, and now my LO eats pretty much everything. We started slow, and now she even uses a spoon :) Good Luck!!

Merry - posted on 03/30/2012

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No screaming here :)

Some babies aren't ready for solids til closer to their first birthday and that can be fine, breastmilk is a complete food, but it does usually require complementary foods sometime after the first six months.

My son had very little til 10 months but then he would eat stuff like cheese, meats, beans, breads, fruits, etc and while he didn't have a lot every day, he did eat foods here and there daily.

MOST babies need and want foods by this age but if your son relly refuses, forcing doesn't help. Just do what you're doing, offer every time you eat, and see what he does.

Positive food association is important to him and if he just plays with it and tastes it a bit that's ok and consider it a success!



Until he's a ear remember that he should be nursed before every solid feeding as you don't want him filling up on solids and drinking less breastmilk. His main diet is your milk, and solids are complementary, or 'for fun' as Toni pointed out. Check out kellymom.com, they had a page where they stated that a good pattern is for a baby to be getting 25% of their diet through solids at a year, 50% by around 1.5 years, and 75% of his diet from solids by two years old. So there's plenty of time!

Offer, and let him have fun. Daily, three times a day if you want! Make his high chair fun and offer new exciting foods and he will catch on in time :)

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Jeni definitely speak with your Dr about it but also keep trying. Every day at least once a day (you can do more if you want to) sit your lo down in a high chair or where ever and give them some food, finger food is good because they can experience it, even if he just plays with it let him get comfortable with food...but if he doesn't want to eat it do not force him, that'll only make things worse.



You should find naturally he'll put the food to his mouth, babies experience the world by their mouths.



Oh and remember, food for fun before one, so it's not awful if he isn't ready to eat food yet :-)

Jennifer - posted on 03/29/2012

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Have you talked to your ped about your little one?? If so, what'd they say?

My advice would be to keep trying. By one they should be eating at least some table food. My ten month old eats only table food and milk as a beverage now instead of a meal. I know Laura and maybe a few others would disagree, but I think they should be mainly eating more solids now. Ask his doctor and go by what they tell you. Keep offering a huge variety! Even if you think there's no way possible he will like this, offer it!! Maybe give him a whole banana or slice of apple or whatever and lettin him chew on it. Mine love love loves to self feed.



The better question for my ten month old would be what DOESN'T she eat lol..PIGGY!

Ianina - posted on 03/29/2012

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well, keep trying then. It takes between 5-10 tries for a baby to like whatever food you put in front of him/her to eat. Just don't give up.

What did your ped said about it?

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I have def tried! I've also tried different types of foods. From fruits to veggies. Rice, mashed potatoes, beans but he just won't eat it. I made him some egg drop soup because he seemes to like that the other day my mom took us out to eat but he will only suck the broth and spit the eggs out. Its been months and he seems to not be interested. I've put bits in front of him and he won't stick it in his mouth but instead play with it he will however stick other stuff in his mouth to play lol

Jessica - posted on 03/29/2012

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Jeni - have you been offering small bits of what's on your plates at mealtimes? I find Rose is always trying to get the food off my plate. If you sit her on your lap while you're eating, and offer to them the same stuff you're putting in your mouth, they may be willing to try more. Do you let her play with spoons, and does she know they go in her mouth? Or sippy cups? Sometimes they have to figure out the mechanics of eating. How is the pincer grasp going? Rose LOVES picking up tiny things and putting them in her mouth...and it's not always food...and sometimes she finds food (old cheerios hiding under the table that I didn't see when I was cleaning) and straight away into her mouth they go! We make sure that mealtimes have some structure - we all go to the table, Rose into her highchair, then food comes out for everyone and we sit together and eat (and try to have the tv off!). Rose now gets mad if we take too long between putting her in her chair and giving her food!

Ianina - posted on 03/29/2012

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Then maybe it is time to cut off some breast milk and push solids a little more.



*And here it is when Laura screams at me, hahaha*



But seriously, they are almost 11 months, they should be eating at least SOME table food by now

Jessica - posted on 01/15/2012

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Rose doesn't nurse a ton anymore, but she does eat solids like a crazy baby! She'll nurse usually twice in the night, then maybe twice in the morning, once in the afternoon, once around supper and then at bedtime. So I guess about 7 times. I've been sick for 3 days so she hasn't nursed as much, but she has been out with family and was eating up a storm. :)

Merry - posted on 01/15/2012

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Maybe formula is just a lot different then breastmilk? Most breastfed babies nurse 6-10 times a day at this age.

Fierna it's like 10 times a day including nighttime feeds.

Ianina - posted on 01/12/2012

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4 bottles a day is not bad at this age. Specially if she is eating solids twice a day and you give her water/juice with her meals.



Mines have 2 bottles during the morning (they wake up around 7 am), then they nap until 1pm, lunch with juice/water, bottle about 2 hours later, short nap, playtime, nap around 5pm with a bottle, playtime until dinner, dinner is table food with juice/water, bath and bed time.



I don't puree their food anymore. They want to feed themselves so I give them whatever we are having. Last night they ate 1 bowl of mashed potatoes (grown up bowl size) and then OUR cauliflower and meat balls...

Courtney - posted on 01/12/2012

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Laura, she is eating 20-26 oz of formula a day , but she is just you know on the base line of what is recomended, so I limit her the 2 meals a day and just recently added the Gerber Banana Yogert Juice as a bonus for in between meals.

Merry - posted on 01/11/2012

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Courtney, if she's not drinking enough formula then dont give her juice! She will be filling up on all that solids and even a little juice could be slowing her appetite for formal. And really, formula has to be her main nutrient for a few months more.



We had a stomach virus right after Christmas and I took Fierna off all solids during that so now I'm slowly reintroducing them but less. I want to make sure she doesn't go on a nursing strike so Im just limiting her solids as much as possible. Besides, she got more solid poops when she was eating a lot of solids and I don't want to constipated her so it's nicer to mostly just nurse her anyways. :)

Alexandra - posted on 01/10/2012

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My daughter also eats everything we give her, and there no teeth yet, haha. She drinks about 6oz every three hours and for breakfast, lunch and dinner she eats whatever we give. We try to give a little bit of bread, fruit and some kind of gerber puree thing everyday. she loves everything and cannot have enough, haha.

Courtney - posted on 01/10/2012

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My baby is eating whatever I put in front of her. She doesn't take as much formula as she is suppose to have so I only feed her two solid meals a day. I am luck if she will drink a full 6oz bottle. Odd huh. You'd think she would be drinking 8oz at a time by now. So with the 6oz bottles she is still getting those every 3-4 hours or so. For mid morning I'll give her eggs, pancakes, cereal/oatmeal or sometimes the jar baby food. Recently I added the little Gerber juices, which I am giving her mid day. At dinner she eats what we eat. I put our meal in the little chopper that we have and add a little bit of water so that it is not so pasty. While I cook dinner, she sits in her highchair and eats the little finger foods that you were talking about. She loves them. But I try to be conscious of how much of that she is eating because it is afterall snack foods. If you read the lable, you'll see that the recommended serving size is quite small. I was giving her 4 or more of the Gerber cookies until I saw the calaries and serving recomendations. Now I limit her to 2. I also recently starting getting diced carrots and she loves them. I get them in the can veggie section. They come in the same packaging as friut cups. We try something new every day. I too have a night waker. She wakes anytime between 3:30 and 4:30 and wants a bottle. I try to hold off until at least 4:30 to feed her because waking at that time is killing me. I wake up at 5:45 for work so by the time I get her back down after a bottle it is time for me to get up.

Donna - posted on 01/08/2012

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Hazel and Lou eat anything given to them. They prefer finger foods. Especially marmite sandwiches! They love chewing on pieces of meat and Hazel is especially fond of broccoli!

Clara - posted on 01/08/2012

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Ailidh was a slow started with solids. Didn't show much interest at all until about a month ago. Now she is eating anything she can get her hands on. We tried scrambled egg for the first time last night (with hesitations about allergies) but she finished hers, and the rest that her 21mo sister didn't finish... She loves pureed fruits and we are moving onto finger foods as well as now she is getting a bit better with her grasping and such. I have always tried to make my own baby food but with two so close, Ailidh has so far been primarily packet fed. We have all the general allergy rules with nuts and such like. We just introduced them slowly with our first daughter (she had higher risks though as she has a disability that predisposes her to latex and latex related allergies). She hasn't had peanut based anything yet because I am just too paranoid I think. But back to the little one, fruits are a big winner, followed closely by vege puree... =)

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tried to give him peas, green beans and avocados. Was not successful. May try again this week. other than that just boobies lol

Merry - posted on 01/07/2012

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Egg yolks are one of the most nutritious first foods! The whites can be an allergy item but hard boil it and give her the yolk, if it's a bit too dry you can add in some formula but she should be able to pick pieces up and chew it because it's so soft.
Another great first food is avocado! Just put raw avocado in a bowel and she can use a spoon and since its sticky she can feed herself! Avacado is the only baby food that has more good fats then breastmilk!

Ianina - posted on 01/07/2012

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Fruits, all of them BUT Strawberry (allergies)
Veggies all of them BUT tomato (allergies)
Meats all of them, fish you can except for canned fish.
NO honey.

Fruits and veggies are great for first foods since you can give her big pieces so she can grab. Chicken is great too

Chelsi - posted on 01/06/2012

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Oh wow I feel like I'm so behind. Rylee will be 8 months old on Monday and she is only eating rice cereal, baby food, and formula. She has 2 teeth on the bottom but I didn't think she would be able to eat real foods yet. I've been wanting to try table food but I'm afraid she won't be able to eat it yet. If I do want to try some, what should I try first?

Lydia - posted on 01/05/2012

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Jakob is doing pretty well. He is still primarily breastfed, but he's eating finger foods too. Basically, he wakes in the morning and Bfeeds. Then, after everyone gets off to work/school, Jake and I have our breakfast. He likes to feed himself cereal or crackers and I will help him eat banana or pears - all are whole that I cut into smaller pieces for him - he has 8 teeth, so texture really isn't much of a problem. Then, until dinner, he mostly only has a few pieces of cereal or something while I eat so I'm not being rude! :)

He loves yogurt, peaches, pears, banana, apple, green beans, squash, sweet potato, avocado, baked beans - he's had turkey, ham, and pork. He even tried a little ground beef. We try to let him have a teeny bit of something we're eating just to let him try it all. He hasn't shown a dislike of anything except for the Gerber cheese ravioli - he spit that back out immediately.

Jennifer - posted on 01/04/2012

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I wouldn't say any one way is really pushed in the US. Jar, homemade, baby lead, BF, formula..anything. Most moms that have a strong feeling one way or another usually find a pediatrician that supports that way here. Personally, I don't really follow any one way. I spoon feed, she self-feeds, we do sippy cups, purees, finger foods...just whatever. And Ry is perfectly healthy. So PERSONALLY I don't feel any one way is better than another..just what is right for YOUR OWN family is the best.
But if your doctor recommends you to do jar food (or whatever other advise your personal doctor recommends) then don't let anyone else change it for you. Do what you feel is best for your own baby..thats the only "right" thing to do :-)

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Home made is better though.



We are advised to give finger foods as alongside purees, as they help development...for example they aid the fine motor skills and encourage the pincer grip by the baby having to see the smaller food they want, pick it up and bring it to their mouth themselves. Baby led weaning is quite big here, and is pushed by most health professionals.

Ianina - posted on 01/04/2012

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Ronda, Isabella is like that. She eats just fine except for when she tries something new that she dislikes.

Jessica, eventho fresh fruits and veggies are good for everyone, jar food is good too. There is an organic brand that is really good. At first, I used to make home made food for the twins and they didn't liked it, they rather had gerbers than mine...
Now they will eat everything you put in front of them

Ronda - posted on 01/04/2012

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Has anyone else's baby regressed after eating a food they didn't like? My daughter had sweet potato at the beginning of December and she hated it! Then she would not even trust foods that he previously ate, and would not eat more than a few bites, and even then she has to be coaxed into it. I am getting kind of worried because she only wants to nurse and not really eat food. I started her on solids at 6 months, but I am thinking that it was too early for her because she never really did show signs of wanting to try really. Is this normal?

Merry - posted on 01/04/2012

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Jessica, it's good to be cautious but jar baby food and cereal aren't the healthiest choices for your baby!
Real food, as close to its natural state is always best! So feed her a banana instead of puréed jars of banana and it's even better! Cereal is a food of the past and now all the new research shows no benefit to highly processed foods like infant cereal.

Jessica - posted on 01/04/2012

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My daughter just turned 8 months yesterday & she only has a bottle, baby cereal with second bottle & jar baby food in the evening per our doctors instructions. I know people feed their kids table food but she spit up so much at the beginning I have been afraid to go against his orders....and we are first time parents, i hear a lot of people say "your next one will be different" meaning we be more confident in ourselves & not follow his instructions so much. Is that horrible we aren't feeding her anything else?! :/

Jennifer - posted on 01/02/2012

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Yeah I meant cows milk...
And we don't eat any seafood at all do it's not even something I think about.

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we're used to avoid cows milk before a year...I'm hoping to bf to a year so there should be no need for any other milk :-) (in the uk)

Ianina - posted on 01/02/2012

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Well, I will tell you that milk here is WAY different that the one in USA (according to my USA boyfriend). I do not like milk AT ALL but I do eat all the milk related products.
I did had yoghurt in US and ours is very different. Taste more like cream and I'm prety sure it has way more fat, hahaha.
Our cream here has 16% fat, milk a little less, yoghurt and cream the same. Maybe that is why it taste different

Merry - posted on 01/02/2012

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Well breastmilk or formula is obviously fine but we are told here in the states to not give any cows milk before a year. I thought it was universal but maybe not?
They say here before a year only to give formula, breastmilk, water or juice but really juice isn't recommended much. Just for consitpation I think. I personally just avoid cows milk in general cuz our cows are fed corn and pumped full of antibiotics.

Merry - posted on 01/02/2012

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How about shellfish Jennifer? Do you hold off on that? We don't eat it often so it was not an issue to avoid it for Eric til he was over a year but I've read the recommendation is no shellfish til 3! But then again my family has no big allergies do that I'm sure affects my attitude.

Jennifer - posted on 01/02/2012

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Mine have had tomatoes and strawberries. We really only follow the milk, nuts and honey rules.

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