Does anyone know where to find a list of foods that babies should be eating once they start solids?

Jessica - posted on 01/11/2010 ( 28 moms have responded )

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Our Dr. told us to start solids and to start with the more yucky veggies once we introduce veggies. Any suggestions on what we should start with once we introduce veggies. Or does anyone know where to find a list of foods to start with.

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Karin - posted on 01/17/2010

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Hi Jessica. I have 3 children, now aged 7, 5 & 2. I consider myself blessed because they seem to eat everything! Different doctors have different views. Some say start with veggies, others say start with cereal. My first two I started with baby rice cereal. This is because it is easily digestible. Sometimes children have allergies to wheat, so stay away from that in the beginning. You can introduce that later. With Emma, my youngest, I decided to try the other approach and started with veggies. This worked just as well, so it is really up to you. The reason they say start with the 'yucky' veggies, is that is that it teaches baby to get used to all sorts of vegetables, not just the sweet ones! Easy digestible veggies are carrots, butternut, sweet potato. You can make these yourself, by boiling them in a little water (no salt!!). Don't use too much water cos thats where all the nutrients go when you boil them. Once they are soft blend them with the cooking water to make a very smooth sloppy paste. Baby will spit at you, but persevere, it will get there over time :-) I also used Purity (Gerber), and made my own food when I had time. You can freeze your own food in little portions. It may be more cost effective in the beginning to buy the read-made food cos new eaters really do only eat a teaspoon at a time!

Good luck, and take loads of photos with your first feed...oh, and wear old clothes, because spit-out baby food can stain :-)
Karin

Maria - posted on 01/17/2010

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My oldest son loved Butternut Squash. The best time to find that is in the fall. My mom and I cut off the skin of the butternut squash and then boiled it we then added some brown sugar and cinnamon and he loved it. My kids loved peas when they were younger and they are soft and easy to eat when they are babies and sometimes they can be sweet. You can add them in with some pastina (baby pasta).

Keisha - posted on 01/16/2010

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kidney beans, avacado, kiwi, fish, pablum cereal, yogurt, eggs, sweet potatoes... these were my daughters first foods ( depending where you live and who your doctor is you may be told not to give your baby eggs) pretty much just as long as its not full of preservatives and sugars and its pureed well you can probably give your baby just about anything, just remember to do it one food at a time and wait a few days inbetween foods to test for allergies.

Jeanne - posted on 01/15/2010

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Hi, I was told by my kids pediatrician to start with baby cereals then food high in iron and vitamin content - i.e. Start with a sweet veg like butternut, then spinach, then the brown meat of the chicken. She suggested that one not start too soon with fruit as they may then reject the less sweet vegetables. I had great success with my son - still eats everything but my daughter is pickier. You should also start with smooth single flavors and then slowly make it lumpier and combine foods. Baby cereal can be started as soon as 4 months (especially with boys as they seem more hungry) in small quantities. Good luck! This is such a fun time! New taste expressions can be priceless!

Elissa - posted on 01/14/2010

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I use wholesomebabyfood.com They give advice as to what foods they should be eating at what ages, how much, how to make & store food, etc. It's a really helpful website, if you're making your own food. If you aren't it'd at least give you an idea of what foods your child can have.

Esther - posted on 01/14/2010

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There is an 18 pack of Beechnut baby food sold in some stores that has a list inside the box that will tell you what to start with. Me myself I started with rice cereal first. Then I would take like one fruit and one vegetable and use them for a week to make sure that my child had no food allergies. I would add one of each every week!

Danielle - posted on 01/13/2010

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I don't know where to find a list of foods but I can share with you what my doctor shared with me...Normally the doc wants you to start with the cereals first before any other kind of food, there's rice, barley and oatmeal. You start with the green veggies once your baby has been on cereal for a while and you want it to be green beans and then peas because peas are sweeter, then you can try the orange foods like carrots, squash and sweet potatoes, then go to corn (if you can find it) and then you start fruits after you try all the veggies. After you try the veggies and then the fruits you want to have your baby try the meats. Once your baby tries all the individual food items for example green beans or bananas or chicken then you can try the foods that are mixed with something else, for example apple orange banana or chicken and wild rice etc...that's just what my doctor told me for my son when he was 6 months old...he has just turned 3 and loves his veggies....tomatoes, celery, green beans, steamed broccoli....he loves it all

Michele - posted on 01/13/2010

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My kids liked sweet potatoes, carrots, avocado, pumpkin. I had to mix some of the yuckier ones with with pears or apples. Try to stay away from citrus fruits and broccoli because they might upset baby's tummy and give them gas.

Yohi - posted on 01/13/2010

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Try the website www.wholesomebabyfood.com they have wonderful guides and lists of what food to give and what not to based on age

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There's a terrific little cook book called First Meals. Not suggesting you should kill yourself making your own baby food, but it gives good guidance on starter veggies (mashed avocado is great), plus has some inspiring simple recipes for when baby is older. My kids love the photos of kids eating beautiful foods and often thumb through it. Also you could google for a starter food list. Good luck.

Selina - posted on 01/13/2010

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hi jessica my name is selina im from dublin. there is a book in easons with lots of recipes there is lots of one,s for starting of annabel karmel,s new complete baby and toddler meal planner

Jennifer - posted on 01/12/2010

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try gerber.com or beechnut.com they have a menu planner and help a lot. i only feed my son beechnut and i started by buying all the stage one veggies...i fed my son one kind for 3 days and when he was done with all the veggies, i started him on all the fruits. he has never been a picky eater so i feel lucky. he eats all the cereals and oatmeal too. when your little one is eating a whole jar and is still hungry, try mixing plain rice cereal with whatever you are giving and you can make it as thick or thin as you want. this helps my son go to sleep because he is fuller at night. hope this helps.

Catherine - posted on 01/12/2010

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Most books recommend mashed potatoes, then use that to mix in other pureed veg.

Some littlies love mashed pumpkin. Peas are generally a 'hit', too. Stick to the 'mainstream' stuff first, then branch out to others in your daily food lexicon.

Aisha - posted on 01/12/2010

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check out hommadebabyfood.com

using info on this website I have never fed my son any store bought food whatso ever ..

Christine - posted on 01/12/2010

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Your pediatrician should really be giving you a schedule of when and what your child should be eating

Tina - posted on 01/11/2010

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If its first solids then you should just start with baby rice... this website is great, hope it helps www.babycenter.com.au/baby/startingsolids

Helen - posted on 01/11/2010

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Puree any vegetables that are in season as well as fruit. You can then begin to make different dishes by combing different flavours and adding potato, rice and pasta. Then move on to meats and such. For excellent ideas for recipes try annabelkarmel.com or purchase her book. Brilliant and tasty recipies...x

Crystal - posted on 01/11/2010

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bananas,applesauce, peaches, pears, carrots, peas, grean beans, squash try these

Jessica - posted on 01/11/2010

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I would like to know about this also!!! hopefully there is a link that someone will post!

Angela - posted on 01/11/2010

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Try peas....? Also, contact your local Public Health Centre and ask to speak to someone who knows about Infant Nutrition Development.. = ) good Luck

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