Any ideas on how to introduce vegtables to a 6 month old?

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Brandy - posted on 02/05/2009

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Just let him try it. He might spit it out at first, but will usually get used to it. If you are having problems getting him to eat it, try mixing it with a bit of rice cereal at first to tone down the taste then slowly weed out the rice cereal.

Allison - posted on 02/05/2009

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I also gave my daughter veggies before she ate fruits. But she was eating sweet potatoes and peas at 4 months old! The formula just wasn't cutting it for her. Up top I saw someone wrote, "let them hold the bowl". haha. That is crazy. I don't know about you, but I don't want to clean out bright orange carrots from my carpet. Seriously, your baby might suprise you and LOVE vegetables. However, if your baby has been eating fruits or rice cereal, he/she might make a couple of nasty faces and start spitting it out the first couple of spoon fulls.  But be persistant. They will come around very quickly.

Linda - posted on 02/04/2009

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I gave my kids veggies before introducing fruits.... I agree with Becky, introduce each veggie for at least 3 days before moving on to the next one to see if your little one has any allergies. And I absolutely love making my own food for the whole family. Just steam the veggies, puree, cool and freeze in ice trays! Put the cubes in freezer baggies and pop them out when you're ready. You can mix the veggies once you know there are no allergies.... add mixed grains, rice cereal, fruit juice, breast milk, etc. Lots of yummy combinations.

And have you seen the book "Deceptively Delicious"? I now also throw these same veggies into alot of our grown up foods too! The zucchini into my spaghetti sauce, the carrots into taco meat and so on.... Everyone benefits! : )

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I made all my own baby food. Its actually really simple to do and so much better for them since there are no preservatives! Here is the site that often refered to when needing a recipe or just info on how to.



http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com



Good luck!

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Becky - posted on 02/05/2009

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I posted a picture in the SAHM photo gallery of the first time I fed Annabelle baby food. She made some awful faces!

Jamie - posted on 02/04/2009

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I agree with the "just give it to them" approach. We make a huge deal about our kids eating veggies but the truth is, they will eat if they are hungry. it may be the 1st time or the 15th time but your kiddo will eat veggies :) My DD liked the carrots, sweet potatoes and green beans from Beech Nut best. She's 19 months now and goes thru phases but she'll eat all my asparagus and cucumbers if I dont watch my plate! LOL

Becky - posted on 02/04/2009

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I fed my daughter carrots first, fed her that for 3 days (to discover if they have food allergies), then tried something else for 3 days, etc. Eventually, I started making my own food as well, and I think it's paid off because she is NOT a picky eater at all. I also love that vegetables are always the first thing she goes for on her tray. I would also feed the little one in nothing but a diaper for a while. It's a messy job!

Donielle - posted on 02/04/2009

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One spoonful at a time. IT takes MANY times before they may like a new food. You will find yourself throwing away alot but it's a process they have to go through to train the palate. Also stick to veggies first, not fruit. This way they won't be used to the sweetness of fruits and be totally turned off by the taste of veggies.  Don't worry...before u know it, they will be gobbling those jars up and then you'll be ready for them to start table food to save a buck...lol!

Danielle - posted on 02/04/2009

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hi- my Hezekiah is 6 months old and I started baby cereal with fruit about a month ago- I was told to introduce more veggies so that they get a taste for them so I use Gerber stage 1 or 2 vegetables and mix with baby cereal...I dont use the jar veggie, I use the little plastic containers that you can put its lid on and refrigerate afterward...if he doesn't seem to like it , I add Gerber fruit, just a little, in with the cereal and veggies to give some sweetness...My kids were never fussy though- they like it all...hope this helped a little and of course always ask your doctor what he/she thinks...

Mallory - posted on 02/04/2009

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Start with sweet potatoes and let him hold the bowl. It will be messy but my son loves his veggies now.

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