foods for 5 month old please

Melissa - posted on 01/12/2011 ( 15 moms have responded )

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Hi whats some good foods for me to make my 5 month old I used cereal until about 4.5 months as she was constipated now she hated pumpkin and just has 2 meals a day atm of brocolli sweet potato and pureed fruit or custard. Child nurse said I can use carrots and start meat within the next month. What other things can I give her or just some easy recipes? She gets constipated very easy so trying to stay clear of foods that will make her worse

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JuLeah - posted on 01/12/2011

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Most kids don't even start eating foods until about 6 months. Their little bodies can't handle it. If you are going to feed her, make it really really simple (one food at a time) and make sure it is organic, their tiny livers can not handle any kind of toxins or chemicals or food dyes ..... Not sure who the nurse is, but every health care professional and diet expert I spoke with told me to hold off on solid food until my daughter was 6 months.

Louise - posted on 01/12/2011

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For the contipation give her 100% apple juice diluted with fresh cooled boiled water. About one part apple 3 parts water as a drink. Mix pureed apple with rice cereal or banana and rice cereal. Carrots were a favourite in our house as they are sweet. At this age they are still getting the vast amount of nutrition from the milk so you do not have to be to strict with the diet. Don't forget to offer a drink that is not milk to flush her kidneys out as eatting solid foods make them thirsty and milk is not thirst quenching. I bought a baby mouli and my daughter ate the same as the rest of the family from about 6 months. I cooked all my meals from fresh and made sure not to add any sugar or salt to my daughters meal.

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the studies show that when the tongue thrust reflex is gone(usually around 6 months some earlier some later.) Is a good time to start feeding your baby solids. The lack of the tongue thrust reflex indicates readiness for food, that's why doctors recommend 6 months as an average, not a golden age, because we all know babies develop at different rates. It is a commmon myth to feed a child only "non sweet food" fruits that are sweet like blueberries apples etc, are actually extremely beneficial to a baby's growing brain. Breast milk is the sweetest natural food. Drinking breas tmilk, or eating other naturally sweet fruits will not effect the child's sweet tooth when older.
Blueberries as i mentioned, are high in antioxidants and are classified as a super fruit, so i feed my daughter berries in her oatmeal/speltmeal/stealcut oats all the time. They are a great first food.

Jo - posted on 01/14/2011

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hi i live in the uk and there's a new issue on the news about when babies should be weaned...some experts say wait until 6 months but some are saying breast fed babies should start weaning at 4 months as there iron levels are low, they also say parents know there babies better and know when there baby is still hungry/ready for weaning....me personal agree i weaned all 3 of my children at 3-4 months, i gave them fruits, veg and meats (blended suitable for there age), they had very diluted juice (just to add flavour to the water)- as juice contain alot of natural sugars which are not good for babies/children and there teeth......i would say as long as she has a balanced diet she should be fine just cut down on carbohydrates like bananas as these will make her constipated....gd luck

Stifler's - posted on 01/12/2011

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I gave Logan pureed steamed pears mixed with apple. I never mixed cereal with anything lol. Also I gave him pumpkin, sweet potato and carrot pureed together he loved it. You can also try mashed avocado or banana. But banana constipates them.

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Erin - posted on 02/03/2011

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My son has had this problem too. Sometimes even pureed prunes would not help so his pediatrician said to put 1 tbsp of Karo syrup once a day in his bottle. I've never heard of it but it has worked great. Just check with your pediatrician to be sure this is ok for a 5 month old. My son is almost 8 months and started the syrup at 7 months. I don't put it in his bottle everyday, maybe 2-3 times a week

Crystal - posted on 01/15/2011

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Prunes would be a good food for constipation... i keep them for just that purpose lol

Crystal - posted on 01/15/2011

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I'd have to disaggree with Teresa.... I wouldn't wait until the baby is a year to start solids, they need more than just breastmilk after 6 months old... My 6 month old eats at least 2 solids a day....just milk does;t do anything for her...

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Pureed prunes and sweet potatoes will help out quite nicely. My kids never got constipated as I regularly fed them these foods(at least 3 times per week)

Stifler's - posted on 01/14/2011

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i agree with julianne oats instead of rice cereal would be highly beneficial in preventing further constipation

Iridescent - posted on 01/14/2011

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There are many new studies out there, some showing it's better to start foods when the tongue thrust reflex is gone (earlier than 6 months) and others at 4 months. The old guidelines were based on the theory (not proof!) that allergies would be less likely if foods are not given until at least 6 months; this was proven inaccurate, and if it made any difference it all it was to increase the allergies in the children. Other studies are showing that long term sole breastfeeding is increasing allergies to dairy. All told, base the feeding age on your child's development.

We started with higher fiber vegetables, first to prevent developing a sweet tooth (ironic, since now that's what we must feed our youngest), and second to prevent constipation. Green beans, peas, avocado, sweet potatoes are all good choices. Meat is really not necessary at any point in infancy, nor are desserts (custard). Both are very low fiber in addition to being low in varied nutrition, so will increase constipation, encourage craving sweets.

http://www.jacionline.org/article/S0091-... - you may need to copy/paste. This is from section 5.3, and is the most recent full study done in several years regarding food allergies and infant/child feeding and weaning and contains the current standard of care that all doctors dealing with allergies are to start using.
"The quality of evidence for when to introduce allergenic solid foods to infants is low, given that only 2 controlled trials of relatively low quality address it. No controlled studies have addressed delayed introduction of solid foods in children who are not at risk for atopic disease."

Since this study proving the standards put into place as a trial (yes, it was a trial, starting foods early was theorized to trigger allergies but not proven) just became released last month, a lot of feeding guides aren't yet up to date for it, either. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/articl...

Amanda - posted on 01/14/2011

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My son is 15 months. Let me think what I fed him back then... Avocado and other than that probably just the Stage 1 foods. I guess that's not as helpful as I wanted it to be! :)

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chamomile tea is good for constipation in babies, its good for lots of things like colic, anxiety, growing pains, gas, teething, basically any upset a baby can have, it helps with it. A cup of warm tea(not hot) at bedtime will help, and it will help her sleep better too. If thats sounds a little drastic for you, prunes works too.
For food, usually if a child is eating anything fortified with iron it causes bowel issues. They need to be balanced with high fiber foods. I give gabby steal cut oats or oat meal for her high fiber(and instead of rice cereal because its loaded nutrition, rice cereal is a horrible first food. ) If she is eating jar foods, then the natural fiber, among other nutritional value in the food, is depleted in the pasteurization process. Give her a lot of fresh foods, if you have a food processor or something similar, i use my magic bullet knock off, Then you can grind up un-cooked fruits and veggies like apples, pears, carrot and other things adults can eat raw. That way shes getting a high dose of fiber every day.

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If she's getting constipated from the food then I'd wait on any solids for a bit longer.

Of course, I started my girls at 3.5 months w/ no problems whatsoever and my son didn't take his fist bite til 6 months. Even then his interest was so random that he wasn't eating on a daily basis until he was about a year.

If she's breastfed... that's all she really NEEDS until around a year, but tastes of food are fine as long as they aren't causing any problems....

Melissa - posted on 01/12/2011

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I use some organic foods when Im out otherwise just normal when i puree them. Now that shes learning to drink a bottle I can give her extra water or juice had been usising prune juice but hear apple or orange juice works better. I heard give it straight because it works better from a pharmacist she said giving it diluted it mainly due to the sugar content.

The pureed apple with cereal never helped (it was any solids that cause her problems due to her being breast fed so their bodies take a while to get used to solid foods

JuLeah I live in Australia so its kind of recommended starting anywhere between 4-6 months here. My nurse said its my choice when I start the docs told me to start at her 4 month needles I think mainly just for tastes as they siad once a day back then.

I will give the carrots a go pureed

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