Introducing jarred baby foods

Shannon - posted on 02/14/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My 10 month olds current eating routine is an 8-9 oz bottle of formula when she wakes up, cereal topped off with another couple oz of formula for lunch and dinner and another 8-9 oz bottle of formula at night. Her days are generally 14-15 hours long and she eats every 4-5 hours. How do I start introducing the jarred foods? And when I do, how much do I give her? Please help, obviously I'm a first time mum.

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Dana - posted on 02/14/2011

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You can start introducing them now if you want. Start with one food at a time and stick with that food for a few days so, if she has a reaction to it, you'll know which food it was that gave her a reaction. Also the first time, only give her a couple of spoonfuls. If she pushes it out with her tongue, keep trying but, don't force it, if she continues to push it back out, she might not be ready.



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Start with carrots or some other sweet vegetable like sweet potato but, not fruit. You'll want her to get used to vege's first.

Theresa - posted on 02/14/2011

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Here's my 10 month old's schedule.

9am cereal

10 am 6-8 oz bottle

12 pm stage 2 jar of fruit mixed with a little cereal to thicken it

3-4 pm (when he wakes from nap) 8 oz bottle

6 pm stage 2 jar of veggies mixed with a jar of meat

8 pm 8 oz bottle



I started with veggies at lunch, after 3 weeks (approx) I then introduced fruit for lunch and moved veggie to supper. I started with stage 2 foods right away. Again after about 3 weeks I started adding the meat with the veggie. My doc recommended that rather than the jars of meat/veggie combo because they get more meat with the two seperate jars. He now eating some tabel food as well. He actually prefers the table food to the baby food, but for another couple months he'll be eating mostly baby food with just some rtable food to entertain him while we're eating.



The important thing when you're introducing new foods is to wait about 3 days before trying another new food. that way you know what caused it if there is any allergic reaction.

Louise - posted on 02/14/2011

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I started my children on porridge with fruit from a jar for breakfast and then gradually added meat and fish meal products for lunch and dinner. If your child eats 5/6 mouthfuls of cereal they will eat the same from jars. Your child will soon let you know when they have had enough, always offer the milk first until your child is 12 months old so that they are not anxious for food. At 12 months your child should be eatting 3 meals a day and two small snacks.

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Theresa - posted on 02/14/2011

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It's also good to have a sippy cup with water or formula in it at meal times. That way she'll get used to cup and be better ready to transition when the time comes.

Dana - posted on 02/14/2011

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Well, you can always add a couple of spoonfuls to the cereal, that will really help her get used to the new flavors. And sorry, I missed that part of your post about cereal so, obviously she's ready for jar food. :)
I would also keep the bottles as her main food until she's heartily eating jar food.

Shannon - posted on 02/14/2011

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Thanks guys! My next question is how do I incorporate the new food? Do I replace the cereal with it? or cut back her morning/ night time bottles and give her the jars then? Sorry for all the questions!

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