Is it ok to give my baby rice and lentil porridge?

Grace - posted on 09/18/2013 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My baby boy is 5month-first week now. He is very picky and he doesn't want to eat ready-made baby food. My in-law told me not to give him rice or potato yet. Is it ok to give him rice porridge now??

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Cecilia - posted on 09/19/2013

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Jen there is no evidence to show that giving a child solid early causes allergies. Doctors will tell you there is no real reason to hold back on feeding them solids if they will eat them. The time period for solid food is actually 4-6 months. He is 5 months.

http://www.webmd.com/parenting/baby/baby...
“We now know that 4 to 6 months seems to be the best time, when the baby’s digestive system can handle solids and they don’t impact allergies for the worse,” Shu tells WebMD. “If you wait until your baby’s much older than 6 months, she may reject the texture.”

You're suggesting rice cereal which is all carbs and empty calories (all it gives is iron) instead of food rich in vitamins and minerals.

Jen - posted on 09/19/2013

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You should wait until your baby is 6 months until you start giving him solid foods. This is because baby's intestines are actually porous (have small holes) and they can develop food allergies more easily if you give them solids at this time. Right now he should be eating only breastmilk or formula. At most, you can give him some plain rice cereal made with breastmilk or formula. When he is 6 months old, his intestines will be better developed (a month is a significant amount of time in terms of development at this age), and you can start introducing one new food per week. Even then, solid food it mostly just for fun and the only thing you need to worry about him eating is his iron fortified baby cereal.

Cecilia - posted on 09/19/2013

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that would be fine. i assume what you call rice porridge is what we call rice cereal

Grace - posted on 09/18/2013

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Last time i cooked mashed potato mixed with milk for make it little runny. But he couldn't eat at all. Is it ok if cook the potato with rice porridge?

Cecilia - posted on 09/18/2013

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info on oranges and other citrus fruit- They do suggest 10+ months also, although now I know why :) It does say feel free to give them a taste here and there though as long as you watch for a reaction.

http://wholesomebabyfood.momtastic.com/c...

Has a few recipes and food you can mix with oranges.

Cecilia - posted on 09/18/2013

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Apple is a tricky one, you can always make it into apple sauce. It's actually very easy to do- peel and core apples,toss into a pot, you need about 1 tablespoon of water per apple, put a strip or two of lemon peel in there ( this really only keeps it from browning and can be omitted) Bring the water to a boil, then simmer for 20 minutes. From there you can pretty much smash them with a fork but to get rid of the lumps you can put into a food processor or blender.

Watermelon will be fine since it would be hard to choke on that. That is another food I used to freeze for them also, although it's not needed. (it's great for teething time though)

Oranges, I personally alway avoided since I was told no citrus fruit until 9 months (I do not know if it's true or even why)

If the papaya is soft it shouldn't cause any issues if cut into small pieces or mashed.

Sorry I did not look at where you lived, I listed fruit that is in season for me. :)

Although in-laws said no potatoes, most babies love yams or sweet potatoes if you can get them.

Grace - posted on 09/18/2013

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Umm..where i live, there's no strawberry or melon. Got bananas but not in season at the moment. How about papaya? Or squeezed watermelon, orange, apple.

Cecilia - posted on 09/18/2013

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soft ones, like strawberries, bananas or melon cut into small pieces is perfectly fine. Another way to do fruit is to freeze it and let them suck and gnaw on it. (mine liked peaches this way)

I'm glad he ate for you too :)

Grace - posted on 09/18/2013

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Thank u so much. It really helped. In fact, i just cook it n fed him. He loved it. :) I'm so happy that he started eating again.

None of us has any food allergies. Oh, and he doesn't want have cooked fruits. He wants it as it is (raw). Is it ok to give him raw fruits?

Cecilia - posted on 09/18/2013

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Depends on his dietary needs. Generally speaking yes you can pretty much give him any bland food of your choosing. Keep in mind family allergies to prevent problems, for example if someone in the family has peanut allergies, avoid foods with peanuts. Also try to make it as soft and not very lumpy as you can until he get the eating process down.

2 of 5 of my kids would not touch baby food. They do perfectly fine on our food. Make sure you try to serve fruits and veggies as much as possible. If you buy apple sauce look for no sugar added ones. Or make your own.

Make sure you let your doctor know they aren't eating baby food so they can check for things like iron in a few months to make sure he is doing okay on solid food.

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