mixing veggies

Jerene - posted on 12/13/2015 ( 12 moms have responded )

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I started my 5 month old baby on sweet potato 3 days ago and want to know if any of you mix veggies? I was thinking of mixing in avocado?

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Sarah - posted on 12/13/2015

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When you start out feeding you don't want to mix foods. You start with one kind and feed for 3 to 5 days straight before switching to a different one. This is to make sure there are no allergies and if there is a reaction you know what food caused the reaction.

Dove - posted on 12/14/2015

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Sarah E... this is for a 5 month old that shouldn't even technically be on solids yet... The bottle should absolutely be first and only a bit of solids after... IF baby is interested. ;)

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Jerene - posted on 12/14/2015

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Thank you Dot:) This is my second child but my son is almost 6 and I feel brand new again and am questioning every decision I make! My 5 month old isn't sleeping great and I hope it gets better bc momma is tired!!!!!!!!!

Sarah - posted on 12/14/2015

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Ahhh! Dove your are absolutely right, at 5 months I'd don't think solids are ready to be started.

Dot - posted on 12/14/2015

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I started my daughter on solids around 5 months, and she really took to it! You can start with one ingredient foods at a time, pureed or mashed, and introduce one or two new foods per week. I started with applesauce, avocados, blueberries, sweet potatoes, cauliflower, peas, carrots, peaches, pears. It is not too early! Our typical feeding schedule was something like: morning food, mid-morning bottle, lunch food, mid-afternoon bottle, dinner food, bedtime bottle. And my daughter began sleeping through the night around the same time that we introduced those foods and schedule. :)

Sarah - posted on 12/14/2015

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Solids, then bottle and keep that bottle out of site until solids are done. If he sees the bottle it is all he will want.

ETA: I was not noting the age when I posting this originally and I change my position in a subsequent post.

Raye - posted on 12/14/2015

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Most of the child's nutrients should be coming from the formula or breastmilk until the child is 1 year old. Feeding them solid foods before that is mostly to get them used to different flavors and textures. I would say they should get a total of 1-2 tablespoons of the solid foods per day. You can space it out into two "meals", or however you want. If they don't seem to like a particular flavor, then don't force them. You can try it again at a later time, to see if their tastes change.

Jerene - posted on 12/14/2015

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I would love some opinions on how far to space the food out from a bottle? Should I be giving a full bottle then waiting an hour and doing the avocado?

Raye - posted on 12/14/2015

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Jerene, you are welcome to do whatever you want, and if you were following advice from a doctor, then so much the better. Each child is different, so there's not a 'one answer fits all'. Sarah's advise was good, though, as some babies do have intolerances to different foods. But hopefully your child won't experience any problems. Good luck.

Jerene - posted on 12/14/2015

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Everyone has a different opinion!My doc said anywhere after 4 months was fine.Im making the choice to start with veg first where so many start with cereal.Im starting with avocado and so far so good;)

Raye - posted on 12/14/2015

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5 months is a little early to start the baby on solid food. Most recommendations are for formula or breastmilk only until 6 months, as some babies throats cannot pass thicker foods, and there's risk of choking. If your baby is able to eat the food, then as Sarah said, you want to feed one type of food at a time.

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