What kind of food I should introduce to my kid for the first time?

Yenny - posted on 11/27/2009 ( 38 moms have responded )

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Hi,

I'm curious what kind of food that I should introduce to my baby at first? Is it fruit or cereal? Any tips on giving a baby their first solid food? Thanks!

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Anneke - posted on 11/27/2009

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To my knowledge, and experience, cereals are best to start with. Usually rice first. After cereals, in my opinion, veggies then fruits. Sometimes once you start those nice sweet fruits, the veggies are harder to get them to eat.
Just make sure your little one is sitting up, not laying down. Keep damp cloth handy! :) And don't expect your little one to eat more than a tablespoon or 2 to start off with. Feed the same food for 3 or 4 days before introducing a new food to their diet. This way you know if your child will react to a certain food.
Have fun trying out new foods, and good luck!!!

Minnie - posted on 11/27/2009

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If you wait until your baby can feed himself there generally isn't much he cannot have save honey, prior to 12 months.



No need to begin with any particular food, and cereal is known to be nutritionally deficient. We started with chicken drumsticks, shrimp, and whole peeled apples one day.



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Chervonne - posted on 12/03/2012

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i read that baby 1st foods should be rice or oats cereal nothing with to much taste, then little by little u introduce fruits and veggi with choice of cereal but wait at least 3 days before introducing new foods jus in case your baby is allergic to any foods u will knw which foods was last given

Cathralynn - posted on 11/30/2009

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Try baby led weaning. It worked for us and puts the baby in charge. No forced spoon feeding and baby cereal is crap anyways. It really not that nutritional. My dughter refused spoon feeding but did great this way. And she eats wonderful now at 18mo.

Yenny - posted on 11/30/2009

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Thank you moms for the reply, your answers and tips really helped me a lot :)
Now I'm not confused anymore.

Charlene - posted on 11/29/2009

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Our PH nurse and our Dr. told us to start with Rice Cereal and then try the other cereals before we did a multigrain cereal. Then after she's comfortable with spoon feeding, introduce veggies, starting with orange and yellow veggies, because babies seem to like those veggies the best. Next was fruits and last was meats. Just make sure you space out each new food so you can watch for allergies. Also if you make your own food, DO NOT add salt as it is very hard on a baby's kidneys.

Kia - posted on 11/29/2009

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hello :) .. well they say you should start your baby off on green vegies and plain regular rice cereal! the plain rice so theres no alergies :) & the green vegies so that they dont like the idea of fruit and only ever wanna eat the sweet stuff :)

Jeanie - posted on 11/29/2009

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for wheat free ideas, google celiac disease and their associations. There are many chats and advice on what to eat that is wheat/gluten free. It has become a really big deal now so there are more resources available.

Lena - posted on 11/28/2009

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my docs have always told me to start the baby with cereal, then fruits and veggies but when u introduce the fruits and veggies do only one at a time with like 3-4 day intervals that way if they have an allergy u know what is causing it. i hope this helped, im not a doc lol but i do have 2 kids of my own :) good luck!!

AVRIL - posted on 11/28/2009

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hey i have two kids i say crush fresh fruits as it is natural cereal is processed

Brittany - posted on 11/27/2009

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In my opinion i believe its healthier to make your own bay food, it may take longer but they get a lot more vitamins and nutrients from it! Try home made natural apple sauce (no cinnamon).lol

Crystal - posted on 11/27/2009

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Its always rice cereal first, and the plain stuff no fruits yet....the when you want to start something else, always do veggies first before fruit. otherwise they will only like fruit and will spit the veggies in your face literally

Charlene - posted on 11/27/2009

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Hi Yenny- i started both my little ones off with baby rice. They're 1 and 3 now. Once they had the idea of how swallowing worked i used cereal for breakfast and mixed the pureed veg with baby rice for lunch. Because there is a big drive to go onto "regular food" the introduction to new tastes went quite quickly, adding new tastes every second day and then alternating and mixing. Children like sweet such as the fruit so i did savoury first because sweet is easier as an after and some veg are quite sweet anyway- parsnips, carrots, butternut, sweet potato. Hope this helps.

Jennifer - posted on 11/27/2009

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Definitely start with cereal. Don't introduce fruits until after you have already introduced veggies. Solid food is such a great time. This is when they start to sleep throught the night more! Just make sure you keep a camera and lots of wipes near by!

Allison - posted on 11/27/2009

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according to my ped dr. you start with cereal then meat, vegtables and fruit last. don't give to many new foods close together in case bay is allergic it's easier to figure out what the reaction is from if you space out the introductions to new things. I found that with things like meat my children prefered store bought baby food and homemade vegtable food. be careful with the fruit, if there is going to be an allergic reaction it will be there, also talk to your ped dr. there is a list of things children shouldn't eat, like honey and egg yolks until after a year of age, Good luck

Kristina - posted on 11/27/2009

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Oal or Rice Cereal is the best to start which and make it really runny like soup then progressively increase the thickness if you lil one seems to be adapting to take solids well. The first couple trys dont make to much as they will just spilt it out naturally. When you are giving them solids for the first time expect that it will be like your trying to force feed them but it will get better try about an hour after there regular bottle feeding there not starving when trying to introduce it will seem as though it is a waste of time cause they dont like it but its new and they actually love it!! Also stick to that one kind that your introducing for atleast a week to see if there alergic to that kind take care its a great process

Crystal - posted on 11/27/2009

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Rice cereal, Veggies, then fruit. Try one thing for a few days, then move on to the next food so you can check for allergies and digestive problems. Some babies have problems digesting some foods (just like adults). It isn't allergy related, just tolerance. If your baby doesn't like a certain food, don't panic....You probably don't like every food you've eaten either. There are enough foods to try and you will find something he likes. If you have any doubts about anything, though call your pediatrician. They will be able to best answer any questions. If you don't have a regular pediatrician, your local Health Dept. is always willing to help.

Chloe - posted on 11/27/2009

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This is probably one of the most controversal questions you can ask. Everyone will have a different idea and opinion. Most people will say start with a cereal or vegetable - not fruit because it is so sweet and the child gets used to a sweet taste and may refuse less sweet tastes later one. So, from an allergy point of view - if you decide on a cereal, try a rice-based one, not wheat. Or try with sweet potato (a super-food and total nutrtion meal) or butternut or pumpkin. As long as you can get the consistency right, it won't be an issue. O know many people that have started with cereal, and ,many who have started with veg - and at 18 months they are all the same. Good luck - be petient and photograph it all! Hope this helps.

Hanna - posted on 11/27/2009

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i did everything wrong but it worked fine for us: i gave my son bananas & apples to taste since he was 3.5 months (just let him suck on it a bit when i was eating one). then we did cereal in milk at 4.5 months twice a day (i know you're not supposed to, but he wouldn't eat it from a spoon b/c it tastes nasty) and yellow veggies from spoon (sweet potato, pumpkin, squashes) and those he did like. i cooked my son's food, so i steamed or baked the veggies then add a bit of breast milk to thin it out & passed it through a strainer to remove fibers. and i did a new food every 2 days or so (in the morning to make sure that i can monitor his reaction throughout the day).

as far as cereal, we did oatmeal & multi-grain (earth's best, gerber's has preservatives in it) because rice cereal made him constipated. after we did yellows, we started on greens & fruits. then around 6 months i added pasta, potato & tomatoes to his diet (steamed to remove some of the acidity) as well as herbs and by 7 months, he started eating meat, egg yolks, onion, garlic, ginger (again, steamed) and a bit of extra virgin olive oil. i usually do two servings of fruits & plain whole milk yogurt or oatmeal (usually 1 & 1), 2-3 servings of veggies, 2 bottles of milk & cereal (6-7 oz each) and then cheese & baby cherios in between for snacks & when we have dinner in the evening, he gets to eat whatever we're eating provided that it's not spicy.



now at 9 months, he's had most food groups. we're still waiting to try salad greens, raw tomatoes, nuts, honey, egg whites, lamb, whole milk, citrus fruits & juices. i do sometimes squeeze an orange or tangerine in his fruit serving, but i haven't given it to him by itself. the plan is to have him eating our food by the time he turns 1 so that we don't have to cook separately for him (or at least not as much). hope this helps.



p.s. i should add that my son was always a big boy & had an appetite to match, so he does eat a bit more than most kids his age (he's not overweight though). and he likes food, so i'm seizing the moment and trying to introduce him to as much variety as possible to make him love food.

Angela - posted on 11/27/2009

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try looking on a website that is reputable for advice also like Dr. Sears or the paediatric society. World Health recommends waiting till 6 months (26 weeks) to start food and then they suggest rice cereal first then foods high in iron ;-)

Michelle - posted on 11/27/2009

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I can just tell you what I did. My daughter loved fruit and veggies. I opted to skip cereal altogether. I didn't consult a doctor about this and it took some figuring out but I think we got it now. At first she would only take a few bites but then after a few days shewas wanting to eat more than her body could handle. She was plugged up which I've heard is normal for bf'd babies when they add in solids. She really liked Papaya, avacado, squash. I tried applesauce but she didn't seem to take to it as well as some of the other things I tried. I did that a few times and now she'll eat it but I think it's just now her fav right now. Her poop is considerably smaller and drier than I would expect for a high fiber diet, I guess it's just her body adjusting to having soilds in her system. I backed off for 3 days to see if it was food related and there wasn't a change in her poop. Some days she eats more than others, it just depends on her. Sometimes she'll eat 3oz, the next day only 1oz. I just watch her as she stares at the food on our plate for my cues. I should add she's 6mos.

Michelle - posted on 11/27/2009

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I never used baby food. My guys first solid was malt-o-meal and then we moved on to what ever I was eating mashed up. I think they were a few days old when they started on solids as both were allergic to both milk and soy based formulas and I never produced enough milk to nurse.

Karrie - posted on 11/27/2009

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my daughter hated rice cereal, so I added a dash or two to her veegies, it filled her up, and she loved the sweetness from the veggies. Sometimes I added some water to thin it out so the texture is more enjoyable for her.

Karen - posted on 11/27/2009

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I gave my baby 1st solid food is rice cereal but she don't like it. So I gave her banana and she loves it. Anyway, you can try both. You can give maybe 1 or 2 tablespoons first t than increase as time goes by.

Christine - posted on 11/27/2009

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I did rice cereal for a few weeks, then went to a real smashed up bannana and I think peas were the first veggie. I did real fruit/veggies until they were older and it was more convient to do jar, then usually that was only when I was on the run. The main thing I did was wait 2 weeks before introducing a new food, that way you can look for the allergic reaction. Have fun, those few minutes a day introducing food and seeing the faces are the best!

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i was always told you start rice cereal an then you go to veggies, an you have to do the same one for three times ,

Meredith - posted on 11/27/2009

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It is ok to start with fruits and vegetables. My daughter hated all the cereals untill we had some fruits to mix in, we only did that twice befor I just made her some carrots and she was much happier and we alternated vegetable and fruit. She is four now and will eat anything and loves to try new food all the time.

Clare - posted on 11/27/2009

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Baby rice to start with then creamed baby porridge ir rice. Then when baby is enjoying and liking eating new foods try rusk or mashed potato with carrots or any other mushable veg!! If you try them with the sweeter foods 1st they will get there taste of sweet tooth early lol.

Bojana - posted on 11/27/2009

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I started with carrots for my first child and she loved them. My son started with apples. But fruits like apples, bananas, peaches, apricots, pears was their first food (at 4 months). Blended without anything alse added. Just a few spoons the first day and I gave them the same fruit for the next two days to be sure there is no alergic reaction. Oranges and exotic fruits came much later. They tried potatoes and carrots at the same time (around 5-th mounth broculi, cauliflower with a pinch of salt to be tasty). I gave them rice (and other cereals like corn) much later, after they turned 6-7 months, because the child can be alergic to gluten. So I think u shouldn't start with cereals. I fed them as their pediatrician recomended. Don't be afraid to start with something sweet. My dougther ate sweet fruits every day as a baby and she didn't liked sweets and candy untill she was 3-4 years. She stil eats fruit a lot. If u cook and eat healthy food yourself - your children will have the same habit.

Cynthia - posted on 11/27/2009

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I suggest that you mix some gerber first start bananas with the baby cereal most babies love that. They'll probably get more on their shirt than their mouth but that's normal. You kind of have to find out what she or her likes the most. My boys loved sweet potatoe and carrots. The key though when introducing new foods to your baby is to not give him/her more than one new thing per week incase they have an allergic reaction you'll know exactly what caused it. I hope I helped! Good luck.

Lauren - posted on 11/27/2009

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i was always told to do cereal first and then like green foods like green beans and pea then yellow orange and so on and do fruit last that way they don't get used to that sweet taste and have a hard time getting them to eat other foods

Janet - posted on 11/27/2009

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you should do cereal first if you give the baby to much fruit that has sugar in it thats all the baby will want beleive me my child all she wants is things from sugar if your feeding him just remember he is going to be clumbsy at first it takes sometime before he can get the hang of swollowing so just hang in there

Sabrina - posted on 11/27/2009

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I started my kids on baby rice first until they got used to a spoon feed then I started with mashed potato and veg with little bits of meat or chicken broken into really tiny pieces. I didn't blend their food just made sure it was mashed really well. My youngest is almost 8mts and has no teeth but eats anything I give him. My friends son is14mths with a lot of teeth but refuses mashed food and will only eat blended food.

Try that and see how baby gets on.



P.S: I started spoon feeding with rice at 10 weeks and he was on mashed food by 14weeks.

Connie - posted on 11/27/2009

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Rice cereal mixed with formula is the first food recommended, I use to put a small amount right in the bottle, after that bananna is usally one of the first fruits.

Yunia - posted on 11/27/2009

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Quoting Yenny:

What kind of food I should introduce to my kid for the first time?

Hi,
I'm curious what kind of food that I should introduce to my baby at first? Is it fruit or cereal? Any tips on giving a baby their first solid food? Thanks!


i suggest you to give blended  potato.. you can boil it added with seledri and carrot, then you can blend it with blender also with the soup (the water you use to boil it).. have a nice try.

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