Can I feed my 5 month old apple sauce?

Linda - posted on 04/26/2012 ( 47 moms have responded )

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My son will be turning 5 months soon. Can I give him apple sauce or sweet potatoes soon? He's 20 lbs 30 inches

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Lucinda - posted on 04/30/2012

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Make your own apple sauce! Steam an apple for about 10 mins or until soft and mash it up! Cool it first , it's better served cool. Baby will love it :)

Stacey - posted on 04/28/2012

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Recently I was trained by the health unit to provide answers to this type of question based on the latest research and best practices. there were definately some surprises for me in the latest information. Apparently nothing but formula or\and breastmilk should be offered before 6 months. New research has lead to these recommendations that lots of family doctors aren't even up to datye on yet. Information about our guT bacteria and stuff. For instance, aparently carrots are very bad before 6 months because they have lots of nitrates naturally in them and befoe 6 months our bodies are not able to process and excrete. The new recommendations after 6 months are looser now though. At 6 months you can start with whatever you like. Could be a fruit first or a veg or even a meat. It must be pureed obviously. Whatever you give them they say you should give them only that food and their formula\milk for 3 days. After 3 days you can introduce another new food. Only offer combined foods if each food has already passed the 3 day test seperately. You see how well they tolerate each food watching for rash upset tummy etc. They no longer advise waiting to introduce egg strawberries etc unless your family has a strong history of allergies to certain foods. In that case they say to work with your families medical professional. The excetion is honey. NO hunny before 1 year. Peanutbutter is NOT an allery concern they say but it IS a choking hazard.

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I would recommend starting off with something like peas or green beans but if you want to try apple sauce or other sweeter things, that's fine too. Like someone said, just make sure there aren't any other ingredients. I made my own baby food and it's really not hard to do. And that way, you know for SURE what is in the food :)

The reason your son doesn't like cereal is because it tastes like cardboard. Have you ever tasted it? Yuck! It also has no nutritional (or very little) value to it. If I'd known that I would have skipped the cereal altogether.

Elfrieda - posted on 04/26/2012

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I've heard the "veggies first because you don't want them to get a sweet tooth" but it wasn't true in my son's case. He had cereal (I wouldn't do that again) and strawberries and applesauce as his first "solids". I used to joke that I had brainwashed him into thinking that everything that came on the end of a spoon was delicious, because he'd open wide for anything, even for the veggies that came later.

(although I often mixed some applesauce into something if he didn't want it at first)



I've heard that breastmilk is as sweet as fruit anyway, so babies are already used to sweet things.

Lindy - posted on 09/26/2012

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Hi

Aways consult your Dr. Prior to starting a baby on food. My five months old has started on Apple sauce, she has tolerated the apple, peaches and banana very well. My advice to you is monitor for allergic reaction.

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FULL - posted on 02/08/2014

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Um Julianne Marie 5 months is not too young at all. Pedis usually say to start rice cereal at 4 months and apple sauce, bananas and carrots etc at 5 months if the baby is good at eating. As for your comment about taking baby off formula or breast milk, everyone knows that you shouldnt do that until the baby is 1 but you still feed the baby solid foods! You have to still give the baby so much milk and there are requirements of how many OZ a baby at a certain age needs daily, for instance a 5 month old weighting between 18-22 lbs gets about 28-35 oz a day which sold foods. please research or speak with a doctor before posting comments.

Yvonne - posted on 10/05/2012

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Yes! I started giving my daughter rice around 3-4 months. Just make sure its nut and honey free and no lumps.

Natalie - posted on 09/28/2012

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I do believe you can. Do home made food. Start off with one teaspoon at a time for about a week or two with bottle. You do not want babies stomach to be stretched too fast.

Sherri - posted on 09/26/2012

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Hey guys just to let you all know this is way back from April so the baby in question is 10mo's old now.

Julianne - posted on 09/26/2012

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From my understanding "table food" is what you eat...at the table..Not snack food. Like, prepared healthy meals.



5 months is too young to start food. You should wait to feed a baby solids until 6 months or up. You're not suppose to replace formula or breast milk with solids until after a year.

Wendy - posted on 05/06/2012

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37 years ago my daughter (6lb, 6oz at birth) was drinking 4oz of formula every 2 hrs, so at 1 week old my pediatrician said to give her applesauce, which I did. Regular applesauce, no cinnamon, or organic kind available back then. I didn't give her baby food either, just ground up whatever we ate and she was fine. I never had any problem getting her to eat veggies or any food for that matter. She is now 5"5" and weighs about 125lbs after having 4 kids of her own. Good Luck.

Janice - posted on 04/30/2012

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Not all "table food" is processed. Much of what my family eats is fresh or frozen produce and unprocessed meat. It is perfectly fine for babies to eat these. I agree that processed foods, such as the mac and cheese my toddler eats for lunch, should be avoided till a year. But lots of table foods are just fine.

Stifler's - posted on 04/30/2012

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Mine don't lol we eat steamed vegetables and meat for dinner... my kids ate curried sausages from a pretty young age with chopped up pieces of potato and carrot or pumpkin. i don't see how it's wrong to give them roast meat and veg or home made spaghetti bolognaise or pasta to eat.

Ewanda - posted on 04/29/2012

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Yes! he can have applesauce. But stage 2 for baby foods. If he's eating cereal, he can eat applesauce in the cereal or along. Healthy Baby, got to love that

Katie - posted on 04/29/2012

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Table food is anything that you is not designed specifically for a baby. Table foods are normally foods that you would make for your self to eat or buy for yourself to eat. Table foods often have extra added ingredients like salt sugar and other spices that baby's don't need. for example if you go and pick up a baby food apple sauce and a apple sauce just off the regular shelf in the grocery you will see that the apple sauce on the grocery store shelf has tons of extra ingredients and added seasonings.

Janice - posted on 04/29/2012

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As long as there is nothing added- just the fruit or veggies and water - its okay. You can make your own or buy it. In my experience Gerber does not add anything extra to their baby food.

Julie - posted on 04/28/2012

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I have to add that Katie's advice is contrary to the latest research. Sorry, not a personal arttack at all. There is no harm in adding seasonings or herbs, complex favors so long as you keep salt and sugar to a minimum. And some babies like spice! That really comes down to personal preference. The three day rule is good for introducing new foods; doesn't need to be as long as a week.

Julie - posted on 04/28/2012

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Thank you, Stacey, for your research-based response to this question. I think nutrition is something we should discuss with our pediatricians more than on a blog. That along with listening to our instincts. While there is always room to improve when science gives us more information, we don't have to be perfect! We are all indeed OK despite the fact that many of us were born of mothers who smoked and drank during pregancy!

Terrie - posted on 04/28/2012

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You can do this if you make it fresh and not from the can or jar. Put it in a blender with water and puriee it. Or buy baby food. I would not by adult food. The why has already been covered in someone elses post so I want do a repeat. Also you need to do more formula than baby food because baby food makes a baby gassy sometimes and causes their little tummys to hurt. You want to start out really slow. I would start with veggies rather than fruits because babies have a tendency to like the fruits and frown at veggies if you start with the fruits first.

Mary - posted on 04/28/2012

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Table food is fine as long as you do start slow and do not put in any spices. That would include salt. Buying baby food is very expensive and it's much healthier if you do make yours from scratch. I have heard nothing about allergies from baby food verses food that you make and just blend it. Just remember that's how they did it 40 years ago and look at the allergies from back then to now. This generation is just sky rocketing with allergies than those that had the homemade food just ground up and purified back then. Just an example, my oldest had baby food and my younger two I made their food and purified (blended in the blender). My oldest has allergies, asthma, among ADHD and a couple of other things. My younger two don't have anything except mild case of asthma ( which runs in the family 9 out of 10). Just use your judgement and you'll do fine.

Stifler's - posted on 04/28/2012

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um yes if he's showing signs of wanting food. what do you mean no table food until 1 katie? baby led weaning is becoming huge now.

Katie - posted on 04/28/2012

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They do not recommend giving your baby any "table" adult foods till the baby is a year old. Giving the baby table foods before a yr of age increases the chance that your baby will develop allergies latter on it also increases the chances of your baby becoming obese latter on also as most all table foods have added salts and sugars and are generally just not as good for the baby. I would really recommend that you start him off and keep him on baby foods and toddler foods till he is closer to a yr. The choices you make for your baby today will play a big role in the food choices he will make very soon. But if you are going to give him table foods don't add any seasoning or sugars to it keep it plain and simple and remember to only add one new food at a time so if you do start with the apple sauce stick to that same brand of apple sauce and just apple sauce for a week before you add any other foods.

Debbie - posted on 04/28/2012

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Sometimes I wonder how my sister brother and I grew to be adults!!!! Whn my mother was raising us (1950's-1960's) she did not breast fed, we got formula at first but I do know that she put my brother on whole milk at 6 weeks along with cereal in the morning. There was a post earlier this week about whether to give a baby water.....we had boiled and cooled water as babies, mom put Karosyrup in our milk or water if we were constapated.......none of us have food allergies.... I know this is off topic but I just could not resist adding my thoughts!!

Jean - posted on 04/28/2012

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Yes. Start solids slowly, but once your baby is 4mths, it's acceptable to begin solids. When you begin is up to both Mum and Baby, some babies are ready for solids at 4mths, some at 6mths, so look for the signs and try one food, and one spoonful at a time.Remember that solids are just for fun during the first year, most of their nutrition should come from milk (either breastmilk or formula). Never sweeten or season Baby's food, get him used to the natural flavours for a healthier taste in diet later in life.

Mary - posted on 04/28/2012

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Yes you can give him apple sauce and sweet potatoes. I gave mine mashed potatoes, peas and beans at that age. They ate everything that I gave them. They liked the homemade better than the store bought baby food. Good luck and enjoy him.

Kathleen - posted on 04/28/2012

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oh mine loves loves avacado's :D and i found out don't be afraid of a tiny bit of seasonings if you make your own. no pepper, but a tiny bit of salt isn't bad, woudln't add too much, mine loves me to add a tiny bit of curry powder to his food, and he likes cinnamon and vanilla in his apples, but only a tiny bit not overpowering just enough for taste.

Bernadette - posted on 04/28/2012

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try stewed apples rather than apple sauce - just make it yourself, sliced apples with a very small amount of water and simmer until the apple is soft, then blend. Both of my kids first food was mashed pumpkin. It is nice and smooth, easy to eat and digest, and tasty. Sweet potato is also good. The only time I used tinned baby food was as "take out", if we were going somewhere I would just take along a jar as it keeps without being refridgerated and doesn't really need to be heated if there is nowhere to heat it. Otherwise, all of their meals were homemade - all stewed or steamed veges and meat, blended to a smooth puree initially then slightly chunkier (just don't blend for as long) and then when the got used to the lumps I started to just mash it instead and add other lumps such as rice or pasta, and whole peas or corn kernels. My daughter started at about 5 1/2 months. I introduced my son at the same age but he wasn't interested at all and didn't start eating solid food until 8 months.

Christina - posted on 04/28/2012

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Just make your own steam and blend some. It's easy cheaper and you'll know what's in it. I feed both mine from 4 months . They were both big hungry babies!

Kathleen - posted on 04/27/2012

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He can have both. Although it is true the less sweet is better to start with, but you can give it to him. If you get reg applesauce, I buy it cause it's cheaper than baby food, or I make it. If I buy it it is no sugar added, and no fake sweetners. I was told though be careful on how much sweet potatoes, carrots, and squash you feed because the beta caratone can make baby turn orange. I can attest to this I turned my oldest a tinge of orange before I realized I was feeding him too much sweet potatoes and carrots lol. Try my favorite, Sprout Organic Baby Food peas, nothing else added and is actually the color of good spring peas, and smells appitizing even to me. They are slightly sweet, but it is a green veggie too. I do agree to do pears though great first food. I also buy pears, make pear sauce or even canned packed in 100 % juice and smoosh it and feed my son. He prefers the texture to puree'ed smooth foods.

Paulette - posted on 04/27/2012

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My doctor and mom have told me to give veggies first. If you give them the fruits first, they are more likely to turn down the veggies because they are not sweet. I usually started with green beans and peas, my son to this day(6yrs old) loves carrots. Good luck!

Heather - posted on 04/27/2012

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Yes, but DON'T start with applesauce. Start with infant pears first and see how he likes them. Applesauce at his age can cause gas and BAD diaper rashes. I would steer clear of straight applesauce for a few more months. Try an applesauce mixed with something else! Good luck!

Christine - posted on 04/27/2012

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You're actually better off giving him something less sweet- like green beans or butternut squash! Babies are born preferring sweet tastes, now is a perfect opportunity to introduce more savoury foods so you can begin developing his palette now and hopefully avoid a lot of pickiness later with introducing new foods!



There are ways to know your baby is ready for solids too! this link has some really good guidelines for feeding infants!! Good luck!!



http://www.babycenter.com/0_age-by-age-g...

Florina - posted on 04/27/2012

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I started to give my kids apple sauce, sweet potatoes, and mango (sauce) since they were 4 months old. Also gave them an ounce of grain cereal mixed with milk since they were 2 weeks old, only at night so they could sleep better.:)

Megan - posted on 04/27/2012

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My son is 5.5 months and has already had yogurt, rice cereal, carrots, peas, apple sauce, sweet potatoes and peaches. You should be fine!

Elfrieda - posted on 04/27/2012

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Hmm, see, I don't think veggies taste bad, I like them. I also like fruit. I like most food quite a lot! :) I guess my son inherited my tongue, even as a "picky" toddler, he eats almost everything happily.



Just do what you think is best or is convenient, all kids are different.

Alexandra - posted on 04/26/2012

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yes, everything except honey, nuts and fish. Make sure you introduce only one new thing every three days so that you make sure your baby is not allergic to it.

Bridget - posted on 04/26/2012

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I tried giving my 2nd son fruits before veggies and he's 4 now and I still have problems getting him to eat right. I wouldn't suggest fruits first. However the main question here is whether or not your child can digest it correctly. Try it and if you find that he's constipated regularly or has constant diarrhea then maybe he's not ready for it. You can try mixing veggies with his cereal and see how that works. This worked well with my1st and 3rd son and they are both great eaters at 11 & 2 yrs. They will eat everything I offer them. The lack of arguing at dinner time was well worth the 2 wks of veggies before fruits. If he turns it down the first time, don't give up. You have to feed it to them several times before they acquire a taste for them. They do taste terrible you know!

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LOL Sherri! I used Gerber and it just tasted like...nothing to me. I love cream of wheat though, but I flavor that with sugar or fruit. You know what's better than cream of wheat? Grits with butter and salt. Totally off topic, I know...but you got me to thinking and now I want grits! LOL

Sherri - posted on 04/26/2012

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Yes you can start feeding your son solids as early as 4mo's so you are good to go.

@ Joy I actually like the taste of baby cereal. It reminds me a ton of cream of wheat another thing that I love.

Delci - posted on 04/26/2012

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I don't know if anyone suggested this yet, but check out wholesomebabyfood.com. It's mostly about how to make you own baby food, but it also has great charts for what foods to give when :)

Delci - posted on 04/26/2012

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Those are good starter foods. Just remember, apple sauce can constipate ;)

September - posted on 04/26/2012

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Once our son made it through all the veggies and fruits I started making combos for him to keep him interested. I know it sounds gross but our son loved avocado, celery and bananas all pureed together. It’s actually pretty good and super healthy! I would just throw it all into a food processor and blend it well. I'd eat it sometimes too :)

September - posted on 04/26/2012

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Since you've been giving him the cereal I think it would be ok to start introducing other solid foods. Personally I would start with the less sweet veggies and allow a few days between offering new foods to watch for any allergy reactions. Then once you've made your way through the veggies, add fruit to his diet. I made our sons baby food which included homemade apple sauce. Your sons pediatrician should have gone or could go over introducing solids and what is ok and how much, that sort of thing. I was given a food chart that listed nutritional values of healthy foods that I loved and referred to often when we first started our son on solids. What a fun stage you're in, enjoy! :)

Linda - posted on 04/26/2012

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I've been giving him cereal for almost a month but heist liking it too well.

Catalina - posted on 04/26/2012

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Long answer short? Yes.

Here are some disclaimers: always check the ingredients some some cinnamon or even honey!! And you don't want that! Stick to an apple sauce that is 100% apple and organic is always best.

Has your baby had food before? Apple sauce is sweet so I wouldn't start with it you want their palette to like veggies!

Good luck!! :-)

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