first food to my baby?
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Jenifer - posted on 10/06/2009
I'd also suggest baby-led weaning. My son's first foods (at about 6 months) were chunks of banana and steamed carrots. He was able to pick them up, play with them, and stuff them in his mouth independently. That way I knew he was getting the right amount, and that he was ready. Good luck!
Billie-Ann - posted on 10/06/2009
My daughter is almost 8 months old and I waited until she was about 5 1/2 months old to start any kind of food. We started with rice cereal first, a tablespoon at a time. She wouldn't eat it mixed with formula, so I mixed it with plain water. Then after about 2 weeks she stopped eating it all together so I started mixing a little bit of fruit with it. Then we started veggies. Now she gets 5 oz of veggies, 5 oz of fruits and 4 tablespoons of rice cereal a day. Just slowly and gradually add to the list of foods they can eat.
Minnie - posted on 10/06/2009
Baby will be ready for solids when he or she can pick up food, bring it to his or her mouth, chew it and then swallow it. When that time comes you can give big wedge-shaped pieces of whatever you're having.
If you have to shovel baby goo on a spoon, he's not ready for solids.
Ririn - posted on 10/06/2009
I started giving Heinz organic rice cereal to my baby girl when she was 6 mo.old. I mixed one tablespoon with breast milk in the beginning. It was runny at first and then, I started making it thicker. After that, I mixed the cereal with fruit. She loves it..
Shelly - posted on 10/06/2009
Def the rice cereal for the first couple of weeks, then if they are a supported sitter you can start the first food stages, after you do the cereal doctors say to do the veggies first. Whatever you decide to start with make sure you do that for at least 3-4 days before trying something else, just to make sure they dont have an allergic reaction.
Ashley - posted on 10/05/2009
First, is your baby ready for food? If so, the safest cereal to start is rice cereal. Give that in a bowl, not in the bottle, but keep it pretty runny. If after a few days (usually three to five) there is no allergic reaction, start on First Foods. I use Gerber Stage One. Your baby might experience some tummy issues, so be patient, and don't be surprised when her diapers start getting nasty! :)
Good luck, and enjoy it, I know I do with my sweet boy!
Katherine - posted on 10/05/2009
Yes rice cereal 1st. Some say wait until 6 months, but here in Australia they are starting to say 4 months is fine. You baby should give you signs of when it's ready. I started (very slowly) giving my daughter rice cereal at 4 1/2 months. Rice is less risk of allergy than wheat - so read the label - some have wheat as well as rice! Mix with water (boiled and cooled) or breastmilk/formula for more nutrition & a familiar taste. Mix fairly runny at 1st & start with 1 teaspoon in total. Then very gradually give more quantity & slowly slowly thicken texture. And remember babies have a natural reflex that causes them to push their tongues out when food is placed in there, they do it for a while, it doesn't necessarily mean the are not ready for food. Hope this helps. Oh and discard any uneaten portion, always give fresh!! When they move on to other foods remember to heat up frozen pre-prepared home made meals to piping hot to kill germs, and cool before feeding. This doesn't apply to baby food fresh from a jar. If you only use 1/2 a jar, put the other (untouched) half in fridge for 24-48 hours maximum (then heat really hot then cool before giving) or discard. When introducing a new food, start small amount, then increase over a few days, leaving 3-4 days at least before introducing a new food. Rice cereal can be found at any supermarket in the baby isle. A health food shop may have an organic variety which I recommend too. It's a fine powder like substance that mixes to a paste :)
Rebecca - posted on 10/05/2009
Rice cereal becouse it is easier to digest.
Only a little bit at a time .
My daughter is now turning 6 months today and she has been eating rice cereal since she was 5 months old.
I feed 1 table spoon of rice cereal and 2 table spoons of formula/breastmilk.
Keep gas drops handy you may need them.