Starting Solids: Rice Cereal or Fruit n Veg?

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My four month old is ready to try some real food, he watches me eat and opens his mouth as if to say me too, he even reaches out and attempts to grab my food. The last couple of weeks he has stopped sleeping through to night and has woken hungry. My question is what foods would be easy on his young stomach?

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Christa - posted on 08/17/2009

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I was always told to start with Rice cereal. It is finer. Once they have adjusted to its thickness move to baby food and/or oatmeal cereal. Med pediatrician told me to start them with vegetables every time you introduce a new vegetable feed it to them for 4 or 5 straight days. That way if they breakout you know which food is causing the reaction. Fruits always follow vegetables...they truly taste better and are sweeter if you introduce first....baby may not enjoy the vegetables. It always worked for me.

Lucy - posted on 08/17/2009

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I agree with Cyndi, veggies before fruit. I gave my son rice cereal but it's so gross and he seemed to know that!! he only had it a couple of times before i gave him pureed veg - which he loved!! He's grown to be a fantastic eater, loves veggies and fruit so it worked well!

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Cathralynn - posted on 08/18/2009

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Look into baby led weaning. Involves starting them on finger type foods when they are ready. I absolutely loved it as my daughter refused spoon feeding and mealtimes were so trying. No crying this way and is a good way to recognise full and hungry cues. Good luck!

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Thankyou all for your suggestions you ladies have been a great help!



Tina - that website is great and exactly what I was looking for, thank you.

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If you are NOT breast feeding, give your baby oatmeal. (Rice is best for breast fed babies...according to me doctor) Otherwise, he may get real constipated. Just keep in mind that no matter what you feed him other than formula/breast milk, it'll be tough for him to go to the bathroom for awhile. Therefore, he may be too young to start solids. Every child is different, though. Good luck!

Mel - posted on 08/17/2009

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prefferably fruits and vegies according to my daughters dietician. they started her on pureed apple, pear, sweet potato, carot, pumpkin etc.

Kristina - posted on 08/17/2009

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My daughter also went through a period of an insatiable appetite! I observed her behavior as my husband & I would eat; she does the same thing and at times will even cry. Our pediatrician suggested starting her on solids at 4 months; begin with iron-fortified cereal (rice) 1-2 tablespoons/day & 1-2 tablespoons veggies or fruit a day. You can either mix the fruit/veggies with the rice cereal or give it plain. We introduced apples, bananas, pears, carrots, sweet potatoes, and peas! Hopes this helps!!!

Tina - posted on 08/17/2009

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Quoting Louise:

Starting Solids: Rice Cereal or Fruit n Veg?

My four month old is ready to try some real food, he watches me eat and opens his mouth as if to say me too, he even reaches out and attempts to grab my food. The last couple of weeks he has stopped sleeping through to night and has woken hungry. My question is what foods would be easy on his young stomach?


rice cereal is usually recommended first  because it's supposed to be gentlest on the stomach however my DS had a severe reaction to it.  We started him with oatmeal cereal first.  We also started him with homemade baby food, cooked and pureed sweet potatoe, and mashed avocado



 



this website has great babyfood recipes as well as an age-range for introducing babyfoods



http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/solids....



 

Cyndi - posted on 08/17/2009

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Starting with rice cereal is usually the best, Then start veggie when baby is old enough. Do not give fruits and sweeter items until baby is well along on veggies and meat, otherwise they may not want to eat the veggies.

Lisa - posted on 08/17/2009

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I think start him on baby rice cereal and see if he digests it ok.if it makes him constipated feed him apple or pear puree,otherwise pumpkin and corn puree is good.baby cereal made my daughter constipated,but i also think its good to ask your child health nurse.

Nicki - posted on 08/17/2009

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My son's Dr said to start with rice cereal for a week, then try oatmeal cereal for a week and then barley for a week. And then once I'd introduced him to all three starter cereals, he said to start introducing vegetables and then fruits. Each time a new food is introduced, wait 3-4 days before introducing another one, so that you can watch for allergic reaction.

Anita - posted on 08/17/2009

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at 4mths u should always start ur baby on baby rice cerealfirst becos its nore gentle on their digestive system..how much u give your child will be on the pack and its an gradual increase...your childs taste buds only start to develope at 1yrs (sense or sweetness, sourness, bittersness etc) before age 1 its all about texture...whilst he is taking solids u still need to him his formular or breastmilk...u can add pureed fruits and veg to the rice cereal but its best to do this a little later 5.5-6 months...

Kate - posted on 08/17/2009

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Start with fruits and veggies. Banana, avocado, squash are all good things to start with. Babies don't have the enzymes to digest grains until 18 - 24 months and eating cereal can cause constipation (and does in many babies). Give small pieces of food and see if he can pick it up himself. Freeze dried fruits/veggies are good for this. You can also spoon feed of course.

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