Veggies first then Fruits

Heather - posted on 10/16/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Do you really have to only give veggies first then give fruits when introducing to a 5 month old? and do you have to give veggies by color? orange, yellow then greens?

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Brooke - posted on 10/16/2009

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Here is a link to Dr. Sears' page on starting solids. He is more a conventional, general thumb kind of doctor & seems to provide some really great suggestions about this topic. Each baby is so different, but he offers some general guidelines that might help you introduce their first foods!

STARTING SOLID FOODS

http://www.askdrsears.com/html/3/T032000...

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Mellody - posted on 10/16/2009

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Quoting Madina:

I also recomment veggies go first because babies get used to the sweet taste of fruit and a lot of them refuse to eat anything that's not sweet afterwords. I started off with fruits and didnt have a problem for the most part untill it came time to switching over to formula. I had to try 6 different brands untill i found the sweetest one hehe.



my daughter didnt like formula either. wasnt sweet enough for her i guess, she'd refused to eat it, i found a formula that seems best and didnt want to change. So i added a little bit of condenced milk - (for baking.-not evapotarted- doc. said its okay) just to sweeten and give a little extra fat for a healthy weight. She loved it. and then the problem was trying to get her to eat if i ran out lol. Eventually i just put less and less in, now she's 9 months and drink her formula fine.



It's funny how kids get us wrapped around their tiny little fingers.

Cynthia - posted on 10/16/2009

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Your the mom do it in the order you want.. they just say if you give veggies first the baby is more likly to eat them....I gave my daughter bananas first and now at two she would eat a bowl of straight veggies...use ur mommy insticts

Rachel - posted on 10/16/2009

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SOME babies have a hard time eating veggies after fruits because they aren't as sweet but I know a lot of moms who did it either way and it doesn't seem to make a difference. Greens can be hard on baby's tummy which is why they are normally last.

Madina - posted on 10/16/2009

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I also recomment veggies go first because babies get used to the sweet taste of fruit and a lot of them refuse to eat anything that's not sweet afterwords. I started off with fruits and didnt have a problem for the most part untill it came time to switching over to formula. I had to try 6 different brands untill i found the sweetest one hehe.

Mellody - posted on 10/16/2009

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There isn't any serious reasons. Like digestive and what not. I think it's more that kids are likely to enjoy friuts more because they are sweeter. People think that giving them veggies first means they wont, or are less likely to have problems with wanting to eat their veggies. Ive heard so many times that mums gave their kids fruit before veg and now their kids wont eat their vegtables. But ive also heard alot of mums say it's wasnt an issue. It all depends on the individual child.

If you look it up you'll read that there isnt any proof that giving fruit first means kids wont eat their veggies.

It's all just personal preferance.

I stuck with veggies first because i didnt want to have any issues with my daughter. i fed her what was common baby food for her age untill she got a little older because of allergies- foods that are more common allergy foods i introduced later.(like stawberries) she eats everything i eat. with the exception of the most common allergy cause foods like honey, eggs, nuts etc.



ive also heard of people introducing veggies then a fruit then another veg, and then another fruit and so on, back and forth so they get taste for both progressively, instead of all veg of fruit in blocks of time.

As for introducing by colour, it's again yellow and orange veggies are sweeter then green's, but it's the same with fruit, it doesnt really matter what order you introcuce them in.& there is no hard evidance stating which is the best way to go.



If you want to learn more, or would like to find good baby food recipies i would recomend this webpage - wholesomebabyfood.com

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I would start with veggies first. The reason is because their taste buds are new and love just about everything, if they have the sweet first, they might not want the 'bland' veggies. As far as color, it doesn't matter. Have fun!

September - posted on 10/16/2009

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No you can do it however you want to. I don't think that color matters either. Variety is good though. We started with veggies with our son and then moved onto fruits. It's a personal choice so do what's best for your family. Good luck and enjoy! You're at a very fun stage :)

Brooke - posted on 10/16/2009

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I don't think you HAVE to do it in that order, but it is often recommended mostly so the babies don't develop a favor towards the sweeter fruits first & then not want to try the veggies. A nutritionist friend of mine that deals specifically with people and food allergies or food intolerances gave me a great sheet about how to introduce baby solids. It suggests inroducing yellow veggies at 6 months, one at a time for 7 days. This way if there is any reaction you can pinpoint the food immediately. At 7 months add green veggies. 7-8 months begin to add grains, with rice first & wheat last. Then try fruit at 8-9 months to avoid babies developing a "sweet tooth" preference to those first. At 1 year you may introduce meat. It might not affect your baby's preference at all to do fruits first.



Though, the reason they suggest this method is that allergy responses begin in infancy. It is also said that some allergy response may be hereditary and if you or your baby's daddy are not prone to allergies or there is little history of them in the family, your baby might not be prone to them, but just in case, feeding your baby with these guidelines helps build a strong immune system and reduces or eliminates most allergic responses & digestive problems. There is no need to rush, or be so strict, but it might be gentler and smoother for your little one if you adhere to a method like this. Good luck! Just my two cents. :)

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Nope. That's a myth. Doesn't really matter which one you introduce first. But you should make sure baby gets a good variety. We did bananas first, then carrots. My son has no problem eating both fruits and veggies (and everything else) now at 13 months.

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