Beginning to feed solids and I am not confidant... Advice?

Lacey - posted on 03/31/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My daughter will be 6 months in 2 and half weeks. So we are getting ready to give her *rice cereal*. Now I am a first time mother and I am not sure what the heck I am doing, my doc, said I could start at 5months and 3 weeks, but I decided I am going to start her at 5 and a half months, but I know how much cereal to make. I dont know how much she will actually eat. How many times a day? When should I increase the amount. When and how do I try to new foods. I am so concedered that I dont know what I am doing that I will end up doing it wrong! And for her age what is best. Rice cereal mixed with water or breast milk/formula?? Jeeezzz

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Karen - posted on 03/31/2010

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hi lacey, i started my son on rice cereal at 4 months and i started with the kind you mix with milk...however he didn't really like it so i moved him up to the stage 2 banana flavoured with water and he loves it. make sure you make it pretty runny at first so she won't gag on it. i started with 1 tbsp once a day until he got used to it and then i started twice a day after about a week. you'll know when he needs the amount increased because he'll keep opening up for more after it's gone. once my son was up to 4 tbsp twice a day (about three weeks after starting) i began him on foods...i started with just giving him a tbsp of the new food at lunch - make sure when you introduce something new you introduce them one at a time and give them a few days before something else is intrduced to watch for allergies. it got so that my son was getting pretty upset around supper time so i knew it was time to start the food for lunch and supper as well - again, watch for signs that he wants a bit more if you think it's time to bump up the amount. i went onto the heinz web site and they sent me a chart on beginner foods right up to 18 months where i can mark the date started and reaction...it just helps guide you if you're unsure . good luck and have fun with it...i hope this helps you a bit

Melissa - posted on 03/31/2010

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Ok. In my experience your baby will let you know when she is ready. If she isn't, she will still be pushing food out of her mouth with her tongue (if that reflex is gone she may be ready to eat). The best thing is to start with the simplest thing and not to go too far from the regular diet. So if you feed her breast milk, mix the rice cereal with some pumped milk. Either breast milk or formula is best at this stage, to make sure she gets all the nutrition she needs. When you mix the cereal you want to start with a thin consistency until she gets used to the addition. I would say maybe like a syrupy solution of rice and milk. Try this before you would normally have her nurse. Chances are she may not get a substantial amount of food in her the first few times so be ready to nurse or bottle feed after trying. Don't try this when she is very hungry because you will get a frustrated, angry baby who will be less likely to cooperate. I hope this helps!

Katt - posted on 03/31/2010

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Well they say Rice Cereal isn't the best thing to start your baby on. Actually Avacado and Dark colored vegetables are really good to start with. When I started I did start with Rice Cereal, I gave her about a table spoon, very watered down just at night, about 2 weeks later bumped it up to in the morning and at night. Just follow your baby, she will let you know if she is wanting more or not. I wish I had started with vegies and the Avacado! She got terribly constipated on the cereal! I started my daughter at 4 months because she was drinking an 8oz bottle every hour and a half!

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Veronique - posted on 04/02/2010

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You sound just like me when i had my first daughter. Yes start with Rice cereal and put formula in it they will like it better. They won't eat a lot at the beginning but soon enough they will get use to it. As to how much you give her try a table spoon for the first time then gradually got up. I would feed my daughter her bottle then 45 minutes after i would give her cereal. I did that morning and night. I waited 2 weeks then i started to give her veggies at lunch ( remember always introduce one food at a time which means if you start with carrots first wait 2 weeks before introducing another one ) And don't worry you will do just fine!
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Amanda - posted on 04/01/2010

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Im a first time mom and I started my daughter on solids at 3 months. Just the oatmeal and rice cereals for a month before I started introducing fruits and veggies. At first I made a few tablespoons of cereal with formula, they dont really understand what a spoon is so they get kind of frustrated when they cant suck it haha. After a few tries of about once a day for a week she started to get the hang of it.Shell let you know when shes full and if its hard for her to swallow water it down, i started with a consistency of soup and worked my way up when I thought she looked more practiced. I tried to give it to her when she was relaxed and happy cus its hard work learning so dont do it when she tired or hungry for her bottle. If she doesnt seem to like it you can always mix in a little applesauce which makes it taste better cus rice cereal is gross!! After that i started veggies. Start with one and feed her for about a week with it, once a day at least and if she shows no reaction your good and you can start a new one. Then mix it up and try feeding her twice a day...say oatmeal for breakfast and carrots for dinner :-) Keep going like that until you get the basics out of the way, then do the berries, cherries, meats and eggs etc. My daughter is now almost 11 months old, in the 90th percentile for her height and the 75th for her weight. She is a happy, smart and healthy baby...growing like a weed. She eats all finger foods...no baby food, she stopped at like 6 or 7 months with that. I didnt kill her which was great cus i was nervous just like you are. Youll be fine! Babies have a way of letting you know when theyve had enough or arent ready to try something. Good Luck!!

Lacey - posted on 04/01/2010

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Thx Ladies,

All these have been very helpful. I am going to try tomorrow morning!! :) I am excited! I have the camera out and ready!!

Ill be sure to post pics. I really apperciate all you help...

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