in need of some help pls

Jennifer - posted on 02/24/2011 ( 9 moms have responded )

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my son turns 6 months on monday feb 28, and im wondering about some of the new food and drink options, when can i start giving him things like apple juice and prange juice, also what foods should i introduce first and then second, such as veges, meats and fruits?, wat about the color of the food does it matter if i give him carrots and then green beans?

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Stifler's - posted on 02/27/2011

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At 6 months I gave my baby rice cereal, rolled oats, mashed steamed apple, mashed banana, mashed pears, pumpkin, sweet potato, carrots, broccoli, beans, peas mashed or whizzed with the stick mixer. I only really started him on meat at 9 months when he had some teeth and I never gave him juice just water. I can't be bothered with juice, he manages to spill everything... we have enough ants!

Ashley - posted on 02/26/2011

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Hey Ashley --

My son is 14 months old and I hope I can help you with some suggestions as to how to transition your little one.

At six months, I really wouldn't push juice. I would stick with either formula or breastmilk, which ever one you're using, and you could try water if you'd like, but there's no need for juice that young.

We started with vegetables first because we wanted him to get used to the taste of them BEFORE fruit so he wouldn't become accustomed to having sweet tasting food all the time. I had heard from numerous other moms that starting fruit first would make him want only sweet things. We started with sweet potatoes, squash, carrots, peas, green beans, and mixed veggies. My son was a huge fan of sweet potatoes (and still is!). We started with fruit around eight months, once he was accustomed to the veggies. He did great with both. We started meat at 9-10 months, but you'll be fine if you introduce it anywhere in the 9-12 month period. Some babies have a harder time adjusting to meat than others, so don't feel like you need to rush it with introducing meat.

I hope that helps :) Good luck!

Jessica - posted on 02/25/2011

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I puree carrots,sweet potatos,apples and avacado. As for juice, I wouldnt yet. My son is 10 months and still drinks formula.

Aimee - posted on 02/25/2011

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he can have orange juice but u need 2 water it down. u can give the child what veg u want to give and meat just make sure its blended down and know lumps but if u want more baby foods information then look in your local book shop for baby food books and they give u good ideas hope this helps

Sarh - posted on 02/24/2011

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Please NO juice! Not even 100% juice. There is no need for juice, it is just sugary and can cause diarrhea.
I'm guessing you have not started food yet? Start with green veggies or avocado (it's a fruit). Green veggies are non constipating foods. The different colors don't really matter. I never did the one food for 3-5days, We just used the jar until it was gone (of course w/in the 3days before you have to toss it). Also, do NOT feed from the jar, put about 1/4 of the jar in a separate bowl and feed him from there. His saliva will break down the food and pretty much contaminate it.
Start with veggies, then fruits and then meats. I skipped meats other then chicken and apples with my son because the meats are sooo gross looking and smell horrible I refused to feed them to him.
If he has trouble w/becoming constipated give him green veggies and "P" fruits/fruits starting with P.

Nikki - posted on 02/24/2011

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I introduced veggies first, then fruits. haven't started meats yet(my daughter is 7months). I usually give her water in a sippy cup, but I occassionally mix in some apple juice with the water. The color of the food didn't seem to make a difference with my daughter either.

Bonnie - posted on 02/24/2011

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3-4 ounces of juice watered down (1/2 water, 1/2 juice) is fine. As for foods... It is good to start with rice cereal because it is the easiest to handle and it's a food that is the least to pose an allergy to it. You only start out with a tablespoon or two and use water or breastmilk. It should be like a soup consistency. Then vegetables are good to start with next such as green beans.

Nicole - posted on 02/24/2011

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Hi Ashley. I have a 21 mo old, who eats and tries everything. I think as soon as they can hold their head up is when you start giving them cereal, like 4mo., then you can start with puréed apples, pears (nothing too acidic), juices you can start here as well just very watered down. After my daughter starting eating that well I moved to soups (which is basically a puré of cooked veggies and you can later add chicken to this etc.), I make all of her food because of the salt and preservative content in jared foods. Of course there are all- natural organic options, but they are more expensive. With the soup that was baiscally her veggies, so I would add ingredients as time went on. Anyway at 6mo-8mo my daughter had soup for lunch and dinner, cereal for breakfast, I think like 3 bottles a day and of course fruit and/or yogurt for dessert. She has no food allegies is very healthy and I always knew exactly what she was eating and what nutrients she was getting. It is much easier then it sounds, preparing her meals yourself and you can find recepies online as well as the order of what fruits and veggies you can give them. Becareful of salt in foods you give to your son at this stage, it is really bad for them!

Klarissa - posted on 02/24/2011

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Ashley,
as far as new food or drink options at 6 months you will mainly stick with either formula and then as far as foods go you can start out slowly with the carrots and green beans, one website that I found helpful is wholesomebabyfoods.com and also if you have any other questions you can always ask your pediatrician or doctor hope this helps have a good day

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