meat yet?

Marjolaine - posted on 08/09/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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my son is 6 mos and i have been feeding him solids since he was 4 mos and i was wondering when is a good time to introduce meat to his diet. i make his own food (cuz i dont like the fact that prejarred food has less vitamins and proteins then fresh food) how can i prepare the meat?

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Jenna - posted on 08/09/2010

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You can pick up a small food processor, around $10 at Wal-Mart, and use that to grind up your own precooked meats and veggies. At 6 months, my son was eating my homemade colcannon (corned beef, cabbage, onions, and carrots) that way. You can even buy small premeasured cups for the freezer and make your own baby food. It is supereasy to do. There are tons of food ideas on the internet and even cookbooks designed just for it. My son used to love some boiled chicken ground up with greenbeans and sweet potato. I added very little salt and butter ot the mixture to help it cream and he would chow down through little cups of those types of food.

Lady Heather - posted on 08/09/2010

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In my province it is suggested to give meat as early as six months because of the iron in it. I held off for a few weeks because I wanted my daughter to eat other things first. You can simply poach the meat and then puree it like you do other food. I never liked the idea of pureed meat (just grosses me out), so I just cut it up into REALLY small pieces. Poached meat is really really soft, so it's easy to gum. And you can add things to the poaching water for flavour - ginger, herbs, spices. I think we did duck with Chinese five spice for her first meat. Haha.

Mandy - posted on 08/09/2010

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I would suggest holding off on meat until 8 months...that is what my pediatrician had recommended to me. If you are worried that your little one is not getting enough protein why not try pureed soy beans, tofu, or beans such as chickpeas or lentils. This may be a little easier for baby to digest then meat. I really enjoy making all my own baby food too. I have been writing a blog about it...check it out at www.mushbabyfood.blogspot.com...I recently wrote a post about preparing beans. Hope this helps.

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