Starting foods

Kayleigh - posted on 01/11/2010 ( 1 mom has responded )




I am about to start my son on foods and I am not sure how much of what to give him? I have been told to start him with meat and veggies and then bring in fruit after, how much should I be feeding him of each though? And do I substitute meals for formula or still give him some bottles each day? Not sure what to do how other moms with the knowledge can help me.


Ruth - posted on 01/11/2010




I started my baby on rice cereal at around four months, not much, maybe a tablespoon for lunch just to get her used to the feel food as oppose to milk and to learn how to swallow. She was still being breast fed the whole time though. Around 5 months I gave her tastes of things that my husband and I were eating, pumpkin, potato, chicken (of course all mushed up though!) and then pureed pear and apple, natural yoghurt is a good one too. Go natural because the flavoured varieties have too much sugar. Still not a great deal though, just breakfast and lunch and then breast milk afterwards to top her up.

From about six months she was quite used to foods and more accepting of different things and started having three meals a day and learning to drink a bit of water too. She still has breast milk but no where near as much.

Some fruits I have been recommended to avoid as they may be too acidic, like orange, kiwi and pineapple. Also I have been told to avoid nuts and honey for possible allergy concerns.

I bought a book called 'New Complete Baby and Toddler Meal Planner' by Annabel Karmel. It has a whole section on the best first foods for your baby and comes with 200 quick healthy recipes plus loads more advice and meal planners. I'm sure you could borrow a copy or a similar style book from the library to help.

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