How soon did you introduce meat to your child?

Dannielle - posted on 08/28/2010 ( 22 moms have responded )

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I have a daughter named Lucy and she is 5 months old. I started her on breastmilk for almost 10 weeks, then switched to formula, slowly adding rice cereal and then spoon feeding sweet potatoes, carrots and peas around 3 months. now she eats cereal and oatmeal, and most of the second stage foods like a pro. no allergies no tummy problems, no poo problems. BUT I have no idea when yo introduce wheat or meat. any tips? I have a dr appt on Monday but I just wanted a heads up. Thank you

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Krista - posted on 08/28/2010

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Well personally, I think that you introduced solids WAY too early. The current medical recommendation is to not introduce any solids until the baby is 6 months old.

However, that toothpaste is already out of the tube, I suppose. My health nurse advised me that meat could be one of their first "real" solids, so yes, I suppose you could introduce it any time now. Double-check with your doctor, though.

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I don't know what the reccomendations are, but I didn't do it before 12 months. You don't have to introduce meat at all if you don't want to. I'm vegetarian myself so I was reluctant to introduce meat, but I decided to let him try it and make his own choice later.

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Lucy - posted on 09/07/2010

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We are another family of vegetarians, both my husband and I have been since we were quite young (I was about 4 or 5) so we haven't introduced meat to our kids who are 2 and 4. They are as fit as fleas, and our doctor is very supportive. Personally, I would like them to have a proper understanding of what meat is so they can decide whether they want to eat it or not. My daughter has a pretty clear understanding now, so although we don't eat it at home, if we are eating out or at a party where there is meat she gets the choice. So far, she has tried a fish finger, but wasn't too impressed!

Most people in the western world, kids included, have more protein in their diets than they really need, so there is no rush to try your LO on meat if you are unsure. Eggs, milk, beans and pulses, cheese/yoghurt, soya (though this should be limited in children) and whole grain are all good sources of protein.

Stifler's - posted on 09/06/2010

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I agree it's not really necessary to introduce meat as long as they have enough protien etc. I'm a carnivore but I'm not going to make a big deal of making my kid eat meat before a year.

Jessica - posted on 09/06/2010

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Wow, yeah you started solids WAY too early. Luckily your LO is ok with it all so far. I gave my son some of the meat baby foods around 7 months I think. They kind of creeped me out but he seemed to enjoy them.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 09/06/2010

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PS I have been a vegetarian for almost 16 years, and I hate the thought of dealing with meat. My hubby eats it, and I got alot of pressure from everyone (except my hubby). My son will eat chicken. I do not encourage any sort of red meat, but if my husband cooks a steak, my 4 year old enjoys it.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 09/06/2010

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Ok, don't automatically roll your eyes when you read my next sentance. I am a vegetarian and I wanted my son (who is now 4) to not eat meat until absolutely necessary. I did alot of research about all food for children, age for introduction etc. I make my own baby food also. What I found out about meat is very important. Their little bodies cannot chew or digest it properly until they are 2 years old. Focusing on veggies during that time is alot more important. They will get the protein from grains, milk, cheese, veggies and even snacks. I have also discovered that unfortunately as well versed on the medical side that pediatricians are, they just generally hand out a sheet saying what and when a child can eat things. Or they have it memorized. Good luck

Stifler's - posted on 09/06/2010

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I don't feed him meat every day but we give him bits of chicken to suck on and stuff since 6.5 months.

Joanna - posted on 09/06/2010

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I think we tried giving her meats when she was 7 or 8 months old, but she hated the plain meats. So when she was about 9 months old we introduced the baby food "meals" (chicken and rice, turkey and veggies, etc), which she liked.

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From what I understood b/w 6-9 months is normal. I started Roxanne around 7 months included in her rotation of veggies, fruits and cereals. If they're doing fine with everything else there's no reason why you shouldn't give it a try.

JuLeah - posted on 09/06/2010

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Most docs say no food, but breast milk (or formula) for the first six months

There little systems are not developed enough to handle it and food too soon can result in many alergies
As for meat, I guess when they have the teeth and ability to get it down safetly

Hormone free, no antibiodics .... our kids don't need growth hormones, or other chemicals. Most companies add sugar to meat cuts (also very bad for the child's health) So, use great care in what meat you offer - organic is best for so many many reason - never ever give your kid fast food

Danielle - posted on 09/06/2010

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I gave Lilli meat for the first time at about 7 months. She ate only fruits and veggies from 6 months to 7 months, then a tiny bit of turkey or chicken here and there. Even now at 9 months she only eats it once a week or so. Around 1 I will try a little more. she hates meat.

Johnny - posted on 08/29/2010

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We introduced meat around 5 1/2 months, shortly after she started solids. We did not use rice cereal as the starter food, but avocado, mango, banana, and sweet potato. Followed soon by chicken. It is now increasingly common where I live for pediatricians to recommend introducing meat early (for omnivorous families) rather than waiting. it is not a commonly allergenic food (although I do know people with meat allergies-but none in our families). Our health nurse and doctor both advised not starting with rice cereal as a first food, which I think is still really the common practice. And they do normally recommend waiting until at least 6 months to introduce solid food. We started about a month early with the vegetables, upon doctor's recommendation, because I was not producing sufficient breast milk supply and my daughter was beginning to refuse formula supplements.

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My girls started solids at 3.5 months (doc said ok), but didn't start meat til 7-8 months (again, according to the doc).

My son didn't 'start' solids til 6 months, but wasn't really eating regularly til over a year. I don't know when I started meat w/ him, but he's 2.5 now and will barely ever eat meat. He doesn't like it.

LaCi - posted on 08/29/2010

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Vegetarians here. He tried Shrimp when he was a bit over a year old. Around the same time he was introduced to chicken by his grandparents, but he didn't have much interest in either. Now he does occasionally eat chicken with his grands. He refuses to touch any other type of meat though. Fine by me ;)

Jennifer - posted on 08/29/2010

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we aren't starting meat until my son actually has enough teeth to chew it. i've been a vegetarian for 11 years and pureed meat just creeps me out. we will be starting fish soon though, its very healthy and they don't need teeth for it. we are still breastfeeding so our doctor said not starting meat was fine as long as he's getting plenty of momma's milk...i'm not sure how the recommendation changes for formula fed babes

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6mths on both but my second refused food for a year and just had formula..i still tried endlessly to get her to eat my food &jar food but she was perfectly fine on the milk and not very underweight.I was advised to start with veg once rice was over and go to meat and then dairy.

Louise - posted on 08/29/2010

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My daughter was on solids very early due to an allergy to milk and severe reflux. I gave her fish at 6 months and meat at six months. I made most of my own baby food with a mini chopper so she ate the same as the rest of the family, fresh veg, meat loosened with a small amount of formula milk. I don't think there is a strict starting age for meat as you can buy baby food with meat in it from 4 months. Fish however is reccomended after six months.

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I don't remember, but probably around 8 months as we didn't start solids until 5 months. But she didn't like the baby food meat. At one point we were putting whatever meat we had in the food processor and she ate that. But that didn't last long because she was on finger foods and eating tiny pieces of meat soon after.

Rosie - posted on 08/28/2010

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i didn't until they were 8 months on my peds advice. i can't remember the specific reasoning though. maybe it's harder to digest? i don't know.

Caitlin - posted on 08/28/2010

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Meat isn't non-allergenic, it's less allergenic (supposedly). My daughter is anaphylactic to beef and veal. We started her on meats at 7 months.

Jenni - posted on 08/28/2010

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I was told to introduce meat first because it is non-allergenic by the Canadian Pediatric Society's intake nurse. It also says to introduce it first in their pamphlet. So I imagine you can do it at anytime you wish now.

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