starting baby on solids?

Amber - posted on 02/07/2011 ( 25 moms have responded )

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I just started giving my little man cheerios yesterday and he loves them! I also went out and bought him some of the gerber yogurt melts, and dried fruit bites but we havent tryed those yet. When did you guys start giving you little ones solids? and what other stuff should i try giving him? he turned 8 months on january 28

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Karen - posted on 02/12/2011

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Just a brief add-on to high sugar content...babies are unable to process salt until beyond 1 year of age. Something to do with the ongoing development of kidney functioning. Studies have shown that processed foods or home-cooked meals with salt added, particularly before 1 year can cause later issues with childhood obesity. I bake a lot of veges in a small amount of olive oil...or none at all. I mash them up, freeze in small cubes and 'pop' them out for later dinner times. My just 9 month old loves this dinner. Very easy on me to cook up a large tray of 6-7 different types of vegies every 1-2 weeks. Also my little one is not a great sleeper so it's easy for me to prep veges, put in oven and only have to go back once to turn them after 25 mins! I add water to finished meal to get right consistency. Also a breakfast alternative is simply iron fortified baby rice cereal, wholegrain porridge with mashed banana, avocado, or whatever fruit you have. No salt or added sugar, just what's natural. My 2 and a half year old kept on this till 15-18 months and then progressed to 'kids' weatbix...an Aussie brand that has hardly any salt. he still loves this with mashed banana every morning for breakfast and I know it's a great start to the day. Also love vegetable muffins...grate whatever veges...carrot, zucchini, squash, pumpkin, broccoli, cauliflower...I throw in some herbs from the garden, an egg, flour (wholegrain if you want), milk/or water, couple of splashes of olive oil if you want, perhaps a couple of tablespoons of cottage cheese or grated cheese (whatever you have, doesn't really matter) Bake them in muffin trays. They freeze really well for later use and my toddler has loved them since around 10-12 months of age. Can also do easy fruit ones too. No preservatives, added salt or sugar. You've just got to stop yourself eating them all!! Hope these ideas help you.

Lauren - posted on 02/11/2011

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Ok, so I was doing a little research on Cheerios and came across this rather amusing article...

Well....after certain people here gave Cheerios the thumb's-up for acceptable nutrition I decided to read the label on a box I have here (my wife has 'em every day for brekky....I eat oatmeal) to see what's in it....

By list of ingredients from first to last:-

Whole Grain Oats
Modified Corn Starch :eek:
Sugar :eek:
Salt :whistle:
Trisodium Phosphate :eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:
Calcium carbonate....have no idea what this is
Monoglycerides.............ditto
Annatto....so that's where my brother's Italian girlfriend ended up when she mysteriously disappeared
Tocepherols..:tucool:
Wheat starch...:eek:

Along with fortified vitamins.

TRISODIUM PHOSPHATE! fer cryin' out loud!!!:lol: I use this stuff to clean the outside masonry and the porch..I have a carton of it in the basement....It's been an industrial strength cleaner available for years.

MODIFIED CORN STARCH..#2 on the list. We used to use this stuff to powder the inside of our diving wet suits so they would go on easier.
BUT....a lot of people couldn't use it because it gave them Hives. Starches are fast-burning Carbs...sure you want this Carb for breakfast?????

Didn't know Trisodium Phosphate was edible..If it is you'll have the cleanest sphincter on the block.:moon:

Although, I must say that in general Cheerios don't have as bad a reputation as many other cereals, I personally try and stay away from cereals that have been processed into little shapes. Oats, yoghurt etc... the babies love it! I often just sprinkle raw oats over his yoghurt just for a bit of roughage.

Mandy - posted on 02/13/2011

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At about 6 months of age baby's iron storage from birth goes down and that's why it is recommended that you start giving solids that are rich in iron. i find that baby cereals have about a full days worth of iron in one or two servings. great starters along with meats too. my 8 and a half month old has been eating solids since around 5 months and she loves everything..she even eats some meals that we do including spaghetti

Chalise - posted on 02/13/2011

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We've practiced a method called Baby Led Solids and we started our baby on finger foods at 6 months so she has been feeding herself the whole time. Baked apple slices and bake sweet potato sticks are great starters, but really anything they can grab and put in their mouth as long as it doesn't have salt or too much sugar is fine.

Irene - posted on 02/08/2011

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Hi Amber,



I started offering my girl solids at around 6.5 months. She is now almost 9 months (on Feb 11). I don't have her on 3 meals a day or anything, but she has had a lot of different kinds of food! She's had: carrots, broccoli, asparagus, zucchini, onions, apples, bananas, avocado, potatoes, squash, whole grain toast with cream cheese, chicken breast with a white cheesy sauce, bits of mozzarella, homemade burgers, pasta, and yes....cheerios!



I'm doing baby-led weaning with my daughter so I give her the same foods that I eat (provided they are healthy - no fast food, frozen food or food with lots of salt or added sugar). It's easy and quite fun! It's neat to watch her figure out how to handle all the different types of food :-)



Sorry, I went a little off there I guess -I just really believe in BLW as a way to introduce solids :-) At this age they

can have almost anything, provided there aren't food allergies in the family. If there are, you may need to be more cautious just in case.



Heather, my girl doesn't have any teeth either and she handles whole grain cheerios just fine. She picks at them one at a time. It's amazing what a lot of saliva can do, lol!

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Amber - posted on 10/14/2012

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Im not sure what stores carry Gerber where you live, here you can find it in just about every story. Maybe try asking someone at the store if they know where you could find it?

Fimmie - posted on 10/14/2012

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Where do I find the Gerber products? I haven't seen it at Baby City, Baby Boom or any Baby isles in grocery stores in Roodepoort?

Melissa - posted on 03/01/2011

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My little guy is 9.5mo old and has been on baby food strike for well over a month. He's very much a baby lead eater and has decided that he likes what we eat or if we're not having something I deem suitable for him, he'll eat the jars of the toddler foods (Heinz, Beechnut, Gerber). He's eaten yogurt for forever, loves cheese and is just a happy guy on the whole.

Kare - posted on 02/24/2011

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My 9 month old gets fruit slices to chew on, not really eat she don't have teeth yet. I have a 3 year old I didn't let have Cheerios until she was almost 2, daycare started giving them to her. Stick with the healthy stuff my 3 yr old loves her veggies even asks for them. when we went to relatives house that don't eat veggies a lot she asked where her broccoli was, remember healthy habits start young maybe not the most convenient but its worth it.

SHAWNELL - posted on 02/15/2011

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AMBER I THINK EVERYTHING HAS A LITTLE SUGAR IN IT! I WOULD LOVE TO ESCAPE THE SUGAR BUT I CAN'T:)

SHAWNELL - posted on 02/15/2011

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I STARTED GIVING MY SON THE YOUGURT MELS WHEN HE WAS ABLE TO SIT UP WHICH WAS AROUND 6 MONTHS . HE REALLY LOVES THEM, I THINK I MAY TRY THE CHHERIOS ALSO REAL SOON:)

Irene - posted on 02/14/2011

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Lauren, thanks for the article on Cheerios - don't know why I didn't take a good look at the ingredients, and just looked at the nutrition info. Good to know what's in them (eek!). I'm going to look into the Nature's Path cereals as Helen suggested, next time I go grocery shopping for sure. Chalise - ditto on the Baby Led Solids...isn't it fun?! I love it!

Kristi - posted on 02/14/2011

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My son will be 9 months on Wednesday. I started giving him Cheerios (broken in half) a few weeks ago and he loves them too. Also teeny-tiny cubes of cheddar cheese, banana, bread, pasta etc. Anything he can "gum" easily and pick up with his fingers. It's a great way to keep him occupied in his chair while I make dinner.

Baby Mum-Mums, Puffs etc are a little too big and found they can easily break off in too-big chunks. Mums Mums I ended up fishing out half the cracker from his mouth. best to wait until 11-12 months as recommended on packaging.

Alyssa - posted on 02/13/2011

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Cheerioes are great my daugter is 9months and she loves them! She has been picking them up perfey since around 6months!! They also have these cookies in the cookie isle they have a picture of a baby on them also try the baby puffs next to the baby food they are in a little container she loves them to! Good luck

Chalise - posted on 02/13/2011

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cascadian farms makes organic whole grain "cheerios" called purely o's. we use these instead of cheerios

Lauren - posted on 02/12/2011

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Nice bit of info Karen! I too do the veggie cube freeze. I love the muffin idea - thanks!

Helen - posted on 02/11/2011

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I found a puffed rice cereal that is just that: puffed brown rice, nothing else. My 9 mo old son likes picking them up himself, and that busies him while I can get something done in the kitchen :) Rice is the least likely allergenic grain.

Irene - posted on 02/10/2011

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Hi Lauren and Amber,

Whole Grain Cheerios have 6g of sugar per serving, which is one cup (29g). Not too bad...I myself stay away from giving my girl food with added sugar as much as possible. The Cheerios are the only food I give that do, however, she doesn't even come close to having one cup per day, so I figure a little is okay - it's really helping to develop her pincer grip :-)

Amber - posted on 02/10/2011

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i didnt really check the sugar content but i def. will do that, i just always saw people giving them to their kids. He eats the whole grain cheerios though, but thats a good question Lauren thanks for pointing that out. =)

Lauren - posted on 02/10/2011

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We started on solids just past 9 months. He is having Pronutro (maybe only a South African food?), yoghurt and fruit for lunch and veggies mixed with something like chicken/rice etc for supper. Don't cheerios have a high sugar content?

Candace - posted on 02/09/2011

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I started my son on solids at six months. He has just turned 9 months and I give him most of the things that Gerber has..Puffs, little crunchies, yougurt melt, cookies. I also give him cheerios, cheetos, gerber also have turkey and chicken sticks. I didn't give him those until he had teeth though

Heather - posted on 02/07/2011

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My son turned 8 months on Jan 27 and I just started gving him gerber puffs, the yogurt melts ( i break them up. They are kinda big) and the gerber lil crunchies ( veggie flavor). He only gets a few once a day at snack time between lunch and dinner and he also has a lil juice in a sippy. ( he would rather drink the juice from the cup with out the lid tho. He does very well with me holding it of course). i havent tried cheerios yet as my son has no teeth and I didnt know if cheerios disolve easly like the gerber puffs and melts.

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