fruits or veggies???

Ashley - posted on 09/21/2009 ( 48 moms have responded )

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my daughter is 5 1/2 months now i has been eating fruit baby food and rice cereal. when do i start to give her veggies and when do i feed it to her? fruits for breakfest and veggies for lunch and dinner??

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Ashley - posted on 09/27/2009

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i would taste the store bought food, but i am actually a picky eater myself and i dont know what a lot of the foods are suppose to taste like. hopefully my daughter has the same pallet as her daddy and not mine lol.

Alison - posted on 09/25/2009

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Anytime! Start them with veggies as early as possible, but I would recomend tasting any store bought baby food before giving it to her. For me, if I wouldn't eat it, I wouldn't give it to my kiddo! For veggies I usually steamed frozen veggies, mashed them through a baby food mill, and if he didn't like it straight would mix a little applesauce in. Worked great, and my little guy does great with veggies now at 2!

Ashley - posted on 09/25/2009

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I started my daughter on fruits and veggies when she was around 4 months old! I always mixed them together cause she wont have veggies alone. My doctor said to start fruits and veggies at 4 months so I did, plus my family was always like " when are you going to eat that baby some real food" so to get them off my back I started right at 4 months!

Ashley - posted on 09/25/2009

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we were told we couldnt give her milk or water for awhile yet. i thought she couldnt start til 6 months too, but her doctor said 4 months was fine!!!

Christina - posted on 09/25/2009

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we were told not to give our baby anything but milk or formula for the first 6 months but since you've started already and your doctor thinks is fine I'd start her as soon as possible on veggie and give them to her anytime if she'll eat them its never a bad time to eat veggies.

Jessica - posted on 09/25/2009

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She should be on them already. I started my daughter on veggies at the same time. She tends to like the fruit more so I sometimes have to mix the two or trick her with a bite of fruit then a few of veggies.

Kay - posted on 09/25/2009

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I saw a lot of posts about starting with veggies and I just wanted to point out that from what I have learned, that may very well be a big MYTH. I have never tasted formula, but breast milk is some of the sweetest stuff around! :) All babies are going to have different preferences and being persistent in giving them opportunities to try new foods is what helps them develop tastes for things. I once read somewhere, that on average, it takes at least eight tries to really develop a taste/liking for some foods. Being creative with how you present foods can also help them enjoy, and be open to, the experience of new or "not so favorite" foods. Sounds like you are doing awesome, and that you are a fantastic mom for reaching out there to find answers and input!

Nicole - posted on 09/24/2009

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When my first son was ready for solid food, I had heard to start him on veggies first, but it's not that big of a deal. I usually gave him baby cereal and a fruit for breakfast, then a veggie and fruit for lunch. Try giving her a veggie for lunch first, THEN a fruit. Try to wait til she is definitely hungry, then she'll be more likely to try the veggie. Also, in a month or 2, try giving her one of the Gerber meats for dinner with a veggie and fruit for dessert - they're full of protein! :) This was all advice i got from other Moms.

Lucy - posted on 09/24/2009

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good for her!! The good things about babies is they don't really know the difference between breakfast and lunch, so just give her whatever is easiest at the time!! Although you're right to go with fruits for breakfast because they are more easily digested then. Orange vegetables are nearly always loved by babies and now is a great time to try her with butternut squash and pumpkin and all that good stuff! keep going, you're obviously doing a great job! xx

Ashley - posted on 09/24/2009

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well u were all wrong!!! she ate her first jar of sweet potatos today and loved them!!! ha

Ann - posted on 09/24/2009

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Both! I started feeding my son solids at 6 months, and at first he'd eat anything, hes gotten so picky he'll only eat fruit. (I make my own baby food in ice cube trays and freeze it) so I'll take a cube of applesauce and a cube of squash and mix it up with rice cereal. Or peas and pears, carrots and bananas, sweet potato and peachs. He loves it. They have no idea at this age the diffference, and if you taste it its actually really good. Without salt or sugar additives all the natural sweetness comes out and you can basically mix all kinds of things together. Try it! Worked like a charm for me! Good luck

Raynae - posted on 09/24/2009

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Im thinking my daughter had fruits first just because that is what i had in the cabinet, and she loves her vegetables! But then again she is not a picky eater, she will eat anything given to her. I think usually whatever you are eating the child will want to follow.

Ashley - posted on 09/24/2009

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she still gets a bottle after everytime she eats solids. i was told by a nurse that most of the time the food gets stuck in their mouths so she needs to wash it down. and if anybody else is going to tell me i did it wrong by giving her fruits first (even though thats what her doctor told me to do) then please dont bother writing. its had enough being a young mom and all i wanted was NICE, HELPING suggestions!!!

Rachel - posted on 09/24/2009

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You can give her veggies anytime, in fact I started with them first! I always gave cereal with fruit for breakfast and both for lunch and dinner. She really should still be taking most of her nutrition from formula or breastmilk still, though. I wouldn't get too strict with a breakfast, lunch, dinner schedule right now. Try just giving her morning and evening solids first then work her up from there. Hope this helps!

Shannon - posted on 09/24/2009

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u should of done veggies first lol....cuz once she taste the veggies after the fruit they don't want the veggies. but try them now u never know.

Jennifer - posted on 09/24/2009

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i started veggies first. sweet potatoes, carrots and squash. peas tend to be more gassy

Chelsy - posted on 09/23/2009

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I think it all depends on the baby my son loved everything except for green beans but now he loves them all doctors say veggies first but if they are hungry you should give them which ever they will eat...

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hey ashley, send me your email, i have a chart that my pediatrician gave me that tells you when you can start feeding your baby certain foods. its really helpful

Kimberly - posted on 09/23/2009

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most people start with veggies. my kids dr. says 4 months. and only 1 kind 4 a few days in a row so if they have a recaton you'll know what did it.

Ruth - posted on 09/23/2009

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the order of fruits and veggies doesn't really matter, so long as they get both--if they have one too late (if you don't give them either before a year, or so), then they won't like it. When my daughter was just starting on solids, she would happily eat whatever I gave her, but now (10 months) she'll only eat certain things (squash, sweet potatoes, carrots) if I give them to her first--and she won't eat them at all if there's any bread on her tray.

Danielle - posted on 09/23/2009

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You know personal I went with Veg. first I didn't add the fruits until she was about 20 months old. Once you go furit veg. is hard because it's not so sweet. I tend to go with Dinner veg. and yogurt for lunchs. Just mix the veg. in with what every you are feeding her easy into.

Kathryn - posted on 09/23/2009

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Hey Ashley,

You have done anything wrong. I fed my daughter the exact same way as you have fed yours. You can introduce the veggies when ever you want :) I suggest trying a sweet veg first, maybe some carrots they are excellent weaning food :)

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Ashley, obviously, you didn't do anything wrong giving fruits first. Some doctors recommend veggies first, and others recommend fruit. Doesn't make much difference. As for how to introduce more, why not move toward giving table foods at dinner time? When my son was 6 months, we'd give veggies for dinner. I'd steam some carrots and broccoli and let him self-feed. He was really interested in the new textures and tastes. After a few days of that, I mixed in some other steamed veggies. You can get some good baby friendly recipes here:
http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com

September - posted on 09/22/2009

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Quoting Ashley:

i was told she could eat rice cereal at 4 months, then 2 weeks later give her fruit to get her use to eating baby food. i cant mix anything with bananas because when she eats those she cant poop!!! ive already been told by some of u i did it wrong by giving her fruits first, but i also already said she eats 2 veggies if we have them for dinner. again i was just wondering how to introduce veggies to where shes eating them once a day and when was a good time to start. i understand u are all giving ur advice on what u did for ur kids, but im taking it as ur telling me i did it wrong without actually saying the words "u did it wrong" again thanks for the help!



Some doctors will give the ok to introduce cereal at 4 months and I think that is fine. It's whatever works best for your baby. Every baby is different and so is every Mother. So it sounds like you are doing everything right to me. I think that since you've already started with fruit that you can really start veggies at any time now. I was told by our doc that when introducing something new to wait 3-4 days before trying another new food to be sure there is no allergy to the current food. We give our son fruit for breakfast along with yogurt (he is 11 months) and then veggies with his lunch and dinner. We also do fruit for dinner sometimes as a dessert. As far as what age your child should be in order to have 3 meals a day....I would suggest that you ask your Doc. I had such fun introducing new foods to our son. I make all of his food so that adds to the fun also :) Enjoy this special time in life! Good luck!

September - posted on 09/22/2009

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Quoting Ashley:

i was told she could eat rice cereal at 4 months, then 2 weeks later give her fruit to get her use to eating baby food. i cant mix anything with bananas because when she eats those she cant poop!!! ive already been told by some of u i did it wrong by giving her fruits first, but i also already said she eats 2 veggies if we have them for dinner. again i was just wondering how to introduce veggies to where shes eating them once a day and when was a good time to start. i understand u are all giving ur advice on what u did for ur kids, but im taking it as ur telling me i did it wrong without actually saying the words "u did it wrong" again thanks for the help!



Some doctors will give the ok to introduce cereal at 4 months and I think that is fine. It's whatever works best for your baby. Every baby is different and so is every Mother. So it sounds like you are doing everything right to me. I think that since you've already started with fruit that you can really start veggies at any time now. I was told by our doc that when introducing something new to wait 3-4 days before trying another new food to be sure there is no allergy to the current food. We give our son fruit for breakfast along with yogurt (he is 11 months) and then veggies with his lunch and dinner. We also do fruit for dinner sometimes as a dessert. As far as what age your child should be in order to have 3 meals a day....I would suggest that you ask your Doc. I had such fun introducing new foods to our son. I make all of his food so that adds to the fun also :) Enjoy this special time in life! Good luck!

Ashley - posted on 09/22/2009

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i was told she could eat rice cereal at 4 months, then 2 weeks later give her fruit to get her use to eating baby food. i cant mix anything with bananas because when she eats those she cant poop!!! ive already been told by some of u i did it wrong by giving her fruits first, but i also already said she eats 2 veggies if we have them for dinner. again i was just wondering how to introduce veggies to where shes eating them once a day and when was a good time to start. i understand u are all giving ur advice on what u did for ur kids, but im taking it as ur telling me i did it wrong without actually saying the words "u did it wrong" again thanks for the help!

Venus - posted on 09/22/2009

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by 5months you can introduce you child rice ceral..but most researchers suggest that up to 6months is best to breastfeed or atleast milk..after rice you can start to intruduce veggies first make sure to introduce 1 veggies at a time for 1 week..the reason for that is to kn0w ur child's allergies if had one..then 8 months fruits..then eggs..then solid fo0ds..

Andrea - posted on 09/22/2009

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it might be hard to get your baby to like veggies now that your introduce to her fruits first. But my honest opinion what matters is that the baby all around is eating healthy. My son was a fruit kid and til this day (he's 3 now) i still trick him to eat his veggies. Or worse not eat his veggies. But his nutritionist for wic has always told me what matters is that he's eating healthy and not eating sloppy. Just keep trying and see what works for you.

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It seems to be easier to start them on veggies first so that they do not get to used to the sweetness. If you try giving her veggies and she does not like them mix it with fruit flavor cereal like the banana kind. This way the banana will mask the veggie flavor a little bit. Each time you give her veggies add a little more veggies and a little less cereal, works every time.

Kathryn - posted on 09/22/2009

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I started my Daughter on baby rice and then added some fruit to that. You can give them veggies at any time. I introduced them at lunch time first so that if what ever she was eating upset her tummy then it would be over by bedtime. Sometimes if you give them fruits before veggies then they tend to get a sweet tooth and refuse to eat some veggies for a while. Try starting off with veggies at lunch then increase to having them at night and give the fruit as sort of a desert as she needs it :) good luck

Heather - posted on 09/22/2009

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With my boys, I would stick with the same food for an entire week. It didn't matter whether it was fruit or veggies, but this way I would know if they were having an allergic reaction to it and not have to guess whether it was the peaches or the beans. This is what most pediatricians say to do to help rule out any allergies. As far as when during the day, I always tried to stick with cereal for breakfast and fruit/meat/veggie for both lunch and dinner.

Lindsay - posted on 09/22/2009

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Our ped. said to use the 4 day rule. You can try a new food every 4 days, that way you have enough time to see if they have any reactions to a food. So, if I started carrots on a Monday, I would continue with foods she already ate as well as carrots for 4 days, then add another new food on Friday. And don't be discouraged if she doesn't like something at first, my daughter hated mashed peas, but will eat actual peas by the handfuls now.

Ashley - posted on 09/22/2009

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i couldnt give her bananas because she cant poop when she eats them. and i was told by her doctor to start with fruit so she gets use to eating baby food. so im not in the wrong with her eating fruit now. i was just wondering what month ur doctor recomended switching the different kinds of foods. but thank you for all the advice.

Amanda - posted on 09/21/2009

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i started my son on vegies befor fruit because then they always want something sweet so i give his rice cereal for breakfest vegies for lunch and cereal with fruit mixed in for dinner so he is used to haveing the sweets at night so he will eat his vegies it seams to work for us my son never refuses his vegies even the icky green ones that smell bad

Trich - posted on 09/21/2009

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i first started my son on the baby rice cereal for brekie then apples for lunch then carrots for dinner for about the first week just until he got used to it then i introduced a new fruit or veg everyday.. so pears, pumpkin, etc etc and now hes 10months old and eats pretty much anything i give him

Jennifer - posted on 09/21/2009

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My daughter just started on cereal today so I don't have much experience at this, but her dr told me she could have either in her cereal so I went for the bananas first cause I knew it was gonna be difficult to get to eat it from a spoon... and it was!! I don't think it matters and yeah I would give a fruit for breakfast and then a veggie for lunch.. but I think your pediatrician can give you a chart to tell you.

Toni - posted on 09/21/2009

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Start veggies now. My Dr told me to start veggies before fruit because if you do fruits first, they may not like veggies. I would do fruits in the morning with breakfast and veggies for lunch and dinner. I really don't think it matters though. Just remember to wait a few days before introducing new foods.

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veggies first - fruit second. fruit is sweet, and tasty and once yougive it to them that is all they'll want! :)

Cassandra - posted on 09/21/2009

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soon and if she doesn't like it at first keep tryng because it takes a while some times, like if she does'nt like pee's or something try giving her them over and over because she will come around!

Stormie - posted on 09/21/2009

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WOW. Your baby will eat baby food. Mine wouldnt touch it. But i fed them either for breakfast lunch and dinner. But then again my kids have never been picky eaters.

Renee - posted on 09/21/2009

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I started with veggies first but that really doesnt matter. I have seen it done a lot of ways the thing that worked best with my kids was cereal mixed with cereal in the am veggies at noon and then cereal and fruit again about 2 hours befor i wanted them to go to bed it lasts longer and if they had a bottle right before bed they slept better

Ashley - posted on 09/21/2009

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i dont think there will be any problems with the veggies. she usually sucks on cold carrots when her gums are hurting and if we have mashed potatos she eats a couple spoon full of those. and after every meal she gets a 4oz bottle then if shes hungry in between shell get another bottle. thanks for all the advice. i really appreciate it!!! :)

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well I started all my kids on Veggies first so then they would eat them instead of wanting only the sweet stuff...I started my son at 3 wks on cereal and then veggies for the simple reason he was not satisfied with just the bottle...I am a nanny for twins and I gave the veggies for lunch and alittle for a snack and then they gave them for dinner...but when all the food was offered..I now give them a fruit/meat/veggies for lunch...and fruit for snack..and then they give them their second helping of fruit/meat/veggies for dinner...I also try to give other things for breakfast..they are now 9 months.

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I don't think it really matters. I started out giving my son banana, and then he had carrots. I started with one or the other once a day and moved up slowly from there. He's in daycare, so his solids meal was usually with his daddy and I at the dinner table. But I think it is generally best to follow baby's lead. If she seems to want more, let her try it (but make sure she's still getting milk/formula first). Good luck!

Kristen - posted on 09/21/2009

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Sounds like you know what to do, there is no exact science to it but the more veggies, the better:) The sooner, the better. They get particular at a certain age but they only know what you give them.

Jaimie - posted on 09/21/2009

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LOL i started my son onveggies first that way he would get use to them before the fruit. You can start her on veggies anytime.. fruit for breakfast and then try both fruit and veggies for lunch then veggies for dinner!!

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