Starting Food! Help!

Amanda - posted on 04/28/2009 ( 19 moms have responded )

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Ok so my lil guy just turnd 4 months yesterday and is a big boy weighing 15 lbs, 12 oz! My doc says I can start cereal and move on to starting fruits and the beginner foods now and by 6 mos have him on 3 meals a day with his bottles and a bottle at night. So now i am wondering what time of day do I give him cereal? I tried it at night because my mom said that's what she did but he is too tired and just wants his milk and bed. So I was given a suggestion from my cousin to start in the morning.. I was going to give it to him with his late morning bottle now around 10:30/11. He woke at 7 had a bottle and is now napping (almost 9:30 now) Basically my questions for all the other mommies out there is how long do I give him JUST cereal before I can start the beginner fruits/veggies?? Any advice on starting food or an idea of eating schedules would be AWESOME!! Thanks!!!!

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Jenny - posted on 04/28/2009

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hiya i would recommend waiting a bit longer before starting on solids, milk has got all the nutrition in that they need for this age, i also have a big boy he was 18lb at 4 months old and now weighs 23lb at 6 months, i started him at 5 1/2 months with cereal in the morning and veggies in the evening and now 4 weeks later he is trying fingerfoods which he loves. 3 meals a day at 6 months old would probably be too much as this can cause allergies and lead to obesity. Hope this was any use and Good Luck. Jenny

Amanda - posted on 04/28/2009

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Thanks for all your help! I don't even have a blender, just moved home from living in a different province. So I am gonna go get one I think and try some of those.

Samantha - posted on 04/28/2009

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or for carrots i usually steam those then blend. boiled carrots just dont taste right to me. when they are steamed they have more flavor. =)

Samantha - posted on 04/28/2009

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haha no problem its super easy actually. for instance, apple sauce- just peel and core the apples, cut them up and boil until they are soft, then put in the blender with a little of the water it was boiled in until you get the consistency you want. once your baby is fine with single ingredient foods, you can add stuff. I like to make apple sauce with strawberries or peaches. you can use frozen strawberries or peaches if you want. I also make things like yams, and same thing, just peel, cut it up, boil then stick it in the blender. you can do this for pretty much all fruits and veggies. If you want to give him bananas you can just mash it with a fork first (warm in the microwave for a few seconds to soften it). when your baby can eat meats, chicken is easy, just boil till its cooked then chop it up and toss that in the blender too. Also, i found these great little containers for freezing the food. they are called baby cubes and you can get them at babys r us. they are little individual containers with lids and they sit in a little tray. they are the perfect serving size.

Amanda - posted on 04/28/2009

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I wouldn't even know where to start unfortunately... I am horrible in the kitchen.. gonna have to start somewhere tho I guess. Wouldn't even know how to puree stuff really. Sounds lame but up until I got pregnant I was working in a restaurant and living with roomies. We would go out A LOT or one of my roomates was a cook and made us stuff. Before that it was my mother. Now I am living with her again for help with the baby and still don't make a whole lot. God I hate even admitting this but it's true! :( Any help would b good!

Samantha - posted on 04/28/2009

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Also, i make all my daughters baby food. Its fresher and taste waay better than that jar crap. Pus, it much cheaper. I figure i wouldnt feed her something that i wouldnt eat and have you tasted jar baby food? it tastes nothing like real fruit and veggies. Making the baby food is easy too. I spend maybe one day every 2 weeks making it and then i freeze it so i can just pull out what i need and nothing goes to waste. =)

Samantha - posted on 04/28/2009

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I started my daughter on rice cereal at 4 months and at first gave it to her once a day, like in the early afternoon. then i started increasing it to 3 times a day. When i introduced fruits, i first mixed it with some cereal then gradually added more fruit and less cereal until it was all fruit (or veggies). People say dont give them fruit first because they wont like the veggies, but i didnt find that to be true at all with my daughter. I gave her fruit first and she'll still eat her veggies afterwards. I started her on cereal with her second feeding of the day and give her solids pretty much every other feeding. I would give him cereal for maybe like a few days to a week before introduce fruits/veggies. and like i said, i mixed it with the cereal at first.

Sara - posted on 04/28/2009

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With my son i started the cereal once a day i did it in the afternoon in case he had an allergy i wouldnt be up all night with a screaming boy we did that four days in a row than tried veggies first we started with peas when he got used to it we put cereal in it to make it thicker so we did all green veggies for 4 days to check for allergies than we went to orange veggies carrots, squash and now we are on fruits at 6 months he really likes prunes but with any food do 4 days in a row so you know if they're allergic

Amanda - posted on 04/28/2009

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Thanks Amanda! That helped a lot. He seems to love his food like your lil guy. He drinks 8 oz and whines at the end already so I am gonna stick with the cereal in the morning and see how long it lasts then start with the beginner (stage 1) fruits and veggies I guess. My lil guy was big at birth weighing 9 lbs and 6 oz and being overdue so I figured he would be a big baby anyway. Can't believe he is almost 16 lbs already! About what times do you give him his jar of food and formula?

Amanda - posted on 04/28/2009

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My little guy just turned 6 months on the 23rd and he started drinking too much bottle at around 4 months so we started giving him cereal for breakfast with 4- 6 ounces of bottle and then regular bottle schedule the rest of the day, but this only lasted for a week, because my guy is pretty big too, so now at 6 months he's on a stage 2 jar of food for breakfast with 4-6 ounces of formula, a stage 2 jar of food for lunch with 4-6 ounces of formula and then a stage 2 jar of food for dinner with again 4-6 ounces of bottle and then his last feeding he has 10-12 ounces of bottle and if he happens to wake up at night, which he hasnt been doing much lately then he will have the same 10- 12 ounces then too. He just turned 6 months and weighs 18 lbs and is 29 inches long and he was 15 days premature! Anyways, he really likes his food and if your little boy is anything like mine, he loves his food. We had trouble with trying to give him food for his last feeding too, because he is too tired and just wants to sleep so we don't anymore. Just like us at bfast, lunch and dinner. Hope this helps.

Amanda - posted on 04/28/2009

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Thanks again everyone! I just gave him his cereal and a bottle around 11:30 or so and he loved it! I gave him a few ounces of his regular bottle then his cereal (rice cereal mixed with about an ounce of his bottle in a baby bowl) then the rest of his bottle to wash it down. He seemed to enjoy it a lot so when I do start the other baby food it should be fun! This is all very new to me and gets hard sometime not knowing what to do!

Emily - posted on 04/28/2009

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If you are going to start give the solids after a regular bottle. They are just for practice and he might not be willing to learn a new skill on an empty stomach. He wont' equate the solids with food for a little while.

Mel - posted on 04/28/2009

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hehe mine went thru many stages of refusing to spoon feed! shes 12 months and wont spoon feed. its so much cheaper and easier and tastes better if you make your own. buy a sweet potato, butter nut pumpkin, carot, or apples and puree them add cream , unsalted butter or cheese then put them in to ice cube trays, freeze and put into snap lock bags. lasts for months! as they get older you can find some great puree recipes on the net.

Amanda - posted on 04/28/2009

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Thanks everyone for all the advice and help~! I am loving reading what other ppl have done as it helps me it out a lot being a first time (and a single) mommy.I take it all into consideration! I have bought the rice cereal for starters but am going to go out in the next week or so and buy some of the beginner fruit and veggie baby foods. Gonna see how he does on this cereal in the next few days. Hope he likes eating from a spoon! haha

Mel - posted on 04/28/2009

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if your going to give cereal id do it in the morning other then that it causes constipation and alot of people including me start thier kids off on pureed vegies and fruit. try sweet potato pumpkin, apples, pears, berries or carot. wait a little longer for foods like brocolli and corn etc as they are harder to digest. just do each food for 3 days if you want to be careful and watch for reactions (I never bothered with this.) also my dietician recommended putting spreads on the baby rusks when mine was 3-4 months like peanut buuter, butter, vegemite, cheese spread or jam. try to do jams less as they are full of sugar, i dont remember my actual schedule from when my daughter was 4 months as shes 12 months now i just remembered the foods I was told to give her. mashed bananas are also a good idea.

User - posted on 04/28/2009

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Hi Amanda. I started my baby on solids at 5 1/2 months. I must admit he wasn't interested few the first days, but each day he was noticably better. I decided to start one meal per day at lunch time. It left me time to get organised in the morning, and gave me enough time really sit with him as it takes time. Firstly it was only a spoonful, but it did increase within a week or so to a couple of tablespoons. Amazing how quickly they learn, change and grow. I would give him most of his milk first, just so he wasn't too grumpy and then a little farex baby cereal - but left enough just in case he cracked it or gagged badly. After about a week, I started on pureed pumpkin... which he didn't like so I mixed it with his cereal. I stayed on each new food for three days each. Then apple, pear, carrot, avocado (he hated), potatoe (he wouldn't eat it on it's own). Each time he didn't like something, I'd quickly give him another drink of milk and then get him pumpkin or something he did like, or mix it with his cereal - but then I'd try it again next feed... he pretty much eats everything now. It wasn't long before we went to two meals... maybe within 2 weeks. I didn't start 3 meals for about a month or so later though. Also once he was eating well, I swapped bottles for after his solids. Good luck.

Laura - posted on 04/28/2009

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I have just a few suggestions, I have a 19 month old daughter and I started her on cereal in the morning when she woke up. The thing is that I didnt start her on cereal until I was done breastfeeding her at 6 months old. I would make her a bottle of formula and mix it with the cereal and then I would take fruit puree and mix it in with the cereal she loved that! Because alot of babies dont like the taste of plan cereal so you sould mix it with fruit puree. I gave her cereal and beginner fruits and veggies up until she got teeth once she got teeth I stopped giving her cereal and beginner fruits and veggies. Also alot of times the child will let you know when they do not want that stuff any more. I really hope this was helpful for you.

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I think its best to give them new things like cereal in the morning, so you can watch them through the day for any allergic reaction. Good luck!

Siobhan - posted on 04/28/2009

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With my daughter we did rice cereal alone for about a week. I wanted to make sure that she was eating in, no allergies and that her body was adjusting. Then we tried a different grain cereal, oatmeal I believe but you could do barley. So by the next month we started vegetables. We were advised not to give fruit first as they get a taste for it but that is all a matter of opinion really. The important thing to remember is to only do one new thing at a time so be able to gauge if there is an allergy. Once you've gone through a few you can start mixing things together. And in terms of schedule, you decide what works best for you, pick a time where you have enough time to sit and be patient because the first few times it will be messy and take awhile. Patience is the key at first. And don't wear anything you care about because you will be wearing whatever you're feeding him eventually. I fed Cara in only a diaper a lot and I would have sat in my underwear too if I could have. Also, make sure to have the camera ready, the faces are amazing.

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