Starting Solid Foods

Jessica - posted on 07/01/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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When is a good time to start introducing more solid foods. My daughter has been eating rice cereal for about 2 months now, once in the morning and once in the evening. I am debating of when I should increase her food intake

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Mel - posted on 07/06/2009

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anytime they dont have to start with rice cereal, mine started on solids at 3 months for weight gain and she just had pureed fruits and vegies with added calories and rusks with spreads like peanut butter, butter and cream cheese rice cereal casues constipation and tastes horrible

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my son has been on solid foods since he was 4 months old as he was a 10lb baby wen he was born an now hes nearly 9 months eating soft carrot sticks, oranges cauliflower, broccoli, peas, beans on toast ect but for u, with your daughter being on the same food day an night u want to introduce solid foods slowly try making ur own food i.e. cauliflower cheese with a bit of broccoli, put ya califlower an broccoli in a steamer until there are soft then put them in a baby blender then ad a small packet of cheese sauce that u can buy from any where i think the best 1 is cow an gate then blend these together until smooth, she will love it, it really makes a nice meal an if there is any left over freeze it,

Trich - posted on 07/05/2009

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My Little guy started on rice ceral at about 4 1/2 months, he is now 8months and chows down many things, but to start with i just gave him carrot apple and pear and then took it slowly introducing a new thing each week like pumpkin, sweet potato, zuchini etc etc, it sometimes takes up to about 15 tastes before they realise they actually like it :) you just have to be careful that if you are introducing only organge foods that you give them somthing else cos you will turn them orange, i have seen it happen :) i make all of his food just steam it up, wack it in the blender and puree it then freeze it into ice cube trays, i have also found that Raffertys Garden are a really good baby food product, i would actually eat it and i do the apple, pear and cinnamon is yummo ( but you can only get them here in Australia), your little one will tell you if she likes things or not or if she is ready or not, as i usually end up with it blown in a raspberry at me if he doesnt like it :) LOL i hope this helps.

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I am soooooooo glad there are some normal mums around! YAY!!! Ive been on here for an age now and i get really frustrated with all the scare tactics about "oh you really shouldn't give your baby anything until 6 months or you'll harm em" rubbish. In England we differ clearly, my husband is American and so we should have different views i guess but its whats good for your baby, as if we would honestly do ANYTHING to harm them. Anyway, ok, rant over. Good on you normal mummies, and keep up the good work!! x

Rebecca - posted on 07/01/2009

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We were the same, at 3 1/2 months I gave my son rice cereal then added some apple in. At 4 months I introduced pear, mango, sweet potato, banana, zucchini, avocado, green beans and he's just had apricot. He loves the lot. He tries tiny tastes of my food too for fun (only mild stuff that can't harm him) I make my own baby food too and freeze in ice cubes so I know exactly what he's eating. He's not a fan of the baby juice we have in oz, but he's warming to it. If your bub isn't ready for the food she'll keep spitting it out until she's ready. To help my little one out I sat infront of him and ate some ice cream so he could see what i was doing and then he copied my actions.

Samantha - posted on 07/01/2009

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We started our son at 3 1/2 months. We started with rice and them started to put some bananas in with it. He is now eating rice, oatmeal, bananas and applesauce. Juice is great too!

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Quoting Kelly:

I know everything says start baby food around 6 months but i started my son at about 4 1/2, but was told i could by the doctor......i was told to start with veggies, and then go to fruit then the "meal" ones, like turkey with veggies, that what i did with my son, and sometimes i will still mix some cereal into the veggies just so they are not so runny.... i also started giving my son the gerber puffs when he was about 6 months old, i would just feed them to him, just put them in the side of his mouth and he would "chew" them, but he has no teeth, and the also dissolve fast.....and did start with table food like mashed potatoes and some veggies from my plate.....but it is totally up to you, just do what you think your baby is ready for.....


And i agree absolutely with this lady. I statrted giving my bbg food at 4 months, i got a whole lot of crap for it, but she actually was ready, and i did exactly what she did, the veg and fruit route. 



I liked to steam a load of veg for baby, once its steamed its still got allthe goodness. Blend it up and stick it in ice cube trays and put in the freezer, just thaw out when you want it. Good thing is too, once they're eating more, you can choose say, one of green beans, one of carrots and one of chicken and hey presto, they have thier own little meal. x

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Ok, seriously, its totally up to you. I advise buying a book called The contented little baby by Gina Ford (Barnes and Noble ordered it in for me) and it has a table in there to tell you how much milk, how many feeds and what. My bbg is just over 7 months old, has 3 bottles a day and in between has 2 food feeds and watered down apple juice. Gerber baby foods are awesome, lots of veg and fruit options, and in recyclable plastic packs rather than glass. x

Kelly - posted on 07/01/2009

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I know everything says start baby food around 6 months but i started my son at about 4 1/2, but was told i could by the doctor......i was told to start with veggies, and then go to fruit then the "meal" ones, like turkey with veggies, that what i did with my son, and sometimes i will still mix some cereal into the veggies just so they are not so runny.... i also started giving my son the gerber puffs when he was about 6 months old, i would just feed them to him, just put them in the side of his mouth and he would "chew" them, but he has no teeth, and the also dissolve fast.....and did start with table food like mashed potatoes and some veggies from my plate.....but it is totally up to you, just do what you think your baby is ready for.....

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I'm having fun making my own baby food. I just cook or steam the fruit/ veggies, then puree them and freeze them in icecube trays. Really cost effective and easy. My little one has been eating sweet potatoes, green beans, peas, avacado, apples, pears and bananas since 6-7 months old. Keep offering it to your little one. I started with 1 - 2 ice cubes of food at a time with a little bit of cereal.

Jael - posted on 07/01/2009

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She close to 6 months. Id startd giving her mash potatoes n soft foods. My son never ate baby food, he never liked it. So if you think she is ready feed her!

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If she's tolerating the cereal well, then I agree with Lindsay...start by mixing a little baby food into the cereal first, and then gradually adjust to it alone. Many pediatricians and moms recommend starting with veggies first, because if the baby gets a taste for fruits first, good luck getting them to eat something like peas or green beans! :o)

Leigh - posted on 07/01/2009

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She will love it when you start adding mashed banana or apple puree to it! You should have her try the other types of baby cereals too. By 6 months old my son was eating pureed sweet potato, carrots and pears and he loved all of them. The Super Baby Food book is great if you don't already have it.

Lindsay - posted on 07/01/2009

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I started by mixing jar foods into her cereal and then after about a week I gave it to her by itself. She hasn't had any problems and LOVES eating all the different foods. Start with bananas. It's her favorite.

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