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Stephanie - posted on 10/14/2009 ( 22 moms have responded )

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When did you guys start feeding your baby baby food and did you start with veggies or fruit

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Mandy - posted on 10/17/2009

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i started with pumpkin at 6mo. he loved it. i didnt puree it, just cooked it till really soft and cut into small chunks

Summer - posted on 10/17/2009

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4 months.... started with applesauce or bananas.... we have tried a few other fruit and a few veggies now (she will be 5 mo ib 2 days) my lil girl never had issues going to veggies after fruits, also i only give baby food to her once a day, some times not even that often... baby food is a treat not a staple for her, breastmilk is.

Kelly - posted on 10/17/2009

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Lots of good answers on here-just wanted to add a note from my personal experience...trust me, you can always learn something, even when you would think you should already know! What I mean is, my kids are quite spread out in age, I don't remember exactly when I started the older ones on food, went along pretty much with whatever the doctor advised I suppose. But with my youngest, I was determined to "do it right". I breastfed her until 15 1/2 months. I was determined to make it on breastmilk only until she was six months old, as that was advised by the La Leche League. We made it to 5 1/2 months on just breastmilk, and she was an extremely clingy, fussy baby right from the start. Just her personality, right? Well, at 5 1/2 months I felt like she was nursing all the time and never satisfied, so I gave in and started cereal, then a couple of weeks later started veggies. She was so much happier! I feel bad even now, looking back, because I think a lot of her earlier unhappiness might have been hunger! When breastfeeding you can't tell how much they are getting, so it is really hard to know if they are getting enough. Even feeding formula from a bottle, if they seem to be eating all the time, I would definitely say it might be time for cereal, soon followed by fruits/veggies. I wouldn't neccessarily go with what the "experts" say, because no one knows your baby like you do, and you have to go with instinct sometimes! Good luck with the little one!

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I started feeding my girls baby food at 3 months. That was about the time they sat up pretty good. I started with oatmeal or rice cereal mixed with fruit in the mornings and then for lunch a veggie. My kids did not like chicken or beef so it was fruits and veggies and then I started table food at nine months old. I would mash fresh carrots and give them mashed potatoes. They started eating table food meats then but i put them in the food processor. To this day my kids love fruits and veggies but I think it really depends on the child.

Christi - posted on 10/17/2009

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i started giving my son solids at four months, cereal at three. i started with a fruit and then switched back and forth. now he just picks out what he wants and he is more of a veggie guy.

Karen - posted on 10/16/2009

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I started all 5 of my kids on cereal at 2 weeks. It sounds crazy but it helps fill them up, plus you get a little extra needed sleep. As for fruits and veggies, I started them around 3 months with the veggies and fruits at about 5-6 months. If you start with fruits then you will have a harder time getting them to eat the veggies. Also keep in mind that you should try 3 times for each food before giving up. But from personal experience, try again after trying a few other foods. For example if you try carrots 3 times and they won't eat it, try green beans and peas then try carrots again. You'd be amazed that timing has to be right for them to like some foods.

Shelly - posted on 10/16/2009

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start with the baby cereal the rice,mix,barley oatmeal then the baby food

but start with the veggies and start with the green cause the carrots and sweet potato are just a little sweet

Kim - posted on 10/16/2009

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You need to check with your pediatrician so the two of you can decide if your baby is ready to go on solids. They usually start with cereal, something bland. After your baby has mastered the skill of eating cereal, you're probably ready to start on solids. There's no right or wrong answer as to what to give them first (fruits or veggies) but myself along with a lot of moms on this panel encourage the veggies first. I started mine with peas, then green beans. Introduce a few bites at a time and wait at least 4-5 days before introducing a new food. If your baby has a reaction to something then you can narrow it down to what it might be. I don't know if you plan on buying or making your own baby food (it's super easy) but if you make it then go to the store and look and see what the stage 1 foods are. These foods are generally the least allergenic foods and their little tummies are not ready for much more than something simple.

Tracey - posted on 10/15/2009

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i started around 32 weeks on both veg and fruit but very mashed ,they tend to enjot fruit more x

Erica - posted on 10/15/2009

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We started with veggies because I didn't want my son to love fruit and hate veggies. He was almost 6 months old. He is now 5 and his favorite thing is brocolli. Go figure. Best of luck.

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Never start with Fruit! lol. if you give your baby fruit first, he/she won't want the veggies.lol. and start with Cereal, then Veggies, then fruit. Introduce everything one item per week, so you'll be able to pin-point if she has an allergic reaction to something. I started my baby on Cereal at 4 months, but I think some Dr.'s are saying to wait a little longer now? Call your Dr. and Ask, i'm sure they'll be more than glad to tell the age now. But at 4 motnhs i gave her the baby Rice crearal. then at 5 months I gave her Veggies, and at 6 months I gave her Fruits. And she's a very healthy 3 year old girl now, and loves her veggies. :)

Alison - posted on 10/15/2009

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I started my first son at 6 mo, once he seemed to be getting enough calories from formula (we had weight issues with him), I started my second son at 4mo. Both of them started on cereal and once they mastered that I started them on veggies first, I have heard in the past that if you start them on fruits first they will never have a taste for veggies...I don't know if thats true or not but why risk it lol.

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4 months. Rice cereal first followed by one new fruit or vegetable every 3 days (the 3 days is to make sure they don't have an allergic reaction). My pediatrician recommended introducing vegetables first and doing it by color. So we did orange vegetables first, then yellow, then green. Once he tried all of the vegetables, I started adding fruits.

Michel - posted on 10/15/2009

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Around 3 months. I guess for me my kids didn't seem satisfied with just milk they were still hungry,.very often. I do know that you are suppost to do fruit first. The ones that are less acid like. Veggies are to hard for them to digest at a young age. I think you can start them about a month or two later.

Christine - posted on 10/14/2009

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My son started trying food at 6 months. We started with avocado because it is full of good fats and nutrients. Alot of babies love it because it has a smooth, creamy texture. We followed that with sweet potatoes, butternut squash and bananas. He ocassionally had a jar of food, but in general we just mashed up his food or put it in the bullet. I made his 'cereal' out of cooked brown rice and breastmilk, sometimes mixing it with the squash (so yummy!). When figuring out our grocery bill, it ended up being cheaper buying whole organic foods to make his food opposed to buying premade baby food. Good luck...starting foods is such a fun, exciting journey!



Here is a neat website for some ideas:



http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/

Ashley - posted on 10/14/2009

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i started my son on baby foods at about 4-5 months, his dr told me to start with the veggies, green, then yellow, then orange, then try the fruits, he said if you give the fruits first a lot of babie will refuse the veggies cuz they know the fruits are sweeter. Also only try one new food ever 4 or 5 days so if they have an allergic reaction you know which food they are reacting to.

Beth - posted on 10/14/2009

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When I had my first child,I had a dr tell me that you can try pablum and baby foods on a baby at 4 to 5 mnths and see how their tummies can handle it.If they seem ok then continue and the dr told me that some recommend that you go by colour of baby food.

ex.orange like carrots,sweet potatoes,peaches ect.then after that move on to the next colour,green,yellow ect.

IMO I think if depends on your baby,as you know every child is different and as how comfortable you are with it.

Amanda - posted on 10/14/2009

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I started my son on rice cereal when he was 5 months old. I feed him the cereal for a month and then switched to barely and so on. He started the baby food when he was 7 months old, we started with sweet potatoes (they're both sweet and a veggie) and to this day he will still eat them. Personally, I believe that it all depends on what your child likes. My daughter is the complete opposite of my son.

Cori - posted on 10/14/2009

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we waited until our son was 6 months before he had rice cereal.. then we went to veggies a couple weeks later.. we started pears right after his first veggies because he was constipated from the new food... i guess its normal for them to not poop after they start solids but we just helped him out with the pears!

Miranda - posted on 10/14/2009

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I started at 3m feeding my two kids, and i would start with the veggies first. Its a fight to get them to eat them if you start with the fruits. Also heating them up before feeding helps. If you still cant get your baby bite try adding a little sugar, not too much just a sprinkle,

Amber - posted on 10/14/2009

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I started with veggies because with fruits they get a sweet tooth and all they want is sweet foods. And i did the same food for a week to watch for allergies. I started at 6 months but I really think it depends on the baby. I also put cereal in it. How long as your baby been eating cereal?

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