Introducing solids...help!!

Aimee - posted on 10/27/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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I'm really nervous about introducing my 6 month old to food. I will take any tips from what food to use...to tricks to help her when she gets stubborn. Anything!

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Katherine - posted on 11/06/2009

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We actually started our son out on table foods at six months. The first thing he tried was bites off of my banana, and after that it was sweet potato fries, and then some well cooked broccoli with a long stem. In the beginning, he gagged a little, and we had to sweep his mouth to make sure he wasn't hiding any chunks he could choke on later, but on the whole it was very easy.

If you're interested, BabyCenter UK actually has a good article on it: http://www.babycenter.com.au/baby/starti...

Cherise - posted on 11/05/2009

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I was nervous the first time as well. Start with cereal, make it really runny so it is not to thick. Never introduce a new food until your baby shows no signs of irritation to the last one. Keep your child on the same type for 3 days they say before introducing a new one.

Aimee - posted on 11/05/2009

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Thank you ladies for your responses! Since I posted this, things have gotten MUCH better!! I stay at home and only have one child, so I have time to make her food myself. I have given her quite a bit already and she LOVES food! Her favorite is pumpkin mixed with the baby oatmeal! She also really likes carrots! Thank you again for your help! I really needed some advice from moms since I really don't know any :-D

My next question goes along with introducing food to her. She only seems to poo once a day since we've started her on food. But of course they are big ones! Is this normal?

Kim - posted on 10/27/2009

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The key is patience and persistence. Introduce your baby to something very bland first, such as rice cereal. Your pediatrician will tell you a ratio to start out on. Always feed your baby the cereal with a spoon and bowl - NEVER EVER give it to her in a bottle! (I know..I know..our mothers probably did that) Now the doctors are saying that is a choking hazard and also never, ever use one of those infant feeder systems! This is another special bonding time for you and your baby. At first your daughter will not understand that her food is coming from the spoon and not a bottle so to help with that, you can give her her pacifier in between bites. She's eventually catch on and not need the pacifier. Before you proceed to purees, I would check with your pediatrician to make sure your daughter is ready.
P.S. Despite what other moms may say, never add anything such as sugar or salt to to their purees. You do not want to introduce additives any sooner than necessary, besides it can be hard on their little tummies too.

Carolee - posted on 10/27/2009

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I went from baby cereal, to gerber veggies, to gerber fruits, to normal veggies, then normal fruits. Only after that, did I introduce any meats (mainly chicken).

Christine - posted on 10/27/2009

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Have you ever thought about making your own? I know it sounds like it would be harder and take much more time, but the truth is you can provide your child with organic, nutrient dense foods at a lower price than buying premade jarred food (even if they are on sale). We started with avocado mixed with breast milk. We followed with bananas, carrots, butternut squash and sweet potatoes. I know some will tell you to do other veggies first because then your little one won’t like veggies. This wasn’t the case with us, and orange veggies are a bit sweet, so a very smooth transition from sweet breast milk. Personal preference. These were our primary foods for quite some time. Even though rice cereal is a very popular starter, it has very low nutritional value. Why not start with something very nutrient dense, creamy and full of good fats? My son is 18 months and still loves avocado! We did introduce ‘cereal’ at around 10 months. I took lundberg brown rice, ground it up in the bullet and cooked. I mixed it with fruits or veggies (butternut squash was a favorite) too. Think about it. It honestly was easy, fun, and significantly cheaper. I am so happy we made his food. I firmly believe his good eating habits were highly influenced by the whole fruits/veggies he was given to begin with. I read Naturally Healthy First Foods and found great resources online. Check out your local borders or barnes and noble too. There are so many other books on how to prepare your own and some good recipes. I’ll attach a link to wholesome foods. There are quite a few great ideas on there too! Starting the journey to solids is very fun and exciting! Take care!



http://www.amazon.com/Naturally-Healthy-...



http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/

Mandie - posted on 10/27/2009

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I would start with Baby cereal mixed with a stage one fruit.(bananas). The trick My doc told me to do was start with the veggies, That way your baby dosent only want sweet things. Start with one stage 1 veggie at a time. ( to make sure they don't have a bad reaction to the food). Feed each veggie for one week, Then move to the next. After you go through all the veggies do the same with the fruit. Then you can start to do combo's half fruit and veggie. Move up through the stages as you child gets better at taking down the stage 1! Hope this helps! Good Luck!

Emilia - posted on 10/27/2009

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puree all his foods with just a dash of salt nothing else and he will enjoy it you could even puree chicken noodle soup

Tiffany - posted on 10/27/2009

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I would start with baby rice cereal. My pediatrician had me start both of my children on it at 4 months. You may have to make the cereal pretty runny at first and then get thicker as the baby gets older.I mixed the cereal with water but, you can mix it with formula and warm water. I breast fead so, they did not like the formula and water.

By 6 months I started number one vegetables. One vegetable for a whole week. You can still give them cereal too. You just want to see if they develope any allergies before you start a new food. I did all number one vegetables before I started any fruits just because I thought if they had fruit first they may not want to eat their veggies. I hope this helps.

Sarah - posted on 10/27/2009

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I started each of my children off with the Gerber cereals (there are other brands out there, such as beachnut, exspecially if you are in to organic). I mixed it w/breast milk or fomula, even a time or two with the baby juices. I find that making sound effects such a plane helped. Start slow, use only one kind of food at a time (generally about 1 week) to ensure there are no allergies.

If your child is following you as you eat they he/she is ready. My son started eating cereal at 4 1/2 mnths but my daughter was not interested until 6mnths.

Erin - posted on 10/27/2009

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No need to be nervous :) When I started with my son he HATED baby food! He didn't want anything to do with it! I just gave him time, but still tried everyday. Eventually he realized that "MMmm this actually tastes good!" It's all trial and error from here on out. You will get into a routine and figure out what works for her and you. Hope this helps a little if nothing else at least it's a little encouragement saying "Hey, I've been there too!" Good luck dear!

Megan - posted on 10/27/2009

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lol follow wut ur doc tells ya about it..i wood def start wit baby cereal!! he will prob gag so only give him a lil bit at a time and gradually get bigger bites...my son was a bigggg gagger!! i thought he was choking on everything! it was horrible! haha but its very normal 2 gag on it..but def get sum help if he keeps doin it after u think he's had enough time 2 get use 2 the food...it will take sum time tho...just trust ur instints and u'll do great! don't b so scared about it tho...it'll b a very good learning experience 4 u and the baby and hav tonsss of fun!! u both will b gettin veryyy messy! haha so hav plenty of clothes washed and ready 2 go! its gonna b fun so don't worry 2 much bout it!! u'll do great! :)

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