Solids

Chris - posted on 03/06/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My Daughter just turned 8 months old. When should I start introducing solid treats/food for babies? Any thoughts on what should come first?

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Jolene - posted on 03/08/2009

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Start with a single grain cereal, usually rice or oat (most baby cereals are iron fortified, but make sure you are buying one that is). Good veggies to start with are sweet potatoes, carrots, squash, peas. First fruits are usually blueberries, apricots, apples, banana. Wait a little bit for citrus fruits.

Kasia - posted on 03/08/2009

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start with rice cereal, then single veggies. Most babies start solids at 6 months.

Deborah - posted on 03/08/2009

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Tara's post is dead on. The only interesting thing I would add is something that came down the pipe for Pediatrics in the past year. If you breastfeed your baby they are now suggesting that you start with meat instead of cereal b/c of iron deficits due to breastfeeding. I found that one interesting and would never think they wanted you to start with meat but it is a new thing. Also talk to your Pediatrician. I am shocked this topic has not come up yet. 8 months is really pushing it for solids. The general concisest is 6 months. Some will even suggest 4 months depending on the baby. There are signs you should be looking for to see if they are ready and Tara talks about a few of them. Other signs are if the baby is interested in the food that you eat. Does she need more feedings to make it through the day? All signs she is ready for solids.

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It's good to start by 6 months because baby's iron supplies start to run out around then. But I'm sure lots of babies don't start until a little later, some may just not be interested. I started a little before 6 months. Most people start with rice cereal, but I heard that it was constipating so I did pears first and cereal second (the cereal is a good source of iron). I mixed the pears and the cereal and my son never got constipated. After that have fun trying all sorts of different things (but maybe check out what sorts of things to avoid, common allergy foods, some fruits, etc). Start with fruits and veggies. I've done sweet potatoes, carrots, avocado and banana in addition to the pears and cereal. The sweet potato and carrots have been very popular with my son. The avocados not so much and he's still getting used to the banana. Have fun with it, your baby might even be ready for some finger foods as well. Just be sure to introduce new foods a few days apart and watch for allergic reactions. Good luck!

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recomended to start solid food at 6 months as milk alone does not supply all the nutrients baby needs so the sooner the better xx

Crystal - posted on 03/06/2009

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Quoting Tara:



They recommend you start solids around 6 months, as long as your baby has lost most of the "Spit out anything solid/mushy" stage and seems able to move food towards the back of her mouth with her tongue.






I started my daughter with just the rice cereal from the baby aisle when she was six months - you can mix it with water or breast milk or formula - you only need a little bit to start because she won't eat much at a time.






If she tolerates the cereal, I would start with vegetables and fruits next - my pediatrician basically said you can start feeding them anything like that, even the meat baby foods (although I have to say those are revolting, and I held off on the meat until I could dice up what we were eating for her). If she doesn't seem to like something, try mixing it in with the cereal so it isn't as strong, and just keep trying things.  If there is a history of allergies in your family, they recommend you avoid eggs, peanut butter, and fish until at least 1 year to 18 months, up to 3 years old if it is a strong allergy.






Just keep trying different foods, and if you find that she doesn't like eating from a spoon and she has decent motor control, try cutting up food into little tiny chunks she can pick up - I did that with a lot of things and my daughter loved it.






My daughter is turning 1 on the 22nd and now eats pretty much anything my husband and I eat, we just have to mash it or cut it up small for her. Good luck :D






i couldn't have said it better myself, i totally agree!!! ;)

Tara - posted on 03/06/2009

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They recommend you start solids around 6 months, as long as your baby has lost most of the "Spit out anything solid/mushy" stage and seems able to move food towards the back of her mouth with her tongue.



I started my daughter with just the rice cereal from the baby aisle when she was six months - you can mix it with water or breast milk or formula - you only need a little bit to start because she won't eat much at a time.



If she tolerates the cereal, I would start with vegetables and fruits next - my pediatrician basically said you can start feeding them anything like that, even the meat baby foods (although I have to say those are revolting, and I held off on the meat until I could dice up what we were eating for her). If she doesn't seem to like something, try mixing it in with the cereal so it isn't as strong, and just keep trying things.  If there is a history of allergies in your family, they recommend you avoid eggs, peanut butter, and fish until at least 1 year to 18 months, up to 3 years old if it is a strong allergy.



Just keep trying different foods, and if you find that she doesn't like eating from a spoon and she has decent motor control, try cutting up food into little tiny chunks she can pick up - I did that with a lot of things and my daughter loved it.



My daughter is turning 1 on the 22nd and now eats pretty much anything my husband and I eat, we just have to mash it or cut it up small for her. Good luck :D

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