When should I give her 1st stage meats?

Tabitha - posted on 01/14/2010 ( 20 moms have responded )

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the doctor says she is ready but im a first time mom and im not sure

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Sarah - posted on 01/14/2010

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my daughter went of purees with in the first month of starting food... every baby is different.. all these studies come out.. but at the end of the day aslong as your baby is happy, healthy and growing your doing the perfect job.. my friend bub is 18 months old and she might be lucky if she has food 2 times a weeek

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And how do you know when they know how to chew? I think that's something that needs to be learned. We did baby-led weaning with my son after trying a month of purees. So my son ate solid chunks of (finger) food starting at 7 months. But If I had another child I would start with BLW at 6 months and skip purees altogether.

Journey - posted on 01/14/2010

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yeah i know ... i only let her eat once a day and thats at dinner .... my doc. that i use to have has 8 kids and he told me just start out slow cuz he started first stage foods with his at 2 or 3 mos .. u dont give it to them all day just once or every other day ...

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Journey, this is JUST the thing that I get so sad about when I hear! There is a very major growth spurt at 3 months and babies will naturally want to eat more! It is NOT the time to introduce solids. If you have another child and this happens again, please just continue with the bottle but give them more. A baby's primary source of nutrition should remain breast milk or formula for the first year and solids she be delayed till at least 4 months but 6 months is the recommended age to start.

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Holly - posted on 01/14/2010

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I did want to make them myself for own but I never have the time. Poor excuse I know but well, when you've got a 7yr old always on the go with activities, a 1 yr old having to be chased after and a hubby to keep happy with the house, I hardly have time for any dinner around here! My hubby is great with helping, don't get me wrong. We're just in a constant go, unfortunately. My kids are great eaters and not picky and are doing great with their growing percentiles, so I'm not too worried about at all.

Sarah - posted on 01/14/2010

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if they doc says she is ready there is no harm in trying the meat on her took me about 2 weeks for my daughter but after that she hasn't stopped will eat most meat but willl not touch lamb..

Journey - posted on 01/14/2010

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i started feeding my kids baby food at 3mos cuz the bottle wasnt enough for them .. they usually say wait until they are 6 mos or more but by 3 mos they need more but that is all up to you if you think ur baby isnt getting enough from a bottle just slowly start her out on baby food ...

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I guess that counts haha. That didn't make you want to make it for your own baby? The only jarred food I ever bought was one jar of organic prunes when my son was a little bunged up. We only did purees for one month but during that time I made all of them. I really liked doing it. It was fun, easy, and I felt really good knowing that I was giving my son fresh food with no additives. I would just put another pot on the stove and steam up some veg whenever I was making a meal for my husband and I. It never took any extra time really.

Holly - posted on 01/14/2010

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Katie, lol go figure, only me, for some reason I was thinking you were the original poster saying that question! My mistake! I hope she's getting the help she needs out of everything from everyone on here! It sure is giving me plenty of new ideas! I've never made my own baby food before but I know how to do it, cause I had to do it for my sister in law. Does that count? Anyway, it sure smells a lot better than the jarred stuff!!

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Hey Holly, that question was for the original poster but it's always interesting to hear other responses too. Have you ever made your own baby food?

Holly - posted on 01/14/2010

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With the question of would I feed it to my kids? well, I have to say, I go by the same thing as you. I wouldn't feed anything to my kids that I wouldn't eat, but, having said that, they smell A LOT worse than they taste!!! The ham and chicken are honestly terrible, but the beef and turkey are not that bad. Yes, I admit I have tasted them, for my kids' sakes. I taste all of the foods before I give it to them. A lot of the foods smell just horrid!! But they don't taste as bad as they smell. My son likes the meat a lot more than my daughter or older son ever did. As far as the dr. thing goes, I still take his advice but only as guidelines, ALL kids are different! As long as my kids aren't eating too much and are growing up healthy, then I know I'm doing my job right! I'm sure you are too!

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Doctor doesn't always know best! It always amazes me how many moms take whatever their doctor says as gospel! Sheesh.

That being said, If you've already taken the plunge into solids then there's no real reason to hold back the meat. It's a far better source of iron then that nasty cereal anyways. Our bodies absorb iron from meat a lot easier than iron from non-meat sources. I have a question for you though...would you eat that gross jarred meat?! I sure as heck wouldn't and I would never give my baby something I wouldn't eat myself. Just something to think about.

Holly - posted on 01/14/2010

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Go with what your baby will eat or seems to be ready to eat. My daughter was on solids by the time she was 4 months old, we snuck the cereal into her bottle to hold her off. Never used the stage one foods, too thin. Our son is on stg 2 and 3 foods of all sorts now at 7months. We started him with vegs, then some fruits, mixed vegs, mixed fruits, then the meats. It all depends on the reaction of your kid. Our daughter ate the meats when she was 5 months and was into the pastas by then too. Our son still isn't into the pastas cause he hasn't gotten his teeth to pop through yet. Trust your judgment with your baby. Its all in the communication thing. Good luck!

Tara - posted on 01/14/2010

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I started with vegetables first, at about 5 months. Then at 6 months I gave him meats and then fruits. I was told by a few other moms to give the veggies first so that way he would get used to them, and that if he had fruit first it may be hard to get him to eat veggies because he would prefer the sweetness in the fruit. Good luck!

Stefanie - posted on 01/14/2010

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Doctor knows best! I started trying stage 1's with my daugther when she was almost 5 months and she would have nothing to do with it so I just kept trying and she was on a good schedule with baby food by about 7 months. I would definitely try to give veggies first though, because sometimes if you start out with fruits they'll get used to the sweetness of those and want nothing to do with the vegetables! Good luck!

Dana - posted on 01/14/2010

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I started all of my children on first stage meats just as soon as they had and passed all the first stage veggies. I found it easier to introduce meats as a blend i.e. turkey with sweet potatoes. The texture of the meats is very different from the other foods and some children do not like it. Also, I found if we started out with chicken and saved beef for last we had much easier time of transition. I am proud to say that my children are not picky eaters and will eat pretty much anything. I think this has something to do with early introduction.

Megan - posted on 01/14/2010

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If the doc says she's ready then i would do it. my son is 5 months and he's in first stage fruits and veggies. The doc never told me he was ready but a bottle was doin for him and he doesn't like cereal. You the mom, not the doc so if you do, or don't think she's ready its all up to! Hope you figure it out.

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