The best first food is usually an iron-fortified rice cereal.

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The best first food is usually an iron-fortified rice cereal.
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Registered: 04-02-2003

Disagree.

Michele

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Registered: 11-29-2005
I'd rather feed my baby something that naturally contains nutrients, rather than something which has very little nutrition and needs fortification.

Plus the iron fortification in cereal actually hinders the uptake of iron in breastmilk, so adding it is counterproductive.

Good first foods include banana, avocado, sweet potato, with protein sources close behind.

 


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Registered: 10-01-2010

It is the best first food - because if you started out with avocado or banana, etc, you might quickly realize you could make it yourself much cheaper at home.

But if you have to start out with a packaged product, that is not easily reproduced at home with rice, you quickly get into the habit of buying baby food, and will continue hopefully until the child is at least 2 years old or more. Instant consumer!

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Registered: 11-29-2005
I have never bought or served "baby food," as far as jars/purees. I do sometimes buy puffs and snacks, though even there it's so much cheaper to buy the big box of cheerios. I made some of my own purees for dd1 but didn't even bother with dd2. They eat real food.

 


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I disagree with that statement on two points. First, I disagree you should start with rice cereal. Rice cereal has little nutritional value and while it might have made sense when we where starting solids at 3 or 4 month, now that it's recommended that you wait till 6 months to start solids I see no reason to start with rice cereal. I also have to disagree with the notion you must then switch to pureed fruits and vegetables. As practitioner of baby-led weaning (a method of solids introduction, not confused with child-lead weaning a method of weaning completely from BF'ing), I skipped the puree's and went to chunk food as soon as my child showed interest in doing so. This whole notion of starting with puree's comes form when we where pushing solids introduction way to early and if we simply allow the baby to feed themselves chunks of food when they are developmentally ready then we could save ourselves the extra money and hassle that comes from starting with pureed baby food IMO. Some people unnecessarily worry that their baby might choke on chunk solids but if you wait until they show interest and can pick up their food on their own then generally they are capable of doing a good job of avoiding chocking on their own at that point. If they are not ready for chunk solids then they won't be putting in their mouth in the first place or their tongue with push it out as a natural reflex that prevents too early introduction of solid foods. Let's remember that our cave mothers didn't have blenders and food processors and such to make purees so they would have had to start with more chunks of food when they started solids. A lot of what we consider normal practice when it comes to solid baby food is a result of practices that developed when mothers where fleeing in droves towards FF'ing and becuase formula has some deficiencies when it comes to feeding older babies, unlike BM which changes as the baby gets older, solid foods where a fortunately, as formula became king, we started to assume that certain practices that applied to BF babies and formula also applied to BF babies and BM with no research ever being done to verify that assumption, until more recently. We now know that their are some key differences between BF and FF babies and how they should be fed such as:
* BF babies needing to be fed more often (generally every 2-3 hours at first, while FF babies can go up to 4 hours between feeds in some cases.)
* BF babies put on weight faster in the first 6 months but slower between 6-12 months then FF babies who tend to maintain a more steady growth pattern throughout the first year.
* Breastmilk is easier to digest then FF babies and this makes it a better babies who are ill or have diarrhea the formula, and even better then Pedialyte, the commonly recommended hydration fluid for sick FF babies.
* BF carries less risk of cavities in a toddler then formula due to antibodies and a such in BM.
* EBF'ing does not negatively effect the baby's jaw development in the same way that extended bottle use can.
* Judging the appropriate time to wean based on when it is recommended that FF babies wean from the bottle. There seems to be a lack of understanding as to why they recommend FF babies wean at one year (to avoid jaw development and other dental issues) and why those reasons do not apply to BF babies.
* Assuming that because most babies receive at least some formula before their 1st birthday, that that means most babies need formula. The reality is many if not most babies could be fed exclusively BM and later BM and solids and never have a drop of formula.
* The whole FF is the "Normal" way to feed a child because it is the most common way. While most Western mothers will FF for a majority of the babies first year that does not make it the "normal" way to feed a child. FF was invented as a substitute for BF when BF was impossible.
* The notion that BF babies need to be on three meals of solids as soon as possible becuase that is what they push for FF babies. The reason FF babies are push to on getting a large degree of the nutrition in the form of solids prior to a year is becuase of both deficiencies in formula and becuase you want to be able to wean from formula at a year and switch to cows milks a cost saving measure. That just is necessary with BF'ing and BM which is more the adequate to provide all the nutritional needs for a baby prior to a year and which is better for a toddler then cows milk. Solids for the BF baby are mostly for practice and to introduce new textures.

In summery, IMO if your BF'ing you can both the rice cereal and puree's and go with chink solids at six moths that your baby can grasp with their fingers and feed themselves with, provide they are developmentally ready for that at 6 months. Up till at least a year, you only need to be giving your BF baby no more then 25% of his nutrition in the form of solids and only if you plan to wean to cows milk at a year do you need yo push three solid meals a day prior to that. You will save money on expensive jarred baby food, especially if you prefer organic, and you save the hassle of preparing puree's since chunk solids are easier to prepare and can be incorporated into your own meals. Introductory foods like chunk vegetables can be made as a side dish for the adults and any older children at the table with some being set aside for the baby to experiment with.

Let me ask all of you here if you did any of the following with your previously. or current babies:
Started with rice cereal?
Started with purees after rice cereal or instead of?
Baby-led weaning?
Pushed/encouraged three solids meal on baby prior to a year

Will you do anything different solids wise with your next baby (if there is a next baby) such a skipping rice cereal, baby-led weaning, fewer solids prior to a year, etc?

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Registered: 10-01-2010
charleen2008 wrote:
Let me ask all of you here if you did any of the following with your previously. or current babies:
Started with rice cereal?
Started with purees after rice cereal or instead of?
Baby-led weaning?
Pushed/encouraged three solids meal on baby prior to a year

Will you do anything different solids wise with your next baby (if there is a next baby) such a skipping rice cereal, baby-led weaning, fewer solids prior to a year, etc?

Jason started with rice cereal at 6 weeks, and was on three full meals a day by 3 months.

I tried rice cereal with Michael at 6 months, but he would have none of that. At 9.5 months he grabbed a piece of steak and started eating chunks of food that he could reed himself. He was probably eating three full meals a day by 1 year old

We tried with fruit at 5 months with Josh, again at 9m, and then finally at 18 months he started eating solids on a regular basis. He had no grains or meat for another year, and everything I gave him I did cook first and then puree to see if it was safe for him to eat. He didn't eat more than 1-2 tbsp of food a day till he was 4.5 years old.

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Registered: 04-13-2008

Will you do anything different solids wise with your next baby (if there is a next baby) such a skipping rice cereal, baby-led weaning, fewer solids prior to a year, etc?

Let me ask all of you here if you did any of the following with your previously. or current babies:
Started with rice cereal?
Started with purees after rice cereal or instead of?
Baby-led weaning?
Pushed/encouraged three solids meal on baby prior to a year

I did buy and use a small packet or two of rice cereal for each baby, used over the course of several months, so minimal amounts, and mixed with breastmilk. It would have been the first food for baby number 2, as he went through a mild bit of breast refusal at around six months, and I gave him timy amounts of it as something quick and easy. As far as I recall, banana would have been the first food for the other two children.

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Registered: 06-17-2007

Let me ask all of you here if you did any of the following with your previously. or current babies:
Started with rice cereal? No
Started with purees after rice cereal or instead of? Yes
Baby-led weaning? Not really
Pushed/encouraged three solids meal on baby prior to a year Yes. I did this because she did not gain weight for a very long time and her diapers indicated she was not getting enough milk from me, despite nursing a whole lot. So I encouraged her to eat solids to make up for what she was not getting from me. I believe she was getting 10-12 oz of solid food daily by one year, compared to the 8 oz recommended for bf babies.


I don't know if I'll try BLW with Francis. It's more difficult when some of the easier foods for younger babies (avocado, bananas) are off-limits to him given Elizabeth's and my intolerance of these. I don't mind giving purees, but I like to encourage them to eat real food whenever possible.




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Registered: 11-01-2005
Started with rice cereal? Never even purchased it and threw away the free sample we got from one of Dh's co-workers. From a week old, we got the "when are you giving him pablum/give him pablum" thing. So annoying

Started with purees after rice cereal or instead of? We did do a few purees
Baby-led weaning? We combo BLW and purees. He didnt take to any solids until about 8 months and by 10 months he was entirely on table food.
Pushed/encouraged three solids meal on baby prior to a year. Encouraged solids before one year. By 12 months he was up to 2 meals a day and not long after he was doing 3 a day. He has a hearty appetite.

Will you do anything different solids wise with your next baby (if there is a next baby) such a skipping rice cereal, baby-led weaning, fewer solids prior to a year, etc? Not really, just watch the baby's cues like this time. Some thought it was weird that he didnt want to eat right away but I just kept nursing and ignored everybody else. I knew he would eat eventually and he has a great appetite for food now.

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Let me ask all of you here if you did any of the following with your previously. or current babies:


Started with rice cereal? DS (1st born) did, at about 5 months, DD did not. She never had baby food; just started having little bites of table food at about 8 months.


Started with purees after rice cereal or instead of? For DS, yes. green beans, fruits, etc. in addition to cereals.


Baby-led weaning? Yes for both kids. Neither are/were still babies when weaned. DD just turned 3 and is showing no interest in dropping any nursing sessions.


Pushed/encouraged three solids meal on baby prior to a year

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