question about solids

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Registered: 03-11-2006
question about solids
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Tue, 04-21-2009 - 9:06am

so we've been doing the stage one solids for about a month. i've been introducing a new one every four days. for a long time, he was only getting a half jar once a day, and now it's twice a day. he gobbles it right up, and has loved everything so far. should i be giving him a full jar twice a day, or more? and when do i know to switch to stage two (and beyond)? he does really well with cereal, veggies, and fruits, and i'm sure he could handle somthing thicker. i was thinking i'd maybe just finish the jars i have and move on - that would probably take another two weeks or so.

what do you think? TIA




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Tue, 04-21-2009 - 12:19pm

Mindy -


I think it's important to keep in mind that breastmilk or formula should be a baby's primary source of nutrition for the first year. Solids at this point is really about practice and learning about different tastes and textures - but it's not about nutrition. Formula and bm have more calories and fat that are important for a baby's growth in the first year and solids just don't have enough of these.


When a baby starts to get too many solids, the baby starts to take less formula and/or breastmilk which isn't necessarily a good thing for a young baby. I can't remember if you are ff or bf, but too many solids can lead to premature weaning and concerns about weight gain.


So my first piece of advice is to really slow down with the solids. I wouldn't give any more food to your baby at this stage. Instead, considering continue to add variety to his diet. Our pediatrician really wanted us to focus on proteins early on. Maybe you could see about how to add more iron in Noah's diet. Off hand, I don't remember when they recommend adding meat and beans to the diet, but our ped wanted us to do that closer to when we started solids at 6 months corrected age.


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Registered: 04-06-2007
Tue, 04-21-2009 - 2:04pm
Before moving on to the next stage try to add cereal to the stage 1 foods and see how he does on that texture. The gobbling up is because it is a nice new taste and texture but be careful not to o too fast with too much food - at about 9 months he will be able to start on table foods and that is really when the nutrition he gets from the food will be more important as it will start to replace some of the formula/bm and continue to increase until he is 1 and no longer on the formula or bm. We moved up pretty quickly Sara didn't start solids until 6 months and we were on stage 2 by 7 months and stage 3 by 9 months with solid table foods starting to be added as well this is also when she went from 6 bottles (6months) down to 5 bottles (8-9months) and by the time she was 1 she was at 3 bottles a day and we switched to milk and no bottle cold turkey - so it goes really fat once you start. Talk to you ped about what to feed him - Mine was really open to her being able to have "anything that can be made into the right consistency" I used to blend chicken and turkey leg meat with the juices I had poached them in until very smooth at first and then chunkier - I did the same with beans (especially white beans and chick peas).
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Tue, 04-21-2009 - 3:50pm
I agree with Melanie 100%. My advice is for you to slow down.


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Registered: 09-12-2003
Tue, 04-21-2009 - 10:01pm
we started stage 2 at 6 months (started solids all together at 4). The straight foods aren't that much thicker. I find the veggies to be pretty much the same consistancy some of the fruits tend to be thicker and beware of anything that says dessert, its definatly much thicker then stage 1. Pedi said to wait until 8 months to introduce meats. We give him a fruit and veggy for lunch and dinner and he takes all of the veggie and fruit for lunch and all of the veggie and half the fruit which I use the next day with his cereal.
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Wed, 04-22-2009 - 5:31pm

so the concensus is he doesn't need a larger quantity or frequency of solids at this point, yes?

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Registered: 05-31-2006
Wed, 04-22-2009 - 10:35pm

Mindy -

I am making Caden's food, but I have sampled a couple of Stage 2 jar foods -- he loved Veggie Risotto w/ Cheese. He has been on solids since 6 months and we are doing 1oz of fruit, 1oz of veggie and 2 servings of cereal a day. Usually the fruit/veggie is mixed with the cereal, but not always. Gerber says at the point of sitting by themseleves you should move to Stage 2. Is Noah sitting yet? Stage 3 is crawler.

Caden still takes 5 5oz bottles, plus an occasional 2 oz bottle overnight. He weight gain has been steady and consistent.

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