Solids?

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Solids?
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Tue, 08-18-2009 - 5:04pm

This is quite a ways off for us, but I was wondering when and how most of you have (or plan to) started solids with your baby. What was the first thing they ate, how old, etc. We had a nutrition expert come and talk to my new moms group today and it got me thinking about it....

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In reply to: graceelou02
Thu, 08-20-2009 - 5:44pm

"MIL is borderline obsessed with Barrett starting solid foods. She'll talk to him about how he wants some of what she's eating, how he'll be starting to eat food soon, etc."


Grandmas can be so odd sometimes. Keep in mind that the time she was having babies they pushed formula feeding (OK maybe not, they did in the 70's but I realize not everyone is my age), and until the last several years were saying to start baby on cereal at 3-4 months! It's a different world. I suppose you could always chime back in with, "well, when you're ready honey. LOL! "

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In reply to: graceelou02
Thu, 08-20-2009 - 4:28pm

We started Ry on solids when he was 5 1/2 months old. He seemed really interested in our food, so I felt like it was time. The first thing we gave him was avocado, which wasn't a huge hit. Yams were next and he loved those, still does. Then came baby oatmeal. At first it was just a couple of teaspoons of one food twice a day, but now he's eating a proper breakfast, lunch, and dinner.


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In reply to: graceelou02
Thu, 08-20-2009 - 1:10am

Sarah, I plan on doing Child-Led Feeding too . . . I will wait until 6 mos to start anything as well.


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In reply to: graceelou02
Wed, 08-19-2009 - 10:53am

I plan to wait until Barrett is 6 months and then just see when he seems ready. He loves to watch me eat so we may be starting right at 6 months. I'm undecided about the first food. I know rice cereal is not that nutritious but I did have some mild food allergies as a child and currently have mild allergic reactions to a number of fresh fruits (though technically it's a pollen allergy).

I'd love to just feed table food but the only green veggies that DH will touch are lettuce and cucumbers so it may be easier for some things to just go with baby food rather than fixing table food specifically to feed to Barrett. I want to make sure he gets a good variety of green veggies so that maybe he doesn't end up with his dad's eating habits :)

**warning - mini-rant** MIL is borderline obsessed with Barrett starting solid foods. She'll talk to him about how he wants some of what she's eating, how he'll be starting to eat food soon, etc. I've told her it's recommended to wait until 6 months but she either thinks the next 2.5 months are going to fly by or she thinks that Barrett is starting solids sooner. Just because the little guy puts everything in his mouth does not mean he wants to eat solid food! Fortunately I think I can hold her off until Thanksgiving at which point in time I will let her have the honor (and mess) of feeding Barrett sweet potatoes :D

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In reply to: graceelou02
Wed, 08-19-2009 - 3:21am

BTDT Chiming in here. The Docs always counseled me to start offering cereal at 4 mths. IME he baby was never interested. Even DS, who was a huge & fascinated by foor very early never wanted to eat it. Around 5-6 months I started offering some mashed up yam or banana, mixed with some breast milk. Some of them ate it, others finger painted happily. I just went with it & kept it mellow for a while, until they showed more interest. Then I stayed with sweet veggies or fruits, mixed with breastmilk for a while. I know lots of people who didn't give their babies any reguar foods until 10 mths or so. Sounds nice, actually, waiting until they're really ready to be serious about eating before trying to feed them. Much less mess, anyway.


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In reply to: graceelou02
Tue, 08-18-2009 - 8:51pm

Nice! I don't think they were talking about home made sweet potato fries though ;-) More like greasy salty McDonalds fries...

I looooove sweet potato fries!! Now I wish I had sweet potatos here at home.

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Tue, 08-18-2009 - 8:42pm
One of Desmond's first foods was homemade sweet potato fries actually. We just cut the sweet potatoes into fry shapes and then baked them for 5 or 10 minutes each side, after lightly basting them with olive oil. We put seasoning on ours, but waiting till later to season his since we only wanted to do one food type at a time to start. Home Fry shaped foods were great though for learning to self feed we found since it gave him enough area to grab and play with.










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In reply to: graceelou02
Tue, 08-18-2009 - 8:32pm

French fries?! I'd worried that they were fried in peanut oil or something. Which, while I'm not planning on being that paranoid about peanuts, seems like the wrong thing to expose them too first thing like that.

I'm in the same place with table food vs making your own baby food. I imagine I'll end up doing some of both...? But, I definitely think I'll start with table food and see how that goes. Also not sure when I might give him any meat. I don't really eat meat these days, and it seems like a pain, and will make the diapers grosser.

I am excited by the idea that Patrick will be over six months at Thanksgiving and maybe being able to give him some sweet potato. Or mashed potatoes made with breast milk? :)

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In reply to: graceelou02
Tue, 08-18-2009 - 7:52pm

Same on the May board, people are putting rice cereal in bottles already! The nutritionist didn't have a whole lot helpful to say, I guess she works more with toddlers and bigger kids, so it wasn't super helpful for this stage. However, she did suggest waiting until kids were big enough to sit in a highchair and eat stuff with their hands. Her emphasis was really on whole foods, so she talked about mashing avacados and that type of thing a little bit.

I'm trying to decide with James if we're going to make baby food that he can eat with a spoon or just let him eat table food cut in small pieces. I'm undecided, and need to do more research on it I guess....

I agree with Kim that I might wait till after the holidays to start doing solids on any kind of regular basis. Like Patrick, James shows no interest in food right now.

Oh yeah, the nutritionist said that most kids in the US eat french fries for their first finger food, I'm not sure where she got that info, but if true, that's crazy!

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In reply to: graceelou02
Tue, 08-18-2009 - 7:41pm

I've been starting to think about this lately. I know our pediatrician goes with the 6-month recommendation, but I don't know what he suggests starting with, so I'll be asking next week.

I'm not a fan of strict age-based rules and prefer the idea of going by the babies' cues. Right now Patrick shows no interest in food, so I can't imagine us starting at 4 months. But, if he starts sitting up and really wanting food before 6 months, I might let him have some. I figure he was a week late and is big for his size, so could well be ready early. But, if he get to 6 months and isn't ready, I won't push it that way either.

As for what to start with, I'm thinking either broccoli or avacado. I may also start with some porridge pretty early, since I make it regularly anyway.

What did the nutritionist have to say? I'm surprised by how many people on the April board have started solids even before 4 months.

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