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Around about how long should you keep your baby on 1st foods.

My six month old son love his sweet potatoes. Hates carrots lol And just about anything other than bananas and applesauce lol. And there arent much other 1st foods, theres what maybe half a dozen. But i hate just giving him just those three and his formula as well as a lil watered down juice, and some water with karo somtimes. That is his diet, in a nut shell. lol I just want to give him some variety, just dont want it to hurt him by giving him somthing he really should wait to have. Call me paranoid, but first time mom here and besides knowing my sons heart condition in and out, im clueless. Just wanted to know how long other moms waited to try 2nd foods. lol Any feedback would be appreciated! Thanks <3 Cass

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cnwhoolery

Asked by cnwhoolery at 12:23 AM on May. 19, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • u can start stage 2 foods once he is sitting independently, at least 6 months, and tried a variety of stage 1 foods and swallows easily. also u will know because his appetite is growing and once u start stage 2 foods u can still give him the stage 1. if u go to gerber.com there is a whole nutrition guide and menu suggestions. its all based on milestones more than age like the sitting up and after 8 months, once they are more mobile and getting teeth in and have a growing appetite go to stage 3
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:34 AM on May. 19, 2009

  • i didnt notice any difference between the first foods and second foods (gerber) except that second foods came in larger jars.
    vampire2007

    Answer by vampire2007 at 12:44 AM on May. 19, 2009

  • YOu can probably give him the #2 mixed fruit and stuff. Our doctor said no meat untill about 7 months, just because they don't like the taste of it till then. I don't know if he was B.S.ing about that.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:47 AM on May. 19, 2009

  • thanks ladies!
    cnwhoolery

    Answer by cnwhoolery at 12:59 AM on May. 19, 2009

  • We never gave stage 1 foods. The only difference between stage 1 and 2 is the size of the jar and availability of combinations. We just gave 1/2 a jar of stage 2, going through all the single ingredients then worked on the combinations. It's much more cost effective.

    Teeth don't have anything to do with their eating right now. They don't chew with the teeth they get as infants until molars come in.

    Stage 3 aren't needed, and our pediatrician calls it a choking hazard. Take a mouth full of puree, go to swallow and suddenly discover there's a chunk in your throat.

    When you feel the baby is ready just start offering bits of what you have on your plate. It depends on the baby, but ours were all on table foods by 9 months.
    TiccledBlue

    Answer by TiccledBlue at 6:02 AM on May. 19, 2009

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