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starting solids

anyone know of a good list telling u what veggies to start on and when and how long and everything? I have the worst ped in the world.

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Asked by Anonymous at 3:52 PM on Feb. 8, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • start with fruit & cereal, stage 1 fruit like apple sauce pears prunes etc. - put formula/breast milk & some of the fruit in pan & heat it up & mix it with single grain rice cereal, and save some fruit plain and start with just a 2 table spoons and then add a couple table spoons every day. wait 4 days in between starting new fruits. make sure u make it fun, make plane noises and choo choo noises and be happy about it so they know its a good thing. after u try a few fruits, then start vegtables. plain no cereal, heat them up. carrots, squash, green beans are good. i started stage 2 fruits when he was 6 months old. hes 8 months now, eats fruit & cereal for breakfast, vegtable/meat for lunch, and fruit & cereal for dinner. message me if u have anymore questions!

    Answer by PURPULbutterfly at 3:55 PM on Feb. 8, 2010

  • There is no right or wrong way to do it. The primary rule is to wait 4 days in between foods (Rice Cereal for 4 days, Rice and Barley the next 4 days, Rice, Barley, Apple the next 4, etc.). This ensures that if there is a food allergy, you'll know what it your baby is allergic to. Other than that, no nuts, eggs, soy, wheat the first year...particularly if there is a family history of allergies. No honey (even honey in baked foods like honey wheat bread, etc.) for the first year...risk of botulism. You'll want to avoid citrus, strawberries due to the acidity - diaper rash, upset least until baby is on a wide variety of other foods and is handling them well. Check out Its about making your own baby food but you'll find lots of tips and dos and don't on there as well.

    Answer by ANGIE409 at 4:07 PM on Feb. 8, 2010

  • I started with Rice cereal at about 4 months. Then he was having a little constipation so we switched to Oatmeal. We then introduced veggies one at a time - they say to have veggies first rather than fruits since fruits are sweeter. We used Beechnut stage 1 veggies - once he made his way through those, we did the stage 1 fruits. By 6 months we started stage 2 fruits veggies and meals with meat. He's doing quite well on solids and we still use both rice and oatmeal cereals - rice in the morning and oatmeal or a meat meal at night.

    Answer by amw529 at 4:39 PM on Feb. 8, 2010

  • Keep in mind that solids fed to babies before they turn 1 are for the experience of eating them, not for nutrition (a subject most doctors know little about).Nutritionists recommend starting solids at 6 months; many now recommend skipping cereal and starting with a bit of avocado mashed with breastmilk (or formula). Then baked sweet potato, oatmeal, pumpkin, pureed peas, etc. Jarred baby food tastes awful, is expensive, and you never really know what is in it. Be sure to avoid the allergy trigger foods. This is not a complete list: before age 1, no soy, dairy, wheat, citrus, egg white, strawberries; before age 2 no honey, chocolate, nuts.
    Two great books /websites on feeding babies, with differing philosophies, Baby Led Weaning and Super Baby Food You should be able to find them at your local library

    Answer by rkoloms at 8:12 PM on Feb. 8, 2010

  • Start with veggies, go by color. That's what my mil told me and she has 11 kids, my mom also said the same.

    Answer by jbirchard at 8:54 PM on Feb. 8, 2010

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