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baby food?

when i start my baby on baby food how often am i supposed to give it to them and how much....do i still give him cereal?

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juliak818

Asked by juliak818 at 1:03 AM on Feb. 26, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • 1/4 to 1/2 jar at a time, start with stage one. You usually give cereal whenever you normally would, just swap in baby food for lunch. As your baby gets used to it then you move them up to twice a day, eventually three times a day with one cereal feeding. As for the amount, it all depends on your baby and his/her appetite.

    If they don't take to the baby food right away you can actually mix it with some cereal to get them used to new tastes.

    Most doctor's recommend introducing all the veges first and then the fruits, waiting 5-7 days between introducing each food. This way they will learn to like the veges before they know the fruits. The time in between introducing foods is so that if they have allergies you will know which food caused it.

    Good luck!
    imamommmmyyy

    Answer by imamommmmyyy at 1:09 AM on Feb. 26, 2010

  • thank you! that really helps.....i have so many questions about all this stuff and my pediatritian isnt the greatest and explaining things
    juliak818

    Answer by juliak818 at 1:12 AM on Feb. 26, 2010

  • No problem, my pediatrician is great, and I also have 3 sister's with babies of their own! Good luck with you baby =)
    imamommmmyyy

    Answer by imamommmmyyy at 1:30 AM on Feb. 26, 2010

  • I disgree.
    I wouldn't give baby food at all. You are paying for half water for liquified overcooked food and cereal is empty filler, the iron constipating and it tastes horrible. Really you can skip over both.
    If one waits until the baby is able to sit unassisted, and can grab for food, and has loss the tongue thrust reflex (around six months old) you can skip all that unneeded stuff and go direct to real table food. Real food no fuss. You can make your own "baby food" but really you don't have to get fancy. Mash up real food -- fruit, veggies, etc. It also much better to wait as baby's digestive system is more mature and more able to handle solids.

    No matter what you decided ALWAYS breastfeed/formula feed first then provide food as an experiment for the baby. Food before one is for fun and experimentation and not for nutrition.
    amileegirl

    Answer by amileegirl at 8:39 AM on Feb. 26, 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 www.babyledweaning.com and Super Baby Food www.superbabyfood.com You should be able to find them at your local library
    rkoloms

    Answer by rkoloms at 8:19 AM on Feb. 27, 2010

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