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Babies Encyclopedia: What is the best food to start with when introducing my baby to solids?

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Asked by CafeMom Team at 11:41 AM on Sep. 8, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • We always did green beans. Not a sweet fruit because then they might be more inclined to dislike veggies because there lack of sweetness but peas are a little bit on the sweeter side of the veggies. We always made the food at home and that was an easy one.

    Answer by Melbornj at 11:43 AM on Sep. 8, 2010

  • I usually just mash up whatever vegetables the rest of the family is having that day.

    Answer by happy2bmom25 at 11:43 AM on Sep. 8, 2010

  • Other than just plain rice cereal, our doctor said to try a veggie first to help the baby not only want "sweet" things like fruit. Our first food was carrots.
    Also, bananas are supposed to be similar in taste to breast milk.
    Remember, try one food at a time and then wait three days (of giving that same food to the baby) before starting the next food. This will help you determine any food allergies or sensitivities.

    Answer by Glowing4Caleb at 11:43 AM on Sep. 8, 2010

  • Most doctors recommend starting with rice cereal. Since it's a single grain formula, there is less chance of allergic reaction.

    Other foods should be liquidous enough to almost be drank.

    Answer by Jademom07 at 11:44 AM on Sep. 8, 2010

  • Other than just plain rice cereal, our doctor said to try a veggie first to help the baby not only want "sweet" things like fruit.-same here

    Answer by itsallabtthem84 at 11:48 AM on Sep. 8, 2010

  • I would like to suggest "Baby Led Weaning". You wait until your child can sit on their own and can feed themselves finger foods. You give them avocado, baked sweet potatoes and bananas.

    I do not ever recommend purees or rice cereal. And nothing before at least 6 months of age.


    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 11:48 AM on Sep. 8, 2010

  • We started with rice cereal and eventually got baby oat meal. I always mixed this with a little formula. Our first veggies were carrots,then sqash and others followed slowly. We didn't even give sweet potatoes for the firt 6 months so they wouldn't want sweets.

    Answer by dmbutler at 11:49 AM on Sep. 8, 2010

  • If food has to be "liquidous" for baby to be able to swallow it, baby isn't ready for solids.

    Sweet potato would be my number one choice. It's really low on the allergen list, high in iron and yummy! Easy to bake and either dice for baby to feed herself, or mash and spoon feed.


    Answer by LeanneC at 11:50 AM on Sep. 8, 2010

  • Ive always heard from Dr.s to start with the rice cereals first. Gets them use to the idea and the whole concept of the spoon. When they have mastered the technique move on to the veggies. Do ONE at a time for about a week to make sure of food allergies. I usually choose to start with green beans, but I dont think it matters. Then you can move on to fruits. Do one at a time for about a week again making sure of food allergies. After all the trials you can mix and match and just have fun giving different varieties.

    Answer by Shani527 at 11:50 AM on Sep. 8, 2010

  • Rice cereal is the first "solid" food that should be introduced to an infant (around 4 months for formula-fed babies and around 6 months for breast-fed babies). Rice cereal is the most non-allergenic food. Next, most doctors recommend that another single-grain cereal is introduced. After your baby has mastered a few single-grain cereals, you can move to strained vegetables and fruits. Doctors recommend waiting at least 4-7 days between each new introduction so that if your baby has an allergic reaction to something, it will be easier for you and your baby's doctor to determine the culprit. Personally, I chose to introduce several vegetables first in hopes that this would give my children a healthier taste for food. :)

    Answer by Kword at 12:03 PM on Sep. 8, 2010

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