How do I start my baby on solid foods?

I have just started my 5 month old on solids - rice cereal. We are on day 4 and I am giving him 4 tbsp. rice cereal mixed with 4 tbsp. breast milk. How long do I do this before I start with other cereals? When can I start fruits and veggies? How many times a day should I give him solids? Why is there great info on everything else but not a step by step guide for this! :)


Asked by jhotz at 8:50 PM on Jun. 30, 2008 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • I would always give them about a week to adjust and then add foods slowly one at a time so you can keep up with anything that may upset his stomach. I would say breakfast and midway between lunch and supper would be the best two times of day but that ws just a personal preference on timnes. Some like feeding at night so that they sleep a bit better on a full stomach but that can lead to a problem with obesity if not watched when they are a little older.

    Answer by wondermommy5 at 8:57 PM on Jun. 30, 2008

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  • I would only introduce 1 thing a week. Do ceral then introduce veggies before fruits so they will like the veggies and won't refuse to try them after eating that yummy fruits. With my 1st I did ceral 1st week; 2nd week breakfast-ceral lunch-1st stage vegg (carrots or something) dinner-the left overs from lunch; 3rd week same breakfast different vegg for lunch and dinner. make sure you don't feed out of same bowl, pour a little in sep bowl so it won't ruin.

    Answer by kenedygrace06 at 9:34 PM on Jun. 30, 2008

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  • oh yea i started my daughter on solids @ 5 months. i also started to add the one fruit a week at breakfast time after we did all the veggies. fruit mixed w/ceral worked well.

    Answer by kenedygrace06 at 9:37 PM on Jun. 30, 2008

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    this might help, they also have more stuff just explore that site it might help

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:41 PM on Jun. 30, 2008

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  • I started my son on cereal and I gave him as much as he could take, most babies know when they are full because their stomachs will hurt and they will stop. I started my son on food when he started to eat cereal regularly without any problems and a generous amount. I started green veggies first because they are the easiest to digest, I started on one food for 3 days then I would try another for 3 days so i could see if there were any allergies. I would start on once a day with cereal and then again on vegies/fruits and then go up to 3 times a day when needing to.

    Answer by jaevenmomma at 11:20 PM on Jun. 30, 2008

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  • There isn't much info because it's a personal choice and isn't really a large nutrition issue. Here are my suggestions:
    - Go ahead and try another cereal. Rice can cause constipation, barley the opposite. I alternated them so help prevent problems.
    - Start with one meal a day. Every month, add another meal. By the time he's one, he should be getting 3 little meals and 2 tiny snacks a day so donÒ€ℒt rush.
    - Give the cereals a few weeks. Then start on the veggies. Do the fruits last.
    - Most hate the meats and by the time he's ready for them, you can just give him well chopped up table food meats as a finger food.
    - Don't forget to give each new food a try for 3 days in a row before trying another new food
    - You can give "mixed foods" like blueberry applesauce once he's had all but one of the things in it.
    - Stage 1 foods are a waste of money. Stage 2 foods are barely any thicker, the packages are larger, and they cost the same amount

    Answer by kaycee14 at 11:36 PM on Jun. 30, 2008

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    This is the best baby food guide that I found. It is primarily geared towards making your own foods for baby, but it has a great chart on when to introduce what to your baby. By the way, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends waiting until babies are 6 months old to start solid foods.

    Answer by jacobsmom707 at 12:11 PM on Jul. 1, 2008

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  • For a really great and informative article on how to wean your baby and introduce solid foods, check out

    This article was recently published.

    Answer by JenniferLMiller at 12:02 AM on Jun. 11, 2010

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