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When did you start feeding solids to your LO? Do you start with rice cereal? Fruits? Veggies?
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by Gold Member on Apr. 18, 2013 at 8:31 PM

We started at 5 1/2 months but I think the recommendation is actually 6 months.  Ped gave us the go ahead.  We started with veggies.  Rice cereal actually doesn't have a lot of nutrients in it and tastes like cardboard so we skipped it.

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by Platinum Member on Apr. 18, 2013 at 8:43 PM
Rice cereal at 6 months. Other foods each week starting at U months. A new food a week. Started with carrots then squash, then green beans, meats then fruits and more veggies. Don't start with fruits. Table foods around 9 months and all table food at a year.
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by Platinum Member on Apr. 18, 2013 at 9:05 PM

We did veggies and mashed potatoes.  When we went to visit family she had rice cereal as well but it really doesnt have much value other than the baby learning new textures.  She ate green beans, carrots, peas, pears, apples etc all mashed up.

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by AnnaLisa on Apr. 18, 2013 at 11:23 PM
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started with rice cereal at 4 months...veggies started at 6 months, fruits around 8 months

funhappymom
by Bronze Member on Apr. 19, 2013 at 8:59 AM

With our two older ones we started around 4 months with rice cereal.

With our younger one, after doing research, we opted to wait until 6 months and then did baby led weaning (no baby food, just whole foods).


Bookwormy
by Member on Apr. 19, 2013 at 9:51 AM
We started at 6mo w/rice cereal, then orange veggies, green veggies, white veggies, fruits, then meat. DD had severe eczema so we suspected food allergies to my breast milk, & went very slow. Eggs, fish, etc after 1 year. Allergic to all poultry & eggs. Tree nuts were planned for 2 yrs, but DD tested allergic.
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by Gold Member on Apr. 19, 2013 at 9:56 AM

 We started with avocado at 6 months.

LoreleiSieja
by Bronze Member on Apr. 19, 2013 at 10:13 AM
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Wait until your baby is at leat nine months old.  The sooner you start him on solid foods, the greater his chances of developing allergies later in life.  Mother's milk is a perfect food for baby.  Formula is not as perfect, but comes pretty close.  Solid food is not necessary.  Actually, historically, solid food was not introduced until the child was nearly two.  

Some moms think that the sooner they introduce rice cereal to their child, the sooner he'll sleep through the night.  This is just plain silly.  How long does a bowl of cereal keep you going?  If you have cereal for breakfast - and nothin else - aren't you starving by noon?  That's only about four or five hours - not the eight to ten hours we wish our babies would sleep at night.  

When baby starts cutting teeth, you can allow a teething biscuit at times, but this is just something for him to gnaw on, not actually swallow.  He will get some amount of it in his belly.  But there is nothing wrong with milk for a complete diet until he is a year old.  Your child will thank you!  


beachlove512
by Member on Apr. 19, 2013 at 10:22 AM

I started at 6.5 months with peas. Don't do rice cereal, it's unnecessary. It's just filler food and empty calories. Start with veggies first, then fruits. Some great first foods are sweet potatoes, avocado, peas, carrots, and squash. According the AAP (and many other medical organizations), start solids when baby is at least 6 months old, sitting well supported, has lost the tongue thrust reflex, and is showing an interest in food. Don't replace baby's feedings with solids. Always feed baby breastmilk/formula first, then offer solids. Baby's main source of nutrition before age one should be breastmilk or formula.

Ninjabubble
by Member on Apr. 19, 2013 at 10:25 AM
We started at 9ish months. Doctors wanted to make sure he was getting more formula than real food due to his health. He is currently on strike for solids. All he wants his a cup! But when we started he got carrots and green beans first. Then moved to apple and pear.
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