Lets talk about...SOLID FOOD!

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Lets talk about...SOLID FOOD!

Good idea, Erika...I have tons and tons of questions about solid foods and it'd be really nice to have all the info in one spot :):)

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Baked Peaches (from Chelle)
1. Halve the fruit, pit and place "open" side down in a pan filled with 1 inch of water. **here is where I added a little cinnamon
2. Bake at 400F until soft and tender and/or puckering of the skin appears.
3. Peel skin from fruit and remove pits if you did not do so prior to baking (you may also leave the skin on your baked peaches - the skin may simply melt into the fruit.)
4. Place fruit(s) into your choice of appliance for pureeing and begin pureeing. **Mine didn't need any reserved water for thinning out.
from wholesomebabyfood.com

No Brown Apple sauce (from Amanda / Muddee)

2 - Mackintosh
1 - Red Delicious
or
3 - Apples (your favourite kind, bitter apples are not recommended till baby is older)

Pot of water
Bowl of lemon ice water. (I use a 1/4 of a lemon)

Directions
Put pot of water on stove at high heat. As water is getting to a boil cut apples in to quarters and remove seeds.

Boil apples for 10 - 15 minutes or until easily pierced with a fork.

Remove apples from pot with a slotted spoon and put them in bowl with lemon ice water for 5 minutes or until cold enough to handle. Peel skin off with hands, it should come off easily.

Toss flesh in a food processor or blender and blend until the consistency you would like. You can also strain this for a smoother consistency, for a lumpy sauce use a potato masher or fork.

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Lets share some ideas girls. Who is feeding what?

Maybe Chelle could post her baked peaches recipe here. Smile

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Yeah...in all honesty, I'd like to try the baked peaches for myself! LOL!!!

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So far I have tried the following foods with Victor:

Homemade fresh baked sweet potatoes - he LOVED
Squashed up avocado - he LOVED
Homemade baked apples - he was a little unsure of - think I need to add something to this to give it more sweetness.
Smashed up banana - he LOVED
and of course the oatmeal cereal which he also loves. I mix it up with breastmilk. If I am introducing a new food I add a little bit of that to the cereal as well.

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renzosmom, try sprinkling a little cinnamon. I know chelle mentioned sprinkling that with the peaches, I think it will work for apples too...?

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So far I have made:

Baked sweet potatoes mashed, or pieces in a mesh feeder - he loves and we do too.
Boiled apples (applesauce) - he loves, us too.
Boiled and pureed pears - he likes.
Mashed banana, also in a mesh feeder - he loves.
Avacado mashed - he shuddered, did not like. I need to try again, I don't think it was ripe enough.
Steamed and mashed garden sweet peas - he likes.
Rice cereal - he doesn't like too much, but likes it in his bedtime bottle.
Oatmeal cereal - he likes, but loves it with banana mashed in.

All of these I mix a little formula to get a good consistency.

I'm ready to get more ideas and try other things. It's been hot here and I don't like to fire up the stove too much yet. Definately want to bake some peaches, that sounds so yummy. I can't wait til later when we can mix more things together. Does anyone have other ideas for what would work good in a mesh feeder? He really digs that!

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I hadn't thought of adding cinnamon to the apples - good thought. Guess it's o.k. for babies to have??

Also, I hadn't gotten a mesh feeder for Victor yet - but I am totally thinking I am going to go out and buy one now.

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I'll post here, but maybe you want cut and paste all of the recipes as they're posted in your first post, Erin. That way we won't have to dig through pages to
find them?

Baked Peaches
1. Halve the fruit, pit and place "open" side down in a pan filled with 1 inch of water. **here is where I added a little cinnamon
2. Bake at 400F until soft and tender and/or puckering of the skin appears.
3. Peel skin from fruit and remove pits if you did not do so prior to baking (you may also leave the skin on your baked peaches - the skin may simply melt into the fruit.)
4. Place fruit(s) into your choice of appliance for pureeing and begin pureeing. **Mine didn't need any reserved water for thinning out.
from wholesomebabyfood.com

edited to add: Yes! Try them for yourself. LOL

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"renzosmom" wrote:

I hadn't thought of adding cinnamon to the apples - good thought. Guess it's o.k. for babies to have??

From what I've read, it's a little early to add cinnamon. Not so much because of possible allergies, but rather causing digestive issues. That said I added it to my last batch of apples and to the baked peaches. K hasn't had any problems I've noticed.

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O.k. - have added peaches to my grocery list. They sound nummy just as a dessert for us, let alone for baby food!

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We are still in the boring stage of the solids, not sure why I'm only doing cereals for the first month but I'm trying to wait till Emy is 6 months to start veggies.
We did rice cereal for 2 weeks with added applesauce just for the taste, now we are doing oatmeal with applesauce, she likes oatmeal better.

I know many of us will be making our own baby food because its easy and a lot cheaper but I think we should also talk about the store bought baby foods, which ones babies like and which ones they hate.

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I guess it's ok to talk about this in the solid food discussion...but I have found out that along with solid food comes something else that's a little more, uh, solid. I think you all know what I'm talking about! My poor little man was straining tonight to poop. He was BF, and he'd pull off every few minutes and give a good grunt and his face turned all red. I couldn't help but laugh and he'd look at me like I was crazy! LOL, it was SO funny!

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Is anyone doing vegetables before fruits? I've heard that doing the sweet stuff first can make it harder to do the bitter veggies later. BTDT moms....is that true??

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Ya' I questioned my decision to cloth diaper the first couple days of solid food feeding. LOL

I didn't have any trouble with either of my boys in giving them fruit first. I've got two very good eaters, so far.

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how often are you feeding solids? I've just been doing morning and evening...so I've been giving a fruit in the morning and something like sweet potatoes or squash in the evening mixed with cereal. So far he hasn't really turned down anything....
I got a mesh feeder the other day and gave him some frozen peach slices in that. He loved it!

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"ELF331" wrote:

I guess it's ok to talk about this in the solid food discussion...but I have found out that along with solid food comes something else that's a little more, uh, solid. I think you all know what I'm talking about! My poor little man was straining tonight to poop. He was BF, and he'd pull off every few minutes and give a good grunt and his face turned all red. I couldn't help but laugh and he'd look at me like I was crazy! LOL, it was SO funny!

So far Emy has no problems in that department she still poops 4 (yes 4 :eek:) times a day and they arent very solid, her poops were kinda watery before now they are in between so yes the solids made them a bit more solid.

"Cherrykitten" wrote:

Is anyone doing vegetables before fruits? I've heard that doing the sweet stuff first can make it harder to do the bitter veggies later. BTDT moms....is that true??

I'm going to start with veggies after cereal, I know I'm adding applesauce already but its just a tiny bit , not enough to make the cereal sweet.

Now I'm tempted to start giving her veggies sooner than 6 monts, if I make it to the store and find some nice green beans then I think I will pick some up for her.

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I have a question about avocados.

They dont last long so if i want to give it to her for 4 days then how do i store it so it lasts 4 days without going bad? I never stored avocados for more than 1 day in the fridge before.

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I store cut avocadoes with their pit in a tupperware container in the fridge. We typically use it within a day or two, as well though, in either a salad or mashed for Kaysen. You might want to get a couple for the four days.

Erin, Kaysen gets solids twice a day, usually in the morning and the evening.

Since I didn't have to work today (first day of school postponed until tomorrow due to a main water line breaking and having no water on campus), I took advantage of the day and made baby food since my freezer supply is dwindling.

steamed green beans
boiled peas (frozen since I didn't see any good looking snap peas & honestly I wanted easy)
baked pears - ranks up there with the baked peaches & made the same way

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Erin, I'm worried about Evie's poop, she hasn't had a movement in almost 3 days. She seems happy still, no signs of constipation. This is still her first week on rice cereal, which she has only at dinnertime.

Ok, I've got a dumb question: The last couple of days, I've nursed Evie immediately before feeding her rice cereal but when I do that, she barely finishes 1 oz of rice cereal and BM. The first day I fed her rice cereal, it was about an hour after nursing her and she finished 2 oz of rice cereal and BM!! I guess I shouldn't nurse her too early....how long do you ladies wait between BFing baby and feeding them solids?

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Sophia - I don't BF, but when I give Ava her cereal, I give it to her first. I make her a 5 oz bottle, and use about an ounce or so to make the cereal. She then polishes off the bottle.

I fed Ava squash tonight. She first made a face, but then was like a baby bird. Could have been because it was 8:00 when I fed her - an hour and a half after when I should have. She ate the entire container then polished off her bottle.

I don't think it makes a difference if you feed fruits before vegetables. They will eat what they like when they like. Alec didn't care for vegetables, and still really doesn't. He'll eat carrots like there's no tomorrow. So far, Ava doesn't like bananas. She liked the sweet potatoes, squash, pears, and applesauce.

Erin - I feed Ava a fruit in the afternoon, and cereal at night. Today, however, she only got one helping of solids because DH forgot to take the carrots out of the diaper bag this morning. Oh, and the day after she had sweet potatoes her poop looked like sweet potatoes. Didn't smell like it though.

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My poor little monster...I think he is starting to learn what muscles are used in pooping. Before he could just kind of "shart" for a lack of a better term (please excuse my crudeness!) and it would come out. Now he has to engage muscles to make it happen. It kind of breaks my heart, but it's a little comical at the same time. He's sitting in his exersaucer just a grunting away. He doesn't seem to be constipated, he doesn't cry or anything...it's just a little work for him when he's not used to it! On the bright side, there are never any surprise poopy diapers! I pretty much know for sure when he's filling his pants now!

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Ok I have a question about solids. Is it normal for a baby to make a face the first times trying new food? We have only been doing solids for about a week and Gage makes a face like he doesn't like it every time. DH thought is was b/c he didn't like bananas b/c DH doesn't like them either but when I started rice cereal he did the same thing. He still ate it and kept opening his mouth like he wanted more but he made a weird face everytime.

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I'm sure that's pretty normal. Carson still makes a face at the first bite no matter what it is. Like he's trying to figure out if it's edible or not, lol. If Gage keeps wanting more, he must be alright with it.

I have to add my TMI comment about the solid food poo.......we tried steamed pureed greenbeans last week........yeah, okay.......greenbeans are freakin' disgusting once they've been run through a baby. I coughed and gagged. :puke2:Everything else is not as bad. I like that it's color-coded so you can see how long it took a certain food to digest, lol. ROFL

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I agree with Andrea...he's probably processing the new texture and taste. I would think he'd flat out refuse to eat it if he didn't like it, not keep opening his mouth for more!

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"TTCDakota" wrote:

I like that it's color-coded so you can see how long it took a certain food to digest, lol. ROFL

It's a good thing I had swallowed my drink of water before reading this! LOL

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We started avocados today well kinda. She had a little bit and then it came back up. Not sure if she didnt like it because just before it came back up she kinda gaged or maybe her tummy isnt ready yet. Should I wait a few weeks before we try avocados again or should I try again tomorrow? Btw they were so yummy, I picked a perfect one for her too bad she puked it up.

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I'd probably try again tomorrow.

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"m3773a" wrote:

We started avocados today well kinda. She had a little bit and then it came back up. Not sure if she didnt like it because just before it came back up she kinda gaged or maybe her tummy isnt ready yet. Should I wait a few weeks before we try avocados again or should I try again tomorrow? Btw they were so yummy, I picked a perfect one for her too bad she puked it up.

I'd puke it up too. Bleck.

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Guess I will have to wait with the avocados, DH ate the whole thing last night and I dont have the time to go to the store to get more. I cant believe he ate it. I'm surprised he didnt go for the applesauce yet, he loves applesauce, I will kill him if he starts eating Emys food.
I was hoping she will like avocados, I love them and I ate them during pregnancy so she should be used to them :confused:

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omg I looooooooove avocados!

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Well I was home with a sick baby yesterday (allergies caused congestion so we were on breathing treatments) so I used the day wisely and stocked up on homemade food.

Made:

Baked Pears
Baked Peaches
Green Beans

My freezer is started to get stocked up - makes me happy!

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I made peaches last night and they were a big hit with the twins today.

If I make some food for the kids, how long will they last in the fridge?

Also about how much food does a baby get at each serving?

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"m3773a" wrote:

I will kill him if he starts eating Emys food.

Maybe you should make a rule that if he eats Emy's food he should make more of it. I don't blame you tho, I'd kill my DH too if he started eating Evie's food.

We are getting ready to feed Evie sweet potatoes, it will be her first real food after rice cereal.

I just started putting her on 2 meals a day. How long before I should progress to 3 meals a day? Also, she wakes up usually between 8 - 10 am, should I feed her breakfast rite away or nurse her 1st before feeding her? If I nurse her I find that we skip brekkie all together and go right to lunch. So I'm kinda lost as to how to intro breakfast to her at this time.

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Sophia I'm only giving solids once a day but when we go to 2 times I will give formula first thing in the morning then when she would have her next bottle I will give her solids and then formula if she is still hungry. Thats what a friend of mine does with her baby.

We got some veggies yesterday so I'm making green beans and peas today. I got peaches and squash i will make those tomorrow or the day after, peaches still feel very hard.

I will try the avocado again but I will mix it with apple sauce, hope she will eat it then, avocados are very healthy for babies.

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I bought farley biscuits yesterday at superstore for J. So far that's the only solid food she has had. I'm waiting until after our holidays mid month to start feeding her cereal etc. One less thing for me to take camping.

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Made green beans and peas today, put them in the freezer.
I fed her green beens and she hated them, she was making faces, spitting up and gaggin, so I only gave her a little and the rest went down the drain. Shame because they came out very tasty. At least she didnt puke them up like she did the avocado. I can just tell she wont like veggies.
I was thinking to mix in some applesauce into green beans to make it taste better, not sure if thats a good mix, and dont know if its smart to make everything taste like apples just so she will eat it. I will try it for 2 more days if she wont like it we try the peas but my guess is she will hate them too, maybe I should give her squash after the beans.

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Erika..Have you tried sweet potatoes/yams yet? I made green beans yesterday and they came out really chunky. Could it be the texture that she is refusing? I made sweet potatoes and summer squash yesterday and ran it through the food processor and then a strainer and squished it through. After straining those they came out more like "baby food" than the green beans did. I would keep trying those veggies Smile

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"Cherrykitten" wrote:

Erika..Have you tried sweet potatoes/yams yet? I made green beans yesterday and they came out really chunky. Could it be the texture that she is refusing? I made sweet potatoes and summer squash yesterday and ran it through the food processor and then a strainer and squished it through. After straining those they came out more like "baby food" than the green beans did. I would keep trying those veggies Smile

I added a bit of the cooking water and they came out pretty smooth, I had to add a bit of cereal to make it thicker, she should be used to the texture because the cereals were similar and she ate them no problem for the past month.
I fed her green beans again today and it went a bit better, she still hated them but wasnt gagging so I just kept giving her and then she started to open her mouth but she was tired and started getting fussy, grabbed my gym water bottle and started to suck on it so I knew she wants her milk. Since she got up at 5am she only had a short nap and I was going to get her down for the next nap just after she ate, so the cranky tired baby doesnt go too well with green beans. I always feed her solids about 1 hour after she is up from her morning nap which is pretty long so she is always rested and ready to have her solids.
We will try tomorrow again and I will feed her after her nap not before.

I baked some peaches today, I will freeze them and I think will try them after we did the beans for 4 days. I will wait with the peas for a while, dont want to torture her with the green stuff.

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I agree with Kat, I wanted to start Evie on green beans, but DH thought that sweet potato would be a better texture as a first food.

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"yipeeladybug" wrote:

I agree with Kat, I wanted to start Evie on green beans, but DH thought that sweet potato would be a better texture as a first food.

They didnt have any at the store but I gt squash and its sitting in my kitchen, I will bake that soon.

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I had luck adding water to get green beans, peas, and carrots (though not the cooking water for carrots) to a thin store-bought baby food consistency. It took more water than I would've thought though.

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I found tiswebsite yesterday

www.wholesomebabyfood.com

it was such a huge help. it shws how to make each food seperatly, it was an awesome step by step for everything I made

sorry NAK

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That's the one I use all of the time, too, Kat.

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I posted this under my other thread but I wanted to post here and ask you ladies in case people dont feel like reading my loooong post about Emy's dr visit. So let me just paste it here:

About solids the dr said we can give her fruits and veggies 2-3 times a day, i will do 2 times, I wanted to ask him how much each time but he didnt give me time.
I gave her baked peaches when we got home and OMG she loved them (thanks Chelle!).
Should I give her the same fruit or veggie both times or should I make one feeding cereal and the other fruits or veggies?

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Erika, the material I have from our provincial health board recommends feeding both cereal and fruits/veggies at every meal.

When Evie went for her shots, I was surprised to learn that since Evie is already 6 mths, it's also ok to start feeding her meats as well. I don't think I'll be starting it until maybe next month, she still on very smooth textures.

Right now, I am baking sweet potato, I'm excited to feed her this very first food for lunch today!

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Sophia, I made chicken last weekend and was really surprised how smooth they came out. I just boiled a chicken breast in water and then used the water to help smooth it out. I tasted it and the texture wasn't too bad. From what I heard it gets better if you add it to something else, like peaches or applesauce.

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Kat, wasn't it you that said you made summer squash? How did you make it? I am thinking about sauteeing it like I do for us, then pureeing it. I was thinking that might give it a little more flavor than boiling/steaming.

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Chelle~ I cut it into chunks (I peeled it only because I didn't want to have to go crazy with the strainer) and steamed it on the stove. Then I pureed it and pushed it through a strainer to get the super thin consistancy. It actually didn't taste too bad, but I love summer squash. You could probalby sautee it but I don't know about adding anything to it (like olive oil).

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Sophia, really? Meats already? I think its too soon, not sure when they should start the meets but I think 8-9 months. We will wait till then. She is still getting used to to the solids.

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Erika, I was pretty shocked myself when I heard it. But this came from the community health nurse. I don't mind trying out meats, but I want Evie to have more veggies and a few fruits before proceeding to meats. Chances are, she'll probably be 8 months by then.

Gave Evie her 2nd try of sweet potato, she ate it, but she kept making faces the entire time. DH put it thru a ricer rather than actually mashing it up, and I think the texture from that is totally foreign to her.

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Sophia, I may be a total nut...but to get Wyatt to take the veggies I had to steam (or bake) them, puree them and then put them through a strainer to get a really smooth consistency, like the jar baby food.

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