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Solid food...

I saw that Jen was already feeding Carter some oatmeal, so that got me to thinking... how many of you are already feeding your LO solids? I've always heard that the "appropriate age" to start solids is around 6 months, but with my other babies I started as early as 3 months. I haven't given Trystan any solids yet, but he looks big enough to me to where I think he might like some!

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I started at 5.5 months with DD and 5 months with DS. I have heard that they recommend 6 months for BF babies and 4-6 months for FF babies (DD was BF, DS was FF).

I plan to start around 5 months with Em, although he has already been watching me eat VERY intently, and if he shows more signs I may start as early as 4 months (which is coming up! wow!)

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I have always started at 6 months (or a little more?). I might wait longer this time. I am all about baby led weaningin the food sense and bf sense. I don't get into the feeding baby with a spoon, I just let them do it.

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The nutrition guidelines are just that...a guide. All babies are different and ready for solids at different times. If Trystan is ready, go for it! Carter has had oatmeal, bananas, sweet potatoes (haha), apples, and pears. All I'm buying right now is stage 1 fruit and veggies. Once he gets through all those I'll start the meats. I have a beef, turkey, and chicken stage 1. I didn't do rice cereal for him because we have major constipation issues. My poor child will have a formed poop the size and shape of a golf ball. So he gets 2 ounces of juice every day to keep his stool soft. I may have also let him lick a peppermint one day too! He was watching me so intently, lol. Smile

Feeding baby solids is such an exciting time. My chunker is now in a size 3 diapers. I saw where Melanie and Jasmine posted that their LO's were in a 3 as well. These babies are growing so fast.

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Landon is starting solids now. We are on day 2. We will try a fruit then a veggie then a fruit again. We are doing bananas right now. I give him half a jar of stage 1 for now and in about 2 weeks I will begin making my own baby food. It is just easier to wait and see what he likes before I start making food. Remember though when starting solids to use the same kind of food for a few days to watch for allergic reactions in baby.

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"Jenni Beth" wrote:

Feeding baby solids is such an exciting time. My chunker is now in a size 3 diapers. I saw where Melanie and Jasmine posted that their LO's were in a 3 as well. These babies are growing so fast.

We had to get size 3s since ~Christmas:eek: but I think the sizing here is different.

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Parker is eating oatmeal in his bottle every few days and stage one bananas and pumpkin Smile he loves it!

On a side note might be prego again... not sure how I feel but if I am I hope it's a girl, leaning for a plus sign next week. Mabey lol IDK....

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"lil96" wrote:

We had to get size 3s since ~Christmas:eek: but I think the sizing here is different.

Wow! Since Christmas?! I wonder if the size is the same. My Pampers size 3 starts at 16 pounds. What does yours say?

"seyelephant60" wrote:

Parker is eating oatmeal in his bottle every few days and stage one bananas and pumpkin Smile he loves it!

On a side note might be prego again... not sure how I feel but if I am I hope it's a girl, leaning for a plus sign next week. Mabey lol IDK....

Seriously?! When will you poas???? I'm nervous/excited for you!!!

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I just started Gianni on oatmeal and applesauce, like today was the first time I gave it to him,lol. He has been showing all the signs that is ready. He will get so mad if he eat in front of him! And he will stare you down until you feed him shoving his little fist in his mouth. I make my own baby food. So much cheaper than buying it and way fresher. With my second child, he didn't start solids until 6 months, he just didn't show interest in food. My oldest started around 3-4 months, he was like Gianni, he showed an interest very early. I do not plan on giving him any vegetables or meats any time soon, he doesn't need it, the applesauce and oatmeal in the morning is plent for him right now. I believe that their bodies can't handle digesting food until 6 months but I see no harm in a little bit of oatmeal and apples every now then.

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"Jenni Beth" wrote:

Wow! Since Christmas?! I wonder if the size is the same. My Pampers size 3 starts at 16 pounds. What does yours say?

4-9 Kilo or 9-20 lbs. So I guess he could have worn them since birth :eek: !:lol: we don't have a size 0 (that I know of?)

"Jenni Beth" wrote:

Seriously?! When will you poas???? I'm nervous/excited for you!!!

Christina! Wow! I want to know too! what makes you think you are?

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I'm a late solids person. I don't start until at least 6 months. I read up on it all and everything I read about waiting and keeping BM/formula as the key source of nutrition clicked with me. My ped is ok with starting around 4 months but I see no rush. I'd rather he can sit more or less unattended. I prefer he get more BM and less solids for the first year for nutrition and health. So we'll wait. I'll introduce a little for play around 6 mo but I don't think Evan seriously ate solids until around 9 mo+ he wasn't really interested and I didn't push it. I find solids with babies a pain too - messy and annoying LOL It's much easier to nurse him and I'm lazy.

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"kmm123" wrote:

I'm a late solids person. I don't start until at least 6 months. I read up on it all and everything I read about waiting and keeping BM/formula as the key source of nutrition clicked with me. My ped is ok with starting around 4 months but I see no rush. I'd rather he can sit more or less unattended. I prefer he get more BM and less solids for the first year for nutrition and health. So we'll wait. I'll introduce a little for play around 6 mo but I don't think Evan seriously ate solids until around 9 mo+ he wasn't really interested and I didn't push it. I find solids with babies a pain too - messy and annoying LOL It's much easier to nurse him and I'm lazy.

haha that is me too!

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"seyelephant60" wrote:

On a side note might be prego again... not sure how I feel but if I am I hope it's a girl, leaning for a plus sign next week. Mabey lol IDK....

Yahoo What wonderful news!! Were you trying?!?! Please KUP once you confirm!!

I think I'll start Trystan on some rice cereal mixed with apple juice next week to see how he likes it. Thankfully we have no constipation issues here so he should be OK with it. I started thinking about feeding him something other than BM when he was eyeballing me eating my dinner the past few nights! It's too funny watching him go from not noticing at all to staring at every bite that I take while drooling!!

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I usually wait until 6 mos. The reason why is b/c all of my babies go bonkers for solid food and then they are not as eager to BF. We usually wean BF-ing and go to FF after they start solids.

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I am thinking of starting soon too, Liam is staring & making chew motions. With DD we waited to 6m & she didn't seem much interested. She had an intolerance to 'the perfect first food' rice baby cereal, would hurl it all up 4 hours later, scared the h*ll out of us. Gave it a couple weeks then moved on slowly through the veggies, fruits, meats etc. Oh and we had tried oatmeal baby cereal once too with same barfy results. After she was older and tried all the other stuff we went back to cereals and she was fine.

So i will b keeping a good journal again & introducing 1 thing at a time at least 4x. Our dear friends got us the baby bullet system & i am looking forward to using it! I agree it is so easy fun and economical to make your own babyfood. Last time I only had a steamer basket, babycubes & food mill which worked beautifully~ but was hard work on the hands!

I was reading something online the other day (gotta stop doing that, lol) and there seems a bunch of different info/ideas out there than there was 5 1/2 years ago, two odd things came up about starting meats first, and not pureeing at all (both struck me as odd).

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"Summer05" wrote:

I am thinking of starting soon too, Liam is staring & making chew motions. With DD we waited to 6m & she didn't seem much interested. She had an intolerance to 'the perfect first food' rice baby cereal, would hurl it all up 4 hours later, scared the h*ll out of us. Gave it a couple weeks then moved on slowly through the veggies, fruits, meats etc. Oh and we had tried oatmeal baby cereal once too with same barfy results. After she was older and tried all the other stuff we went back to cereals and she was fine.

So i will b keeping a good journal again & introducing 1 thing at a time at least 4x. Our dear friends got us the baby bullet system & i am looking forward to using it! I agree it is so easy fun and economical to make your own babyfood. Last time I only had a steamer basket, babycubes & food mill which worked beautifully~ but was hard work on the hands!

I was reading something online the other day (gotta stop doing that, lol) and there seems a bunch of different info/ideas out there than there was 5 1/2 years ago, two odd things came up about starting meats first, and not pureeing at all (both struck me as odd).

My 2nd I think had a sensitivity to rice and no one ever believed me! He never ate rice, just when I ate it he flipped out. So I think it is more common than what is said.

As for the meats, I have read about that when my first was little. It said something about how that is actually what they need, zinc, iron, vit B? things that aren't passed through bm, whereas cereal, fruits and veggies are sort of fillers, not nutritionally needed, but help the child learn to swallow (because they naturally wouldn't learn Lol ) It was a long time ago when I read about it, so this is all fuzzy for me, and maybe not 100% correct.

The same thing goes for the pureeing, it really isn't needed. If you think about 100 years ago (or maybe even 50, or current in some lands) they didn't have access to food processors or jars of baby food. The food was most likely crushed a little then given to baby. Now a days this non puree movement is called baby led weaning. http://www.babyledweaning.com/ It totally makes sense to me, but I saw it used by my mom and sisters, so it is just what seemed natural. (Whereas I think most people saw babies fed cereals and mush mainly) I hope that makes sense?? I can't concentrate anymore.

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"Summer05" wrote:

I am thinking of starting soon too, Liam is staring & making chew motions. With DD we waited to 6m & she didn't seem much interested. She had an intolerance to 'the perfect first food' rice baby cereal, would hurl it all up 4 hours later, scared the h*ll out of us. Gave it a couple weeks then moved on slowly through the veggies, fruits, meats etc. Oh and we had tried oatmeal baby cereal once too with same barfy results. After she was older and tried all the other stuff we went back to cereals and she was fine.

So i will b keeping a good journal again & introducing 1 thing at a time at least 4x. Our dear friends got us the baby bullet system & i am looking forward to using it! I agree it is so easy fun and economical to make your own babyfood. Last time I only had a steamer basket, babycubes & food mill which worked beautifully~ but was hard work on the hands!

I was reading something online the other day (gotta stop doing that, lol) and there seems a bunch of different info/ideas out there than there was 5 1/2 years ago, two odd things came up about starting meats first, and not pureeing at all (both struck me as odd).

Rice cereal may be tolerated well by some babies but not by mine! It constipated him. We tried it twice. Never ever again. We switched to oatmeal.

There are changes happening in baby nutrition. The new thought is that cererals aren't needed because they are just a plain startch with little to no nutritional value. Also the idea of starting veggies before fruits is being said to be untrue. "They" say that if your baby doesn't like veggies, he/she just doesn't like the taste of them and to try again later. It does make sense to me.

We just do what works for us. Some days Carter gets baby food or oatmeal and some days he doesn't. He doesn't get it more than he actually does, if that makes sense. His primary source of nutrition is still his formula and I'm fine with it being like that.

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Jenni, I've read that aversion to veggies is actually good evolutionary sense...in a hunter-gatherer setting with limited food, kids needed to focus more on meat for adequate caloric intake for growth. I don't know if that is true, but it is fun to think about.

Also, my Mom's Dad did medical work in rural Indonesia for years. Apparently there they start babies on ALL sorts of solids pretty early. And to compensate for lack of blenders, the Mamas just chew the food and then give it to their babies (like birds). I'm not arguing in favor of anyone doing ANYTHING, just throwing out a couple things I thought were interesting! Smile

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Its all very interesting I love this discussion Biggrin
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Seeking advice here...we got some jars of baby food a few days ago at the store (I know...huge Mom guilt for not making his food but I'm swamped with suddenly working full time and still doing a little side work). He tolerated the stage 1 bananas really well the first two days and then weirdly threw them up today. Should I back off immediately, or try once more to see if it may have been fluke-y? Should I avoid solids tomorrow, or start him on a different jar (like sweet potatoes)?

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I text you my thoughts but I'll post here too!

As long as he isn't having any rash or swelling of the eyes/lips I don't think it is an allergy. More likely a sensitivity to bananas themselves or a preservative in that particular brand of food. I'd try fresh bananas and see if he has the same reaction and I'd try bananas in a different brand to see as well. I think we're going to be trying green beans tonight. Wish us luck!

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Was bananas his first-ever food or has he been okay on other things? We're talking vomiting, not just spitup? IIWM I would probably give it a couple days with no 'food', then try him once more on the bananas just to be sure it was them actually bothering his tummy. If he throws them up again then you'd know for sure & move on to something else cautiously, new foods in small amounts for 4 days straight (so you can figure out intolerances if it happens with something else).

By the way don't beat yourself up about buying babyfood!

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If it was a real allergy i think he would have reacted faster than four hours later. Id go on to something else and try again later.

Maya is eating yams, applesauce, pears, rice cereal, and carrots. She spit out the peas this morning and so i mixed just a tiny bit with some sweet potato tonight. She spit it out and gave me the funniest "you cant fool meMom" look.

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It was more of a spit up. To date, he's done applesauce and avocado (both homemade) and done great on both. I think it was just a fluke, but we're keeping it familiar tomorrow - probably just some applesauce.

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Jasmine, I would try something else. You never know what it could be... an intolerance, an allergy, maybe it just upsets his stomach? There are so many other options out there!

I actually went to whole foods and bought their organic rice cereal and mix it with their organic apple juice. I just don't have the time to make my own baby food, so I figured that would be the next best thing. Trystan really does enjoy it, and thankfully it hasn't constipated him nor has it made him want to BF any less. In the end I believe firmly that all of the data out there regarding feeding baby solids is good to use as a reference, but ultimately you're the one who knows your baby and what's best for them... so I say whenever you feel the time is right then go for it!

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Maya has two foods a day. So far she's had oat and rice cereal, pears, apples, bananas, carrots, peas, sweet potatos and prunes and peaches. She loves to eat!!!

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We are planning to start at 6 months and go from there. Like lil I'm going to try babyled weaning this time round and skip the spoons and pureeing. I like the idea of giving finger foods and letting baby go for gold.

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Bumping because now Trystan doesn't want anything to do with the rice cereal! I haven't tried it in a few days, but last week when I (or my mom) would try to give it to him he would cry and turn his head after the first bite, like he didn't want anything to do with it. How strange is that? How did he go from devouring the entire bowl for four or five days straight to not wanting to have anything to do with it?

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maybe he is bored? IDK, just guessing. I am sure it is just a phase whatever it is. Next week he'll be all about food again! Lol

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"lil96" wrote:

maybe he is bored? IDK, just guessing. I am sure it is just a phase whatever it is. Next week he'll be all about food again! Lol

IDK either? I kind of don't want to try again because it was so pitiful when he cried about it, and I don't wanna make him cry lol!

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We gave Liam his first food tonight! I finally decided to start with avocado. He liked trying food, he was enjoying our reactions and leaning in for the spoon. I am probably a mean mommy for not starting him with sweet potatoes or something yummier! Last few days we've had him get used to his highchair and spoons & he's been watching us eat, getting more and more interested. We will do a little avocado 4-5 days straight then probably sweet potato Smile