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Baby Food

So i know several of us have started baby foods. i've been making all of Eve's stuff but have only stuck too vegetable and 2 fruits. What do you think i should go to next. At 7 months is baby yogurt probably ok?
this is what we've done, typically mixed with oatmeal & rice
green beans
peas
carrots
spinach
butternut squash
asparagus
sweet potato
apples
pears

When should we start doing 2 meals? i've only been doing "dinner" (ie nurse/bottle first then solids). but i've been wondering if i should introduce "breakfast". was toying with yogurt and cereal mix for that meal. THoughts?

What other veggies could we do?

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We are still playing with the idea of any solids at all. :roll: I'm no help, really.

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Our Dr said that it was ok to feed them anything, except honey at this point. Calvin has had a lot of different stuff and just about likes it all. We have discovered he is allergic to oats. So no oatmeal for him or gerber baby food, for some reason a lot of their stuff has oats in it, weird. I realized that also means no cherrios Sad but there must be something thats similar made from something else.
He is now to the point where I can give him things like shredded chicken and steamed broccoli, just mashed a bit.
Yogurt is good at this point too. Avocados are a good, Calvin loves them just by themselves. Beets are good too. Calvin generally has one big dinner and a snack at lunch. gets so much easier when they can do finger foods!

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I've given her puffs on her tray to work with teh pinching thing and she's can grab it but doesn't have a clue about putting it in her mouth. we do try. so we're still on pureed foods. she's got no teeth either.
on the good side she's like a baby bird and just opens her mouth to eat.

Try looking at Whole Foods, they probably have an organic rice cereal you could do, but really there's no reason to even do cereals. i just use them to bind up the drippier foods.

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Ben has had a big variety of foods. My mother in law got him a chocolate sucker!!!!!!!!! (ehh... I wasn't there to protest). He loves the super food from Happy Baby. Kale puffs (sp?) are awesome. He has three "meals" a day along with 16oz pumped bM and 3-4 nursing sessions (generally 1 in morning and twice when I get home/Before Bed). Along with his meals I give him those yogurt melts from Gerber.. he loves them, but I started those slowly because they are a little hard. My doctor also stressed that honey was the only thing to be learry about, and studies have suggested that keeping the little ones from food isn't going to prevent any allergies. Just be cretin they can handle the consistency of whatever food your giving them to try and if they don't like something to keep giving trying because they will refuse stuff sometimes. I love nursing my baby, bu its fun to spoon feed them! The faces they make!

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Kendra loves her fruits and veggies. We started to try out soft cut up fruits and so far she is doing really good with them. She doesnt have teeth, but she enjoys chewing her food. i make her food in huge batches and freeze them in ice cube trays. yesterday i made more and made sure to add cut up pieces to the puree to mix up the consistancy. We have given her little shredded bites of meat and she did really good on that too. The only cereal we will give her now is barley, the oatmeal was constipating her big time. since we switched we have had zero problems, back to mushy diapers lol. Lke you, i only really use it for the foods that are a little runny. She likes the puffs and baby mum mums too. Slices of cucumbers for her to suck on...SHE LOVES LEMONS!

Have you tried peaches, plums or strawberries? Broccolie and cauliflower? Kendra loves all of these.

We are at 3 "meals" a day. 3 to 4 ice cubes in the am, 3 at lunch, 6 at dinner. She would eat alot more but then she wouldnt want her formula.

if you need more ideas check out www.wholesomebabyfood.com . one of the gals from Sept boards told me about it, its a really informative site. its where i go with questions.

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We're at three meals a day and she eats pretty much anything. So far no issues with allergies, constipation, etc. Yogurt is one of her favorite foods. We do spears of steamed broccoli and avocado that she can hold herself.

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We just started this past week, though not full time or anything. He's had some banana, avocado, broccoli. brussel sprouts, and bow tie pasta. All in whole form, we don't do baby food (just our preference). So far he loves it all.

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So glad I looked at this today! I felt bad that I haven't started Lizzie on table food or puffs (okay we tried puffs and I totally wigged out thinking she was going to choke.). We started three meals, ceral in the morning or yogurt (Berber makes one) fruit at lunch and veggie at dinner, I give her about half the container or 2 tbs each time.
My problem is (and this was part of the problem with breast milk, except we had other issues) she gets so constapated. She already gets 3 oz of water with 2 tsp of Karo to soften stools. But i'm having to give her prunes once a week and sometimes 1 oz of prune juice to 1 oz water. Her stools are terrible when she finally goes.
I'm so scared ofmgivingnher baby crackers, puffs and little finger foods (bite sixes) in fear of choking. She acts like she's chewing and has two teeth with more coming in. I just wish I could be brave about it, lol.
Also my doc told us notmtomstart meet until closer to nine months. Anyone else?

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it's sooo much easier once you start giving them the food you're eating. We started with purees....but i've given O toast cut in very small peices.... noodles, chicken, turkey, the yolk from an egg (the inside, so it didn't touch the white part and it was a VERY VERY tiny peice...) she doesn't have any teeth..so, i give her very veyr small peices. Also, be careful with 'organic' in foods, as they still may contain allergerns...O is sensitve to dairy and can not have anything processed or have traces of dairy. She's also allergic to soy and can not have anything with soy in it or at a plant that may have soy.
we have done the num-nums, as they desolve pretty quickly, but they may contain traces of dairy. i've given her whole wheat rice, peas, cucumber, peaches, banana, chicken, turkey, grapes(skinned and cut in pieces), toast --these things were not pureed....just cut up tiny. the babysitter feeds her usually around lunch when she feeds the other kids and then i'll feed O when i get home nad eat my dinner, i'll give her some of what i'm eating.

Oh yeah and for constipation, i usually give her peaches or green beans.....with every meal....and she only get a tiny bit of bananas, but then for sure she'll get peaches or the beans.

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Oh, just wanted to throw in that the true likelihood of choking is VERY small, and a baby is actually more likely to choke on something that has been cut into a small bite for them, than a "big" bite they've bitten off themselves. If they are doing it themselves, they have more control over it.

And teeth aren't necessary for chewing their food. Their gums are super tough and created to act just like teeth will before they get them. Smile

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"kilahmaree" wrote:

Oh, just wanted to throw in that the true likelihood of choking is VERY small, and a baby is actually more likely to choke on something that has been cut into a small bite for them, than a "big" bite they've bitten off themselves. If they are doing it themselves, they have more control over it.

And teeth aren't necessary for chewing their food. Their gums are super tough and created to act just like teeth will before they get them. Smile

I was just about to say this!! Sidney doesn't have any teeth yet, but she hasn't even gagged on anything and we give her finger food at every meal. She can even handle little pieces of chicken. Most babies don't get molars until they are around a year, and they really need practice feeding themselves before then. DD1 developed her pincer grip around 7 months, and REFUSED to be fed with a spoon for a few months after that. So she ONLY ate finger foods for a long time, and she never choked:)
S also has big constipation issues, so I do give her pureed (jarred) prunes every day at dinner, along with some apple juice diluted with water... That seems to be helping. I also don't give her any bananas or rice. She does get 3 meals a day, I always started with breakfast first (then lunch, then dinner). That way if you introduce something new and they have a reaction to it, it happens during the day and not at night.

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We started 3 meals right away, 1 hour after breastfeeding each time, but then I'm real schedule oriented.

Avacado is a fantastic vegetable to introduce!

Also, you can start with beans like lentils now as well to get in a little protein. I find beans easier than meats.

At Natalie's 9-month appointment we were told very clearly that we needed to expand her eating to table foods. Her occupational therapist is also working with us weekly to increase her finger foods. So, she now eats tons of stuff and definately prefers finger foods. She has no teeth but eats cheerios, bites of hamburgers, grilled cheese, banana, cheese cubes. We stay away from hard things, and brothy soups (did you know that broth soups are actually a hard food to learn since they often gag on the broth while chewing the pieces?).

That said, I miss just feeding purees, it kept DH from giving her things like cookies and chips! :rolleyes:

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I'll have to look into doing lentils.
We think Eve might be allergic to bananas. and did you know that avocado and bananas are in teh same family? so we're going to hold off on that superfood for awhile too now. Sad

When did you start cheese?