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Hi guys!<br><br><br><br>
As you may or may not know, I have a new-ish baby, and the time will come soon when I have to give her REAL food. I was wondering what you all gave your babies as their first food..... I read everywhere that it should be grain cereals first. Do I really have to wait to give her fruits and veggies?<br><br><br><br>
What did you do?
 

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I don't have kids. Don't follow my advice blindly or your child might die.<br><br>
But..<br><br>
Yeah, I guess most people do the diluted rice cereal; but what about mashed ba-non-uhs & mashed carrots and that stuff?
 

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I don't know..... i gather that you have to wait to give them that stuff? After the grains?
 

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I fed my boy cereal at 4 months. mashed fruits and veggies about 2 weeks later. just introduce new foods one at a time so you can watch for allergies or bad reactions.
 

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I have a seven month old who was exclusively breastfed for 6 months when I tried to introduce solids. I tried the cereal with breast milk but he wasn't very interested. I think they recommend the cereal because it is bland and a good consistency for learning to swallow.<br><br><br><br>
A friend of mine is introducing vegetables to her baby before fruit because her doctor told her that if you do fruits first they will get used to the sweetness and possibly shun vegetables later. I thought that was interesting.<br><br><br><br>
I did mashed bananas first...waiting a few days between introducing new foods to watch for allergies. So now, a month later my baby has consistently refused to eat: rice cereal, oatmeal, bananas, applesauce, pears, peaches, squash and sweet potatoes. But he loves breastmilk. I understand that as long as they are nursing or getting formula that is really all the nutrition they need for 9 months (have even read up to a year?).<br><br>
I hope you have better luck...I think it is best to just go with your instincts and watch for your babies cues.
 

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I did start with rice cereal, but after the first week was adding homemade baby food fruit to it. she liked it much better <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> we didn't even start with it super thin like they recommend. Her fav food was banana and avocado mix for breakfast. yum! and I don't know how true that is about having fruit first makes them not like veggies. My girl will pick broccoli or sweet potato over apples anyday.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/broccoli.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":bobo:"> I think some of it is a texture thing..she still won't eat peas or carrots. I do agree with the waiting between introducing new foods. Allergies can happen with any food! Good luck!
 

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I started with rice cereal too. You can make your own easily. If you want to know how, just let me know.<br><br><br><br>
Avacados and sweet potatoes make great beginner foods because they are so nutritious.<br><br><br><br>
A good resource that I relied upon was a book called "Super Baby Foods."<br><br><br><br>
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We did rice cereal first too, and then shortly afterwards I started pureed vegetables. Our pediatrician recommended veg before fruit (in Belgium the "normal" recommendation is fruit before veg) because my daughter had serious bowel problems (lots of explosive stools !). I truly think each child is different. In our case, startting solids very gradually at 4 months old was definitely helpful. With other babies, exclusive breasfeeding can last longer (I continued to breastfeed as well, until she was over 2 years old though). It all depends on the child...<br><br><br><br>
I found some helpful ideas in a book called "First Foods" by Miriam Stoppard. It's not vegetarian but it's very wholefood oriented and contains some good ideas for attractive finger food.
 

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More recent reports indicate that starting out with a grain may not be the best choice. If I had more time I'd look it up :p<br><br><br><br>
I believe any single food is ok as long as you stagger new food a week apart. Then again I have no kids, I just remember reading about not starting with grains.
 

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I would definitly not start with grains.<br><br><br><br>
Great foods to start with include bananas, sweet potatoes, avocados and other sweet fruits.<br><br><br><br>
Grains would be my last choice as there is such a wide array of delicous fruits and vegetbles to let them taste!
 

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We started my oldest with mashed yams when he was 6 months old. With my youngest we gave him small pieces of very ripe banana at 6 months, and about a week later did mashed butternut squash. (They were both exclusively breastfed birth through 6 months) We never did cereal with them. I prefered the idea of feeding them whole foods that are naturally high in vitamins and minerals than a processed food with added vitamins and minerals like the recommended rice cereal. I know pediatricians recommend baby cereal because it is fortified with a lot of iron. My dad is a pediatrician and he was supportive of us starting with fruits and veggies instead. He advocates whole foods and isn't big on the idea of cereals, either.<br><br><br><br>
Once my kids were about 8/9 months old they did eat O-shaped cereal though (like Cheerios, only we chose an organic version).
 

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I would definitly not start with grains.<br><br><br><br>
Great foods to start with include bananas, sweet potatoes, avocados and other sweet fruits.<br><br><br><br>
Grains would be my last choice as there is such a wide array of delicous fruits and vegetbles to let them taste!</div>
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I agree completely with Tova. I just cringe when I see all those "specialty" baby foods at the grocery store. With some exceptions, they're completely unneeded. Fruits and vegetables in their natural state (cooked is fine, but no preservatives or sugar or salt) are fantastic first foods. If your baby is breastfed, you don't even need to start at six months; you can just start sometime in the second half of the first year.
 

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using an ayervedic perspective, it would be meat broths first (some families are not vegetarian), then egg yolks (whites not until 1 year), then dairy (kefir, yogurt), and then fruits, veggies, and grains last.<br><br><br><br>
all of this, of course, served with breast milk. in ayurvedic circles, breast milk is the best food for babies and should be the primary meal for one year, and then still predominent in the diet for the second year, and then whenever the child wants after that. So, the amoutns of 'other' foods are small during the food introduction stages (6 mo to 1.5 years or so tends to be the 'intro' stage).<br><br><br><br>
anyway, that's one perspective worth looking up.
 

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breast is still best for up to the first year. You could start attempting solids as soon as 6 months. You do not have to start with grains at all. Get the SUPER BABY FOOD book. GREAT recipes.<br><br><br><br>
We did all our own baby food. My ds ONLY ate avacado (mashed, frozen and thawed) and sweet potato (roasted, mashed, frozen and thawed) for like a year! Give each item a "one week" allergy test. Meaning, give him the new food and then wait a week before adding another new food to his diet to see if there's a reaction.
 

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I started my daughter on organic baby rice and she loved it. (Easy to get recipes and make yourself)<br><br><br><br>
Five days later I fed her pureed pumpkin and she loved that. I would stagger a new pureed vegetable every five days as recommended to me and started with veggies like potato, pumpkin, avo, and then mashed banana.
 

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I did (am doing) a new food every 4 days and giving it EVERY day in those 4 days. I alternate fruits and veggies. I also make my own baby food. Tonight she tried raspberry mango! YUMMY!<br><br>
I started with rice cereal but it constipated her too much so I switched to oatmeal.
 

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Is the Iron a big concern? If I don't give her the fortified cereal, will I risk her not getting enough? Pumpkin has a lot of Iron, does it not?
 

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Assuming at this point her main source of nutrition will still be breastmilk or formula, I don't see why iron would be an issue.
 

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Assuming at this point her main source of nutrition will still be breastmilk or formula, I don't see why iron would be an issue.</div>
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At about 6 months, baby's need for iron increases, hence why many pediatricians recommend starting them with fortified cereals first. It's also important to note that if baby is breastfed and mom isn't getting enough iron in her diet, her breastmilk may not have enough for the child.<br><br><br><br>
Grains are fine to start with, but unless under the supervision of a pediatrician, you shouldn't start earlier than 4 months. Kaitlynn's first cereals were rice and oatmeal at 4 months.<br><br><br><br>
As for vegetables and fruits, my daughter's pediatrician recommended we start with green vegetables, then orange and yellow ones. Once she was doing well with that, we started introducing fruit. After 6 months, we started introducing egg yolk, cheese and yogurt. At 9 months we started giving her pasta and legumes. (At 8 months, if you're not raising them vegetarian, you can start with meat and poultry. For fish, 1 year and then shellfish 2 years.) Cow's milk can be introduced after their first birthday.<br><br><br><br>
Nuts I've heard two different things on. Some say a year, some say two years. Where there are nut allergies in my family and because my daughter doesn't have many teeth yet, we are going to wait until she is 2 years.<br><br><br><br>
At any rate, by the time they are a year, most babies should be eating almost entirely solid foods (those with allergies and digestive issues may still be mostly on breastmilk or formula). Milk, formula, or breastmilk should be as a beverage, rather than a meal after one year of age.<br><br><br><br>
There are many different theories on what's best out there, though. Babies grow at different rates and what pediatricians and nutritionists go by is a general guide, not hard and fast rules. Certain things like nuts, milk, honey, shellfish, chocolate, and egg whites should wait until after they're a year because of potential allergy and digestion problems.
 

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tearhsong2....<br><br><br><br>
thank you for your info - is that then why you started your daughter on the cereal first? To ensure enough iron?
 
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