Introducing solid food to my baby :-) He loves it!

Germany
August 25, 2009 8:42am CST
Since Timmy is already six-month-old and able to sit on his own firmly now, then i think it's time to introduce him the natural solid food (we stopped the rice cereal after i have found out he had some kind of constipation after that, and also i was reluctant to give because of the artificial flavour). Today, i made the mashed banana and wanted to feed Timmy. I added some breastmilk into it so that the mashed banana would not be so "thick". My husband was holding him and i was just in front of Timmy preparing his food. It was so much fun and joy to see Timmy's expression while i was expressing out the milk into the mashed banana. He looked really curious. :-) I think he was already craving for it! :-D Then i fed Timmy 1/4 spoon mashed banana, wow.....he quickly leaned forward to catch the spoon! XD Guess what happened? Haha.. i tell you what, i would not forget his first expression to get the banana!! :-D He frowned, haha.. i thought he would not love the taste of it, because the expression was just like the time he got the medication after injection! Then i tried another 1/4 spoon, hehe...he still leaned forward to it and quickly swallow the food. XD No more frown but smile and some cute sounds, seems like he was saying: "mommy, i want more..i want more..." XD I'm not joking, i was really feeling like that at that time as he always leaned forward to me and wanted to catch the bowl! I bet he likes the taste of banana because it is sweet! Oh...poor little boy, mommy could not give you more than one spoon. Mommy will give you more after a week, ok? :-D I read from the book, we can introduce 3 new food to baby a month. One new food a week for observation. If the baby has no allergies to the food after a week, then we can add another new food. But my question is, for example, if my baby has no problem with banana after a week, then i want to introduce him avocado. At that time, should i only feed him avocado? Or i can feed him avocado and banana too? Let say, morning avocado, after banana? I'm the first time mommy and have no experience about this. Pls give me some suggestions!! Thanks!!!! So, mylot mommies, when do you start introducing your baby solid food? What is the first solid food that your baby takes? Have a nice day and happy mylotting!
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@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
25 Aug 09
Babies love applesauce but save that for next month. Don't introduce too many sweet foods all at once or he will prefer sweets over others. Try putting some green beans in a blender or chopper, babies love those! I remember my youngest loved squash and carrots. He ate so much of them he began to turn orange! I called my mother in a panic and she laughed, saying the same thing happened to me when I was a baby!
• United States
25 Aug 09
You comment made me laugh, as my parents often used to tell me about how they thought i was becoming jaundiced wheni was a baby because i started turning yellowish/orange...turns out it was just because i was extremely fond of suqash and carrots as well! I was their first child and it freaked them out so bad that they took me to the pediatrition immediately!
@shuetyeng (148)
• Malaysia
11 Sep 09
My girl started solid food at the age of 5.5 months old. Actually she can't sit unsupported yet but she always salivating and eyeing when we were dining, so I decided to start her earlier with solid food. I remembered I fed her while she was laying on the baby bouncer. I used my hand to support her back and at the same time fed her with the meal. I am truly understand the excitement watching our little one eating their fist food. Their curiousity and expression are very fun to see. So remembered to even record down this magical moment that you are spending with him. I started feeding my girl with cereal too, but I also stopped her very soon because she passed hard stools every time she eats it and she also not enjoyed her meal. Therefore I have decided to make home cooked meal for her. I have found a very good and useful baby food website and I able to learned a lot from there. My girl currently is 2 years old and till now I am still preparing home cooked food for her. I guess there are about 90 menu that I have created so far. Last time, I have prepared a lot of mashed food and steamed menu for my girl. For example, mashed potato, steamed carrot, broccoli, green peas, beans and etc. I also introduced fruits to her. Avocado and Banana are my favourite fruits too. And now, I will cooked porridge, noodles, seafood, meat and rice for her. About your question of allergies. Let' say if he is okay with banana, then you could mixed the avocado (new fruit) with banana into the menu. IF there is any signs of allergy, you would know that it is cause by avocado. Of course, you may also introduce avocado to him separately. Anyway, keep up your good job in preparing nice and new menu for your boy. Nice day!
@shia88 (4578)
• Malaysia
26 Aug 09
I first introduce solid food to my boy when he reach 6 months old.That's best time to introduce solid food to baby. It has to go step by step.For the first week,introduce some mashed sweet potato porridge,if within 1 week everything is fine,then slowly introduce more food to your baby. You can refer to www.wholesomebabyfood.com for more details on the best food for your baby.
@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
26 Aug 09
Hi lulumartin, I'm going back here a bit but I used to make lots of different pureed foods for my son when he was a baby, and things quite unusual. I didn't restrict things to one new food a week though but did mainly choose fruit and vegetables and he still eats any vegetable today. So I did, apple, pear, mangoes, potato, sweet potato,butternut squash, roasted red peppers, basically lots of fruit and veg. Then when I introduced meat and fish I would always liquidise it but make a larger quantity and freeze it in little tubs. Liver and apricots went down really well, as did fish simmered in milk. He also ate Greek yogurt every day. Hope that helps with a few ideas.
@gossipzz (500)
• Canada
26 Aug 09
That is great you seem very exicited. You are more excited than your son Timmy. Haha. Yeah they are very excited when they try something new. When I started I made my own food and pureed them for my kids. I do not believe in the artificial food. They liked the fruits but not the vegetables. Now they are older they still do not like vegetables. We as adults don't like it, but we have to eat it.Try and get him to enjoy vegetables. Happy lotting.
@cwong77 (2011)
• Malaysia
26 Aug 09
wow wow.. I saw that in Timmy's blog too.. he does enjoy the first bite of it ya.. As for me, I intro my little girl with solid also starting at 6 months old.. I do not give her any cereal but make it myself.. I started with rice, millets and red dates.. and now coming into the 2nd week, I gave her porridge with spinach.. I find it interesting to give solid trial to my child, and I can see her reaction on this... I will slowly plan out her meals, and not expose her too fast, so she won't have to get change too frequent and later, she refuses food.. I will instead choose to increase her intake instead of letting her explore with food too fast. I read somewhere that baby get bored very fast with their food, and if we keep changing, we will end up with no other idea..
25 Aug 09
In answer to your question then yes, after you have tried one food its ok to try it mixed in with another, as Doran says you will then know they cause if there is a reaction. In a few weeks time once you have established a few different basics, try making up some strange combinations of fruit and vegetables together, babies seem to love that. Good luck on the rest of your weaning journey, you sound like your doing great so far
@dorannmwin (36654)
• United States
25 Aug 09
It's great that he loves the banana. But, you've got to watch him because this is a food that can cause some constipation. On to your next point. Yes, after you've introduced the first food to him for a week, you can have both of the foods together the next week. Because if he hasn't showed any allergy to the first food within that first week then he is most likely not allergic to it. So, you'd only be looking for a reaction to the second food. One thing that I did with my children is I tried to introduce them to vegetables before I did fruits for the simple fact that babies prefer the sweet taste of fruits over the taste of vegetables and by introducing them to veggies first, they now eat more veggies than most other kids their ages eat. My kids are now almost 7 and almost 3.