Solid Food for Babies

@ptl9900 (209)
Canada
November 17, 2009 6:44pm CST
What are some of the first solid foods that you can give your baby. Is it always necessary to start baby with Rice cereals?
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• United States
18 Nov 09
How old of a baby are you talking about? I have heard of people starting their child on cereal as young as 2-3 months. Most people do start their baby on rice cereal as they can mix it in the formula and feed it through the bottle. It will help fill you baby so that they sleep longer through the night. As far as solid foods or baby foods you should introduce them only one or two at a time so that you can monitor for food allergies. Ex. give baby green beans and sweet potatoes for a week, if no reaction on week two give the baby green beans, sweet potatoes, pears and carrots. This way if the child becomes ill you will be able to narrow down what it was. Always check with your pediatrican as they are the ones that know best and are helping you monitor the health and wellfare of you child.
@ptl9900 (209)
• Canada
18 Nov 09
My baby is 5 months old now. I have tried a few fruits and vegetable and so far she has been having no problems.
• United States
18 Nov 09
At 5 months of age you will want to continue to stick with the baby foods. In a couple of months when the first teeth start to emerge you can introduce things such as melba toast or cherios. The texture of these items will help with the process of cutting teeth. Just make sure that you monitor your baby closely when giving these items so that he doens't choke. If the cost of baby food is an issue and you own a food processor you can take the food that you would eat and puree it well and then feed it to him. I have several friends who are doing this now because of the cost of baby foods. Just make sure that if you do this that you check it closely to make sure that any chunks that did not puree are removed.
• United States
19 Nov 09
yeah this is the same thing that my aunt gives her baby. The twins are now 5 months and she gives them rice in the milk and the babyu loves it.We also give them gerber too. carrot, green beans, peas, banana, squash, sweet potatoe. We have not tried to make her the foods here at home. But I wish she would Happy mylotting Maria s.
@ladygator (3468)
• United States
18 Nov 09
Yes I do believe that it is best to start with this as it is the easiest on the tummy. They have trouble digesting anything harder. Then after that you can indroduce the other types of cereals. Then I usually move on to a watery constancy of veggies first. (Also you can give them yogurt). And its best to do one kind for about 4 days just to keep track of any possible food allergies. What I usually do is rice cereal, oatmeal cereal, then green beans, peas, carrots, squash, etc... then fruits banana, apricot, applesauce, etc...... Then once they are about 6-8 months you can actually give them cottage cheese, ground meats, egg yolk.......I know this because I have 4 children and have a daycare. I feed all of them. Once they are 7-8 months I will grind up the foods that I am giving the other kids (bland without season). You can grind it up and even freeze it. There are so many things that you can grind. I have one little one that eats full range of foods.
@ptl9900 (209)
• Canada
18 Nov 09
Is yogurt ok for the abies. I have heard that cow's milk is hard on their kidneys and so it is better to hold that off till a year.
@se7enthbird (8322)
• Philippines
18 Nov 09
welcome to the wonderful world of mylot. me and my wife have a three year old son, and my wife start to give her mashed potatoes and bananas when he was four months old. all in small potions too.at 6 months she started to give him mashed carrots and cooked rice. i dont know about cereals my wife made it all from scratch and keep it refrigerated. heat it up before feeding.
@ptl9900 (209)
• Canada
18 Nov 09
Oh ok. Does he take well to the mashed potatoes. I have not tried that yet. Did it create any additonal gas etc. I guess it is better to make the purees at home that buy the jar ones. It is much safer I guess. I am trying to make all the fruit and vegetable purees at home. Except for the cereals. I tried to make rice cereal but the grinding was not very successful.
• China
23 Nov 09
Try egg-yolk, it can supply iron for your baby. Take a little first time, diluting with water. If the baby has no allergic response to egg-yolk, you could add more gradually to one fourth, one third or one half. It is pretty good for babies taking some egg-yolk since four month and a half, he or she won't have anemia.
@nishdan01 (3051)
• Singapore
18 Nov 09
I have two sons. The younger is now 9 months old. I started solids when he was 51/2 month old. Initially started with rice cereal and later I started cooked rice and veggies at 6 months. Just add all veggies into rice and cook until soft and it is easy to feed. Rice is best because it digests fast without any problems. I dislike the idea of keeping anything in the refrigerator for babies. Cook small portions and feed them fresh the amount they require. I used to steam apples too to feed my son. Now I make juice with many fruits once a day and feed him. Preparing fresh may be difficult but it is worth the effort.
@xannebull (1800)
• Philippines
18 Nov 09
When my babies turned six months old, i started giving them rice milled and cooked it well, i mixed it with their milk. they don't like the taste of baby cereals so i just milk rice milled with their milk so that they become easily full.
@Shawchert (1040)
• United States
18 Nov 09
rice tends to be softer on a babies stomach than many foods, but i'd go by what your childs dr. recommends considering all babies are different and he'll know what's good t start your child off with if you have any conscerns :)
@jillhill (37377)
• United States
18 Nov 09
Well the usual like applesauce etc....or any blended foods....Rice cereal is the way to start them as it is less likely to cause any kind of allergic reaction as other wheat cereals etc....after that you can blend any kind of food into a puree and serve it to them...for the most part anyway.