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Old 05-27-2006, 02:40 PM   #1
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First food?

Ok so DS#2 will be ready for his intro to solids in about 1.5 months or so... I feel bad b/c I am doing things so differently than w/DS #1 but I suppose that's b/c I know more know & know better... like w/DS#1 we did rice cereal in the bottle b/c we were told to by the ped... now we know way better. Anyway... I'm wondering:

What's a good first food?

Is rice cereal really that important? (DS has so many allergies... I dunno if this could be a problem too?)

Fruit or veggie?

For those that make their own babyfood... (I plan to)... do you just add a little BM or water to make it thinner?
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Old 05-27-2006, 02:43 PM   #2
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Re: First food?

I did rice as the first, but if you have history of allergies Id avoid it just in case. Any 1st stage fruit or veggie would work.
If you decide to make it Id add bm since it has nutritional value
ETA Ive read that if you feed too many fruits that the child may become partial to sugary foods
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Re: First food?

well, I never had to add anything to the foods I make because I use the water that was used to steam them in and it was usually enough. I did start with rice cereal though with bm. then we did apples and bananas and then pears and then onto the veggies after those. I think I went with sweet potatoe and butternut squash and peas and then the greenbeans to way to long to do cause I had to strain them cause of the skin or something. Those didnt turn out like I hoped,lol.. Anyway, my whole point is that I totally did things different with my last ds,lol.. from Cd'ing and homemade baby food and bf and everything,lol.. it is so weird to do things you never have done before so you feel like you never even raised 3 others, lol.. I kinda winged it and he is doing just great! LOL.. Good luck!
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Re: First food?

With DJ, we did rice cereal, then applesauce, sweet potatoes, pears, bananas, carrots, etc.

With this baby, I'm seriously leaning toward skipping babyfood altogether and just starting with mashed up table foods from the start. That's the way it's always been...how many generations of babies did just fine without Gerber? It just makes a lot more sense to me, especially if you wait later about starting solids...just go with the flow and let it happen naturally. We'll see how it actually plays out though.

As for the argument about not giving too many fruits first, I love that one! Anyone who says that has never tasted breastmilk....the stuff is like pure sugar water! It may hold true for some babies, but it definitely hasn't for us. We started with applesauce first and then alternated a fruit and a vegetable, but we did sweet veggies first too (sweet potatoes, butternut squash, sweet peas)...DJ does love fruit now and he jumps on the occasional cookie or candy treat, but he also loves his veggies...he eats WAYYY more veggies than his daddy or me either one. And veggies take far less coaxing than sweet things.

Good luck with whatever you decide...
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Re: First food?

we started with sweet potatos and avocados. shortly there after i offered applesauce, bananas, and oatmeal. i skipped rice cereal entirely - not b/c of any history of allergies, but just b/c i'd read some research that suggested starting with other stuff first.

i should also add that i offered those first, but dd had absolutely no interest until about 8-9 months when she started trying table food.

www.kellymom.com & www.wholesomebabyfood.com were my two favorite sources on starting solids.

eta - oh yeah and i never used jarred baby food - i just cooked & mashed my own. very easy.
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i've always heard avocados are a good 1st food. Nice and soft ones pureed or mashed really well.
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Re: First food?

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With DJ, we did rice cereal, then applesauce, sweet potatoes, pears, bananas, carrots, etc.

With this baby, I'm seriously leaning toward skipping babyfood altogether and just starting with mashed up table foods from the start. That's the way it's always been...how many generations of babies did just fine without Gerber? It just makes a lot more sense to me, especially if you wait later about starting solids...just go with the flow and let it happen naturally. We'll see how it actually plays out though.

As for the argument about not giving too many fruits first, I love that one! Anyone who says that has never tasted breastmilk....the stuff is like pure sugar water! It may hold true for some babies, but it definitely hasn't for us. We started with applesauce first and then alternated a fruit and a vegetable, but we did sweet veggies first too (sweet potatoes, butternut squash, sweet peas)...DJ does love fruit now and he jumps on the occasional cookie or candy treat, but he also loves his veggies...he eats WAYYY more veggies than his daddy or me either one. And veggies take far less coaxing than sweet things.

Good luck with whatever you decide...


Seriously, we started with cereal because we didn't know any better. There's no reason NOT to wait and then no reason NOT to serve table foods. Bananas are always a great first food--the longtime recommended first food by LLL.

With future dc's we will definitely skip the overprocessed 'grain' cereals (if you can even call what it ends up being 'grains'!) and stick solely with REAL PEOPLE food, kwim? Oh, and we're hoping to exclusively BF for at least 12 months this time!

And Yeah, what PP said about the taste of BM. It's SOO sweet, much sweeter than fruits.

Best of luck to you!

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Seriously, we started with cereal because we didn't know any better. There's no reason NOT to wait and then no reason NOT to serve table foods. Bananas are always a great first food--the longtime recommended first food by LLL.

With future dc's we will definitely skip the overprocessed 'grain' cereals (if you can even call what it ends up being 'grains'!) and stick solely with REAL PEOPLE food, kwim? Oh, and we're hoping to exclusively BF for at least 12 months this time!

And Yeah, what PP said about the taste of BM. It's SOO sweet, much sweeter than fruits.

Best of luck to you!

Oh I hope you update us on the EBFing for 12 months! I have actually read a LOT suggestioning the benefits of EBFing for the first 2 years of life, although I don't know that I could see that working for us.
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