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Old 09-18-2006, 07:05 AM   #1
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What's a good idea for a first food?

I won't start Spencer on solids until he's six months old. I will not be feeding him cereal or jarred baby food.

So, with that out of the way, what's a good first food? My mom remembers bananas being a big hit with us at six months, and my MIL waited until eight months with DH (he was a very allergic baby). Neither one used cereal or jarred food because it's often over-processed and just too expensive! Any suggestions?

 
Old 09-18-2006, 07:56 AM   #2
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Re: What's a good idea for a first food?

You should really start you son on cereal atleast so he get's use to eating solids (rice cereal is best for first foods, full of vitamins when mixed with formula or breastmilk). Table foods are okay for a baby at 6 months (my son is 6 1/2 months and has bread, teething cooking, beans, mash potatos, bananas and such) but if your DH was allergic to alot of stuff you might want to try out the stage one of baby food JUST to rule out ANY allergies your son might have. Beech nut is a very good brand and only adds water to help with thickness of the food. Then after you rule them out you can give him most cooked veggies, banana's, strawberries (though my son didn't like them lol), mash potatoes, little pieces of bread and things like that. My ped just told me what I could give me son, any table foods we eat as long as they are soft and they are easy for the baby to gum. Good luck!!

 
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Old 09-18-2006, 09:05 AM   #3
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Re: What's a good idea for a first food?

Hi Laetitia!!

Good for you for not doing cereal!! I believe infant cereal to over processed and nutritionally void. They are refined so much so that they greatly effect their glycemic index, and over time can contribute type 2 diebetes, obesity, etc.

And to make matters worse, because everything has been taken out, any nutritional value must then be added back in. Otherwise known as "fortified", or "enriched". Infants also don't produce the digestive enzymes needed to break down grains until after their first year. Wheat and rice are now being added to the allergen list, which means you should wait until after the 1st year to introduce them.

We're also not doing jarred foods. The jury is still out on purees. They kind of gross me out, and I don't like the idea of force feeding her mush, but I let her self feed some mushed avocado the other day and she loved it! So, I might make some home made purees for her to "play" with. I also have a sweet potato in the oven as I type!!

Don't worry about getting Spencer used to eating solids, he'll do it when he's ready, there is no rush! You're also breastfeeding, which is MORE then enough nutrition for the first year, so you're good there. Have fun with solids, Ava was SO funny the other day with her avocado, it was such a riot! I can't wait to see how the sweet potato goes.

 
Old 09-18-2006, 10:10 AM   #4
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Re: What's a good idea for a first food?

how about pureed meats? unlikely to cause allergies, and meat is often times easier to digest than fruits/veggies.

 
Old 09-18-2006, 12:28 PM   #5
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Re: What's a good idea for a first food?

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I won't start Spencer on solids until he's six months old. I will not be feeding him cereal or jarred baby food.
Good for you! The only way cereal can be considered "good" for a baby is because it has formula or BM in it. It's just empty calories, a filler. I have in the last few days been starting to give DS bits of things, he loves his mesh feeder. I put grapes, steamed apples, basically lots of fruits in it, and he's starting to finally enjoy some veggies. At first he hated them. I don't like eating anything canned and all, I'm a fresh food nut, so DS gets the same.. No jarred food or those cereal shavings... I read a few places that said started meats early is good because of the proteins and all in them, but I have yet to run them by my ped. I have a nutritionist appt coming up sometime soon so I'll probably ask her along with my ped.

 
Old 09-18-2006, 06:08 PM   #6
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Re: What's a good idea for a first food?

Ya baby!
Good for you, tried that stuff they try to say is cereal on dd - she used it as wall paper paste- about the same taste and consistency. The jarred stuff well lets just say my cat wouldn't eat it ( and yes I tried to feed him some).

DD really loves granny smith apples- I bake them in the skins(organic and well washed is best) till soft then process them till fine in either a food processor or a moulli (food mill). Freeze the result in ice cube trays and heat the cubes up as needed. Found 1 cube of apples and once dd was 8 months used oatmeal- not rolled if you have timesteel cut gives texture.

Sweet potato, butternut squash, acorn squash, peaches(no pit), bananas(but not alot seems to slow the bowels on dd not on ds though).

You can do your own meat to - use nice chicken thighs as they have a bit more fat and at this age baby's do need this. This also gives more flavour, leave the meat on the bone and poach it then puree and freeze.

Have fun

 
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You can do your own meat to - use nice chicken thighs as they have a bit more fat and at this age baby's do need this. This also gives more flavour, leave the meat on the bone and poach it then puree and freeze.
I've read that frozen meat purees can separate when heated up. Did you have this problem?

 
Old 09-19-2006, 01:21 PM   #8
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Re: What's a good idea for a first food?

Thanks for the ideas. I have a friend who will be giving me her food mill the next time I see her. Her son is 19 months, so he just eatsoff her plate.

 
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