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February 2017 Moms

The Solids Thread!

Our LO's are growing up so fast already! Some of us have already started or are starting solids very soon. Post any questions or comments related to solids here!
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Re: The Solids Thread!

  • I'll start  :) 

    We got the go-ahead from Ella's doctor to start solids at her 4-month check up last month, but I have been very hesitant. She will be 5 months next week and I think we are ready to start! I just have a few questions to begin and anyone please feel free to answer or add your own questions!

    Do you plan on/are you buying premade baby food or making your own? Or some combination?

    If you buy, are there any brands you do or do not recommend?

    If you are making food, what kind(s)?

    Are there certain foods your LO prefers over others?

    I'll probably add more questions as I think of them...all of this is new to me as a FTM lol.
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  • The recommendations here are to wait til 6 months though it used to be 4 months so im not sure whats changed. but ive been getting organised in preparation. Ive bought a hand blender to puree fruit & veg but ive bought some Ellas Kitchen pouches aswell which are just pureed fruit & veg with no additives & some baby rice.
    our health visitor said to introduce a max of 3 new flavours or textures a week and initially dont drop any of her bottle feeds.
    we also ordered a high chair on sunday which should arrive today. We went for the stokke tripp trapp.
    i have no experience so would be interested in hearing others thoughts & advice too
    ChaoticWolf
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  • Oh thank you for again mentioning 6 months! Ugh I have my MIl and my mom continually telling me that he's drinking too much milk and it's time to start him on rice cereal. I said no, too early. They got to my DH though (MIL and her mom each have run home day cares for over 20 years). I said no solids, no rice cereal until the pedi says okay. He's only 3.5 months!

    But my plan for solids is buying store stuff occasionally (I prefer the jars so I can reuse them!) but mostly just cook veggies/fruit and purée then in our food proccesor. We have some unopened, unexpired Gerber food that DH's coworker gave us. We'll use that too.

    I have a high chair picked out, but all my Buy Buy Baby coupons just expired. I'm hoping a new one comes soon. The high chair was cheapest with them.
    ChaoticWolf
  • I'm excited for this thread, even though LO isn't there yet! He will be there around the end of June or early July. At our 2 month check up when the doctor was giving him his oral vaccine, she said he did really well taking it. I told her that I was using the syringe for gripe water and she said he might be ready for solids right at 4 months since he's gotten over that urge to push stuff out of his mouth haha. We will see!
  • Our Dr also said he recommends solids at 4 months... well specifically he said He "normally" recommended solids at 4 months. So I'm waiting until our 4 month check up just to be sure, but honestly my older kids had started cereal in their bottles before that and we never had any problems. 

    Just a tip, I know everything will tell you to use a high chair, but trying to spoon feed a baby in the beginning can be very difficult. They wobble and get excited or angry... We start our kids sitting in their carrier. They are slightly reclined back, and not trying to have to sit still. It made it so much easier to start them on spoon feeding. Once they were getting the hang of it, we put them in the high chair. Obviously I'm not a Dr but I thought if anyone has difficulties in the high chair, they might want to try it. Of course if you don't want to or want to ask the Dr, do so. :) 
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  • ColeBug89 said:
    I'll start  :) 

    We got the go-ahead from Ella's doctor to start solids at her 4-month check up last month, but I have been very hesitant. She will be 5 months next week and I think we are ready to start! I just have a few questions to begin and anyone please feel free to answer or add your own questions!

    Do you plan on/are you buying premade baby food or making your own? Or some combination?
      
    With DD, we made most of her food and used premade when out and about. We used mostly Ella's and Happy Baby but used some Gerber too. We plan to do the same this time around. So far, Harrison has had mashed avocado, mashed banana, and sweet potato homemade and green beans, carrots, and squash permafrost. 
    If you buy, are there any brands you do or do not recommend?

    Ellas and Happy Baby were our favorites. 
    If you are making food, what kind(s
     
    We eat lots of veggies and fruit, so I'd typically just steam some of what we are eating and mash or purée it for LO. For DD, I'd cook a big batch of fruit to purée and then freeze in ice cube trays and store the frozen cubes in a gallon ziplock bag. 
    Are there certain foods your LO prefers over others?

    Harrison wasn't too interested in the oatmeal cereal but we couldn't get the avocado in his mouth fast enough. 

    I'll probably add more questions as I think of them...all of this is new to me as a FTM lol.

    ColeBug89
  • No. Just no.


    https://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/25/health/many-babies-fed-solid-food-too-soon-cdc-finds.html


    https://www.who.int/nutrition/topics/infantfeeding_recommendation/en/

    "As a global public health recommendation, infants should be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life to achieve optimal growth, development and health." -WHO (World Health Organization)
    "Breast milk alone is sufficient to support optimal growth and development for approximately the first 6 months after birth. For these very young infants, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) states that water, juice, and other foods are generally unnecessary. Even when babies enjoy discovering new tastes and textures, solid foods should not replace breastfeeding, but merely complement breast milk as the infant's main source of nutrients throughout the first year. Beyond one year, as the variety and volume of solid foods gradually increase, breast milk remains an ideal addition to the child's diet.

    The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that breastfeeding continue for at least 12 months, and thereafter for as long as mother and baby desire. The World Health Organization recommends continued breastfeeding up to 2 years of age or beyond." -CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)


    https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/129/3/e827.short

    The American Academy of Pediatrics reaffirms its recommendation of exclusive breastfeeding for about 6 months, followed by continued breastfeeding as complementary foods are introduced, with continuation of breastfeeding for 1 year or longer as mutually desired by mother and infant." -AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics)



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    We are dealing with some allergy issues, so we won't be starting solids until we can get that all settled down.  But for my last one, we just bought whatever the grocery store was selling as the 1st foods.  His first food was squash because we started him on Thanksgiving and that was the closest thing to a Thanksgiving-y festive food I could find.  I'm considering making some of my own foods this time because it's not so new and overwhelming to me this go-around.  Plus, I've been looking for an excuse to buy a food processor.

    leprechaunladyWinchesterGirl
  • Eh, call me a sanctimommy or judgmental all you want but I just follow the official guidelines and studies. If you think posting links and quoting governmental guidelines is judgmental, so be it. 
    Previously PaukMeKiande
    Surprise BFP/MC February 2011 
    BFP May 16th 2016
    EDD January 25 2017
    DD born January 30 2017
    Surprise BFP/MC April 2017
  • If someone walked up to you while you were feeding your kid and went "no, just no." wouldnt you feel judged by that person? 
    tripledaggerWed95976
  • We have always made our own purees, and loosely followed the order of foods on this site (that I think used to be different, but I think this is it!) https://wholesomebabyfood.momtastic.com/ I am pretty sure they recommended 6 months when my other kids were young, but now they say 4. It seems like they just did the opposite in Europe from what Jane said, lol. I think it's entirely up to you and your doctor! The site starts with cereal, and then adds other fruits and vegetables by stages. I feel like we started with pears, avocado and applesauce.
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  • For the record, the AAP links I was showing shows that you *can* start at 4 months. I absolutely would listen to my pediatrician and do what I felt was right from there. 
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    ColeBug89ohstars
  • We are going to be waiting until 6 months, and/or until he's got some teeth. Right now I'm just researching homemade baby food recipes, and looking at first food options.

    I have severe food allergies.... so whenever we start it will be slooooow and careful!
    Rainbow baby Dean is due 2/17/17!
    leprechaunlady
  • Our doc recommends 6 months, and said she would discuss starting solids at the 6 month checkup so we are definitely waiting till then. That's fine with us because we're using cloth diapers, and her being on solids is definitely going to change that routine!  I'm starting to think she's going to be very interested in food though, so I am excited to see her try it.

    We will be making our own puree's. A family friend got us a super fancy Beaba baby food maker which is awesome and should be so much better than our sad old and busted magic bullet we were planning on using, haha!
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  • At our appointment for the 4 month shots (though it was two weeks + days late) our Dr gave me the okay to start solids. Austin is in the 86th percentile for weight so the Dr said just to go with how I feel because he's "clearly not needing the calories." Hahaha it was funny. He did say we could do baby cereal and any stage one foods. We have tried both rice and oatmeal once but Austin made a face of disgust so that was all we tried. (We tried them the week of and week before the appt)  Now that I know I can go ahead with other stuff we might try them. (One new food a week was our instructions) 
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    ColeBug89jab3-2
  • We do rice mixed with fruit puree (usually mango, apple or pear) at coras lunchtime feed & then vegetables at dinnertime. Weve been using the ellas kitchen pouches cause we dont have a lot of freezer space to batch do our own. Cora looooooves her solids! Dives at the spoon & squawks for more when its finished. Shes now a little over 5 months & at 6 months im going to introduce meats & some finger foods like pasta & toast as shes doing great with everything shes had so far this past month.
    she did take an alergic reaction to peaches & banana so im hoping that it was the peaches rather than banana in it! Ill wait until the rash is fully cleared and try some banana on its own.
    chef'swifemadamerwinjab3-2
  • We started giving Austin some rice and oatmeal cereal but he wasn't taking too it. Our Dr suggested that we try mixing a little in his bottles just to get him used to the new food without worrying about a new way of eating too. (Spoon) so after a couple weeks of that we decided to try some other stuff on a spoon now, and first we tried apples. Austin hated it. He made faces and it was clear he didn't like them. After a few days to ensure he didn't have any reaction to that, we tried pears. He really liked the pears. Then he had the biggest blowout ever lol. 
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  • We've been having a lot of fun with solids for a few weeks now. I thought T was super not into solids for a little while, but it turns out he's just a slow foodie, and refuses to eat store bought baby food, even the super crunchy stuff with no additives. Apparently if I don't blanche the pears myself, he wants no part of it. Since we figured that out and have been prepping our own stuff, he's been having a ball. Peaches are far and away the fan favourite so far.

    We're going to start on meats next week. For those of you who have started that, how have you gone about it? The instructions I have in my baby food book are to basically cook up ground meat in stock then puree it... but that sounds nasty. Any other approaches you guys have?




  • Senna was showing a lot of interest in our food so I made a huge batch of a bunch of different kinds of baby food for her and she wanted nothing to do with it. We tried sweet potatoes, rice cereal and blueberries before I decided to give her some more time before trying again. Good thing they will stay for a while in the freezer.  Sweet potatoes made her cry and blueberries were ok. She hasn't grasped the concept of swallowing yet though. I'll probably try again in a week or two.

    @poetryandoceans we haven't tried meats yet, but everything I've read says to do it just like you said. It doesn't sound too appetizing though!
  • @SawyerRichardson We were stuck in that loop for a while. We got out of it by having food on our plates we could mush up and offer. T was so into what was on Papa's plate, and we just took some avocado from his salad and mashed it up, offered it on our finger, and we were off to the races. Might help if she's interested in your plate but not your baby delicacies!




    SawyerRichardson
  • We havnt tried meats yet either, just fruit, veg & baby rice. Ive been doing purees so far but have tried a few finger foods which she is grasping the concept of aswell. She loves mango puree but didnt seem keen on the mango slices. Ive also given her some ellas kitchen carrot & parsnip puffs & last night we were out for pizza & i gave her a dough ball which she sucked on for a bit until she got bored & threw it on the ground. I would like to try meats but pureed meat makes me want to gag & im too scared of non pureed! 
  • We haven't tried meats either, just fruits and veggies. Ella has liked everything she's tried so far. As far as solids, Ella eats the melting banana "puffys" and yogurt bites. I haven't tried her on any pieces of adult food yet.
  • Chicken puree was a total success! Cooked some ground chicken in stock, pureed it up and served it with peas and cereal, and he ate 2 oz!




    leprechaunladymadamerwinMLRocha
  • Solids are not going all that well for us. Austin has had one day of good eating and that's about it. It seems like every food we offer him, he makes a face like I'm trying to feed him garbage. He ate pears really well the first time we offered it to him, but even those get a puckered face now. Its nuts.
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  • @kswiger06 were getting the same with any kind of stage 2 foods, im not sure if its the taste or texture shes not a fan of though.
    kswiger06
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