November 08, 2006,
A.M. asks from Dunlap, IL on November 06, 2006
Fruits and Veggies at 5 Months Old
I just talked to our sons doctor this morning about how much cereal to be giving him because he has been taking a good amount twice daily and I thought maybe it was time to try a little more. She said that since he is almost 5 months old (will be on Wed) that we could go ahead and try some fruits and veggies. So for any moms out there I need advice on what is the best way to go about this and what to start with. I dont know if I should do cereal all the time and then just add a little of either fruits or veggies or if I should do cereal a couple of times a day and then the other a fruit or veggie. Any advice? Also what veggie or fruit is best to start with? Help please for the new mommy who has no clue?
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G.M. answers from Oklahoma City on November 07, 2006
Wow! My kids are all practically young adults now so I never heard all this "veggies first" or allergy concern stuff when they were infants. But some of it makes sense. On the other hand, all my girls started on fruit mixed with their cereal and I never had a problem with any of them preferring fruit/sweets over other foods. The notion of veggies mixed with cereal is enough to make me toss my cookies. LOL!
It is my opinion that a meal of cereal (with or without anything mixed into it) in the evening helps babies to sleep contentedly through the night.
S.H. answers from Tulsa on November 07, 2006
I am a 25 year old single mom to a six month old. I started giving her rice cereal at 4 months mixed in with her milk and then by itself. I then introduced something new once a week so that if she's allergic to something, I know which something she's allergic to. I went to oatmeal before introducing fruits or veggies. I knew I wanted to go through several veggies first so that she didn't get use to the sweet taste of fruit and decide she didn't want veggies, but each child is different. I started with Carrots (be careful this can stain clothing), then Greenbeans, Squash, Sweet Potatoes, and Peas. Then I gave her applesauce and just started her on Pears this week. I serve the veggies slightly warm, she tends to like them better that way.
This is a fun stage as you watch them discover new tastes. When I started feeding her I mixed in oatmeal to make the taste a little more familiar as well as thicker, since my daughter prefers it that way. But like I said earlier, each child is different. Hope it helps.
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J.N. answers from Kansas City on November 07, 2006
It looks like you got a lot of advice. One thing that I did a little different for the "veggie" aspect was use avocados. I mixed them with bananas, which you can try after you've made sure he isn't allergic to bananas. Avocados are great for babies. Lots of vitamins, good fat and a great easy to digest texture.
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T.H. answers from Bloomington on November 07, 2006
Hi.. Glad you have a good eater so far!!! OK.... Most say start with veggies... Yellow ones to start.. but I did fruit sort of ahahaha Ok.. What ever you do.. Feed it for 1 week!!!! OK.. to test for allergies!!!!
I did like Pears first.... 1 weeks
squash for a week
Applesauce for a week
Sweetpotatos for a week
Peaches for a week
Carrots * WOW HE LOVED THEM!!! for a week
Bananas.. He did not like them at first... A bit strong!!!
Sooooooooo This was a hard week... WE ended up mixing in some pears cuz he did love them!!! with each bite... so he did get nanners in.... so that took a while....
Then on to green veggies... He hated peas... ehehehhe again that pear trick helped!!! hhahahahah
Also while starting the new foods Switch from rice cereal to oatmeal.. * Keep in mind... Rice cereal will reallly bind up little baby's tummy!!! IF you get a ton of solid poo's... Give baby some Pear juice!!!! that will help get it un blocked *Pear is much easer on tummy than apple juice!!!
Have fun.. and keep camera near by!!!
C.S. answers from Kansas City on November 07, 2006
As far as what to try first, my pediatrician said that it is good to start with the green vegetables first and fruits last because the baby sometimes will prefer only the sweetness of the fruit if fed that first. My daughter is one now, but I remember exactly how you are feeling. You really can't go wrong, because your baby will let you know what he likes. I started out by giving alternate bites of straight vegetables (or fruit) and the cereal that she already liked. After I knew which ones she preferred, then I would mix the cereal and fruit or veg. Sometimes they are soupy and it is easier to just mix some cereal flakes right in instead of preparing the cereal and mixing afterward. I hope this helps, it worked well for me.
P.B. answers from Peoria on November 06, 2006
Back in the day, the doctors advised us to try one veggie at a time so you can see if there will be any alergies or skin reactions. Not any sweets just yet. maybe in about three weeks and don't combine them with other foods use them as treats so you can see if there are reactions to those also.
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R.K. answers from Rockford on November 06, 2006
D.H. answers from St. Louis on November 08, 2006
To the new mommy. Every kid is different but with my two boys I had them on a schedule that was for breakfast I would make them a bowl of cereal with about 2 to 4 ounces of their morning bottle then a little fruit either separate or in the cereal then the rest of the bottle to drink. For lunch I would give a meat and a veggie or a veggie and a fruit and a bottle. Then for dinner I would give a dinner like the chicken noodle or something and a veggie and a bottle and then before bed I would give them the same thing I did for breakfast. I started with the number 1 jars and then I started using half of the number two jars at a time. Just refrigerate the rest and when your ready to serve again just warm it in the microwave for a few seconds to knock the chill off. My doctor said to start with yellow and orange fruits and veggie and then slowly move to the others. They say to give them the same thing for a couple days to check for allergies. You can also give gerber oatmeal and mixed cereal too. He will start to slowly decrease on milk but this way it is easier to get them on solid foods when it is time because they are eating more like you now. good luck and email me with questions ____@____.com
J.B. answers from St. Louis on November 07, 2006
I am sure that you will get a lot of responses to this one. I have almost 6 month old baby boy at home and he is my first. I started him on cereal and then started baby food a couple of weeks ago. When I talked to my doctor he said to start on veggies first and get the baby used to it before you introduce fruit because of the sugar. They may not want veggies after tasting sweet fruit. Also be careful of the fruit that you get because of the many horrors stories that I have heard some fruit is really acidic and babies can have a hard time proccessing it. I started out 4 weeks ago only giving him baby food at night (around dinner time) with cereal and he seems to love it. I am now giving him fruit during the day with his lunchtime cereal and he really likes that as well. I mix the fruit in with his cereal. I started out with a small amount and slowly started giving him more.
I don't know if any of this helps. But just remember that they also need the nutrients from formula for breast milk so don't get rid of those entirely.
J.R. answers from Kansas City on November 06, 2006
We always started with the green veggies (peas, green beans, broccoli and spinach) first so they become accustomed to those tastes as they are much harder to introduce after sweet fruits etc. We then went to yellow/orange veggies (carrots, squash, sweet potatoes). We made sure we kept to just veggies for about a month or so then introduced fruits. Both of our kids are still big veg eaters and love any kind of fruit out there. Try mixing a little of the greens with the cereal at first so it's not a huge overpowering flavor/texture change. Gradually add less and less cereal until he gets used to the taste - they mostly all do...Good luck!!