A.A. asks from San Diego, CA on March 27, 2008
Introducing Solid Foods - Aurora,CO
I have an almost 5 month old daughter with reflux issues. Because of her larger size (she's in the 99th percentile for height) and her reflux, our pediatrician thought it was a good idea to start introducing some solids. He gave us a list of cereal, fruits and veggies. At this point she is absolutely only interested in the fruits. My sister-in-law is convinced that feeding her fruit right out of the gate is a major mistake, and that my daughter will now have an aversion to the less sweet taste of vegetables and cereal. Any thoughts/advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
So What Happened?™
Thanks so much for the advice! We started by dipping the spoon in applesauce and then in the veggies for a few feedings and after a couple of days she was just eating the veggies! (squash and carrots!) Thanks again.
O.M. answers from Denver on March 28, 2008
I mixed a little applesauce with my son's veggies. He would eat the veggies just fine. He is now 15 months and eats his veggies now without any 'sweetening', although he still loves fruit. It could be worse.....he could love cookies. :) Good luck!
M.B. answers from Denver on March 27, 2008
Just a warning that starting apples or pears right out of the gate may cause a stomach ache for your baby girl and some sleepless nights for you. I started with rice cereal a week ago and it's going pretty well. I email other Mommies with babies the same age and a lot of their babies got really bad tummy aches when starting off with fruits. I am a big believer in introducing fruits last as well.
C.A. answers from Denver on March 28, 2008
I agree with your sister-in-law. Babies will always go towards the sweet stuff over veggies. My almost three year old will not eat her veggies and now I wish I would have stuck with veggie baby foods instead of giving her the sweet stuff too. I now have a 5 month old and have decided to start out with the "yucky" veggies to get her hooked and MAYBE give her sweet foods later. At this point there is really no nutritional value to these foods vs. just getting them to learn to eat solids so I feel that denying her the sweet stuff now may help in getting her to eat them through the toddler years too. If you switch gears, don't be surprised if your daughter gives you a fight. Just keep trying and start out with squash and sweet potatoes before going to green beans and stuff.
S.T. answers from Denver on March 27, 2008
You know, I had heard that too - start with cereal and veggies and then introduce fruits. Well, we got around that by dipping the spoon into the veggies and then into the fruit. The fruit taste is the bigger amount of food and the veggies slipped right in! That way we knew she was getting both.
My daughter really liked the sweeter veggies - the squash was her favorite. She never really liked the baby food green beans or peas, but she eats real green beans now like crazy! She also loves tomatoes!
Their tastes change over time, and it is said you should try a food a lot of times before the baby may actually like it. It's something like 10 or 15 times. Mixing the fruits and veggies helped us - a lot less waste if she wouldn't eat the veggies on their own.
One thing I could never figure out is why the baby food companies put strawberries and other berries into their fruit mixes - I had heard that you should hold off on berries because of potential allergies until the child is at least 12 months.