L.B. asks from Beverly Hills, CA on January 27, 2008
Hi Moms. My daughter is 7 months old and we've been introducing her to solids. She's still not quite buying into it. I've been using Earth's Best organics. We've introduced her to bananas, pears, apples, sweet potatoes, carrots and peas. (that's all they make) So I'm a bit stumped on what to do now. I don't think I should move onto meats yet, because she's not really eating. Should I start making my own food so I can give her more of a variety? (peaches, mangoes, squash, etc...) Or should I continue with the flavors she knows until she understands eating? Thoughts?
M.S. answers from Los Angeles on January 28, 2008
Go to www.askdrsears.com and look up baby's first foods. Just print it out and put it on the fridge!
C.M. answers from Los Angeles on January 28, 2008
MY Daughter is the same age and has been having the same issue with her baby food. I just keep giving it to her and now I wait until she is really hunger. Another thing to try is to give her rice krispy and cheeros and when she opens her month to take it shove a spoonfull in her month.Or put the cheero on the tip of the spoon with the food mixed in.
Mine loves the texture in her month and then move to 2nds and get the blueberry and apple etc.
Just to note mine still has no teeth and she has been eating the cheeros since December.
D.T. answers from San Francisco on January 28, 2008
I am a first time mom and I'm 38. My son is almost 7 months too and has been eating solid for since 5 months old. We are lucky b/c he LOVES food and eats everything we give him. There is another organic fresh baby food sold at Whole Foods called Homemade Baby. They make green beans, peas, squash, apples, pears, sweet potatoes. It is fresh and tastes like REAL food. We use Earth's Best for back up and traveling, but the flavors taste like canned food to me. I also make my son's food with organic veggies and freeze batches into cubes. Rightstart.com and OneStepAhead.com sell the "Baby Cubes" to freeze in. I make yams, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, carrots and peas, so far. Have you tried rice cereal or oatmeal with your daughter yet? I mash 1/3 of a banana and dilute with a little spring water and add to oatmeal or rice cereal with a squirt of flaxseed oil for breakfast. I change the fruit up each morning. We are waiting on dairy, like yogurt until my baby is 1 year. We are waiting on meats until 9 months old too. He gets most of his nutrition from breast milk. Solid foods are for experimentation with eating, flavors, textures, etc. - and a calorie boost. As long as your daughter is nursing or getting formula don't worry that she isn't into it yet. Just keep introducing - but try some of the fresher foods. Either homemade by you or the Homemade Baby brand at Whole Foods. Good Luck!
B.M. answers from San Francisco on January 27, 2008
I just had this same conversation with my pediatrician. My daughter is about 6 months and I wanted to know what the protocol was. Here's what she said: Go thru all of the vegetables first. Cook them yourself and then just puree and add water or organic chicken broth if necessary to make them very easy to swallow. Obviously gives you lots to choose from: peas, carrots, corn, all squash varieties (she loves butternut and acorn), green beans, yellow beans, potato- sweet and regular, spinach etc. Once you've gone through them all, then start on the fruits and do the same thing. I think the idea is to get her used to vegetables first, develop a taste etc., because almost certainly she will go for the fruits. I realize this contradicts what you've started but it's something you could easily try now. It is super easy to make it ourselves and we store them (per pedi suggestion) either in those tiny tupperware containers at any supermaket, or she said to use an ice cube tray which I guess is about the right amount (we're not doing that- just the tupperware). I end up cooking two vegetables a week and then give her one in the morning and one at night, alternating.
Hope this helps.
Oh- and we have a lot in common. I have been married about 3 1/2 yearas and am also 39, with a 6 month baby girl! Take care.
S.B. answers from Los Angeles on January 28, 2008
Try making your own food. My son never really liked baby food. He loved avacado, potato, squash, carrots (fresh with a hand blender and water or milk to thin it out).
Keep trying new things, one at a time of naturally to ensure not allergic.
L.M. answers from Los Angeles on January 28, 2008
I have a 91/2 month old she has enjoyed butternut squash. I've gotten frozen squash and cooked it and it purees very easily or make mash potatoes using chicken broth instead of water and mixing it with some breast milk or formula. These things are pretty fast and easy to make. I wouldn't start meats without talking to your doctor first. Every doctor is different. With the food you have tried you can mix some ceral with it too. Sometimes just changing the consistancey of food makes a differece.
C.F. answers from Los Angeles on January 28, 2008
Give your daughter some variety. Sticking with the same things will bore her and she'll find that eating solids is no fun because it's the same old stuff.
I would suggest you make your own food. If you can't think of what to make for you daughter, there are plenty of cook books for babies. i use an organic baby cook book for my son. So far, it's really easy to understand and it's help me figure out what I should and shouldn't feed my son at 7 months.
L.W. answers from Los Angeles on January 28, 2008
I'm a 38 mom to a 11 month old boy and 3 1/2 year old girl. Fortunately both of our kids loved to eat from the get go but I have several friends that didn't have it so easy.
Does she like cereal? If she does, try adding some vegis or fruit to that and she how she does.
Home cooking may be a good thing to try because you can try different things. You can also try mix foods together. Like say if she loves bananas, mix the bananas in. Or if it's a food that's a bit more bitter, add a little cinnamon. A web site I used for making my own food was www.wholesomebabyfood.com. I didn't do it at all with my daughter but decided to try it with my son and I was amazed at how easy it was. I didn't buy any special equipment, just a food processor and ice cube trays for freezing.
I personally would not introduce meats until she is eating fruits and vegis. If she doesn't like them it's doubtful she'll like the meat.
V.R. answers from Los Angeles on January 28, 2008
You could probably get it to a thinner consistency by making your own food, so I would try that. But, keep at it and don't stress some babies never take to the baby food.