Baby Food, Spit up and Laundry

Updated on March 07, 2008
S.K. asks from Brooklyn, NY
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Hi y'all,

I'm sure someone has asked about this before, but I'm not finding the topic on the website. My baby started on solids about three weeks ago. So far, we've introduced rice cereal, carrots and sweet potatoes. Question 1) How much spitting up is "normal"? He always spat up a lot, but he seems to be doing it even more. The pediatrician said that wasn't cause for concern, but I'm wondering at what point it should become concerning. Question 2) How do you get those awful carrot-spit-up stains out of his clothes????? Question 3) Since tasting carrots, he has refused to eat the rice cereal plain. If we mix it with carrots or sweet potatoes, though, he gobbles it down. (For the Persians out there, we joke that he only eats Khoresht Chelo.) Is that a problem? Is there any reason why we shouldn't always mix his cereal with something more tasty? Are we going to run into problems down the road? I've heard that about giving the child fruit, but we're feeding him vegetables. I just don't know.

Thank you in advance for the advice.

In response to the first response...The baby will turn 7 months old in a few days. Thanks!

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So What Happened?

Oxyclean is wonderful stuff! Thanks for the advice. (The baby is still snarfing down his rice-veggie mixes and oatmeal-fruit blends. Thank G-d!)

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answers from New York on

There's no reason not to make food taste good by adding a little apple sauce or pear to the rice cereal. Rice is generally suggested as a first food because it is very rarely allergenic. But I know people who started with pureed peaches or even avocado. Babies have a natural sweet tooth, and adding fruit is the best way to get them to eat some foods like spinach.

HAPPYBABY has a free nutrition guide written by Dr. Sears and Amy Marlow, RD MPH CDN, with serving suggestions and recipes. Just email [email protected] for a copy.

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answers from New York on

Hi Shoshana,
You didn't mention how old the baby is. I am a mother of 2 beautiful girls, 10 and 15, 2 grown sons, and a grandmother of 3. I've found that under 1yr old, spit up is fairly common especially if the baby tends to eat fast. He might be getting indigestion. As far as mixing cereal and veggies or fruit, mom's have been doing that since for ever. If that is what he likes and he is happy with both choices, I don't see any cause for concern. Most children adjust later, to eating their food separate. My 10 yr old still mixes up some for her favorite foods. Try applying a paste of laundry detergent to the stains and let stand 15 to 30 mins and then wash as normal. Enjoy your beautiful baby.



answers from New York on

Is he really spitting up or is it more that he hasn't quite learned to move the food to the back of his mouth and swallow so he is spitting some out? I think that some spitting up is normal and as long as he is gaining weight, happy and otherwise healthy you probably shouldn't worry. My daughter was a big spitter until about 6-7 months and once she spent most of her time sitting up it stopped.

I also mixed things into the cereal, vegetables, fruit whatever she liked. As long as you are still only introducing one or two things at a time to check for allergies I think you should go with what he likes.

I hope this helps.



answers from New York on

Hi Shoshana,

I don't know much about the spitting up part, but we always mixed my son's rice cereal with something tastier. If you have ever tried the stuff, how could you blame him? We started him on solids around 6 1/2 months and from the beginning I made the food at home. It is surprisingly easy- I would make a batch and freeze it in ice cube trays and store in zip-lock bags. Then I just pop them in the microwave. I gave him both fruits and veggies, cooked separately and then they can be put together in different combos for variety. The problem with store bought baby food is it is designed for convenience, not taste.

I have also heard that you should start out with veggies over fruit, but fruits are the easiest to digest. May be worth a try if he has a sensitive tummy. Starting out, he loved apples, bananas and pears especially.

Now he is almost 14 months and is a very good eater. I still make most of his food at home and freeze it, except, now they are more complete dishes. His favorite is chicken soup with rice, which is so great because you can put all kinds of veggies in it. He always has some fruit for dessert.

As for the food stains, if you really care about the clothes, the best thing is to try to get the stain out right away and not let it sit. I used totally toddler stain remover and would run it under warm water. Otherwise, just let it go- they grow out of them so quickly anyway!

Good luck.

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