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DS has been self-feeding veggies and fruits for a couple of months. He is starting to eat beans (so cute!) and seems to be acquiring a taste for them. I love having a great protein source for him that he can self feed!<br><br>
I noticed that the beans (pinto) are not totally digested when changing his diaper. Also, perhaps a bit constipated (a little louder grunt when pooping). Neither seems too concerning, but thought to ask....<br><br>
Is he not digesting them properly? Is it too early for beans? Should I start with another bean? Thanks!!!
 

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You are probably seeing undigested beans because he doesn't chew them up as thoroughly as you and I might do, but he's still fine.<br><br>
When we added beans to dd3's diet, we added them slowly because the first night she had a tummy ache, but after that she did find. We looked into Bean-o, but because of allergy issues she wasn't able to take that.<br><br>
Her favorites are light red kidney beans, black beans, and butter beans.<br><br>
She pretty much eats them plain after they've been warmed. How are you preparing/serving them? (Just looking for more ideas!)<br><br>
For the "constipation", the beans do have a lot of fiber in them (which is another reason they are so good for you), so you want to make sure he is getting in his fluids (breast milk, water). It's not really constipation unless the stool he does pass is hard and shaped like rabbit pellets. It might be with the fiber it is more bulky and he gets a little gassy with it.
 

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Thanks for the feedback! I am so glad that he is eating them and I love how they are a great portable food with lots of protein and fiber!<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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I have been serving them plain. After showing little interest, I thought to mix a small amount of tomato sauce (homemade... no sodium) with cumin in it.... just enough to give it a bit of added flavor. He seems to love it.<br><br>
I have been having little luck with broccoli, and I tried dipping the head into a bit of the sauce and he seemed to really like it.... at least I got a few bites in!<br><br>
Thanks again!
 

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very normal. olives and grapes will often look that way too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
the more teeth they get and the better they learn to chew, the less you'll see.
 

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I remember those days with my dd! You just never know what food particles you'll find in the typical toddler's diaper. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
She's four now, and quite the bean eater. It agrees with her far more than it used to!<br><br>
It helps to make them from scratch, and to replace the soaking water a couple of times. Also, my dh swears that adding a clove of garlic to the final cooking water improves the digestibility of beans.
 

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yeah my DS has been eating beans since he was around 11 months, it's normal. We see all kinds of stuff in his poo, crayon tinting, smiley face star stickers, among other things <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 
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