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Any suggestions for what to start baby one? I want to make my own as much as possible. I do get wic so i get the free infant cereal...what else though? thanks so much
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We started with sweet potatoes, then bananas, then avacados. I made them by boiling the sweet potato, mashing, and mixing with expressed breastmilk to make it quite runny for the first week or so. I offered each for 3 or more days before moving on to the next. The bananas and avacados can just be mashed and mixed with breast milk or formula, whatever you use.

We didn't start with cereals at all, but that's because she is breastfed and because we didn't start until she was over six months old.

I hope this helps! Enjoy!
The first food my son really ate was baked, peeled and puréed sweet potatoes. Nutritious, easy to prepare, and he continued to like them best for at least 6 months.
Avocados are an excellent food to start with. Just mash up a ripe avocado with a little breastmilk, formula or water. Other great foods besides the ones mentioned above, cooked and purreed green beans, zucchini, apples, peaches, pears, winter squash.
DD started on mashed ripe pears and they are her fav food to this day! One thing she totally loved was mashed bananas and avocado mixed--but you would want to introduce them separately then together. We haven't decided what to start DS with yet--holding off until he has his first tooth
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I would agree with avacados. My dd is almost 2 and still loves them! Mash them up at first and add some breastmilk to thin. as they get older you can just cube them up. they are soft enough when ripe they can just mash them up with their gums

Bananas, avocados, and sweet potatoes were big hit here too. When they get to the finger-food stage (the child, that is!
) you can cut these foods into cubes and then roll them in wheat germ to make them easier to pick up.

I don't know what kind of infant cereal WIC supplies, but I used "super porridge" as one of DS's first foods. It's a concept from Ruth Yaron's book _Super Baby Food_ (which there are a lot of threads on in this forum, so you can search under that for more info) and is highly nutritious and very adaptable -- you can add all kinds of things to it, or keep it plain and simple. DS loves his every morning -- some days it's the only thing he reliably eats.
. PM me if you'd like my specific concoction, or check out the book. With some caveats, it's a good one.

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My dd, now 5 months old, has just begun solids in the last couple weeks.
She's had sweet potatoes the first two times, and this time she had carrots and bananas, combined. (I know about the separating food thing, but...)

Anyway, my ds, when he started solids we started him with the rice cereal we got from WIC. Made him sick. We stopped rice cereal- and my dd won't be having any either- at least not the Gerber stuff. Eventually I will make her some rice cereal- but for now, I'd rather her first tastes be veggies, not starches. Kwim? I'm not a carb-a-phobe, I just want to stress veggies in my kids.
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Originally Posted by VikingKvinna
I don't know what kind of infant cereal WIC supplies, but I used "super porridge" as one of DS's first foods.
I, too, would advise you to make your own cereal rather than using prepackaged- we're throwing out our baby cereal WIC checks! Whole grains are very cheap, and definitely worth spending the money on to avoid the processed stuff.
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