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Hi ladies, I am a 1st time mommy and was hoping you could help me out.<br><br>
My son just turned 6 months old, is fed only breastmilk, and is around 15 lbs.<br>
He seems like he's ready to start solids, but I am not sure. He is starting to nurse more than usual which makes me think he's hungrier, he tries to grab our utensils and stuff off our plates if he's sitting with us, and when I was eating yogurt today I jokingly put the spoon by his mouth and he opened his mouth and tried to eat it. What do you think?<br><br>
If you DO think he's ready, please educate me about:<br>
-what foods are safe to start off with?<br>
-how many foods to introduce in what period of time?<br>
-how many ounces of food to feed him a day or do I just follow his lead?<br>
-how often would I nurse? And would it be before or after he eats the solids?<br>
-any tips on making my own baby food? I don't want to buy it.<br>
-anything else you think I need to know?<br><i>By the way, we are vegetarians.....</i><br><br>
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typing one handed...<br>
have you been to <a href="http://www.borstvoeding.com/voedselintroductie/vast_voedsel/rapley_guidelines.html" target="_blank">this website</a> or<a href="http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/solids/index.html" target="_blank">this one?</a> should answer all of your question. hth
 

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Signs of readiness- all should be met:<br><br>
sits unassisted<br>
no tongue thrust<br>
grabs food<br>
puts food in mouth<br><br>
Then let child self-feed soft chunks. Skip spoon feeding. Skip rice cereal.<br><br>
Good starter foods:<br><br>
avacado<br>
sweet potato<br>
squash<br>
ripe pear<br>
banana<br><br>
-Angela
 

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It sounds like he is ready to me. I got a book called Super Baby Food by Ruth Yaron. It is really helpful and has a lot of recipes in it and other helpful ideas. I don't do everything she suggest but it has good guide lines on when to start what foods.<br><br>
In the mean time try starting with pureed sweet potato or baby rice cereal. You can get a good organic one at any health food store.
 

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This web site has some great info on feeding schedules and making your own baby food. It really showed me how easy it is to put together a baby's meal!<br><br><a href="http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/" target="_blank">http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/</a>
 

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Skip the purees and rice cereal. Babies don't need them and they can easily be over fed with purees. Rice cereal is about as nutritious as library paste.<br><br>
-Angela
 

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I made actual babyfood for dd and froze it, but with ds I never quite got around to it and then saw that it was unnecessary. Ds just ate whatever soft whole foods we had around. I think his first food was avocado. We also gave him pears, bananas, oatmeal (regular oatmeal, like what we would eat)...um, what else? Whatever was soft. There are probably lots of soft whole foods sitting around your house if you take a look!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Skip the purees and rice cereal. Babies don't need them and they can easily be over fed with purees. Rice cereal is about as nutritious as library paste.<br><br>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Had to laugh at the paste comment, but it's true, rice cereal is completely devoid of anything good. Start off with some yummy food, baked sweet potato, avocado, banana... Baby food doesn't have to be this big production, take a banana cut it into soft chunks and there you go, food for baby! It's really simple, it's a challenge then maybe he isn't ready.
 

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Not going to be popular, but I think a bite of your yogurt is fine. DS had bites of mine at that age. He started off with that and by mistake,(I have 3 other children) cream of wheat with fresh strawberries and he loved it! I still give him that from time to time, but he likes soft pear, avocado, peaches, BROCCOLI!!!(Loves it), sweet potatoes, Zucchini, hard rolls, cottage cheese (my ds doesn't have trouble with dairy, but some do, it tends to run in families) and anything soft we are eating he gets bites of, but he likes all of the above. My ds is a bit odd, he hates bananas - and I ate them everyday when I was pregnant(still do).....<br>
As for me, I nurse before all solids. He does eat very little still at 8 months, but every time we sit to eat, he does as well and eats bits.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Skip the purees and rice cereal. Babies don't need them and they can easily be over fed with purees. Rice cereal is about as nutritious as library paste.<br><br>
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The main reason rice cereal is popular is historical and dates back to when they tried to push solids down 2 month olds. Rice is unlikely to cause a reaction, it's bland, easy to mix with formula and can be fortified with iron which becomes a concern at 6 months, maybe even earlier if you're weaning so early.<br><br>
You don't need to puree everything fine but I would recommend getting a food mill. If any of your fruit or veg is a bit fibrous, you can pass it through that. This will make it coarser than a food processor, still with some texture (most of them come with 3 disks) but traps any seeds or fibres.<br><br>
Although I will admit (no, DD isn't weaned yet, just watched friends do it!) that it is convenient to do puree, freeze it in ice-cube trays and then do mix-and-match with the cubes (because, let's face it, baby isn't going to eat a whole sweet potato in one go).
 

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Breast-fed babies do not need to be fortified with iron at six months of age. And rice cereal is constipating.<br><br>
We started solids when the baby <i>demanded</i> them. That really took the guess-work out of it.<br><br>
We've never done special foods for the baby, just mushed up whatever food (as appropriate, obviously not anything that would have chunks in it) that I happened to be eating. Our children, consequently, have never been picky about food, because they never had to make an adjustment from bland foods to the normal diet of our family.
 
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