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Hi everyone -

What do you feed your older (8 mos +) babies?

My daughter is currently eating mostly pureed veg and fruits, some cereal, teething biscuits, and experimenting with mashed up bits of anything vegan that I'm eating. I'm curious about what other folks feed their babes, and especially what the consensus is about whether it's appropriate to feed dairy at this age. My daughter will eventually be raised vegetarian, tho not vegan.

Thanx for stories, input, etc!
 

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Hi this mama,

At 8 months my son was doing most of the stuff your child is eating--
mashed up veggies and fruits, a tiny bit of cereal mixed into the veggies
and fruits, flaxseed, teething biscuits. His faves were papaya, mango,
peaches, applesauce, avocado, and carrots.

He also had one meal of a grain porridge everyday that I made out of ground
millet and oats and brown rice, mixed with a bit of flaxseed and maple syrup.

I'm not sure you're going to find "consensus" here about the dairy issue.
For me, we started ds on organic yogurt at 7 months and he loves it. He has had
absolutely no problems with it. At nine months we started him on cottage
cheese and he loves that too. There is a significant difference between
yogurt, cheese, and milk. We are not planning to give milk until at least 12
months and maybe longer. Although I have given him non-organic avocados
and non-organic papaya and mango, I have never given him non-organic
dairy and never will.

For us, I knew I wasn't going to start him on meat until at least 2 years due
to the chemicals and digestion difficulties, so I decided yogurt was a good
replacement. He also seems to have a difficult time with beans and legumes
so the yogurt is a primary source of protein, next to breast milk.

I'd recommend "Super Baby Food" by Ruth Yaron for an overview--I don't agree
with everything she says but it's given me a lot of ideas.

Have fun!

Priya :)
 

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we never give isadora cereal or grains. i occasionally give her some rice cake to gnaw on but that's it by way of grains. they're way too constipating and nutritionally unimportant. when she's a bit older (after a year at least) i'll give her porridges where the grains are soaked beforehand.

i have another suggestion for you - how about hummus?? it's isadora's favorite. feel free to add spices and herbs (mine has garlic, parsley and cumin). you can make it with the traditional garbanzo beans or try lentils. just make sure they're blended well so there aren't any big pieces.

a great book to check out is from animal crackers to wild west beans

i don't agree with the authors view on overall nutrition and she's far from pro-breastfeeding, but a lot of the recipes are really neat, utilizing lots of fresh herbs and spices - kids love flavor!

hth!
 

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My DD eats everything in sight LOL She's a little over 8 months and she's been eating yogurt, cheese, nectarines, apples, grapes, watermelon, pasta, rice, nutrigrain cereal bars (on the go snack), oatmeal, mashed potatos, carrots (steamed till soft) avacado, green beans, peas and assorted beans.. basically just about every single thing I eat (she also loves chicken and turkey)

ETA: I forgot, she also eats whole wheat bagels, bread and muffins too
 
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