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Okay, I've posted here twice or three times already with the invariably boring questions about which solids are okay to feed my baby.<br><br>
We introduced solids at 6 months because every authority I read said six months. But now we are barely feeding our baby any foods! My dh is extremely cautious and afraid of causing allergies. My son is eating pureed peaches, pears and bananas, pureed sweet potatoes and squash, and has had rice cereal (but we stopped giving that because it was too constipating.) He now eats puffed rice, which he feeds himself. We also offered avocado and oatmeal.<br><br>
A general philosophical question: in your opinion, which foods should be delayed until a baby is a year old? On which authorities do you base said opinion? Are there any other milestones--like, say, "don't introduce food X until 9 months" or something like that? I know we shouldn't give honey or egg whites until at least a year (some say to wait even longer on honey.)<br><br>
What would you feed him next?
 

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Captain, reading your post takes me back 3 years to that stressful time of Starting Solids. It was so overwhelming! I had lists posted all over the fridge, I poured over nutrition books before bed after spending the entire evening making baby food, and I babbled to dh about ds's pooping patterns. In the end this is what evolved:<br><br>
1. I picked one source and made it my bible (sorry, can't even remember the name of the book!). Just pick one and stop reading anything else. Thankfully I hadn't found MDC yet. There is such a thing as too many opinions IMO.<br>
2. I fed the first foods my bible stipulated in rotation. Usually I would get into such a groove I would go right past the next milestone, all of a sudden realising one day that a whole new batch of foods were now open to us.<br>
3. I forgot all about it after he was a year old.<br><br>
I should say that there is no history of allergies in either of our families so I could be a little careless.
 

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**I'm a rambling babbler. I'll insert ** on the major points to save you time.<br><br>
DS eats rice cereal (about 1.5-2 tablespoons before adding water) every morning at the sitter's. At home, he gets a bite of this and that if I haven't added butter or salt (so, like, almost never).<br><br>
We've tried lots of stuff and he seems to tolerate it all so far - yogurt being the only exception. I'm not convinced he's allergic, but with dairy allergies in our family, it's easy to blame separation anxiety on yogurt. Humor me. DS has tried most of the foods you mentioned and then tiny specks of whole wheat toast crust.<br><br>
Like you, I read the stuff, got confused, totally freaked out and then decided to chill. I think what you're giving baby is actually quite a variety for his age. **As for what to feed him next how about applesauce, carrots, potato?<br><br>
**The things I'm waiting on for that 12 month mark: honey (esp. since I seem to have developed an allergy), egg whites (though he'll probably get those in bites of my toast, eh?), dairy other than yogurt, and meat.<br><br>
I have a question, too. Can he have macaroni? I made some for the fam and a piece fell on the floor and my puppy dog DS ate it. Could I give him some (that's not on the floor)? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> I'm gonna have to look that one up.
 

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I have to strongly second Liz's post. I used <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Super Baby Food</span> as my "bible", but there are other good ones out there as well. <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Feeding With Love and Good Sense</span> is another one I've heard good things about, although I'm not directly familiar with it. Having one source that makes sense to you and seems to follow your own food practices (in your case, maybe one that covers food alergies extensively) will save your sanity! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> Good luck!
 

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I did a lot of reserach and these are the general guidelines I use:<br><br>
Up to 9 months - fruit, vegetables, grains (no citrus, tomatoes)<br>
9 to 12 months - add fish, poultry, yogurt, cottage cheese, egg yolks, beans and legumes (lentils and adzuki easiest to digest), olive oil, butter<br>
12 months - child can eat just about anything you eat - milk, honey, citrus, ground nuts/seeds (recommended to wait until two for peanuts). Unless your family is prone to allergies, you will want to wait longer with nuts.<br><br>
BTW - if rice cereal causes constipation - which it usually does - try other grains like oat, millet, barley cereals. You could also mix mashed pears into the cereal which are a natural laxative.
 

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I would suggest giving your baby only sprouted, cooked mashed things (as for grains and legumes). I get my bible ideals from Healing with Whole Foods. I highly recommend this book for anyone concerned about their health. My baby is 10 months right now and I try to feed her only peices of my sprouted wheat bread. I would not feed my baby peanuts at any age! I don't eat peanuts myself, as they contain aflavatoxins. I wouldn't feed the baby regular old macaroni either, cause it is hard to digest. I have given her rice pasta before though and I think it's o.k. According to my bible, babies should have freshly made juices (such as carrot), unsweetend soymilk, simmered tofu, prechewed vegetables, fresh juicy fruit mashed, and the like. That's my opinion on this matter.
 

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Generally, we fed her what we ate, but pureed or minced finely. Why feed your baby anything that YOU wouldn't want to eat? Thus, one of dd's first foods was Thanksgiving turkey, pureed.<br><br>
The exceptions to this were: green leafy vegetables and carrots (due to concerns about nitrates - apparently they can be problematic in certain areas, and we didn't know about the levels in the veggies we were making, as they weren't coming from a baby food jar), nuts, eggs and any non-mama dairy (though I did start giving her yoghurt from cow's milk at about 9 months, with no problems (don't flame me, folks!)). With these, we waited until after dd was 12 months old.<br><br>
We also cut down on the spice level in our foods, but are starting to ratchet that back up. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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Thanks for the responses. I do own a copy of Healing with Whole Foods, but I wasn't going to follow it for ds as I don't follow it for myself! Though I haven't given any foods so far that Paul Pitchford wouldn't approve. But it's generally a very restrictive diet and I couldn't put my son on it if I can't do it myself.<br><br>
Chelle, you aren't a rambler or a babbler <a href="http://ntl.matrix.com.br/pfilho/html/lyrics/j/joker.txt" target="_blank">(but I'm a picker, I'm a grinner, I'm a lover, and I'm a sinner)</a> <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/guitar.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="guitar"><br><br>
Okay, my plan now is to continue to introduce new foods one at a time until one year, I'm thinking to wait on fish and eggs until late-ish (like 18 months) and of all the grains I'm going to do wheat last, but in other respects I'll follow Cathe's list. So I'm thinking applesauce and mashed potatoes, two of my own favorite foods, can be next.<br><br>
Man this stuff can make you Kah-ray-zee!<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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Ours were exclusively breastfed for the first year.<br>
Then we began introducing solids as they showed readiness signals and seemed interested, with special care given to those allergenic foods. I think mostly we started with fruits, sweet potatoes, avocadoes, etc., though my daughter was a salsa fiend at about 18 months.<br><br>
Never anything jarred or 'prepared' though--just finely diced or mashed from our own plates. Real food for real babies!<br><br>
Relax and enjoy it.<br>
When your baby is truly "ready for more" he'll grab it from your plate!
 
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