Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Sherry | 2012/07/23


Started solid foods

Hi Doc

I''ve just started giving my 5 month old baby solids (3 days ago). I''ve started with the Purity first foods (maize) - the box says from 6-36 months.

I know I need to be patient and give her some time to adjust and figure out what to do with this food :) as it has only been 3 days. I''m giving her 2 teaspoons in the morning (between 1-2 hours of her first morning bottle).

My questions are, now that she''s eating porrige in the morning...

1.) When do I increase her food (to include lunch and dinner)?
2.) What do else should I offer her?

Your advise would really be appreciated.

Thank you

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Posted by: Annie | 2012/07/24

If you are still around looking for responses -
Can your baby sit? Does she reach for your spoon when you are eating? Does she spit everything out, or does she swallow some?

In the old days babies started solids at 3 months. Nowadays we wait untill 6 months. However, it depends on your baby. Is she ready for solids?
The morning I was 3 months old my mom gave me a bowl of oats, an egg for luch and porridge for dinner.... I ate it all without spitting it out but was allergic to egg!
So I was defenately overdue for solids!!?

My baby girl I started at 6 months. I tried once a day at luch because that was the best time for me to sit and be patient with her. After a week or so she ate about 2 little baby spoons of apple purity. She did not eat cereal till much later.

On most baby cereal boxes there are some guidelines for when baby is ready for solids. Follow these to know if you can start or have to stop again.
I found (later) that my LG enjoyed cerelac most - up to date its the only baby cereal she ever ate! You can also try purity (my girl liked apple most) or even mash some of the food on your plate.

You can also try finger food - you can post a question on the breastfeeding forum where Purple will probably respond with lots of info on finger food - I only did this when my baby started refusing me feeding her. This was before she was one year old!!

Rember - you are your baby''s mother and YOU know best when she is ready to eat! But it is a process. My LG did not finish a nr1 purity by the time she was 11 months old!
And you can only keep this in the refriderator for 2 days.... I have thrown so many bottles away still half full after 4 meals!
(We were then still at twice a day)

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Posted by: Purple | 2012/07/24

As the box says, she will be ready at around 6 months. Rather stop and try again then.

Cereals are for if you don''t have access to healthy foods like fruit and vegetables. Rather feed those if you do.

Start with one meal a day and when baby is taking a substantial amount at that meal, increase to a second meal.

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