Posted by: Mummy | 2004/11/22


What to feed my baby

My baby is five and a half months. I give her cereal in the morning, cerelac. The only things I feed her is Pumpkin, Gem squash, Potatoe and yoghurt. What else can I feed her. She drinks her milk and I give her water for the day. I need to give her food with nutrients and vitamins and i want her to enjoy what she eats

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It sounds like you are doing all the right things. At this age you can slowly increase the spectrum of foods, leaving the introduction of meat until 7-9months and the highly allergenic things like egg for last. You may also ask our online dietician for advice.

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Posted by: Purple | 2004/11/22

I fed the following in babies 6th month (you can use cooled boiled water instead of breast milk)
banana - mashed with a fork, breast milk added.
apple - steamed and mashed with breast milk
paw paw - scooped out, mashed with a fork and a little water
Avocado - mashed with a fork, and a little water
pear - purity pear (how you mash it yourself I have no clue)
sweet potato - steamed, mashed with breast milk (same with butternut, and gem squash.

I started with breakfast only, then introduced supper after about 3 weeks.

In the 7th month, I stopped adding breast milk and water to the food, but still mashed in the same way. I also started to give melon and to use some of the purity fruits and vegetables - peach, butternut & mielie bake etc.
When baby was holding things nicely, I started to give him finger foods - big leathery pieces of dried fruit such as peach, mango, banana, pine apple, pear. He couldn't get pieces off but would suck them down to nothing.
I introduced lunch.

In the eighth month I started to give meat - I steamed and then minced chicken in our blender. I cooked normal mince on the stove with onion and tomatoe sauce (all gold has no preservatives and is just plain pureed tomatoe), I cooked macaroni and cheese with formula milk and normal cheddar cheese, and no salt and pepper, and also started to give some of the 6th month purity foods as they have a lovely range. I mashed fruit and veggies to a much coarser consistency.
I started to give finger foods such as pieces of banana, whole ouma rusks, halves of rice cakes, brown bread squares with marmite thinly spread on them, purity teething biscuits, boudiour biscuits.
I started to give the finger foods as mid morning and afternoon snacks.
I also started giving cooled boiled water to drink in a cup.
I started making jungle oats and maltabela porridge for breakfast.

In the ninth month I started giving yoghurt (woolworths full cream tots yoghurts), I started grating fruit so that baby could pick it up and eat it. When I give purity, I use the 10th month purity. I've also started giving toddler muesli in the morning. We've also made the move from a normal cup to a spouted cup as baby can now hold his own cup, and the spout is far less messy.
We are introducing fish next weekend.

Good luck, baby feeding is so much fun. Do a google search for Annabel Carmel's book on baby nutrition, its excellent. Also Mary Anne Shearer has excellent advice on healthy eating for your child.

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