We just started solid foods today for our little one! He is five-and-a-half months old. We started with organic rice cereal and plan to make our own baby food with our shiny new food processor that was give to us. :) I can't wait to start on the veggies soon...

I'd love to hear some tips from other moms about what worked for you when introducing solids. 

Specifically, what time of day did you find worked best when starting out? 

Also, how did you know when to increase from one "meal" to two?

Any other tips you'd like to share?

Thanks in advance!

adriel @ the mommyhood memos

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I haven't started my five month old on solids yet. But I do know that you should try one food at a time to see how the baby digests them. I have seven children from 17 to five months. With my 2 year old we did this but with the other five we didn't really follow a plan. But you live and you learn, as older parents we've done it differently.
Allison started cereal around 5 1/2 months too. We didn't add veggies until 6 months. We started with Sweet Potatoes. Morning seemed to work best for us - not her first feeding but the one after that which is normally around 10 am.

We were very careful to only add one new food at a time and fed that same food for around 3 days so we'd know if she was having a reaction. I did notice that once she started veggies she wasn't very fond of the cereal anymore. So, we just added some sweet potatoes to her cereal to give it some more taste. (Seriously - have you tried the rice cereal? YECH!)

I have to admit I was pretty paranoid about the whole solids thing and made sure to give her lots of vegetables before we started the sweeter fruits. But... I don't know how much it really matters.

As far as a second meal goes... Allie's doctor said we could introduce it anytime after 6 months. We thought she was probably ready when she started waking up in the middle of the night. She had been sleeping through the night and suddenly stopped. So, we started giving her cereal instead of her "dinner" bottle and she's sleeping great again. :)

Good luck!
Hi! First, thanks so much for starting this group!

I really, really love the website wholesomebabyfood.com. They have great info about starting foods, homemade recipes, and interesting combinations. Emma, my oldest, loved green beans mixed with applesauce and avocado mixed with banana.

With Annie, the baby, I have been giving her egg yolk (no whites!) as her first food. After doing some research, I discovered that carbohydrates are hard on a baby's body. They don't produce lactic acid, which our body uses to process carbs, until they are past six months of age. Breast milk is mostly protein and egg yolk has a similar composition.

I know it goes against the traditional rice cereal program and everyone should do what's best for themselves. It's worth researching though. The first time I gave Annie egg yolk I have to admit that it felt sort of strange. She loves it and seems quite satisfied by it. You can google "Nourishing Traditions baby egg yolk recipe" to find out how to prepare it. I read the book "Nourishing Traditions" and that is what inspired me to go this route.

Good luck and post some pictures of your little one with food all over his face! So cute!
Wow, these is some great input. Thanks ladies!

And Morgan... egg yokes? Wow, I have never heard of that. Sounds really interesting though. I'll definitely check it out. Thank for the tip on wholesomebabyfood.com AND nourishing traditions. Heading there now......

Hey another question.... did you keep feeding your bub until they reject more and are obviously "full"? Yesterday he was obviously full at one point in the meal and just turned away so we finished. Today, however, he just kept going! I didn't want to feed him too much and "plug him up" but he still seemed interested!

Do you just let them "tell" you how much is too much? Or is it best to portion control? :)
Hi! I'm all for letting them eat as much as they want. It is impossible for babies to overeat. That's something we learn to do as we get older. Such a shame! It's my opinion that you don't want to develop any feeding issues by restricting food. Just let them eat until they are full and stop when they are done. This helps them develop their own sense of how much is enough.

I highly recommend the book "How to Get Your Kids to Eat, but not Too Much." The title is a little strange, but it's all about the psychology of kids and food. Specifically, how to help your kids become good eaters and avoiding power struggles. My mom, who is a psychologist, recommends it to her patients who have food issues with their kids. Sorry to bombard you with so many referrals, but I love researching. :)

It sounds like your first session went really well. You can definitely tell when they are full. They turn their heads and aren't interested at all. Trust your mommy instincts- you know your baby! :)

I taught my oldest the sign for "all done" in sign language and it worked like a charm. She would sign it at the end of every meal. So great! They can start signing around six months. I want to try more signs with Annie. I'm going to try "more" and "milk". It's amazing what they can pick up! I really enjoyed feeding my children their first foods. It's so fun to see them experience tastes for the first time. I can't wait to do more with the new baby.

Adriel from the Mommyhood Memos said:
Wow, these is some great input. Thanks ladies!

And Morgan... egg yokes? Wow, I have never heard of that. Sounds really interesting though. I'll definitely check it out. Thank for the tip on wholesomebabyfood.com AND nourishing traditions. Heading there now......

Hey another question.... did you keep feeding your bub until they reject more and are obviously "full"? Yesterday he was obviously full at one point in the meal and just turned away so we finished. Today, however, he just kept going! I didn't want to feed him too much and "plug him up" but he still seemed interested!

Do you just let them "tell" you how much is too much? Or is it best to portion control? :)
I haven't started Nya on solids yet, but plan to sometime this week! I have decided, after much contemplation and with much feedback from other moms I tweet with, that rather than beginning with cereals, we will start with fruits and veggies. I just purchased a new blender/food processor, so my plan is to make her culinary masterpieces at home. I have read that it is best to provide solids mid-morning or early-to-mid afternoon, so that is when I plan to do so.

-Jessica a.k.a Nya's mom
Hi Adriel! I'm happy to share my experience with this because I remember feeling unsure when Q started solids and didn't have many people to go to for advice.

I think afternoons worked best for us at first, then after a week or two we added mid-morning. I think I just never wanted him to be frustrated and overly hungry, so I made sure he had BF about an hour or so before eating. After another couple of weeks, we were doing two to three meals every day but he was still getting the majority of his nutrients from BF. It took a while for Q to transition to eating solids more than BF.

I agree that babies this age can't really overeat, so if he's into it, then let him chow down! So cute when they first get started. Q's early favorites were bananas, sweet potatoes, and avocado.

Hope that helps!

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