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We’re starting our baby on puréed foods today, and we’re not sure on how much to give and how often. Our pediatrician wasn’t very helpful

  • Sara
    Oct 11, 2017

    I loved this book when we were starting solids https://www.amazon.com/Feeding-Your-Baby-Day/dp/XXX-XXXX

  • Ashly
    Oct 11, 2017

    With mine- we started with the three meals breakfast lunch and dinner- when they are done they will push the food away or turn there heads haha!!

  • Stephanie
    Oct 11, 2017

    If they don’t finish one for breakfast can you use the same one for lunch? Just so you don’t have to waste it? How often do I give them a bottle then still whenever they eat?

  • Tj
    Oct 11, 2017

    I felt the same. I just offered spoonfuls until my son lost interest. Some days he’d eat more, some less. I don’t think there’s any strict guidance because food at this age is more for exposure than need.

  • Meri
    Oct 11, 2017

    Usually people say one food once a day for three days. We did two with our first one, because she was really into it. It is an adjustment for the baby, so some stomach aches might occur, I wouldn't overdo it in the first week. Just let them taste. Two or three baby spoons are enough. Once they get the hang of it they will start telling you how much they want to eat, like opening their mouth when they see food or not opening it when done.

  • Stephanie
    Oct 11, 2017

    Thanks so much everyone!

  • Ashly
    Oct 11, 2017

    Yes I did- used the same food throughout the day(if you know they will not eat it all, you can separate it out because their saliva can affect the taste and they may not like it later) - most are good for 24 hours, milk/formula is still the main source of nutrition and food supply for them at that age, I gave them a bottle while they ate to help wash the food down and they had two more bottles throughout the day(afternoon nap and before bed) You will know when they are hungry and don’t stress if they don’t eat the purée food or don’t eat all of it- it’s all new to them.

  • Cassie
    Oct 11, 2017

    My lactation Specialist said to treat puréed foods as dessert, or after they’ve already eaten there breastmilk or formula. She also said that babies don’t know how to over eat and said just to feed them until they are no longer hungry or interested.

  • Anonymous
    Oct 11, 2017

    You should feed baby once a day with solid food and keep the same veggie/fruit for 3 days to see if baby has any allergies. For the quantity they can take what they want: from a teaspoon to several. They decide! Also make sure to always start with the purée and then milk

  • Lindsay
    Oct 11, 2017

    I agree! This was not clear to me either. Very little guidance In this area. I'm doing the new food every 3-5 days but otherwise just winging it. At 6 months i have him eating oatmeal in the morning & then rice/ grains with a veggie at night since he has daycare.

  • Joey Carlton
    Oct 11, 2017

    I started my kid at 4.5 months with real foods, no purees. We didn't even follow the advice to do one food at a time, we just watched for signs and kept a list of what he was eating. Now at 7 months he gets 3 meals a day that are usually the same as what we eat. We don't have allergies in the family so we didn't take the same steps someone would who DOES have a history of allergies. Today, for example, he had vanilla soy yogurt and diced peaches for breakfast. (I spoon feed yogurts and soups only, nothing else. He is still learning how to use his own spoon.) Lunch was puffs (I was in a hurry so I keep these on hand for easy foods), peas, and carrots. Dinner was egg noodles with garlic powder, broccoli, cauliflower + a couple bites of split pea soup (vegan, from last night, with vegan cheese added). He also nurses 6-10 times a day still. But he can eat all these foods without choking. Here's our list so far: Apple, banana, potato, sweet potato, carrots, broccoli, zucchini, onion, mushroom, blueberry (the only thing we put in a mesh teether), peaches, pear, watermelon, cantaloupe, lots of different pastas, cheeses (colby, mozz, swiss, daiya brand vegan cheddar, parmesan), yogurts (soy - blueberry, strawberry, pineapple, vanilla; coconut milk - strawberry, raspberry, vanilla), breads (whole wheat, croissant, pita bread, tortillas), celery (great for teething!), soy sausage... Mealtimes are super messy but very worth it! His list of foods is at about 45 right now in the span of 3 months. Something new almost everyday!

  • Melissa
    Oct 12, 2017

    We made baby food in silicone ice cube trays and started with one cube a day at 6 months. Started first with avocado though. Food between 6-12 months is just for fun. No honey. Look for a more supportive pediatrician.

  • Chelsea
    Oct 13, 2017

    I give food to my 5 mo old until he is no longer interested or turns his head. You really don’t need to worry about how much. He gets plenty of nutrition from his bottle. The main thing is to introduce spoons, food and texture right now. You should give food when baby is not fussy or tired. When in a good, receptive mood. Usually twice a day. I sometimes do cereal for breakfast. We also do food at 5-6 when we get home and the sitter does it at lunch. My son isn’t crazy about most foods but we just keep trying. He’s just learning about it at this point.

  • Chelsea
    Oct 13, 2017

    Sometimes not much gets in lol

  • Joey Carlton
    Oct 13, 2017

    Melissa I disagree on the "food before one is just for fun" simply because there's a strong correlation between exposing kids to a variety of tastes and textures between 5-8 months to avoid pickiness and allergies later on. So feeding a 6 month old a variety of foods is actually extremely important if you want to avoid having a 3 year old who only eats chicken nuggets and applesauce. Studies have proven that the more exposure kids get to different types of foods at that critical age around 6 months, the more adventurous they are with their tastebuds later in life. So while it's optional to feed anything besides formula/breastmilk, you may do a disservice if you were to dismiss food as "just for fun" at this stage in life.

  • Traci
    Oct 14, 2017

    I started with veggies and 1/2 jar at lunch and 1/2 jar at dinner at 4.5 months now he is 6 months and eats 1 Jar at lunch and 1 Jar at dinner plus tiny bit of water before his bedtime bottle.

  • Chunghwa
    Oct 23, 2017

    My answer seems to be a bit late, but this is so important. You start once daily usually in the morning preferably after the first nap, since your baby will be taking three naps yet. You start with one tea spoon a day, and gradually increase every one teaspoon weekly or so. Some babies do better before milk, and some do better after milk. They usually say that it is easier to offer something after milk, since baby can be too cranky when hungry. I think the following site is really nice to refer for most baby things. They are mostly based on real medical researches and recommendations. https://www.babycenter.com/0_introducing-solids_113.bc

  • Stephanie
    Oct 23, 2017

    She seems to really be enjoying it