Starting Solids

Discussions about the transition to solid food, including baby-led weaning, making your own baby food, nutrition and more.

How to Weening 2 1/2 yr old off the bottle during the night and naps?

  • Kaitlyn
    3h ago

    The only thing is, he has a tremendous melt down if it’s not milk,. I have even tried cutting it in half and he throws it down

  • Debora
    1h ago

    I had a hard time doing that, as well. My daughter was used to falling asleep after taking a bottle of formula. And then took 1 or 2 in the middle of the night. Awful! Her pediatrician advised me to change the routine and suspend the initial bottle of formula (she told me that my daughter was creating an image that she could only sleep after having the formula). It was like a miracle! First day... More

Cookbook recommendations?

I’m gonna cut down my 14 months old baby girls milk bottles to twice a day. She doesn’t really eat much solid foods, I want her to start eating but before I do it I want to be prepared and be consistent on giving her solid foods and I want to make sure that it taste good. I don’t have time to google her every meal. Any recommendations mommies? Thanks in advance! 😉

  • Cary
    Wednesday

    Start with veggies!!!

  • Aylin
    Wednesday

    I have the “big book of organic baby food”. I also have the baby bullet which came with some recipes inside

Hey. I'm new here. I am looking for advise on ways to help my baby stop breast feeding. Any help?

14 month old baby boy is still breast feeding but also eating everything we eat. He loves to snack!! Very healthy and happy.

  • Brittany
    Yesterday

    With my first one it was easy I just weened him completely off day feeding and he was fine than after two weeks stopped night feedings and he was fine with it. My second was younger and had a harder time I tried slowly weening but just seemed like he was eating more instead so I had to cold turkey him it was hard but after a few weeks he got there. You’ll definitely have some sleepless nights w... More

  • Brittany
    Yesterday

    Oh I should mention I did switch them to milk and offered bottles my youngest didn’t want anything to do with it so it was hard but eventually he realized I wasn’t going to feed him the breast.

Anonymous posted in Food & Cooking Tuesday

Baby Led Weaning

Our little just turned 7 months. We've toyed around with baby led weaning some, but she is just now getting to where she is actually eating what's on her tray. Before she was just kind of mushing it up and exploring with it. What kind of food are some good starting points? We started with brocolli and bananas already but want to branch out some now.

  • Anonymous
    Wednesday

    Be careful with peanuts or anything like that. Although, some say if you expose them early they are less likely to develop an allergy, but if you expose them too early and they already have the allergy, CPR is way harder to preform on an infant than a toddler. Obviously you as a parent knows what’s best for your children. Just something to think about!

  • Lisa
    Yesterday

    They now say you should introduce allergic foods before 6 months. So I made sure my daughter had peanut butter, peaches and such before she was 6 months old.

How often a day can I give my baby tastes of food that is not her milk?

  • Tammy
    Tuesday

    Started with rice cereal just before 4mos for both. After she got the hang of it we introduced fruit in the morning. Second is not as excited about it as the first so we haven’t gone to fruit yet. Once number one figured out how to feed herself she refused to be spoon fed. We never made it over 6oz bottles with her. She loved real food. These two couldn’t be more different so I’ll keep ya poste... More

  • Kieli
    Tuesday

    My daughters pediatrician recommended feeding her rice cereal twice a day until she got onto more solid foods like purées. Then he said to feed her as often as she wanted. She was a very chunky baby, and thinned out when she started running around. So I just offered her food and sometimes she would eat 3 times a day, and sometimes only twice. I noticed things like colds, and teething really aff... More

Baby food

What are some good baby food brands or way to make baby food easy?

  • Wenonah
    Yesterday

    I’ve heard making your own is cheaper but honestly I’m not sure. Because the Beech nut jars are only $0.94 and sometimes there on sale. Once you open the jars they last 2-3 days. If you buy your own ingredients and make it yourself I believe you’ll go over $0.94. I told myself I was going to make my own baby food but I just don’t have the time. Between working part time and taking car of a 6 mo... More

  • Amanda
    Yesterday

    I just found out wic gives baby food so I will do that since it’s free. And I take all the free stuff I can get cuz 7 kids get expensive.

Gags on food

So my almost 1 yo loves to eat. I still purée his foods & im trying to introduce him to solids a little bit at a time. However,..he seems to either have a very high gag reflex or not chewing (what I’m giving him is always broken down into little pieces) but if he gets a piece of food stuck on back of tongue he will start gagging & then usually throw up. Is this kinda normal across the b... More

  • Caitie
    Tuesday

    I think it’s pretty normal. They have to learn and get used to how to move food around their mouths to swallow it. With liquids and purées, they can just suck it down, but with more lumps and chunks, they really have to learn to chew. If after a couple weeks it’s still going on, then I’d ask the doc.

  • Anonymous
    Tuesday

    My son gags still occasionally at 11 months, so I’d say it’s pretty common. It just takes practice. Just chew all dramatically when he looks at you while eating so he gets the clue he needs to actually chew lol

Starting solids calendar or schedule

I’m starting my son on solids but I feel a little unsure of how to start. Has anyone found a calendar or schedule that helps you get started?

  • Birdie
    Tuesday

    Start with easily mushy foods. Avocado, bananas, sweet potatoes, beans. Then slowly work your way to more fiberous foods.

  • Betsy
    Tuesday

    Try Feeding guide for the first year - Johns Hopkins medical on the web. I started rice cereal with formula mixed in and after no reaction I began oatmeal cereal. I then started veggies mixed in with cereal. Then moved onto fruits. I started one meal at a time. Then gradually moved 2 meals a day then 3. Now adding snacks in between. There are solid dinners with protein also like chicken or turk... More

Anonymous posted in Food & Cooking Monday

My daughter is 6 months old and I have not yet introduced her to cereal. When should I?

  • Julie
    Tuesday

    It’s up to you if you want to!! Anytime around now would be good, you should talk to your pediatrician about any feeding concerns at your next appointment. There’s obviously nutritional value to cereal crops, they make up a huge staple in the worlds diet. For my daughter, I only fed her plain cereal once or twice before I started to mix it with her stage 1 purées as a way to thicken them. Sh... More

  • MG
    Tuesday

    There’s actually no nutritional value in cereal and is really processed. Depending on the brand, baby cereal can also have high levels of heavy metals and arsenic which I found to be scary! So I never introduced cereal and went straight into vegetable purées. I also make my own baby oatmeal, I buy old fashioned rolled oats and blend it to a fine powder. A great website to use to check how clean... More

My 18m old is a picky eater & plays with his food? How can I expand his pallet & stop his playing?

  • Jenn
    Monday

    I was going to say the same thing. As an SLP that has done some feeding therapy, playing with food is always incorporated. I would say play with him and see if he will copy what you do. During that game, put something in your mouth and see if he will do the same. If he spits it out, shake it off and praise him for trying. Play will all sorts of food, including things he likes and doesn't li... More

  • Rebecca
    Monday

    Mix things into what he already likes... Like add all different kinds of cut up veggies to spaghetti etc. Blened drinks like smoothies are a great way to sneak foods as well. I wouldn't worry to much about playing woth food unless hes throwing it otherwise it can be a great way for him to get excited about new things.

Baby led weaning parents! What’s the most grown up thing/exotic your under 1 has eaten? :)

  • Tina
    Tuesday

    My 1-year-old eats anything we stick in her mouth, which is mostly whatever I'm eating. That's pretty much every cuisine out there: Chinese, Thai, Italian, Indian, Japanese, Afghani, American, Mexican, Filipino...you name it, I've stuck it in her mouth. The only thing she wasn't a huge fan of was seaweed salad (though she's cool with dried seaweed, the kind that wraps aroun... More

  • Venetia
    Tuesday

    My 6 month old loves durians. The Asian “stinky” fruit!

Feeding problems

My daughter turns 1 in a couple weeks. She drinks 5 or 6 bottles of breast milk mixed with whole milk daily. I struggle to get her to eat whole meals. I give her eggs or yogurt in the morning and almost days she won’t eat and will fuss for a bottle. The amount that I can get her to eat in all 3 meals is probably equivalent to one good meal. I want her to eat rather than drink but she’s fightin... More

  • Micaiah
    Saturday

    Avocados and sweet potatoes are nutrient dense foods they contain almost everything your body needs

  • Jenn
    Saturday

    Cut back on the milk and she will eat more. If she knows that you will just give her milk, she will hold out. Only give it to her 2-3 times a day and only if she eats a decent amount of food (whatever you decide that is). It will not be pleasant but that is really the only way. She may not eat a lot the first couple days, but then she will because she will be hungry. Kids will eat when hungry. ... More

Anonymous posted in Food & Cooking Friday

Best baby yogurt

What is a good baby yogurt? Having my babe try yogurt soon and want to make sure I give her a good kind.

  • Hannah
    Saturday

    My baby really likes siggis triple cream. It’s low in sugar and high in fat.

  • Natasha
    Sunday

    Yo baby organic yogurt

Anonymous posted in Starting Solids Oct 10

Change in BM?

We just started solids (rice cereal/oatmeal) and baby’s farts are SO HEINOUS. We saw the first BM after oatmeal finally and it’s the same color as before (baby eats pumped breast milk and the oatmeal mixed with Breastmilk), but much thicker, which we were expecting. We just didn’t realize everything would be so stinky right off the bat! Is that normal? Baby hasn’t tried any other foods yet, b... More

  • Anonymous
    Oct 10

    Haha okay I was like “WOW”. It was surprising what a difference!

  • Kerry
    Oct 10

    I had the same reaction!

Baby food meats

My daughter is turning 8 months this coming weekend and eats the fruit and veggie baby foods. Would it be ok to introduce her to the baby food meats now?

  • Megan
    Oct 09

    Yes! Finger length cuts!! Look into BLW 😘

  • Heidi
    Sunday

    Even without teeth it’s crazy how much they can eat of real food! I had a little girl at where I work eat steak bites with no teeth! Just make sure the pieces are small and you could start with real food! If you’re not ready to try real food you could start the little bites baby food too! My son was around that age when he started to get tired of baby food and want the real stuff lol they can h... More

5 month old not wanting bottles as much.

So my little one has started on puréed fruits and has been on oatmeal for about a month. Since she started the fruits about a week ago, she has been wanting bottles less and less. I know it’s not good to give them more than about one meal a day with the oatmeal and/or fruits but the milk is boring to her. What do I do?

  • Kerry
    Oct 08

    Agree with Anon, give solids 30/60 mins after milk. About 5 months we did a 3 hr routine with bottles then a meal or two in between. By 6 months we went to 4 bottles as he wasnt drinking all the last bottle and wouldnt drink till atleast an he after waking. So we did 4 hr routine with meals and hr after bottles. We also have ups and downs with solids and milk when teething, sometimes he wants l... More

  • Jennifer
    Oct 10

    We did baby led feeding at 6 months. We completely skipped over the whole baby food jar baby food. While they “practice” eating they ofcourse still need to be on formula or breastfeeding to make sure they are getting nutrients as there is a lot of food throwing at first

Vegetables to let a 6 month old taste

What vegetables did you introduce your baby to? (Please no starches or grains).

  • Jenn
    Oct 08

    Peas, green beans, carrots, squashes, broccoli, cauliflower (she loved it), spinach, kale.

  • Anonymous
    Oct 08

    All of them 😍 now as he’s older and doesn’t need particularly soft veggies I kinda like going and grabbing 2 things a week that even I haven’t really had much of so we can all try them. His faves are carrots, broccoli, green beans, cauliflower and sweet potatoes

Weaning

My little girl is 16 months. She started baby food around 8 months and nursed. Then we transitioned to real food at 1 yr and she has yet to give up nursing. Some days nursing is ALL she wants to do unless it’s a treat and it’s starting to get frustrating, her wanting to nurse in the middle of the day when I’ve made a meal for her and she refuses it. Any tips on getting her to eat real food duri... More

  • Nichole
    Oct 07

    Thank you ladies!!! 💕 I think this next week I’m going to try and get healthy “snack” food because I’m sick of giving her goldfish and other crackers when she turns down everything else. That gets expensive 🤣

  • Kerry
    Oct 07

    Good luck!! 💖 I bet it does, try veggie sticks with hummus or something along that lines.

Need tips about formula and cereal

I need some tips regarding using formula and cereal.I am giving cereal with formula to my baby one time a day, as ped told to give her to increase weight. She us breastfeed baby...The cereal and formula carton says that have to finish it with in one month after opening.. Since I am giving only one time a day so cereal and formula both are still full afted one month....just used 20%..So can any... More

  • B
    Oct 07

    I’d toss, but I’m super cautious on that sort of thing. Next time buy a super small formula container, or try to get the free samples.

  • Kerry
    Oct 07

    How underweight is your child or are they just smaller. Is she growing on her curve? Could you not add in an extra nursing. Or maybe do actual meals instead of adding the bottle in. My formula is always gone in two weeks or less so not much help there sorry. My little man was 5 weeks early @4lb 14. Hes now 8 months and weighs 14lb 6.5 hes smaller than average but growing on his curve nicely.

6 month old starting solids

My baby started solids and I don’t know how many times a day I should give her solids.

  • Diana
    Oct 07

    Just once a day, then twice. In between feedings. Do not substitute nursing sessions with solids

  • Kim
    Oct 07

    Started my LO on one type of food once a day for 2-3 days to make sure he didn’t have an allergic reaction and made sure he was still having regular BMs. After that, I started a new food with him once a day for 2-3 days. He loved eating so much that we started doing twice a day solids. Our pedi says that the goal is to have him eating breakfast lunch and dinner just like us by the time he’s 1. ... More

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