Starting Solids

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

Feeding question

My daughter is 9 months, she don't have any teeth yet but has been eating Gerber baby food for about 4 months now. I want to start giving her more solid type of food and not just puree but I am nervous. Can anyone give me some recommendations on how to start giving her more solid foods? Thank you in advance for any advice.

  • Sara
    Wednesday

    Look into baby led weaning, people often think babies need teeth to eat solids, avocados, grapes, zucchini, cheese, peanut butter on bread, even steamed carrots are great..... my son has been eating solid since 6.5 months and does great, educate yourself on the difference between choking and gagging because it can really help ease your mind

  • Jenn
    Thursday

    Some foods we did: bananas cut in half, blueberries cut in half, rotisserie chicken torn into small pieces, scrambled eggs, avocado cut into bite sized pieces or long skinny "fries", ground beef

C posted in Bottle Feeding Mar 27

How much solids should my 7 month old be eating?

To feel full, he can take 24oz of milk and purée per day - 8oz per feeding, 3 times a day. How many of those ounces should be purée, and how many should be milk?

8.5 month old feeds A LOT overnight

My daughter has always been breast fed. She would sleep long periods through the night up until 2 or 3 months ago. Now she wakes up to feed every 2 hours most nights. Sometimes it’s only an hour between feedings...sometimes she’ll make it 4 or 5 hours before needing to feed again. She eats some solids...she’s not a huge fan of much other than her cereal. We try to make sure she eats that before... More

  • Andrea
    Mar 24

    If its every two hours... it could very well be a sleep association too. My LO does that too... for a couple weeks wakes a lot... then only a couple times at night... then will do it more again. Its totally a mixture of things for him. Sometimes teething, illness, growth spurt... all these increase eatings which then get him used to nursing more and then he gets used to it (aka sleep associa... More

  • Sara
    Wednesday

    This is very normal in babies even toddlers my son is 11 months and still wakes to feed this is a developmental stage all babies reach when they are ready....

Which takes priority formula or solids?

When baby sleeps/naps through a feed which takes precedence? The formula or the solids? We are just over 9 mo and I’m getting confused what to give her...our doctor (Kaiser) does not have a checkup between 6 and 12 months if your baby has been on track, gaining steadily, and meeting milestones. I hate to bother the doctor (and wait the requisite 48 hour turnaround time) with a question I’m s... More

  • Jenn
    Feb 26

    I just had my LO's 9 month check up and my PED told me my LO should be getting around 20 oz of formula a day and then the rest is solids. She said to switch and do solids first, but I know my LO and she wouldn't have any formula if she was offered solids first. So we are sticking with the schedule we have and just increasing the amount of solids we offer at each meal.

  • Jennifer
    Feb 26

    Just an update: our PED response was that either is fine, since she has been so good with solids, and to just let her consume whichever she prefers when offered after waking from a long nap. She said our new (lower) oz of formula intake is to be expected...we’re riding around 18-20 oz plus BF 2x per day and drop to 12-16 oz on days she sleeps long (but she doesn’t wake in the middle of the ni... More

Anonymous posted in Behavior Feb 23

Help with feeding

Hi parents, hoping to get some advice for my 1 year old. He refused the bottle starting at around 9 mos and will only take the breast. At daycare, he’s moved to solids and takes milk/water occasionally by spoon. Recently, when he’s home and not at daycare, he only eats a few bites before screaming to get out of the chair. I tried feeding him in multiple places thinking it might be the high cha... More

  • Angelica
    Feb 25

    sometimes if me son won’t eat any of his meal, I sit it on the coffee table so that he can still go play but come back to nibble if he wants.

  • Elle
    Mar 14

    Put him on a feeding schedule, it will ensure he is hungry when you feed him and he knows that certain times are time to eat. Strong intentional consistent implementation of positive reinforcement the whole way through. Believe he can do it, and he will!

J posted in Safety Feb 23

How to..

How do you get over the fear of she chocking or gagging? I know if you hear noise that’s a good sign because her airway isn’t blocked but my husband freaks out which in turn makes me freak out. I’m also afraid that she will shove the whole thing in her mouth if I give her slice of something cut big enough for her to hold onto or that she might be able to break off a good size piece of food.

  • J
    Feb 28

    Yes usually steam the veggies. We did broccoli the other night but when she went to feed herself she shoved the whole floret in her mouth! So I ended up feeding her

  • Tiana
    Mar 09

    Do infant cpr class so you’re prepared in case of worst case scenario. My child has never choked, but gags quite a lot. Keeping calm, keeps him calm when it happens. I also talk to him after. Wow! That bite was TOO big. Good job coughing to get it out! Let’s do a small bite next.

What else can I give my 8 month old?

My daughter is 8 and a half months and loves eggs. She also seems really interested in what me and hubby eat and sometimes doesn't want to eat the pureed baby food and will stare intently at our plates. What kind of finger foods do you suggest for an 8 month old? She has 2 bottom teeth and the 2 tops are working there way in. She also likes puffs and Cheerios.

  • Terah
    Feb 27

    Thank you Julie!❤

  • Julie
    Feb 27

    Oh and if you haven’t already, try different kinds of eggs! Like hard boiled, etc. also cottage cheese. I eat cottage cheese all the time but my daughter refuses and I think it’s because she was cow milk intolerant until she was about a year old and I missed the window to introduce it!! And of course....fruit!! 😃

When can you give your kid peanut butter?

  • Sarah
    Feb 17

    Babies should not consume any foods, until at least 6 months (their guts are literally not ready to handle foods until 6 mos), after that they can eat whatever you eat. Check out Baby Led Weaning, the best thing ever!!

  • Jenn
    Feb 21

    ASAP. I waited until her 9mo visit and did it an hour before the appt in case of a reaction. Pediatrician said any reaction will happen within 2 hours of eating.

Anonymous posted in Bottle Feeding Feb 15

Feeding

My LO has been eating baby food for the last month or so and is starting to eat more now (2-3oz per meal) I usually give it to her in between her bottle feedings. So she’ll has a bottle at 7, baby food at 9 and a bottle at 11. She’ll have baby food 2-3 times a day. And this has been working for us very well. However, I am wondering if I should start giving her the baby food directly after the ... More

  • Angelica
    Feb 15

    I think the feeding schedule you have now is good. How old is she? Formula or breast milk is how the baby gets all of their nutrients through the first year. Baby food is secondary. I would give my son baby food at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, to get him in the habit of mealtimes.

  • Anonymous
    Feb 15

    She’s almost 8 months. She gets formula. Sometimes we skip the baby food if she sleeps longer than expected. I like to keep her bottles as close to the schedule (7am, 11am, 3pm and 7pm) we have since it works well for bedtime.

Anonymous posted in Food & Cooking Feb 14

What can my son eat at 5 Months?

I know the cans say they are for 8 months and up but my son really seems interested in the food his dad and I are eating. Would it be okay to give him stuff like the pictures I posted?

  • Beatrice
    Feb 16

    Biscuits I would wait a bit longer they are hard my son couldn’t bite it at that age the lil crunchies are good just break them

  • Mama
    Feb 17

    I would look into baby led weaning. If you have an Instagram it’s @babyledwean team. Sounds like you guys would benefit.

Talking Food

My son is 8 months old he will be 9 months on the 27... he has two bottom teeth and one incoming top tooth He HATES baby food and wants real people food. What are some options for food? Friends say to give him Cheerios but he’s just not old enough to me to have them yet. I do give him stuff that we eat like little pieces of ground beef mashed potatoes bananas. But what are some ideas of things... More

  • Kaya
    Feb 14

    Baby led weaning has worked well for my baby who likes to feed herself. She is 8 months old. She also eats well from the pouches of baby food by just sucking it out. She mostly refuses a spoon. Her 2 teeth do fine with anything soft like banana, avocado, steamed carrot, etc

  • Taylor
    Feb 16

    fruits! any and all fruits and veggies chopped into tiny pieces steamed soft but not super soft my baby loved anything with no skin so anything you can peel and steam is perfect unless they dont like veggies idk what soft meats there are but if you give them a lil tiny piece of whatever ill think he would love it ✨ u can never go wrong with mashed potatoes!

Not eating 9 almost 10 month old.

Hey mommas!! I am super stressed as my little one is not eating the same as he used to.. he used to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner and now barely eats anything except his cereal snacks & some of our food. He is breast fed but I feel like (I bet any mom feels) that he Is not getting enough. ALSO! What do I do with the purées I’ve bought that he won’t eat?? ive tried many times and he still ... More

  • Julie
    Feb 13

    I would say it’s teething or a purée strike!! My daughter eats way less when teething but right around this age she also refused ALL puréed foods and only wanted regular food!!!

  • Aleksa B.
    Feb 13

    Lol it’s gotta be both of those and I’m so glad that it’s not something uncommon! Thank you!

Solids

At what age should I introduce fine ground meats? My son is going to be 7 months.

  • Taylor
    Feb 16

    I intelroduced chicken at like 10m then groumd meats at a year but it has to be pretty small portions because its tougher and it took her a while to actually like it and eat it (she loves bbq chicken tho!) lol

  • Heather
    Feb 19

    My daughter has been eating meats since 6 months.

When did u guys start to give some purée to the baby?

  • Lisa
    Feb 10

    4 months we gave a half a purée at lunch only, 5 months we went to lunch and dinner, slowly got chunkier, till she was eating everything from the table that we eat by 8 months and got mad when we tried to finish the store stuff, despite only having 6 teeth!

  • Anonymous
    Mar 09

    Skipped it entirely. Gummable foods starting between 4-6 months. High protein, high nutrient real foods like avocado, scrambled egg, cooked beans, banana, etc.

Self-weaning before 1 year

My LO is 8.5 months and I can barely get her to have 21 oz of formula during the day. Sometimes I can get more in her if I add it to her puree, but she mostly eats finger foods so that may only add an ounce for the day. She isn't waking at night and seems happy/not hungry during the day. I know everything says I should try to get her to eat 28-32 oz until age 1, but could she be self-weanin... More

  • Julie
    Jan 30

    I think that’s perfect!!! But I’m not a pediatrician, haha. My daughter was the same and my pedi said that it was okay!! If anything she’s become more of a milk lover since I transitioned her to whole milk. Anyway, at her upcoming 9 month checkup say something to her dr but overall she sounds on track!! “Food before one is just for fun” is some silly thing someone came up with that means not... More

  • Mama
    Jan 31

    Yea I think she’s trying to tell you she’s ready for foods and supplement with formula.

Anonymous posted in Starting Solids Jan 27

Starting solids

My LO started baby food at 6 months and is now 7 months. I’d really like to start giving her solids but I’m very scared. Her first tooth just broke through a couple days ago. Should I hold off on solids? If not, what’s do you recommend and how big should the pieces be (size of her pinky nail)? Ughh first time mom 😫

  • Kerry
    Jan 28

    Awww, if she was like coughing and making noise its generally gagging. Chocking generally you cant make noises. I hope it gets easier for you. The more she is given the chance to learn the quicker she will grasp it. And if you find it too much you can always do thicker purees a bit longer.

  • Alex
    Jan 28

    See video linked above- gagging can look and sound pretty scary but it’s part of how they learn

Did you breastfeed beyond 1st birthday?

Hi, I know a lot of moms stop BF after first birthday. But me and my baby are not ready to give that up. Was wondering if there are moms out there who continue to BF beyond 1st bday. Was/is your baby eating a lot of solid food? Because my is not a big eater she still mostly relies on boobie.

  • jing
    Jan 31

    Mine is 19 months old and still ongoing. I'm planning to quit when she turns two. I would say breastfeeding is not a essential factor in terms of good eater. My little one didn't eat "a lot" when she was around one year old. Reflecting back, I guess it was mostly because of her teething pain instead of drinking too much milk. Now she shows great interest in food especially adu... More

  • Brianna
    Feb 11

    Just celebrated little man’s 3rd birthday and am breastfeeding as I type this. We are mostly down to nursing before and after sleep, and I am so very ready to be finished but he is not. I’ve been trying to stick to the “Don’t offer, don’t refuse,” method, but he’s showing no signs of stopping. Hang in there mama, you can do it👊🏽

Eating question!

How can I get my son to pick up his food and actually put it into his mouth??? He’ll do it with a spoon, and I know he’s capable of eating things that can be grasped (I’ve given him hard boiled egg, small pieces of pasta, banana, boiled veggies, typical BLW things) but they only make it to his mouth because I eventually feed them to him. Should I get the baby puffs since they’re accommodating t... More

  • Michaela
    Jan 22

    Thanks ladies! I hate feeling like I’m doing something wrong or not doing enough... but I guess that’s parenthood 😂🤷🏼‍♀️

  • molly
    Jan 24

    my son was confused because i would tell him not to put things in his mouth but i wanted him to feed himself. contradiction!! so i had to explain to him that he could put things that mama said he could. took about a week but he got it. very nervous initially but now he feeds himself by hand

Introducing meat

My son is nine months old and I’m unsure how to introduce meat to him. Any ideas?

  • Julie
    Jan 17

    My daughters first meat was inadvertently sloppy joe and she LOVED it!! Her daycare has a policy for babies under 12 months that if parents want them to eat any meals or snacks from their provided menu we have to okay it. Well one morning my husband dropped her off and they had just started a new menu that I hadn’t signed off on yet so they asked him to. Apparently he was in a huge rush and ... More

  • Jenn
    Jan 31

    Ground beef is the easiest. We did rotisserie chicken also (soft and easy to rip apart).

Jessy posted in Nutrition Jan 13

Starting finger foods

Hi everyone! I recently started giving my 8 month old finger foods banana, raspberry Dissolvable crackers. Any recommendations foods, fruits and veggies of which ones to give? She has not teeth I worry that she will choke. I want to give her corn kernels of course boiled but I’m not sure if she needs to have teeth to chew? First time mom. I appreciate any recommendations in advance thank you! :)

  • Christa
    Jan 14

    I really followed the book “French kids eat Everything” when I started really weaning my son into more solids and less purées. He’s almost 1, and eats things like broccoli, fish, beets, zucchini, olives (sliced), pickles, hamburger, chicken, noodles, lemons (seriously loves them), clams, shrimps, bacon, pickled artichokes, and the usual things kids love too. But set the rule, as you start educa... More

  • Bailey
    Jan 14

    My daughter didn’t have any teeth until 9m old and she still ate a lot of what I ate. If you can squish the food with your fingers easily, then she will be able to chew it with her gums no problem ☺️

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