After Multiple Requests, I am writing a post on baby’s first foods. I will list the order I gave them to my son. My pediatrician recommends 5-7 days between the introduction of each food to watch for food allergies. Talk to your pediatrician before starting your little on any food. We used the baby food freezer method from 6-9 months. You can find the specifics on it HERE!
Before anything, I would recommend investing in the book: Super Baby Food by Ruth Yaron. You can buy it by clicking the image below:
This book has food recommendations by month, different ways to cook every food, different recipes once you start mixing food, how much and how often to feed, and pretty much any other question you could have about feeding your little bundle of joy.
We started feeding our son rice cereal right at 4 months. He absolutely hated it. We kept trying, but he was not having it. We thought it was to early and almost gave up until a friend recommended oatmeal cereal. It is sweet like breast milk and he ate it like candy.
He ate Oatmeal cereal starting at 4 1/2 months and continued until he was 5 months and 1 week old. In that three weeks we increased the amount and consistency of the cereal preparing him for purees.
When he started eating solids I bought Organic Produce in bulk and prepared multiple foods on one afternoon. I do not use the microwave so I would set out his food for the day in the morning to thaw. In the beginning I would mix pumped breast milk into his food to thin it out. You can also use formula.
In those months we introduced the foods below in this exact order. We waited 5 days between every food by recommendation of our pediatrician. We steamed everything in the beginning by recommendation other than pretty much avocado, and banana. Again, buy Super Baby Food.
3. Sweet Potatoes
8. Winter Squash
15. Green Beans
16. White Potatoes
At around 8 1/2 months our son showed a huge interest in self feeding. We sit with him at every meal but allow him to feed himself. His hand coordination skills have become amazing from doing so. At nine months we almost completely eliminated purees and switched over to soft foods. We would cut small portions of the above foods up for him. Some of his favorites to self feed are broccoli, green beans, watermelon, kiwi, banana, avocado, and carrots.
Now that he is on finger foods we have introduced several more options. Always make sure to cut ALL foods into small pieces.
1. YoBaby Yogurt- It is GREAT for babies and is awesome when we need to feed him because of a time crunch. Allowing a child to self feed is not an easy or quick task.
2. Fresh Mozzarella
4. Grapes- VERY WELL CUT
10. Green Bell Peppers
11. Organic Round Crackers
12. Organic Broccoli Cheese Puffs
We introduced egg yolk to our son at the recommend age and he did great. So we went ahead and introduced the full scrambled egg and he had a mild allergic reaction. We have avoided it since and will reintroduce at a later age. Definitely watch for reactions, it was scary. As you can see, we have chosen not to feed our son meat until he is at least a year old. This is a personal decision. He is at an age where we can give him a nibble of whatever we are having and he loves chocolate.
As a mother you will hear so many recommendations. Mix your food, don’t mix your food. Cook this, give them that. Talk to your pediatrician and find a plan that works right for your family and specifically your baby. Introducing solids is such a fun and exciting time. Enjoy!