This has been a hot topic among my mommy friends lately, as most of our babies have begun eating solid food. Every pediatrician seems to say something different, and every book seems to say something different as well. Some doctors suggest a pretty set schedule, others hardly address the issue at all.
Our pediatrician gave us some guidelines that I shared with one of my friends whose doctor is apparently very nonchalant about solids, and I thought I’d post them here in case there are other parents wondering what to do:
- Start with cereal – rice, oatmeal, barley. Feed 2-4 tablespoons of cereal mixed with milk 2 times per day.
- Next add fruit – apple sauce, bananas, peaches, pears, plums, prunes.
- Next vegetables – squash, carrots, sweet potatoes, then green vegetables.
- Feed cereal and half to three-quarters of a 4 oz. jar of a fruit or vegetable in the morning and afternoon/evening.
- Wait 2 to 3 days between new foods.
I basically followed our doctor’s guidelines, but adjusted it to what felt right for us. For example, I had read that a new food should always be introduced in the morning so that you have all day to watch for signs of an allergic reaction. At first, I thought it was weird to feed my son a vegetable in the morning, until I realized that he doesn’t know any better.
I had also heard that vegetables should be introduced before fruit because babies can become used to the sweetness of fruit and consequently find vegetables unpalatable, but on the other hand, I had heard that the order in which foods are introduced doesn’t matter. I compromised and started with a vegetable, and have alternated vegetables and fruit as the new food of the day.
I’ll be posting more about feeding solids in the coming days, so if you have a specific question, please email me and I’ll see what I can find out.