Baby Care Basics:
5 Must-Know Tips for That First Week Home

1. Baby wipes
Most docs recommend avoiding premoistened diaper wipes for the first month of baby's life since some of their chemicals can irritate a newborn's tender skin. Instead, use cotton balls dipped in warm water. When baby’s ready for regular wipes, choose ones that are alcohol-free and unscented to prevent irritation.

2. Bath time
Until baby’s umbilical cord is off and healed, baby can only take sponge baths. Start by soaking your baby a little. Make sure to always keep one hand on baby, and remember that infants are especially slippery when wet. Start with his face–one area at a time since covering the whole face with a washcloth can be scary -- and work your way down. Make sure to thoroughly wash inside all the folds (under the arms, in the neck, the genital area, etc.) and save baby’s dirtiest parts -- aka the diaper area -- for last. Then, move back up and wash baby’s hair. And note: There’s no need to bathe more than every few days.

3. Newborn skin
At birth, baby's skin will probably appear to be dry. How come? It’s in the process of peeling off an entire waterproof layer of sorts. But in general, a baby's skin doesn’t need much specialized care -- just lots of TLC. A mild cleanser is safe, though many people recommend just plain water. Your baby's face takes a lot of abuse (just think of all that spitting!), so do your best to keep it clean. But if baby's skin seems excessively dry, irritated or itchy, or if you notice a rash or breakout, consult your pediatrician ASAP.

4. The umbilical cord get sucked into registering for cute toys or outfits Umbilical cord care has changed dramatically over the last 20 years; now, many hospitals recommend doing nothing but keeping the cord dry (read: sponge baths only). But some pediatricians still recommend using alcohol on the cord with each diaper change to speed up the healing process. That way you’ll be able to give your baby real baths, as opposed to sponge baths, sooner. So find out what your doctor recommends.

5. Fingernails and toenails
The safest way to keep a newborn’s nails short is to just file them and not cut them at all. Since the skin of the fingers is usually attached to the back of the nail, cutting the nails often results in nipping the fingertip too (ouch!). Even though the bleeding is minor and can be stopped quickly with a little pressure, it's very upsetting to the parent -- and always seems like a lot more blood than it really is! Once baby is a little older (18 months), you can cut their nails while they’re asleep.

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Q&A: Best first foods for baby?

I think my son is ready to have more than just milk for meals… but how do I know for sure? What are the best first foods?

Re: I think my son is ready to have more than just milk for meals… but how do I know for sure? What are the best first foods?

The Bump Expert

Generally, babies are ready to start trying solid foods around six months. If your son is showing interest in other foods (think grabbing for your chicken wings and staring at your cereal) and able to sit up in his high chair, it's probably a good time to start. Best to run it past your pediatrician before starting the taste tests, though.

The standard first food is single-grain baby cereal (often rice cereal or oatmeal) mixed with breast milk or formula, but there's no official scientific data that says you have to start with that. From whole-grains, move on to strained, mashed and finely pureed fruits and veggies like bananas and sweet potatoes. Allow about at least two to three days between each new food introduction to monitor for allergic reactions. At eight months or so, try pureed table foods like turkey and cottage cheese.

Stay away from honey until baby is at least a year. Some pediatricians recommend against fish and eggs in baby's first year, but there's actually no evidence that early introduction to them can cause allergies. Don't ever force foods -- if baby repeatedly refuses to try something new, he's simply not ready yet. And remember, baby still needs breast milk or formula until at least a year.

Plus, more from The Bump:

How to Make Your Own Baby Food

Baby Food Recipes for Every Stage

Best Foods for Baby (and a Few to Avoid)

* article updated October 3, 2012

Paula Kashtan

re: Q: What Are The Best First Foods?

We started with the common rice and then oatmeal. The doc recommended cereals at 4 months, stage 1veggies at 5 months and stage 1 fruits at 6 months. I read some text in one of my books that also recommends "Peas" as the first veggie to offer for the same reasons as rice cereal (low risk for allergic reation). After we introduced everything individually, we started buying the mixed stage 2 entrees which have meat in them. I was also curious about when to start meats but the doc said the stage 2 would be fine. Something I didn't know to expect that happened quickly was the "bottle intake" went down to less bottles per day and the stools started getting firmer, so beware!!

US_Rach |

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My daughter was doing well with cereal and oatmeal. We intoduced apples, pears, and bananas (a new one each week) and she became very unhappy. She won't eat cereal or oatmeal anymore. Since then we stopped trying fruits and will wait a little longer.

tiff16 |

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My daughter is 6 months old now and has been eating 2 containers of the stage two fruits and veggies along with ceral mixed with milk (all in one sitting) for awhile now. She eats all of that atleast twice a day and she STILL doesn't sleep through the night!

Alyssasmama |

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The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that you wait until at least six months to start giving foods besides breast milk and/or formula. Baby's tummy can't digest other foods very well at that young age and forcing it early will just make both of you unhappy. Unless your pediatrician recommends you give it early (and if they do, ask them why!), you should wait. What's the rush? You'll just be getting into stinkier diapers and messy feedings earlier than necessary!

JocelynP |

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And you dont need to hold off on allergens anymore.. Oh and meats can be introduced first of right after cereal (especially breastfed babies who need the iron. The iron in meats is better absorbed than the supplemented iron in cereals).

caromartin |

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we started out with one tsp rice cereal in 2 bottles a day at about 4months. it helps fill him up a little more and keeps him happier longer. he started sleeping through the night at around 3 months with only 4oz formula old so that wasn't an issue. but i'm going to ask his pediatrician about starting him on cereal once or twice a day or maybe stage 1 foods. it just seems like he gets hungry around 3-4 hours even with 6 oz and cereal.

nsilverwood |

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It really depends on the babies development. Its all about watching for the signs. If the bottles dont seem to be doing the trick, or you feel like you're giving them every couple of hours still, and hes really watching you while you eat, then hes probably ready. I started giving my daughter a little cereal at 3 months. You start with mostly formula and just add a little cereal so its really soupy and feed him with a spoon. She only ate like 2 bites the first few times, but as she got use to how the spoon works i thickened the cereal a bit each time. Then at 4 months when her pediatrician said go ahead and introduce stage 1s she had no problems with it. Its important to keep the cereal going as well as fruit and veggies too though because he needs all the nutrients.

rltripodi |

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we started our baby as early as 4 months with rice and cereal, then stage 1 fruits ,veggies, & meats .He is getting all the nutrition he needs and is doin very well on all of them. We r feeding him twice a day morning he eats a breakfast of oatmeal and 1 fruit, then for dinner he gets 1 veggie and/or 1 meat with rice/cereal. He just turned 5 months and now he is knows his routine and lets me know when hes ready for dinner he loves it and is a good eater, I think he sleeps better now with a fuller belly and just takes a 2 oz for bedtime. hes a happy baby :)

prego.cece |

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We just started today. DD is 6.5 months old. We skipped cereal and went straight to mushed up avocado with a little breast milk. Rice cereal doesn't have a lot of nutritional value so we didn't go that route, but who knows, we might eventually. Anyway, it was pretty fun and she did great. Although we needed a bath afterwards! Both of us!!

Mrs_DuneBuggy |

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The only way to tell is to try. I tried rice cereal with my son at 5 months and he would turn his his and shut his mouth. I waited a week and tried again, waited and tired again, now at 6 and a half months he loves meal time. I started with rice cereal and introduced one fruit or veggie at a time, seems like all babies love carrots.

eklisser |

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We started with avocado first, followed by banana and then I can't recall. Started at 4.5 months and I would wait until 6 months next time. Babies can't digest meat proteins until 1 year, so continue with fruits, grains, lentils, and veggies until then. And consider making your own food! SO much cheaper and more nutritious than store bought food! For the cost of an 89 cent jar of bananas, you could buy 2 POUNDS of bananas. Scrape the tip with a spoon and you have mashed bananas, with no waste! Check out the purple "Super Baby Food" book for inspiration. All you need is a Magic Bullet and ice cube trays. Good luck!

Lithigin |

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After talking to my doctor about this he said that baby's don't need baby cereal added to their formula before 6months since 1) their bodies arent ready for it and 2) they get what they need from their formula. But after you start introducing cereal start with veggies. I mean if you offer kids an option of fruit over veggies they will pick the fruit cuz its sweeter. You want your kids to get accustomed to veggies so they will eat the later in life. Fruit is easier to get your kids to eat. I will be starting on peas and carrots before i start on banana's and such.

AlexaR77 |

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Just coming from my son's 6 month appointment, (he was stricltly breastfed untill 6mo.)the doctor did not recommend starting him on ceral becasue it really has no nutritional value. Surprisingly however, he informed us of changing guidlines that now recommend meats to start with. We tried meats for two days and found that it was very difficult for him to digest and are now going the vegetable route for stomach ease.

cochranb |

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My son is 8 weeks old and I have been breastfeeding him since he was born. He was nursing every 45 mins.-1hr, so I was exhausted and started giving him formula at 4 weeks. He was not getting full on anything, he would drink 6-7 oz. at every feeding. So I started putting rice cereal in his bottles and that worked for a while and now he's still not filling up so I introduced oatmeal and he loves it. He eats it very well. My daughter did the same thing when she was his age. She was just not getting enough and I think you should watch your baby's cues. Just don't introduce strained fruits and veggies yet or juice.

samismomtabbi |

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My son was exclusively breastfed for 6 months. It's impprtant to watch for their developmental cues, not the calendar for when to start solids. It's a myth that giving solids will help the sleep through the night, so don't use that as an excuse either. The developmental cues you want to watch for are: reaching/grabbing at food, sitting up UNSUPPORTED, moving things in their hands deliberately to their mouths, and possibly starting to work on their pincer grasp. Then you actually don't have to do baby food if you wait for this stage. Our son went directly to finger foods, cut and steamed in "french fry" shapes. Bananas and avocados were first, then sweet potatos and broccolli. We also gave him tiny bits of chicken, and larger pieces (that he couldn't get all the way into his mouth) of red meat, which he just chewed and sucked on for the iron. Be careful with baby cereal, especially with breastfed babies. The iron supplements in them are very poorly absorbed, and actually interfere with the iron from the breastmilk. Now if you take this route, you will notice chunks in diapers, which babyfood babies don't have. It doesn't mean that babyfood is easier to digest, just that because it's already pureed, it mixes evenly so you don't see it. I loved doing solids this way because not only did I not waste my money on babyfood (which is disgusting, I recommend that EVERY mother taste every single type she gives her baby, and if she wouldn't eat it, don't give it to the kid!), and I didn't waste my time trying to make it either. I also didn't have problems transitioning to regular foods like some kids experience. At two my son will eat just about anything! His favorites are spinach lasagna, chicken pot pie, and broccolli!

skearhart4 |

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I am amazed at the different advice people get from their doctors. At 4 months my sons was a supported sitter and showing interest in food. At his 4 month check up I asked the doctor about introducing solids. The advice she gave me was to start with a cereal. Make it a liquid as possible and gradually thicken it to the texture of oatmeal and then work back down to a liquid. From there she advised me to introduce Stage 1 foods, starting with green food, then tan/beige food, then orange foods. She advised me to give each food for 4-5 days to ensure there were no allergic reactions. My doctor also provided me with a nutrition pamphlet with this information. My son has been on this schedule for about a month and a half and he is doing great. I would suggest speaking to your doctor but I think ultimately it is up to you and your baby.

misdrane |

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Both my daughters started rice Cereal at 4 mos, followed by oatmeal, whole grains then veggies before fruits, then moved on to meats etc. From the time they were babies, they ate what we ate, and today, at 7 and 5 1/2 , when most kids are the pickiest, my girls eat everything. My son is now 3 mos old, and because of how much he is eating, the Nurse Prac has given us the ok to start some cereal.. I am holding out until closer to 4 mos, but will do exactly what we did with his sisters.

UtMom2Girls |

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We started our daughter on rice cereal at 4 months and introduced veggies and fruit at 4 and 1/2 months. She seems to be doing fine with all. We have been making all of our own baby food.

MeganJack1 |

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It is each separate baby that decides when they are ready to eat solids usually between 4-6 months. Rice cereal is recommended first because it is very unlikely a baby will have an allergic reaction to it. Baby cereals are supplemented with nutrients such as iron so they do have nutritional value. The absorption of any iron that is not from meat is the same whether it be from formula or cereal (iron in meat is more easily absorbed by the body). If you are worried about that iron is absorbed better when given with a food high in vitamin C. There is now no preference on which foods are introduced after cereals whether it be fruits, veggies, or meats and in what order. What you should do is what at least one week between each new food to watch for discomfort or allergies. It is a myth that if given fruits first a baby won't eat veggies. IA food may have to given a few times before a baby will like it. It does take awhile for baby to learn how to actually eat solids so it will be messy but they are learning. Cereal should never be put into a bottle with formula but fed with a spoon while baby is sitting up. Feeding baby solids before bed will not make them sleep longer, the length your baby sleeps is also unique to them. Avoid foods that are high allergy risks such as peanuts, egg whites, fish, citrus, and strawberries. Also avoid honey (because of the bacteria in it) and foods that are hard to chew such as grapes, hot dogs, etc.

ebartley |

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At our 4 month checkup, our doctor recommended starting the girls on cereal - rice first. Hannah ate it, Kayleigh spit it out. We'd wait a day or two and try again with the same results. After 2 weeks we went to oatmeal with instant success for both of them. This past weekend, we added in a fruit. Dr said go with non-colored foods first since they don't stain as bad if thrown or spit out. Apples - check. Pears - check. Friday we try peaches. Stocked up on every stage 1 fruit & veggie. Can't wait for them to have tried everything before their 6 month check up.

dani2807 |

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At my daughters 4 month checkup, her dr. reccomended starting veges. he said do not use rice cereal because it had very little nutrional value and would just harden her poop. We started with green beans but was wondering if there are any good idea on what order to add the new one in.

jackieg1977 |

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Veggies were a good start for our first and we are looking to do the same for our second. Our first was very constipated (even without the rice cereal). Prune juice helped solve that problem. After he turned I year old my pediatrician said it was OK to start giving him Gudernoobs made by WooHoo Foods and just 2 a day keeps him going regularly without any problems. Even though it's health food, he thinks it's candy!

HealthiestMom |

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I started my daughter on rice cereal at almost 5 months once a day. I waited until 6 months to introduce bananas and she did not like them. So I asked the doctor and she suggested carrots. She is 7 months now and loves carrots, apples and squash. I will start avocados next week. I am making baby food with organic fruits and vegetables and following the Super Baby Food book. It really is very easy to make and I know exactly what is in her food!

snstefan85 |

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our little man started foor at almost 5 months. i decided to save money and make my own baby food. ITS SOOO EASY! all you need is a steamer and blender or food processor. there's a great website with awesome instructions on everything called wholesomebabyfood.com. i started out with cereal for breakfast and then added fruit after a week (apples, pears, mashed banana, etc.) waiting 3-5 days before introducing something new. then i added lunch, usually a vegetable partnered with a fruit (sweet potatoes and pears, green beans and apples, peas and mango, etc) now he's on 3 meals. breakfast is cereal and fruit, lunch and dinner are fruit and veg. i'm just about to introduce meat. but don't think that whole food has ANYTHING to do with sleeping through the night! read "healthy sleep habits, happy child" for that.

nmshoffer |

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i was worried when my son started taking less formula after we started solid foods. I asked my pediatrician about it. we worked out a routine. When he first gets up from a nap, i give him a bottle (usually about half the amount he would take in a full feeding). then i give him his food puree (about 4 oz total). then before I put him down for his nap, I give him another half feeding. It worked like a charm! he's getting all his ounces now and his solid foods. But i always try to give a couple extra ounces more before his bedtime, just to last him until the morning.

nmshoffer |

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Prior to our 4 month check-up, my son was taking about 5-8 oz of breast milk every 3 hours during the day. Sleeping about 10-12 hours a night. (yes we are blessed) At 4 months our doctor recommended starting rice cereal for breakfast and veggies for lunch. Both of those followed by breast milk. He also said to give him as much as he wanted. Now at almost 6 months, he has a bowl (8Tbs cereal,2oz breast milk) of rice cereal followed by about 3.5 oz breast milk. Then lunch is usually about 7oz veggies followed by about 3.5 oz breast milk. Then 3 more feedings of milk in the afternoon/night before bed. His favorites are sweet potato, squash and carrots, but also likes mixed veggies, garden veggies, and peas and so so on the spinach. He refused to eat green beans. They were pretty gross. We're starting broccoli this week. And assuming next week at his 6 month appt we'll get the green light for fruits and others. The boy is ready for some real food!

gabriellelupe |

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I honestly think each baby is different and you should just watch for the signs (i.e. hungary more often than usual, etc) At about 4 months my baby was already taking 8oz bottles every 4 hours and sleeping about 12 hours straight at night, so when she started getting fussy for food after only 3 or so hours, or waking up in the middle of the night, or she wanted more after a whole 8oz bottle, i knew she was ready. I started my daughter on rice cereal (in an 8oz bottle of breast milk and/or formula) for 2 weeks, then oatmeal in the bottle for another two weeks (just enough to thicken it a bit and her stomach ready for food. Then, at 5 months, I started 1st veggies and fruits, for about 3-4 days each. Now shes 6 months old, sitting up, starting to crawl, and onto 2nd foods, which need to be mixed with cereals to give that extra iron she needs at this stage. So far the meats have not been gentle on her stomach, and I've heard that your not supposed to give them meats or dairys until at least 10months, then eggs and citrus at a year (for most babies) so i don't think I'll be giving her anymore of those. She has slowed down her milk intake with all this food. She has an 8oz bottle at 8am, and a 6oz at 12 & 4pm, followed by a half jar of baby food, mixed with cereal and some milk for consistency, about a half hour later. A couple times a day I give her a baby mum-mum or some puffs, and she has an 8oz bottle before bed at 8pm. She sleeps great, has never been sick and is generally happy and talkative.

SweetMissThang |

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It is a good idea to give the rice and cereals first (around 4 months), then at around 5 months do the VEGGIES FIRST. Often times, if you give them fruit before a veggie then you will have a difficult time getting them to take veggies because they like the sweetness of the fruits better. Just be sure and do one veggie or fruit at a time for about a week to see if they have an allergic reaction. Many pediatricians will recommend peas as a first vegetable because they are less likely to cause an allergic reaction. And alternate green and yellow/orange veggies or you may find that your baby's skin will turn yellow if you do too many of the yellow/orange vegetables. :-)

mrshodgdon |

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sweet potatoes, hands down. make your own or Earth's Best Brand.

katersmom |

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I started on rice cereal/ oat cereal at 4 1/2 months. At 5 months I started giving her pureed veggies I figured give her the least appealing first. ( zucchini, peas, sweet potato, carrot) She is 25 weeks now has gone thru most veggies and fruits. She digest the food just fine gives me a poopy diaper at least 3 times a day. I only did a 2 day trail run on veggies and fruit.

marcymora |

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i started my twins out with rice cereal, then oatmeat..When they were about 5 months.. I started making pureed food for them. they absolutely love now at 6months.. sweet potatoes, carrots, applesauce, butternut squash, pears and blueberries.. i also became to puree turkey.. my babies are also breastfed.

againes@temple.edu |

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My son started Stage 1 foods and rice cereal at 4 months. Now, at 6 months, he isn't liking the cereal as much so I've started mixing it with fruit. He loves it!! And, he now gets a veggie and fruit with lunch and dinner. It's nice to finally slow down the consumption of the formula!

attymar99@yahoo.com |

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this was over 20 years ago, but when i first came home from the hospital my parents decided that formula alone was not enough for me (my mom couldn't breastfeed) and my first food was mashed potatoes. they started giving me pureed food right then. i'm healthy and have always maintained a healthy weight and lifestyle, and i'm not a picky eater. but obviously that's not traditional at all and i wouldn't do that unless the doctor said it was ok... but that's my story.

beautiflaw |

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My son started a small amount of cereal in his bottle at 2 months. We started with rice and moved to barley which he seemed to like. At 3 months he decided he didnt like any cereal no matter how it was prepared. His pediatrician recommended oatmeal and veggies or fruit. He is now 5 months and LOVES his meal times. The pediatrician also told me that most babies do not like the green baby food veggies but most love the yellow or orange veggies. My son hates the baby green beans and peas so she suggested that I use frozen peas & green beans and puree them after cooking. My son loves them now. His favorite veggie is by far sweet potatoes and favorite fruit is pears. He will watch us eat and actually tries to grab the fork from my hand to get what I have. He is sitting up on his own, holds his bottle and pushes himself up to sitting when on his back. I followed his cues as to when I would try cereal. He loves Oatmeal over any other cereal. Stopped sleeping through the night at 3 months also, with more formula and cereal intake we are hoping it helps, but we also know he is so nosy and will not sleep if other people are around.

CarolinaMommy2Be |

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Holy crap, everyone has an opinion!

rmszal |

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Each baby is different... My 7 month old son eats cereal mixed with formula, the formula has the nutritional value in it...And I also mix in a little of his baby food (peas or whatever), into the cereal and he loves it that way.

slangnehs0126 |

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Remember, breastmilk and formula are #1. Giving babies food is only teaching him./her how to eat. I feed my baby his formula or breastmilk first then give him his food. This way I know I am not skipping the most important nutrition, giving Formula or breast milk> It is not a contest on what food you can feed your baBY. Keeping your baby healthy is more important. Take your time.

DEANAMC |

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A few days after our son's sixth month, we let him try a very soup-y mix of breastmilk and brown rice cereal. He downed it happily! Since then, he's tried mashed avocado and banana. Mashed steamed peas are next, followed by mashed steamed carrots or mashed steamed butternut squash -- can't decide which yet! I have no idea if this makes a difference in influencing a baby's taste tolerance for new foods, but my plan is deliberately eat the grownup version of the food before serving it to him, so he gets a sneak-preview of the food through my breastmilk. (For example, eat peas myself, let those peas go through my system and into my breastmilk, nurse him, then a day or so later, feed him mashed peas mixed with breastmilk, then feed him pure mashed peas. I did this for his first two solid foods (although a little haphazardly), and he hasn't rejected any food yet. But then, he's only had avocado and banana -- what baby in their right mind would reject those! :-)

eggsnotyetexpired |

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My pediatrician recommended vegetables first, then fruit, then cereal and I guess that's what most will recommend these days.....starting with the veggies first is a smart idea I think ;O)

mandytesshoit |

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I started my daughter with rice cereal @ 3 months, she just turned 6mothhs on the 3rd and she's had rice, oatmeal and mixed cereal and all of stage 1 jar fruits and veggies except prumes but she doesnt like the carrots. Everyone is different with my 1st child i went by the book but this time i'm goona feed my daughter and she still wants more

honeydip730 |

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Rice cereal is no longer the recommendation! Babies process it the same way they process sugar. (Also, it is NOT SAFE to give cereal in a bottle!!) I suggest finger foods and self-feeding to start. Be safe and learn about choking no matter how and what you feed but check out www.babyledweaningblog.com for more on fun and nutritious first feedings!

hollowstar |

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My baby girl just turned 7 months and she actually has 6 teeth already. We were holding off on feeding her solids till the doctor gave us the go ahead. When he saw him for her 6 month check up and noticed her teeth, he was not hesitant at all and said to go ahead and start her on any baby solids. We started with oatmeal or rice cereal in the morning, about 1 tbsp and a bottle after, which went down pretty easy, and this was maybe twice a day (once in the morning and either in the afternoon or evening for dinner). Then we started her on 1st food veggies so she wouldn't favor only the sweet stuff. So we started with green peas, green beans, which she has no problems with, needless to say her appetite is pretty good (and this was maybe once a day and then the rice for dinner and bottle). Recently I started making some of my own baby food, like apple bananas, mixed with a little formula or breast milk, and she loves it, especially with oatmeal in the morning, and ending with about 2-4 ounces of milk (like having juice with your meal). Now we feed her oatmeal with formula and banans for breakfast, rice cereal and bottle for lunch or sometimes just a bottle. Then for dinner it's veggies with rice cereal and milk.

solnalujah2000 |

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Breastmilk exclusively is best for the first year of the baby's life. That's my opinion.

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Campbell3424 |

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We started our daughter on rice cereal & stage 1 fruits & veges right after she turned 4 months & she did great! Her bottles decreased to 5 ozs (5 times a day) Now she's almost 6 months old eat cereal w/fruit for breakfast, 1 jar vege for lunch, 1 jar fruit mid-afternoon & cereal w/vege @ dinnertime. Still 5 bottles a day 6 ozs each. We r really lucky b/c she has been sleeping through the night in her own crib since 10 weeks old. I think the solids & cereal help to keep them fuller longer. I would recommend starting with the green veges first, b/c once they have fruits, they prefer the sweet taste & it's hard to get them to take green veges. Good luck!

klfaulhaber |

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We started with the typical cereal/breast milk for about a week, but since we waited until our daughter was 6 mos. old to give her solids, her doctor told us to be giving her 1/4 cup of cereal in the morning, 1/4 at night ("dinner"), and to begin mixing in veggies/fruits at mealtime and/or throughout the day. It seemed like a lot to us at first, but she took to it really quickly! Now she is 8 mos. old, and we make all of her food except for the meats (which I cannot even fathom how to puree it that smoothly even if I tried!). So far, she has had peas, green beans, carrots, yellow squash, butternut squash, mashed red potatos, sweet potatos, pears, apples, bananas, avocado, peaches, strawberries, and blueberries...not to mention a variety of jarred meat combinations. Whenever we have had a new food (usually green veggies) that she does not particularly favor, we'll start off by mixing it into her cereal so that she gets used to the taste, and then moving on to serving them separately. That has seemed to work wonders! (Btw, making your own food is super easy and much cheaper than buying it -- just steam, puree, and freeze in an ice cube tray to make about 12 1-oz servings and store in the freezer in a baggie marked with the food name and date; defrost in the microwave in a matter of seconds, and it's always "fresh" for baby! Case in point, one large sweet potato is about $1 and can make about 15 ice cubes!) For those who think their baby just does not want jarred solid food, try making it fresh...my best friend's baby nearly refused to eat until her mom started making her own food; now she gobbles it up! :)

7.24.2004orbust |

Q&A: Best first foods for baby?

I make my own baby food. its really good. i started with the lighter colors first. bananas, apples and pears for the fruits, and squash, zuchini and sweet potatoes for the veggies. once she was ok with those then we moved on the darker colored ones keepin reds last. think the rainbow. i use brown rice instead of white it has better fiber. we started at about four months just a couple of times a week and when she was 6 months we moved it to two times a day. sometimes i'll mix a fruit and a veggie. apples go with everything, if they dont like something plain such as rice mix a little fruit with it. as they get older you can puree the food you are eating so they can try it too..

back2basics |

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We skipped cereal at 4 months and continued with just breastfeeding. Baby has been sleeping through the night since he was 2 months old on nothing but breastmilk so there was absolutely no rush to start solids. At 5 1/2 months he started to become more interested in what we were eating so we started with Avacodo which was a hit. Since then we have tried zuccini, bananas, apples, and sweet potatoes all made in our Baby Bullet (which is a must). Baby's favorite food so far has been bananas.

enr05c |

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I first tried mashed bananas for my baby and he absolutely loved it. I noticed he loved his solid food mixed with breast milk, but I heard some women also use regular milk. After six month they can have different kinds of fruits and vegetables. I have a friend who owns a restaurant and she used to joke and say that she needed more restaurant supply to feed her baby, because he was eating a lot! She's very funny!

MalindaHartwig |

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I would recommend each parent check with your pediatrician. It is different for every baby. My dr recommended we wait with cereal for my son, but to go ahead and start at 4 months with my daughter. Due to size and weight, etc.. Also, rice cereal does have nutritional value. And it helps stick to the ribs a little! And most babies need that. They are growing so quickly!

ClaireF26 |

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Our pediatrician recommended following gerbers feeding schedule. The website will personalize a feeding menu per stage, sitter,crawler ect. i luv it! we use it as a general guideline. at 4months she got rice cereal with breast milk. now she is 5mths and she gets rice cereal (still with a lil formula or breastmilk) and stage one fruit, for lunch stage one veg and a snack of stage one fruit later if she is hungry, and for dinner oatmeal and stage one veggie. She is doing great with it all, loves her bannanas, sweet potatos, and carrots the most! Of course she still takes bottles or breastmilk through out the day. She is spitting up less after giving her foods now, with is wonderful because she was spitting up SO much!

dejasmine |

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Rice cereals are always the first choice it seems. But when you start the stage one foods introduce veggies first. If you try fruits first it may be harder to get him to eat the veggies.

Nickslovelygirl |

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I started feeding my son cereal in his bottles at five weeks, formula just wasn't getting the job done for him, He is now three months old, and while I heard a gastro doc tell my friend that a typical feeding for a baby is 1 ounce+ the number of months they are and twice that in teaspoons of oatmeal (it is easier to digest).. My son is three month old... he eats six ounces with twelve teaspoons of oatmeal, five tiems a day, and 1 gerber stage two food jar at breakfast, and one at dinner. I watched for his cues, he wasn't getting full, and was eating constantly, so I added the oatmeal, then as soon as he could sit good with some support, and was constantly watching what i was eating (and giving me this look sthat broke my heart) I started him on baby foods... His favorite thing though is to suck on a smoked sausage peice. He'll hold it and suck, and giggle around it. despite what docs say, kids know when they are ready for something, or want to try something... Remember no one knows your child better than you do, not even a doc... use your instincts, and your childs cues, they will let you know... Docs don't know everything... EVERY child is different the guidelines are there as a suggestion, not strict do or die rules... it won't hurt your child to start "eating" before four or six months... Just feel your way through... Baby will let you know when that was a bad idea, or a great idea.

lostorion |

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My 7mth little one was exclusively breast fed for 6.5 months and is attempting solids now. Breastfeeding until 6mths is reccommended for all baby according to much research. We skipped rice cereal all together. She has lost the tounge thrust reflex but is not that interested in solids yet. I will keep trying but I believe in food is just for fun in the 1st year and their nutrients should come mainly from breast milk. Im not going to rush the solids, the LO will let me know when she is ready. :)

junebug20111 |

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At 4 months, I started with organic brown rice cereal with pre and probiotics. Rice, even white rice has nutritional value. Look it up. Brown rice just has more than white. Baby had no problems. His poop was no harder than it was before. He had no increase in gas or any other issues. He did change in other ways. He was a much happier and more satisfied baby. In the next month or so I will try peas or carrots. For now, food is just a learning experience for baby so I always offer the formula first. I treat the food as a kind of afterthought until baby gets older (about 6 months).

bosjack |

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From the medical point of view it is not recommended to feed your baby with solids until he is 6 months old. I gave my baby only milk for five months and after that I've started to give him besides the organic baby formula mixed with cereals also brown rice boiled. Now he is 7 months old and he is very sweet and healthy.

LaraCrawford |

Q&A: Best first foods for baby?

My dr. said to start rice around 5 months if she seemed interested, and oatmeal if I wanted. Then at 6 months to start foods and to start with the more orangey foods because they are easier to digest than green foods. No meats until 9-12 months... Whoever posted that you should start with meats is crazy.

megannl5@wmconnect.com |

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Your baby is the best judge as to whether they are ready to eat solids. If you have to watch them when you are eating because they are constantly grabbing at your food or if they get very fussy when you are making food chances are they are ready for more than just milk. Test out each food for about a week before adding another food to their diet. If a particular food gives very fussy take a break from the food and see about another. They recommend babies starting on cereal first then adding other foods. I've found sweet potatoes did not work well with my little one. I was advised by a veteran mother to stay away from orange/red foods until they are 8 months. Talk to your child's doctor about what they advise. Due to my being allergic to milk my baby's doctor wants my 6 month old to start meats at 6 months so she receives a little more fat in her diet. All babies are different and begin eating at various times. You'll be able to tell though when your baby wants food.

jrturtle2011 |

Q&A: Best first foods for baby?

Talk to a dietitian, they are the expert on food not your doctor or your mom or random people on a website. Their recommendations are based on new research and science. Old recommendations used to be 4-6 months but now the recommendation is 6 months plus developmentally ready. Baby needs to meet BOTH these criteria. They also should start with iron rich foods such as iron fortified infant cereals or meats. From there the research isn't conclusive but theoretically it's suggested that introducing less sweet foods first can make it easier for babies to accept them. These are the recommendations of the dietetic association

pjg090 |

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My daughter is almost 7mos, and we didn't start any solids til about 3 weeks ago. Sure she grabbed at our food, but she had no idea what to do with it. If I gave her something, she still had too much of a tongue thrust reflex to hold it in her mouth, thus she wasn't ready to eat solids. And any Dr. who knows anything about nutrition will NEVER tell you to feed solids before breastmilk. Babies need that milk as their main source of nutrition. As much as 95-98% of thier nutritional intake the first year comes from breastmilk. Any solids they get are to teach them how to eat solids, to learn about textures and flavors, and to acclimate them as they slowly begin to digest them. It should be pretty obvious that if you are feeding 4oz of puree and your baby poops 4oz of mush, none of that was digested. And no, pureeing doesn't make it easier to digest. The older they get, the more capable their stomache becomes to digest real foods. The frequency of food allergies increases as you begin foods too soon - baby bellies are like sponges with openings that take several months to close; feeding food while the "holes are open" invite larger particles to enter the bloodstream where they are seen by the body as invasive thus prompting an attack on these foreign bodies - and now you have the beginings of an allergy. Why the rush? Why do Dr.s promote these foods (and some still heavily promote formula evevn though the AAP and research has shown it just isn't good for babies)? M-O-N-E-Y. Money talks and they get kick backs for what they promote.

sassyfirechick |

Q&A: Best first foods for baby?

I started with the basic rice cereal when my daughter was 4 months. She absolutely hated it. I then switched to the oatmeal cereal mixed with either fruit or veggies and she loved that. She is now 6 months old and has so far loved everything she's eaten. She eats fruit for breakfast and a vegetable for supper. I am working on increasing her food intake to 3 times a day instead of only 2 times a day. I was worried about cutting into her formula inake but the pediatrician said the reccomended intake of formula for a 6 month old is 24 oz and so far she's right on track with that.

ashfau |

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Thank you SASSYFIRECHICK. It makes me cringe when I read about some these people putting rice cereal in bottles (which is a choking hazard and does not make babies sleep through the night by the way) and feeding rice cereal or oatmeal as a first food at 4 months. I know some of these posts are several years old, but not that much has changed. My pediatrician also recommended starting at 4 mos with rice cereal, but I had thankfully already done my research. Not only are grains extremely hard to digest, but rice cereal has no nutritional value. My son is a little over 6 months now and we just started him on purees last week. His first food was butternut squash, not nasty cereal.

ASPETTIT9 |

Q&A: Best first foods for baby?

Please, please, please consider making your own baby food. The cost of the "Baby Bullet" is about $50, a steamer basket, another $10 but the savings in the long run is exponential. More important than the cost, though, are the health benefits. Jarred baby food (even organic) is NOT something our precious babies should be eating. Think about it, baby food can sit on a shelf for up to three years and still be served, would you feed your baby a three year old banana?! Certainly not! The things they do to baby food to give it that shelf life is nothing I want my sweet baby to ingest. We will start with fresh organic puréed avocado, then sweet potatoes, probably followed by zucchini or peas. Good luck mamas and remember, your child's nutritional precidence is set from the very first bite of food. Do your research and choose wisely!

jessicasuann |

Q&A: Best first foods for baby?

I would suggest to NOT start with Fruits! Introduce with sweeter veggies like peas or squash (or sweeten up more with milk) so he gets a taste and like of them THEN after a few weeks intro fruits. I would personally prefer a sweet fruit over a veggie, as would most babies, but I also want my baby to eat veggies and all their necessary vitamins and minerals.

wildersmommy |

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this is a wonderful thing to know " From whole-grains, move on to strained, mashed and finely pureed fruits and veggies like bananas and sweet potatoes. Allow about a week between each new food introduction to monitor for allergic reactions. At eight months or so, try pureed or finely table foods like turkey and cottage cheese"..thanks for sharing this information... http://solicitorsdublinservices.com/divorce-and-family

JulieG11 |

Q&A: Best first foods for baby?

We started with cereal at around 3.5 months when he was grabbing at my food. Tried rice 1st but switched to oatmeal & mulitgrain as rice seemed to bind him up a bit. after a couple weeks we started to add single fruits & veggies. He will eat all of them no refusals at all. We have started the stage 2 blends along with the yogurt blends. He loves the yogurt. He is going thru fewer bottles a day & has been sleeping thru the night most nights since about a week after we started the solids. Now we are starting to add meats in. He likes the fruit or veggie blend that have meat in them & soon we will begin making our own baby foods. This will allow fresher food & more variety for him.

Jester131 |

Q&A: Best first foods for baby?

I think soft food such as banana and cerelac are best for the child growth... cell phone spyware

junialopper |

Q&A: Best first foods for baby?

|Thanks for this great article, I'm looking for a long time to find Great Food for my baby so this article came in the perfect moment. I always that baby potions are the most suitable.

deanjohnson |

Q&A: Best first foods for baby?

My daughter is 4 months old. I've started her on rice cereal, oatmeal, apples and carrots. I don't think it matters what foods u start ur baby on fruits or veggies because all babies are different. My son loved veggies and not fruit. Now at 4 yrs old he doesn't like veggies only a select few. Try veggie, fruit, veggie, fruit..etc.

jonathan&savannahsmommy |

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Why would you say that a 6 month old looking at and grabbing at an adult's chicken wings wants food? If my baby grabs my car keys and also puts them in her mouth I don't think we'd conclude she either wants to drive OR eat my car.

debjoepasquale |

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I understood from my doctor that after 9 month I should consider using frozen yogurt solutions for my baby, it contains a lot of useful nutrients and the kids love the taste of natural yoghurt. My wife is preparing the baby food and my boy loves it, we try to add different ingredients that are rich in vitamins and minerals, or baby needs them to grow strong and healthy.

alankegan |

Q&A: Best first foods for baby?

At about 4 months, myebf daughter stopped gaining weight. She was doing fine with her developmental milestones, but just not gaining (she was also fighting off a nasty virus that took a lot of fuel.) Our doctor had us start solids because she was really ready: sitting with only a little support, grabbing at our plates and hands when we would eat, etc. We started with rice cereal and she ate it like a pro. From there, we did mashed bananas, then avocado, then carrots, then apples, then peas. She's 5m now, back on her growth curve, still nursing like a champ, and loving her solids (just added pears today.) I make her food b/c we're living overseas and I'm just not sure about the quality of baby food here, but the fresh produce is wonderful and it's so easy to make her food on the weekends that there's no reason to buy prepared foods for her.

formossissima |

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Homemade purees. The BEABA babycook food maker is awesome for this. http://www.babygearlab.com/Baby-Food-Maker-Reviews/BEABA-Babycook

nikkibs |

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junialopper |

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Normally parents give banana but cerelac is best in my opinion..text spy

junialopper |

Q&A: Best first foods for baby?

Basically you want to look and see if he has lost his tongue-jet reflex. If you put the spoon or food in his mouth and his tongue sticks out when you do, he is not ready. Most babies loose this reflex around 5-6 months. When you are ready to feed him food, be aware that it can get messy! You are going to want some good bibs to contain the mess, so check out the ones I make :) http://www.etsy.com/shop/DenaThings use the code BFF4EVA for free shipping!

an8petaldaisy |

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Working in child care I get this asked A LOT. You'd be surprised how many questions I get asked instead of their pediatrician. I would recommend baby rice cereal or oatmeal at around 5-6 months, or when they begin to get the hang of sitting. You also might notice the time of wanting to eat getting shorter. A little bit of cereal or oatmeal mixed with (aprox 1/2 oz - 1oz) breast milk or formula should be good! Don't want to waste any on the first go! Start with one meal a day, probably around dinner time but before that last bottle of the night. You'll want them to have a nice full belly for full night sleeping! After, introduce veggies first! People who introduce fruits first sometimes have a harder time with their child getting them to eat the not so sweet veggies! I recommend squash, sweet potatoes and avocado as FFs! First Foods! Wait about a week in between (maybe a week and a half) when trying new foods to make sure there are no allergies or intolerances. Be warned! There will be lots of poops! And they WILL be gross! :)

dbrunet06 |

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Why should not i give my child soft fruits like banana and cereals. Mobile Price in Pakistan

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terikhani |