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April 24th, 2013, 01:45 PM
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When will you start solids? Do you plan to use baby food, or baby planned weaning?

We are still trying to decide between home made baby food, and baby led weaning.

(baby led weaning is not the same as weaning off breast feeding)
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April 24th, 2013, 01:56 PM
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I will not do either. I forget the name of the diet I am going to do. It is more Paleo and has been studied by some hospitals in Washington State for having less allergies. I attended a conference about it a few years ago. The first food baby gets is meat and eggs at 6 months (this is largely different because traditional diets tell you to avoid eggs until a year). Then the veggies and you delay fruit and grains until they are almost a year, only I wont do any grains with Joseph probably ever if I can help it. I wont do any dairy either unless I can get raw milk when he is like 3 or so. I plan to breastfeed until he is at least 2. That is the plan...we will see how it actually goes.


I tried to find the name of the diet but can't (if anyone knows it please add it). I did find this article about Canada changing it's recommendations to avoid rice cereal as first food and do meat instead as there is more research to support that than rice cereal.

http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.c...by-first-food/

From the research that I do (I research grain free diets) cereal is not ever a good food for anyone let alone a baby and my genetics are largely intolerant of them so I am not going to give them to my baby. For thousands of years the first food baby got was meat (mom's would chew it up and then give it to baby) and there was less bowel diseases. My family has huge issues with bowel diseases so I need all the help I can get.
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April 24th, 2013, 02:23 PM
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I don't understand, are you giving it as whole items (baby led) or as baby food?
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April 24th, 2013, 04:21 PM
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I think you can do either pureed meats or you can give them the whole meat if they can chew it.... I have several friends who have done the diet but I myself never have so I am not so sure. I guess it depends on the baby. I think baby led weaning is a good idea for some babies but I have seen many babies have texture issues and they have to start with the pureed. I also have seem some babies gum meat pretty well so I think it can work either way.
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April 24th, 2013, 05:06 PM
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I mash up our food or put it through a food mill. I don't buy babyfood. I start solids when they show an interestin my food like grabbing at my fork when I am eating. I guess I do a little bit of blw but not right at the beginning. It is scary to me to give them solid food when they first start eating. Both my girls first food was avocado.
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April 24th, 2013, 05:31 PM
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I will be making our own baby food and of course not before she is 6 months old
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April 24th, 2013, 07:31 PM
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I plan to make most, if not all of her food. Sam's first food was sweet potatoes, then bananas, then avocado. I intended to start with avocado. He was just shy of 6 months. Sam never cared for his food to be super mashed, but i did cut things small.

I also plan to breastfeed Abbey until she is 2. Sam was nursed for 26 and a halfish months.
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April 24th, 2013, 09:11 PM
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A mix of both BLW and purees. I'd like to say I'm super mom and have the time to make baby food 100% of the time but I don't. Darn that full time job! BUT, I did plant a garden of veggies that should be ready for when Caleb is old enough I hope to puree those, go to farmer's markets, puree and freeze. And when he is 6 months I will do avocado, cooked egg yolks, and general BLW but those are the first foods. I don't do cereals either.
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April 25th, 2013, 01:31 PM
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I am not familiar with baby led weaning. (Maybe something I should look into!) I have heard that breast fed babies do not get a lot of iron. So we will probably first do iron fortified infant cereal around 5-6 months. Then after that probably bananas and avocados next. Not sure if I will be able to make all her food, but I will try.
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April 25th, 2013, 07:54 PM
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I do baby led in that I wait until she shows signs of interest like opening mouth when she sees our food and stuff. I use baby food first but introduce solids shortly after and do a mix of baby food/solids.

DD1 showed interest at 5 months. Honestly though I'm in no hurry because its so much easier to just nurse than to add in feeding food.
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April 26th, 2013, 11:01 PM
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I tried baby led weaning with DS1 and he just wanted to eat things whole. He wasn't very good at it. Since DS2 seems to be an eager eater I'm assuming he'd likely be the same. We will do homemade purees but probably not until a minimum of 7mos old. We're having some sensitivity issues from whatever I am eating that I have to figure out to know what we should avoid with him when we do start on solids.
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i will be waiting till savannah shows interest in our food , i will do baby food probably around 5-6 months no cereal and i dont do the meats because i think its gross and i myself dont really eat meat, so she will get veggies for awhile and than fruits and i will do some table foods as well if she can chew them
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We will make our own baby food, which basically just amounts to us running the food we are eating through a puree cycle. We won't start Creighton on them until he shows a profound interest (all of my children were ready to eat food by 6 months) although Creighton watches intently when you are eating now. I plan to continue to pump and give him breast milk until he is at least 1 year, and then probably longer, but I usually go with the flow so we wait and see what he wants when he wants it
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April 29th, 2013, 09:20 AM
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I am not familiar with baby led weaning. (Maybe something I should look into!) I have heard that breast fed babies do not get a lot of iron. So we will probably first do iron fortified infant cereal around 5-6 months. Then after that probably bananas and avocados next. Not sure if I will be able to make all her food, but I will try.
Infants have all the iron they need up until 6 months of age. The reason why it's critical people not feed babies until 6 months is a thing called "Open Gut" the protein accepters in the tummy are big to allow the complex breastmilk proteins to come in a be digested. When things other than BM come into an open gut, the molecules cannot be broken down and thus get sent into the blood stream and that is where allergies come from. That's why it's imperitive. AS for showing an interest, babies show interest in all things around that age, it doesn't mean the interest should be given into yet. A good alternative is to let them play with a spoon while you eat.
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Infants have all the iron they need up until 6 months of age. The reason why it's critical people not feed babies until 6 months is a thing called "Open Gut" the protein accepters in the tummy are big to allow the complex breastmilk proteins to come in a be digested. When things other than BM come into an open gut, the molecules cannot be broken down and thus get sent into the blood stream and that is where allergies come from. That's why it's imperitive. AS for showing an interest, babies show interest in all things around that age, it doesn't mean the interest should be given into yet. A good alternative is to let them play with a spoon while you eat.
Thanks for sharing! Great info!
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I will give him food when he is ready no earlier then 5 months! I made my own purees for all my kiddos so will do the same for connor :-)
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I make all of the baby food. Sunday afternoon I typically make enough for the week. Just steam veggies and then I have a little manual grinder that also does the meats and fruits. Eggs are the first foods that we don't grind. We've always done the cereals to start but I don't think we will this time. As for when it will depend on Maggie. When she is really showing interest in our foods or, like my sons, starts trying to steal food off our plates we'll start introducing it little bites at a time.
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This is definitely something I need to do some more reading about. (It's been overwhelming enough to get to this point.) Breastfeeding has been an ordeal to say the least, so while I'm eager to move past it I'd like to educate myself first about how exactly the transition might go and when she'll be ready for what. From off-hand reading and conversations, I really like the idea of babyfood simply being what we have for dinner, in a puree. But I realize that she'll likely start a little simpler. I don't have anything against cereals or grains, but somehow egg yolk, avocado, sweet potato, etc. seems more appealing. But again, I have to look into this.

There was an article maybe the NY Times (or an NPR show or did we discuss this here? My brain is pure mush. SIGH.) in which a study was done of when people start babies on solid food. And the most alarming parts for the doctors who did the study was the fact that many people indicated that "health care providers" (Broad term) told them they should start solids earlier that 6 months. (They went into why a formula/breast milk-only diet until 6 months was crucial, but...again...mush for brains over here.)
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May 5th, 2013, 12:39 PM
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This is definitely something I need to do some more reading about. (It's been overwhelming enough to get to this point.) Breastfeeding has been an ordeal to say the least, so while I'm eager to move past it I'd like to educate myself first about how exactly the transition might go and when she'll be ready for what. From off-hand reading and conversations, I really like the idea of babyfood simply being what we have for dinner, in a puree. But I realize that she'll likely start a little simpler. I don't have anything against cereals or grains, but somehow egg yolk, avocado, sweet potato, etc. seems more appealing. But again, I have to look into this.

There was an article maybe the NY Times (or an NPR show or did we discuss this here? My brain is pure mush. SIGH.) in which a study was done of when people start babies on solid food. And the most alarming parts for the doctors who did the study was the fact that many people indicated that "health care providers" (Broad term) told them they should start solids earlier that 6 months. (They went into why a formula/breast milk-only diet until 6 months was crucial, but...again...mush for brains over here.)
You are making such a good point and I will be the first to say the advice of health practioners almost never matches the studies because there is so much lobbying that goes into the CDC and American pediatric Association and all those boards. I worked for WIC and it was our policy to give moms a box of cereal as soon as they turned 4 months even though studies show that is correlated with an increase in respiratory diseases...so why did we do this? The cereal and grain lobbyist spent a ton of money to get us to do that. So moms went away from WIC thinking they were always suppose to start babies on iron cereal at 4 months because WIC gave it to them. So yeah moral here...do your own research like you said.
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May 7th, 2013, 06:33 AM
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That's precisly why I don't trust anything that is funded by the government. As far as I know they are all in bed with eachother, the government, CDC, FDA and any product that is mass produced for CHEAP.
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