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Blending fruits and veggies for a 6 month old


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September 14th, 2011, 05:47 PM
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Hello all. I've been blending up food(organic of course) for my baby girl. I have been using applies, sweet potato, mango etc. Do you have any recommendations for new fruits or veggies?
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September 15th, 2011, 03:12 PM
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babies can eat almost anything the mother can eat, as long as it's ground up fine enough this is a great site for recipes & directions: Wholesome Homemade Baby Food Recipes, Make your baby healthy homemade baby food with our easy baby food recipes, solid food tips, baby nutrition & more!

also, you can use ice cube trays to freeze foods. 1 cube = approx 1 oz.
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September 18th, 2011, 12:01 PM
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Avocado is so healthy for babies and needs very little prep. I liked to stick to baked sweet potatoes, bananas and other soft foods that I could put in the diaper bag whole and just scrape with a spoon to serve.

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September 27th, 2011, 11:39 AM
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Welcome!

I love researching nutrition! We follow a very "tradition" food diet, similar to that of Dr Weston A. Price & Nourishing Traditions, and/or the Paleo diet.

It's not recommended to give babies under 1 year old grains in any form, and some believe it best to avoid gluten until age two. This is a relatively new way of thinking in our day in age, as most people are programed to *start* babies on grains, then fruit/veggies, then meat...but really they've got it all backwards. Introducing grains too soon can be damaging to the digestive track, and cause allergies later on.

Most fruit/veggies are safe. Some of the more acidic types (strawberries, pineapple, etc..) may cause rash or irritation in the diaper area, but if so, just back off for a bit, and they will probably be fine in a few months. Meat and bone broths are wonderful sources of minerals. Even if the baby doesn't have the teeth to chew meat properly, they can still gnaw on it and get much of the beneficial fat/vit/minerals.

I start my LO's on solids later than most- between 9-12 months, as they show signs of being ready. Including:
*Sitting up unattended. This shows they have strength in their neck/torso, necessary for swallowing thicker foods so they don't choke.
*Teeth, or at least teething. When a baby starts teething the saliva changes in their stomach and is better able to digest food.
*Grabbing at food, and mimicking parents chewing. showing other general signs of being interested.
*Developed Pincer Grasp. Young infants are unable to pick up small items and put them in their mouth. This is a natures way of protecting them from chocking themselves.
*If the baby can swallow foods without thrusting them out. Though this is something that requires a bit of practice, in general, If you give your baby a bit of food and it comes right back out, they are not ready.

**NOTE: You know your baby better than anyone else! Follow your heart. If you think they need food sooner, try it. Generally it's best to wait until 6 months old, as that is when their digestive track is mature enough to handle something more substantial than milk, but from there, follow your individual child's needs!

Some of the foods we introduce first include: Avocado, banana, sweet potato, full-fat yogurt (if they tolerate dairy well), apple sauce, cooked/pureed winter squash, boiled egg yolks (no whites til a year), and broth. From there, as said before, most fruits/veggies and meats are fine. Just focus on whole, minimally processed foods ;-)

The cookbook Feeding The Whole Family is a great resource!
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