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December 20th, 2009, 12:25 PM
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Hi everyone! My name is Amber (28 almost 29!) married to DH Dylan (30) and we are parents to our pride and joy Liberty Jolene who was born in June. We started her on rice cereal sporadically around 5 months, just starting to do it every day a week or so ago. And we have spent the weekend making our first rounds of baby food. We have made batches of sweet potatoes and apples.

I would like to get her started soon, and was toying with giving her the first taste of potatoes today, however I'm not sure how to go about it with her schedule.

I EBF and pump during the week while at work. When I get home from work we BF, and then about a half hour later she gets about 4 tbsp of cereal. Then she gets a bath at 7pm then we nurse to sleep after bath time.

So if we want to start feeding her solids, do we take out the cereal altogether? That doesn't seem right. Do we start feeding her the cereal in the morning (maybe incorporating some fruit with it once we do the 3 day test first of course) and then maybe the veggie at night in place of when we would normally do cereal?

How long do we wait to start doing 3 meals a day?

Any other info you can think of would be great! She turns 6 mo on Xmas day and her 6 mo Well Check isn't until Jan 8th and we really don't want to wait til her appt to start solids. Do you think we should wait? I'm impatient
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December 22nd, 2009, 09:22 AM
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Hi Amber, welcome to the board. Apologies for my delayed reply, I've been snowed in away from home and only got home today!

Personally, I didn't want to try new foods too late in the day incase it affected Kirsty's tummy which would therefore affect nighttime sleeping. So I used to try new foods around lunchtime. If it was me, I would keep the cereal before bed and try new fruits/veg at lunchtime. Rule of thumb seems to be only try a new food every 2+ days, whatever you feel is a good timescale.

Try a week of lunchtime food, then you could try introducing a breakfast time solids, if you feel Liberty is ready for more foods.

I was impatient as well to get started, but Kirsty was ready for it when we started cereal around 4.5months. I only did cereal for a few days then skipped onto fruits/veggies.
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December 22nd, 2009, 11:18 AM
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hmmm, we do cereal with each meal since it has so much iron, and they can get anemic quickly the first year, is this still true? I give them their fruit or veg, add milk, then mix in cereal to thicken. We went to three meals a day after doing twice a day for six weeks. Adding that lunch meal in really creates more work for us, lol!
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December 22nd, 2009, 01:26 PM
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Some interesting information on iron, how much a child needs at what stage, how to add more iron to their diet and what is/ is not as easily absorbed and how to help baby absorb more iron. Lots, and lots of information...

Iron and Baby, How much Iron does Baby Need? Is there Iron in Homemade Baby Food? Iron Supplement in Baby Food
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December 22nd, 2009, 01:35 PM
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Thanks for sharing that link Aimee! I'm off to read...
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December 24th, 2009, 04:49 AM
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We started with cereal in the morning, and then added a veggie at the supper meal. I always fed him after I breastfed him, and eventually we just gradually added a little bit more food each day. New foods especially should be fed in the morning if possible, that way if she has an allergic reaction you can catch it during the day.

I really like the information provided here:
STARTING SOLID FOODS
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December 24th, 2009, 01:24 PM
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thanks girls!
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January 2nd, 2010, 09:21 AM
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Amber I just got a really good book at barnes and nobel (The one at Jordan Creek)...I'm not sure on the title right now (I'll text it to you) but it has an awesome chart for introducing baby food! It was about $15.00 I think?? I really really like it! Also has good info on making your own food
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