Solid Foods I M Confused

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gabby509 - January 3

Ok so my ds just turned 7 months and he has been on solids for about 1 month now. He has done so much better with solids, sleeps better, is more pleasant and all around happier. So when he first started I was giving him the gerber organic first foods and rice cereal, 2 times a day (breakfast and dinner). After about 2 weeks we went to the second foods. In the morning he gets 3 ounces of br___tmilk, some oatmeal cereal, and a jar of fruit mixed in. Dinner is the same thing but with vegetables instead of fruit. Now lately he has been biting the spoon when we feed him, and he seems to be bored with it, as before he was so excited to eat. Also he is crawling and getting into everything. So mainly my question is, should I be giving him finger foods yet ( everything I have read says that crawlers can handle tiny bite sized foods)? Also should he be on the second stage foods or the third stage? He's a pretty big boy, weighs 21.4 lbs. Oh and I forgot to mention we stopped the rice cereal because of horrible constipation, so all we do is oatmeal and barley cereal.

 

wv_red - January 3

Hey gabby my dd is also 7 months and has been on 2nd foods since she was 6 months but i also started her at 5. She is also a big girl and weighs about the same as yours if not a lil more. She went through the biting the spoon stage and actually still does it. If you feel like your ds has mastered the 1st go ahead and move onto the 2nds. I am actually getting ready to start her on some 3rd foods but only in fruit. For breakfast she gets a jar of peach oatmeal bananas and nurses. This is after 2 nursing sessions. Spread out of course. For lunch she gets a full container of veggie and for dinner she eats 2 tbs of cereal a container of veg and a container of fruit. I know it seems like alot but she is also nursing 6 times a day if not a lil more. I asked her pedi and he said it was fine. She doesnt spit any up so obviously she needs it. Go with your instint and what your ds is telling you. That may be his way of saying Mom feed me something else. As for finger foods I would wait until he is able to chew some chunkier foods. Good luck and i really hope I didnt babble and answered your question :)

 

gabby509 - January 3

Thanks wv, you didn't babble. I appreciate the response. I forgot to add that he still nurses about 5-6 times a day as well. He is pretty much on all 2nd stage foods now too. I can't find stage 2 prunes though so I give him those in stage 1. I try to diversify his meals and not really give him the same things more than once a day so he doesn't get bored. I did give him stage 3 banana/strawberry this morning and he did great with it. It was still puree and didn't have chunks. How do you suggest I slowly add chunky foods? Does the stage 3 food have chunks in it?

 

wv_red - January 3

I think it does but I havent started it yet. I actually gave dd some banana puffs from graduates for her snack and she did good with them. She actually chewed on it until it got mushy them decided she didnt like it. So I think I will wait another week b4 doing that again. One thing I have noticed is the organics from Gerber are a little smoother then the ones from Earths best. I dont know if that makes a difference or not.

 

DDT - January 3

Well, there is nothing wrong with starting some finger foods now. With ds1 we started when he turned 7 months. He had been on solids since he was 5.5 months old. It took him a week or two and then he was into things likes Cheerios, shredded cheese and slices of toast. There are also teething cookies/crackers. My ds2 is also now newly 7 months old and probably on stage 2 food consistency (I make home-made so it's hard to gauge). For him the thicker the better it seems. Have you offered your ds a sippy sup yet? Give it to him during meals to play and suck on. Just so he gets used to it. It also might perk up meal time because of the novelty. My ds2 is also biting on the spoon now. It's just a phase and will pa__s. I am starting ds2 on his 3rd meal now (lunch) and will start giving some finger foods. As long as you keep a watchful eye there is no harm done. I have offered him a teething cookie a handful of times and he managed it just great. He went crazy for it actually. You could start a 3rd meal with King because he is crawling now and using way mor calories than before. But it is up to you if you feel like he needs it. BTW peaches do the same job as prunes do for constipation.

 

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