Our pediatrician has given us the go ahead to start eating solids and well last night didnt go over so well. We took a video and Morgan cried just about the entire time. I dont think it was necessarily the taste she didnt like she just couldnt figure out how to swallow it and started to get very frustrated with it.
Some ideas of when to start solids…
- doubles birth weight and weighs at least 13 lbs (Morgan now weighs 13 lbs but hasnt doubled her birth weight yet)
- seems hungry after 8 to 10 breastfeedings a day or drinks 32 oz of formula a day (has a long way to go before this)
- lifts and supports head (can do this pretty well)
Schedule of what to do and when…
Single Grain Cereal-rice, oatmeal or barley cereal
Day 1-1 tbsp + 4 tbsp of breastmilk or formula
Day 2-2 tbsp + 4 tbsp of breastmilk or formula
Day 3-3 tbsp + 4 tbsp of breastmilk or formula
Day 4-4 tbsp + 4 tbsp of breastmilk or formula
Until they have totally completed the stage dont move on to the next day. So for instance Morgan didnt come close to finishing day 1 so we will be back to day 1 tonight to try it out.
Next thing she recommends is a vegetable. The reason to do a vegetable before a fruit is if you introduce a sweet before a vegetable they may not go back.
Single Vegetables-2.5 oz jar portion
Green Beans, Peas, Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, Squash
Day 1-1/4 jar of one vegetable
Day 2-1/4 jar of same vegetable
Day 3-1/2 jar of same vegetable
Day 4-1 jar of same vegetable
Single Fruits-2.5 oz jar portion
Applesauce, Peaches, Prunes, Bananas, Pears
Day 1-1/4 jar of one fruit
Day 2-1/4 jar of same fruit
Day 3-1/2 jar of same fruit
Day 4-1 jar of same fruit
100% Infant Juice-Single Ingredient
Apple, Pear, White Grape Juice
Day 1- 1 fl oz
Day 2-1.5 fl. oz
Day 3-1.5 fl. oz
Day 4-2 fl. oz
Dont try until they have had a variety of 1st Foods (vegetables and fruits)
Our pediatrician also said to make sure to keep things to 1 product every 3-4 days to make sure they have no allergic reaction to the product.
Hope this helps! If anyone has any suggestions on things please share. Day 2 of Day 1 cereal went a littl e better but still not great. She ended up eating about half of it so we will be back to day 1 tomorrow until she can finish the entire thing.
For 2nd foods-Our pediatrician said to not start those until she was 6 mths old.