Friday, September 4, 2009

Starting Solids - 7 months

Here is the list of food for your 7 month old. There is alot more food that you can feed them the older your baby gets.

When you introduce new foods make sure that you do it the early part of the day and wait at least four days in between new foods. Your baby will need time to adjust to all of these new foods. Your baby should be eating 1/2 cup or 4 ounces of food. That is the same amount as the little jars of baby food at the store. You will want to continue using the same food that your baby ate at 6 months. This is a new list to give you alot more options to feed your baby.

Here is the list of new foods:
Homemade cereals
Green Beans
Summer Squash
White Potatoes

Here is a list of fruits to make juice:
Make sure when you do use juice to dilute it with more water than juice. Your baby is still to young for complete juice. Try to use more water than juices.

When you use the tofu you can mix it with the cereals or the fruit and veggies. Tofu is made out of cooked soybeans and is very nutritious. I could never get my kids to like it but I tried. So give it a try because my sister loved it for her kids. You can also try to mix bananas with the cereals to make it more tasty.

The food can be a little thicker as your baby gets older. You can puree' the food in your blender to make it the consistency of a thick cream. Make sure that it is smooth and not lumpy.

Here is the feeding schedule to include with your nursing:
When your baby wakes in the morning do your regular feeding and then give the baby some solids. Then you do your lunch feeding and then add some food. Then you do your feeding at dinner time and add some food. You want to start putting your baby on the some eating schedule as the family. Your baby needs to be eating solids at least 2 times a day if not 3. Make sure that your baby is still getting enough breastmilk because that still needs to be your baby's main food source. Your baby should still be nursing about 5 times a day. Finally you can nurse your baby before it goes to bed. Don't forget snacks if your baby needs something to hold them over before bed or a feeding. Also make sure that you are giving your baby enough water with the solid food. Your baby should be learning to use a sipping cup. Your baby doesn't need alot of water, but it helps with digesting the food better.

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