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Throwback Thursday: Baby's First Foods



Yesterday my writer wasn't feeling well and today she's doing a little better but we didn't want to disappoint you like we did yesterday so without further ado we present...



For those of you new to my site Throwback Thursday takes you back to my past which wasn't too long ago actually. I show you a much smaller version of me, tell you a little bit about it and give you some tips to go along with my photo.


This picture was taken when I was 4 months old and mommy had just started to introduce solids. So what tips do I have for you today? How about introducing foods to your baby.

When do you introduce solids to your baby? This is all up to you. Mommy has friends who introduced cereal after only a few weeks in order for their babies to sleep better through the night. Your pediatrician may tell you between 4 and 6 months. What will I tell you? Whenever you think your baby is ready. Once again this choice is all up to you.

So how do you know when your baby is ready? This is what is recommended once again. If your baby can sit (with support) and can hold up her head and neck as well. If your baby is interested in eating whenever she sees you eating and tries to grab your food, that's what happened with me, and also if your baby seems hungry after you've just finished giving her a bottle then it's time to introduce something a bit more than just formula. 

Well what should I give baby? Single grain cereals as baby's first food is what most pediatricians would tell you to start with. Unfortunately not all babies like those cereals. I was one of those. I hated it so it just sat there but there are strategies for helping baby to like it. Add applesauce or juice in there. After all everyone likes sweets. Once mommy did that I gobbled it up. Nothing like applesauce. 

Should I give fruits before veggies? I love them both but mommy recommends doing veggies first. There are some that you just know baby is going to love such as sweet potatoes and carrots because they tend to be sweeter than others. Introduce them one at a time and use them for a few days to check for allergies.

What about foods to avoid? The big three that mommy was told to avoid during my first year was raw honey, eggs and nuts. Eggs and nut products (such as peanut butter) because of the allergy factor and honey because it can cause infant botulism.

Homemade or store bought? Remember that you don't have to spend a lot of money buying those ready made meals in the jars. You can make your own purees and it works out a lot cheaper as well. Once again you don't need an expensive baby bullet, your own blender can do the job just as well. You also know what is in every meal. Do you really know what some of those ingredients are in that jar of baby food you just bought? 

Well once again these are just a few tips for your baby's first foods. Are there any that you my reader recommend? Leave them in the comments we would love to read them. 


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  1. great tips. I agree that do what you feel is right and when you thing they are ready

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    1. Thank you April I'm happy that you agree with it. ♥ Madison

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  2. I need to send this to someone I know ... she is still not feeding the baby real foods. The baby is going to be a year in September.... and the kid is HUNGRY!! But... if I send this, I will just make her mad so I will mind my own business.

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    1. Some people don't like you telling them what to do with their children but you can make a suggestion. ♥ Madison

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  3. I made my own baby food and it worked out great for our family! A few times when we were on the go I tried to give my son store bought baby food and he wouldn't eat it! Haha, but do you blame him?

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    1. Home made food tastes so much better. ♥ Madison

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  4. SO cute! Funny because I started solids with my first WAY too early but I wanted to do it so bad! Then when my second came around, I vowed to not do that again (plus I didn't have the time!) but he wanted to eat way earlier than I expected!

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    1. No 2 child are the same. You just have to go with the flow as mommy would say. ♥ Madison

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  5. I make almost all of Mason's food I like knowing what is in it

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    1. I agree, you know exactly what is in it. ♥ Madison

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  6. Those are great tips. I started my firstborn on a little cereal in her formula when she was six weeks at the advice of her doctor. It didn't help her sleep like it was expected to though.

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    1. Mommy's friend did the same thing too and it didn't help her baby sleep any longer either. ♥ Madison

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  7. We added a little cereal into my son's bottle at 22-days old. I was constantly feeding him just to have him keep crying and looking for more to eat. Grandma and Great Grandma said to add the cereal. HOWEVER...it was Thanksgiving Day, in the afternoon and no stores were open. We sent dad out on a hunt for baby cereal that took him over an hour and half to return! LOL
    It is a fun baby story though. :)

    ~Lorelai
    Life With Lorelai

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    1. Sounds like a great story for your blog. We would love to read it. ♥ Madison

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  8. These are great tips. I didn't know you could feed babies that young. Mine started baby food when they were six months. I guess you learn something new everyday.

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  9. I started introducing solids to both of my girls between 3-4 months old. My first used to nurse whenever and wherever she pleased but it was while we were eating dinner that we came across the problem with her: If you didn't give her a taste of what was on your plate she would start flailing and throwing a fit. No lie, it was one of the most bizarre things we'd ever seen. A few tastes later and she was happy as a clam!

    With my second she was a 24/7 nurser. I got maybe a 2 hour break while she was napping but literally she nursed every hour after. I could not get a break and then we noticed she wasn't gaining a single ounce. She came home weighing 10.3 but quickly lost the weight and no matter how many endless hours she nursed didn't gain any of it back.

    So we switched to solids and now she's chunking up quite nicely.

    I love reading about other peoples experiencing and learning new tips. I'm especially a fan of, "when your baby is ready, they're ready" types of folks!

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    1. Thank you for sharing your story with us. Mommy is a big advocate of that as well. ♥ Madison

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  10. I love your 4 month photo. Those are some wonderful feeding tips. All my children started with fresh mashed banana as their first food. We waited on cereals as our family had a history of grain and gluten allergies.

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    1. Thank you Grandma Bonnie. Allergies are no good and mashed bananas are great as first foods. I love bananas. ♥ Madison

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  11. So cute! I hope your writer is feeling much better. We waited just about six months for both kids. They just didn't seem ready before that. And oh boy what a journey it is! Des is so lucky because there are still so many foods he has yet to try. I suppose it's like that for all of us!

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    1. Mommy is feeling a lot better now. 6 months is one of the recommended age as well and trying new foods is so cool. Des is in for a treat. ♥ Madison

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  12. Great tips! We made our daughters baby food. At first the process seemed to take forever, but I started to get the hang of it. She really seemed to enjoy it, and we knew exactly what we were giving her. What a wonderful journey. That picture is sweet Madison, very cute!

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    1. It does take some getting used to but it's so much better for your baby. ♥ Madison

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  13. Ive heard different ages for starting on solids. We waited as long as we could. I wish I would have made my own baby food. I remember using cereal first and working my way up. : )

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    1. There are lots of different recommended ages but 4-6 months seems to be the general pediatrician recommended age and cereal also the first recommended food. ♥ Madison

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  14. Great tips! She is a beautiful baby. Will definitely be searching tips in the next year or two I hope :)

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    1. I guess I'll be saying congratulations to you in a year or two then. ♥ Madison

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  15. I remember feeding my boys their first foods. we started with cereal and video taped each of their first bites.

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    1. Mommy didn't think about video taping it, that's awesome that you got it done. ♥ Madison

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  16. these are great tips!! I love the picture. I wish I would have made my own with my kids. It would have been a lot cheaper, but I never thought about it honestly.

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    1. It would have saved you some money if you had. ♥ Madison

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  17. What a little cutie you are Madison! I'm glad to hear your writer is feeling better.

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    1. Thank you Missy and I'm happy that my writer is feeling a lot better now too. ♥ Madison

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  18. Great tips! Baby E is just really getting into his solids now at 9 months - first foods are exciting!

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    1. First foods really are exciting. Happy that Baby E is enjoying it. ♥ Madison

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  19. Yep, no babby bullets for me...My blender does just fine.To besides, it would not be long before the baby starts to realize that your food is different from hers and wants to eat yours...lol. Thanks for the tips.

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    1. Yeah baby bullets are nice but not necessary. I agree your blender is just as good. ♥ Madison

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  20. What a great picture! I'm so glad to be past bottles and baby food though =)

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    1. I am past that stage as well. Thank you for the compliment. ♥ Madison

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  21. Well my youngest is 14 so I'm away from the baby stuff but I remember going through making the right choices. My little one was tiny but ate whatever we gave her. She had a great appetite and has turned out to be a soccer player vegetable lover. Great advice

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    1. That sounds like a lot of fun. A soccer player veggie lover. Sounds like something I might want to do. ♥ Madison

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  22. My oldest took awhile for real food and my youngest was eating it super early. I think all kiddos are different :)

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  23. Great picture! It has been many years since I had to introduce food to a baby. I do think it is important if you can afford organic food to make it yourself for a baby.

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    1. I agree. Mommy tends to buy organic at Whole Foods. They truly are a little better for you but can be expensive as well. ♥ Madison

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  24. Great tips for a new mommy! That picture is adorable with those intense eyes. I miss that phase of my kids lives- before they started talking back to me :).

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  25. That was a long time ago for me. The little one is adorable. Great tips for new mommies.

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    1. Thank you Pam. I hope the new mommies will think so as well. ♥ Madison

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  26. I had picky babies :) My oldest was a year before he would touch foods and went straight to eating what we had on our plates. My youngest was about 8 months, but never had jarred food since he wouldn't touch it! Very cute photo :)

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    1. Picky is good sometimes. Jarred food is always nice tasting so I don't blame him. ♥ Madison

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  27. Boy, it's been a long time I haven't had a baby. lol... thank you for the tips!

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  28. These are some great tips because all new moms struggle with knowing when the introduce solid food and what kinds to introduce. I remember with my boys, I was very careful to educate myself about everything because I wanted to make the best nutrition decisions for them.

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    1. Its always great to educate yourself. What worked for mommy and me might not work for you. ♥ Madison

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  29. Great tips and very informative! I agree that it always depends on your baby and what they need. Madison, you were such a little cutie!

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    1. Thank you Becca. Since not all babies are the same it really all depends on your baby. ♥ Madison

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  30. These are some pretty awesome tips!! As moms we all struggle with the what to dos and what not to dos but when it comes down to it we all need to just go by what we feel is right. That is how I raised my son, by what I thought was right, not the doctor's or family but me!

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    1. That's what mommy thinks as well. Its what you feel is right by yourself and your baby. ♥ Madison

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  31. It has been many years since I had to worry about what to feed my little one. These are great tips though.

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    1. Thank you Cynthia. Happy you think that way. ♥ Madison

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  32. I was a bad mommy and introduced fruits first. Well, I would try some sweet potatoes and carrots first, but when they didn't really like it I'd mix in apple with it. If I wanted them to eat veggies I usually had to make it myself and not the canned stuff. Or I'd blend up dinner for them. Yum... well, not in pureed form, but they liked it.

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    1. Seems like most babies love apples. It was the one thing that I loved as well and ate it quite a lot. ♥ Madison

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  33. I believe I introduced banana first...or was it apple?!! :D Too long ago! I definitely advocate homemade. I myself tried one of the Gerber baby foods (just to see what it tasted like) and I can't believe how insipid they make it!!

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  34. Awww, Madison - you're so adorable! I hope your writer feels better soon, being sick and not feeling well isn't so awesome when you're a grown up. There's no one to bring medicine and let you sleep all day!

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    1. Yeah that is so true. Mommy still had to work even though she wasn't feeling too well but she's now better. ♥ Madison

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  35. It's been a while since I had to introduce baby foods! So just do what the doctor orders. :)

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  36. Great post - cute! In Australia a lot of health professionals now advise to wait till 6 months at least if you can for solids as most allergenic responses happen when kids are starting on solids early and especially when they start with grains (the gut is very porous at that age)... so I know that the midwives, naturopaths here often recommend not starting on rice cereal but instead on really low allergenic foods like pear, avocado etc. Breast milk for as long as you can if you can then slowly introduce solids one at a time - and if they get a rash around their face it is a sign they are not agreeing with a particular food. It is amazing how kids will instinctively know what is good for them...as adults we tend to lose that skill ha ha.

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    1. That's some really great tips there as well. Thanks for sharing your Australian tips. ♥ Madison

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  37. truly enjoyed this :) thanks for sharing

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    1. You're so welcome Terri. Happy you enjoyed it! ♥ Madison

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  38. Great tips, cute little girl - thanks for sharing your post on Mommy Moments Mondays ~ Mom Loves 2 Read!

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