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  1. #11
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    Default Re: 1st solid - avocado vs. banana ?

    Quote Originally Posted by 11girl View Post
    Someone told me to introduce cerals, then veggies and then fruits.. otherwise the baby would li8ke the sweet stuff too much and wouldn't want the veggies. any thoughts on this?
    There's some info on fruits vs. veggies on Dr. Sears website here:
    http://askdrsears.com/html/3/T032000.asp

    "I've heard that it's better to start vegetables before fruits. Is this true?
    Purists recommend that vegetables be introduced before fruits so that infants don't learn to expect that food should always taste sweet. This is one of those nutritional directives that sound great in theory, but many of us who have fed lots of babies have found it hard to put into practice. First of all, babies are born with a sweet tooth. Their tiny tongues are more richly supplied with sweet tastebuds than with any others. This makes sense, because human milk is sweet, and breastfed babies are less likely to willingly accept the bland taste of vegetables than formula-fed babies. While there is no doubt that vegetables are nutritionally superior to fruits, most parents find that babies will happily eat fruits, making them hassle-free first foods. The nutritional content of starter foods is of secondary importance; the main goal of these early solid food feedings is for the baby to learn how to swallow foods of different textures. You're likely to have more success with fruits than with vegetables. When introducing veggies, try the sweet ones first: carrots and sweet potatoes. If you have a baby who loves vegetables, good for you! Don't worry if your baby attacks veggies with less enthusiasm than fruit. He'll eventually learn to like them if you keep offering them."

    And on Kellymom.com
    http://kellymom.com/nutrition/solids/first-foods.html

    "Moms are often told that vegetables should be introduced before fruits "so baby doesn't develop a sweet tooth." Keep in mind that breastmilk is quite sweet! Some experts suggest that fruit may be a good first food for a breastfed baby since the taste is closer to that of breastmilk - baby may be more likely to enjoy this new and novel experience if the taste isn't so unfamiliar. Also, since birth baby has been tasting different flavors as they are passed through into mom's milk - many feel that this ever-changing flavor of breastmilk is likely to make breastfed babies more likely to enjoy the varying tastes of solids and less likely to be picky eaters in the long run."

    As for cereal - there are severl resources that say starting with cereal isn't necessary.

    Here's one:
    http://kellymom.com/nutrition/solids/first-foods.html

    and I know there are others on the LLL website but I can't find them right now.
    Lynn
    DS1: bf 7/2006 -> 4/2009; multiple food allergies
    DS2: bf 9/2009 -> ???
    ; multiple food allergies
    Breastmilk Donor - http://hmbana.org/index/donatemilk
    Click HERE to learn about baby led solids (BLS) / baby led weaning (BLW)

  2. #12
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    Default Re: 1st solid - avocado vs. banana ?

    We did bananas first too and dd loves them but they do stop her up. Luckily, she likes prunes.

    We also heard about starting veggies first; eventually, we just gave her whatever she seemed to like. She eats mostly Gerber and most of their first veggies are very sweet - carrots, sweet potatoes, sweet peas, etc. Even the squash tastes like pie filling!!

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    Default Re: 1st solid - avocado vs. banana ?

    both have loads of nutrients. banana is sweeter i doubt it will constipate your lo if you bf and dont force a pile of em down.
    avacodo has a smoother consistancy.

    i think we started with avacado then banan then yams

    enjoy

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    Default Re: 1st solid - avocado vs. banana ?

    I don't think it makes any difference. My son hates fruit and loves his veggies and cereal.
    For avocado and spitting up: If you gave the avocado just by mashing it he will spit up because he cannot yet swallow that consistency. You need to make it into a really watery thing at first without any little pieces in it by adding either some water or if you have some extra BM little bit of that and then straining it. You can then make the consistency a little thicker each time until he can take the mashed stuff directly.

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    Default Re: 1st solid - avocado vs. banana ?

    Quote Originally Posted by 11girl View Post
    Someone told me to introduce cerals, then veggies and then fruits.. otherwise the baby would li8ke the sweet stuff too much and wouldn't want the veggies. any thoughts on this?
    Many moms here skip rice cereal and go directly to other foods. I've read that for breastfed babies, starting with fruit vs. veggies first doesn't much matter because breastmilk is so sweet already.

    Here are some resources:

    http://kellymom.com/nutrition/solids/index.html

    http://askdrsears.com/html/3/T032000.asp
    Lynn
    DS1: bf 7/2006 -> 4/2009; multiple food allergies
    DS2: bf 9/2009 -> ???
    ; multiple food allergies
    Breastmilk Donor - http://hmbana.org/index/donatemilk
    Click HERE to learn about baby led solids (BLS) / baby led weaning (BLW)

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