Some people say to start with veggies since they are less sweet than fruits. The logic here is that if you give fruits first, your baby may not like the bland taste of veggies. I've read that is a myth and there is no scientific data to back this claim up. But since breast milk is very sweet, it wouldn't seem to make a difference which you start first ... they've been eating sweet milk for many months already! We plan to alternate between fruits and veggies when we start our 7.5 month old on solids this month. I do know that vegetables are more constipating for our babies than fruits.
Dr. William Sears says:
Another source says:
"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."
"Myth: Giving your baby a fruit as a "first" solid will cause baby to reject and dislike veggies." (Wholesome Baby Food
Truth: The order of food introduction really doesn't matter. Some say the veggies first so a "sweet tooth" doesn't develop for fruits. If your baby is breast fed, she is already receiving the sweetest food there is! Others say fruits first so that baby will enjoy her first foods and not be as likely to reject solids. Still others say yellow first then green while some say green before yellow so baby doesn't reject the yellow.......
There is no hard scientific evidence to prove any of the above; you find many babies LOVE their green veggies and HATE their fruits and vice versa. We personally introduced foods in an order something like sweet potato then bananas then peaches then another veggie then another fruit!