“Around the globe, a variety of foods are used as baby’s first solid food. In Oceania babies are given pre-chewed fish, grubs, and liver. The Polynesians prefer a pudding-like mixture of breadfruit and coconut cream. Inuit babies are started on seaweed and seal blubber, while Japanese healthcare providers recommend a thin rice porridge, eventually made thicker and topped with dried fish, tuna, tofu, and mashed pumpkin.”
-from page 32 of Cynthia Lair’s excellent book “Feeding the Whole Family: Recipes for Babies, Young Children, and Their Parents” —(I highly recommend this book, it is about cooking once for everyone and what to do from your meal for baby. Here is the Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Feeding-Whole-Family-Cooking-Foods/dp/157061525X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1269912175&sr=1-1
These are some recommendations for what solid foods to bring in when according to Ruth Yaron’s “Super Baby Food” book and “Rainbow Green Live-Food Cuisine” by Gabriel Cousens. I suggest you look at these books for yourself and see what resonates. The listings here are NOT to be taken as medical advice, just ideas from what others have said. If you have ANY history of food allergies, food sensitivities, it is always good to talk to your pediatrician before introducing those foods. Go slow and introduce things one at a time before you combine food.
Also, this is a pretty vegetarian list, so you will have to decide how you feel about meat and where that goes. This list also includes homemade grains, which many families delay. Families may start with pureed food and around eleven months when children are more adept at picking up foods move to that. Some families wait on solids a bit and the infant self feeds from the beginning. La Leche League typically recommends making eating solids your infant’s own project. As far as amounts, Cynthia Lair notes in her book, “Babies who have been eating solids for several months can be served about one-third to one-half cup of food at a sitting.” Ruth Yaron’s book has many suggestions as well. Please do take what resonates with you about this and do what works best for you and your family.
Check this back post regarding signs for readiness to eat solids and other suggestions: http://theparentingpassageway.com/2009/03/11/starting-solids-with-your-infant-and-picky-toddler-eating/
More articles of interest:
About raising a vegetarian child:
Fresh Young coconut water, banana, ripe avocado, sweet potato, peeled and cooked/pureed apples or pears
Six months and older:
Single grain homemade cereal: brown rice, millet; winter squash; cooked and strained apricots, peaches, pears, plums, nectarines, prunes and raw mild fruit: papaya, mango, pears;
** Carrie’s note: I am not sure how I feel about mango; mangoes are related to the cashew family, so if that is an allergy in your family, ask your physician before introducing
Seven months and older:
Coconut pulp blended with water, homemade mixed grain cereal; hard cooked egg YOLK only ; peaches; cooked and pureed asparagus, carrots, green beans, peas, summer squash, white potatoes; diluted and strained mild fruit juices: apple, apricot, pear, grape, papaya, peach, prune,
** Carrie’s note: Eggs can be a major allergen
Eight months and older:
Tahini; ground nuts (almonds, pistachios are mentioned by Gabriel Cousens); ground seeds (sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, hemp, chia); brewer’s yeast; powdered kelp in tiny amounts;; apricot; apple; cantaloupe; honeydew; kiwi fruit; plums; watermelon; broccoli; okra; cooked parsley; peeled and quartered grapes; finger foods (I am going to use freeze dried fruits), peeled figs, pitted cherries is mentioned by Gabriel Cousens,
**Carrie’s note: Nuts and seeds can be major allergens; tahini is made from sesame seeds so if that is an allergen, ask your physician before introducing
Nine months and older:
Dried beans, lentils, split peas ground and cooked; pineapple; Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, spinach, beets, kale, eggplant, rhubarb, turnips, finely chopped raw parsley, cooked greens, cooked onion, summer squash, turnips and rutabaga, rhubarb, celery, buckwheat, sea vegetables (Carrie’s note: Usually sea vegetables are given in one teaspoon or less amounts)
**Some families do whole milk yogurt here; I think that depends how you feel about dairy
Ten months and older:
Thinned creamy nut butters; homemade bulgur cereal; homemade whole grain cornmeal cereal; whole grain pasta; ground sprouts; finely grated raw summer squash, carrots, greens, sweet peppers
**Carrie’s note: Nuts can be a major allergen, so ask your physician if this is a concern in your family
Older than one year:
Dairy, citrus, tomatoes, hard cooked egg white, strawberries, blueberries, and other berries cut into pieces (not whole) Carrie’s note – these all have allergen potential. Go slow!
Happy Eating! If you would like to help other mothers out and write when you have introduced some of the foods not likely to be found in typical baby books, please leave a comment below..