View Full Version : Starting 6mo. old on raw foods?
11-20-2006, 04:37 PM
My baby is now 6 1/2 months old, and it's probably time to start incorporating food into her diet. She has been on regular milk-based formula since she was 2 months old.
Are all raw things ok for babies to eat? What have you done with your baby, to incorporate solids using only raw foods? I've read about juices and smoothies - I'd love some ideas. :)
11-21-2006, 01:25 PM
Well, I don't know if I will be much help but here goes....
My baby is now 11 months old. I didn't start him on solids until he was close to nine months old. Since then he has only eaten fresh, ripe fruits. He eats bananas, avocados, pears, apples etc...
I keep feeling like I need to give him something more but I don't know what. I am not quite sure when to start nut milks etc...
I have tried him on carrot juice but it makes such a mess when it drips down his chin. He isn't drinking very well from sippy cups yet.
He does like green smoothies but they don't seem to sit well with him. After having them for a couple of days he started having big troubles sleeping at night. He acted like he was in pain. When I stopped giving them to him he went back to normal.
I have thought about trying some soaked, sprouted buckwheat but am not sure if I will or not. I was thinking of making some type of bread thing out of it. I know he would like something to chew on.
Hopefully, someone else will chime in with ideas.
I am really careful about what I allow because of allergies and celiac disease that runs in our family.
11-21-2006, 01:53 PM
There is a FANTASTIC (but not raw) book called Super Babyfood that I HIGHLY recommend. I don't have it in front of me. Basically it charts out what fruits/veg are good to give at what months. One of the first on the list 4-6 mths is avacado.
One of the most important things to do is wait 3 days before indroducing a new food to see if there is a reaction.
I would hold on any nuts until ATLEAST 1 year old. If there is any family history of nut allergies, wait until age 2 or 3. Usually though, allergies are usually from peanuts... roasted.
Juices of any kind are too strong for their digestive track. Even on a SAD diet they need to be diluted 50% or more with water. Water is really the only other, non mother's milk they need. Mashed up fruit beginning with bananas is good (so they get the fiber). Also remember, their portion sizes are way different than ours.
You can make a porrage (sp?) with soaked grains. Grind them first and soak overnight. I belive rice is the first ok grain from the book. However, on raw I would suggest barley or oats.
Do get the book. I've used it for years. You just skip the cooked info and the info about making complete proteins for us vegetarians.
11-21-2006, 02:58 PM
For milks instead of nuts you could make banana or oat milk. Are seeds okay for babies? If so, that opens up a whole door of possibilties!
That's great that you are doing raw foods for your baby! I wish I could go back in time and do the same with my daughter.
Helen Of Tennessee
11-22-2006, 06:00 PM
My grandson eats mostly fruits. When he was 11 months he started eating bananas. Smoothies too . . . fresh bananas and frozen strawberries. I would peel grapes and cut them in half (one of his favorite foods now . . he's 3, and of course eats the whole grape now). Small pieces of cantaloupe and watermelon was and still is an easy food to eat. As he got a little older I would take the thin skin off of each section of an orange and then break the orange up into small pieces. Just look at what you have available and make sure its something your child can chew and swollow without chocking.
12-03-2006, 06:08 AM
my twin girls were exclusively breastfed until 6.5 mo. I introduced banana as te first `food`. Then fruit smoothies - banana, avocado, apples, pears. the next was almond milk. Then - soaked buckweat+banana smoothies and soaked rolled oats + banana smoothie. Then at approx. 8 mo they tried tomatoe (seeds and skins removed), grated carrots. I even blended tomato with dill and they really liked it. Also coconut water and coconut milk.
since i am stayin wit my mom, they get also some cooked things (I hope to move to my own home soon and there I will be the boss) - cooked potatoes+carrots+broccoli blended with olive oil and cooked egg yolks from time to time (not chicken eggs, those eggs are from a small bird I do not know the english name) because of vit D reasons, since we live in northen europe were is winter now and practically no sun.
Now they are 9.5mo I do not know exactly what will be the next new thing I am going to give them - perhaps other nut milks gradually, some new fruits. I will wait until they are at least 1yo and then introduce some citrus fruits.
12-05-2006, 06:14 PM
any soft fruits
Smash them up then introduce them on the end of your finger
Almost all babies will thrust the food back out with their tongue. This doesn't mean they don't like it; it means they're experimenting and experiencing. It's their automatic response. Keep offering them bits -- really just small amounts on your finger.
Perhaps you can consult a holistic nutritionist/pediatrician type about getting them off the dairy. All I know about is breast milk -- and to avoid soy formula like the plague.
Best of luck.
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