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The American Academy of Pediatrics no longer recommends avoiding citrus fruit explicitly; see this resource for more detail as to what they do recommend. (Largely, any food.) The primary concerns now are honey (botulism) and nitrates in food (spinach, beets, green beans, squash, and carrots are specifically called out as potentially containing higher ...


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Don't worry, children will not starve! Unless other wise directed by your doctor due to a medical condition, don't fight over food. If she doesn't want to eat she won't. I do not recommend giving her just what she wants, this may take on a life of its own and make you into a short order cook. Unless you know for certain your child doesn't like what you ...


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With twins, it's going to be chaotic sometimes. Don't worry too much and go with the flow. Try and see what works (the next day it may be all different :-) It really depends on their personalities - one may be fast eater while the other is slow. One may be eager to try out new tastes, while the other reluctant (as you note in your other post). One may like ...


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When my girl was a baby, berries were on the "avoid" list because at the time, there were fears that early exposure would lead to allergies. More recent thought on the matter though, is that a lack of exposures might contribute to allergies so strawberries have actually been removed from the "no no list" and because they are so nutritious added back into ...


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I have a set of almost 2 year old twins and here is a list of what worked best for us when they were starting out. Alternate bites We mix up one bowl of the food we are going to spoon feed them and alternate bites. I had them in high chairs next to each other and sat in front of them so I could reach each one at any time. Finger foods We found that ...


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Being a twin, I've just asked my parents what they did: Use one spoon and feed both twins alternatingly, when only one parent is available. When both parets are there, feed the twins simultaneously. It worked for my parents; my sibling and I survived :-)


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We aren't sure if this is because she does not like the taste or if she isn't ready for spoon feeding. Try different foods (other grains, veggies, fruits) to find out. Even though they are twins, they may have different taste. Don't try to introduce new foods too much too fast, though - children need time to adapt. So approximately one new food per week. ...


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@balanced mama's answer covers everything I was going say, but, I would add that any time you add a new food, you should aim for the purest form of the food. As in, it should be by itself, or, at least have very few other ingredients. Strawberry Yogurt melts typically have several ingredients, many of them processed, and so IF your baby has a reaction to it, ...


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Constipation in infants starting solid foods is not uncommon, and may not, in fact, be constipation. If your child is not uncomfortable (no obvious abdominal pain, crying, arching his back, attempting to pass stool without success), and is passing soft stool without difficulty every 5 days or so, it's fine. If, on the other hand, any of the above are ...


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He may just not be ready. It takes a lot of muscles and coordination to swallow, especially if you have to get the stuff from the front of your mouth to the back, and kids learn how at different ages. At 7 months, I don't think there's anything to worry about. I'd start meals with breastmilk or formula, then offer solid or semi-solid foods, and then wrap up ...


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It's time to get rid of the bottle. I had a similar situation - not as bad - with my daughter. She had an attachment to her bottle also and eventually we told her it was time to let them go. Everything was done together so she knew exactly what was happening, almost like a ritual. We washed the bottles one more time, wrapped them up in newspaper to preserve ...


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I'm not an expert (we did BLW but not in a terribly organized manner), but I would tend to say, not very much. Baby-led weaning, from what I know, is mostly about teaching the baby to learn how to eat; and while feeders are nice to use for teething (which is what we used them for), they don't really teach the baby how to eat very well. To the extent that ...


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You can introduce citrus fruit to your baby after 6 months of age. But make sure that citrus fruits are prepared carefully - remove the peel, seeds and the membrane as they are difficult to chew and may cause a baby to gag or choke. Always cut the fruit into bite-size pieces so that baby can chew food well. After introducing any new food, wait at least for ...


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I strongly suggest that you reverse the feeding order: What motivation is there to struggle with something new (many babies are hesitant to try new tastes or textures), if she's already (semi-)full? In general, following Ellyn Sattler's "Division of Responsibility" is a viable approach, meaning at your stage you offer the food you deem appropriate, she ...


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Almost certainly, since children at that age change their preferences constantly. My son has been running hot and cold on (eg.) avocados ever since he started eating solids: sometimes they're the best thing in the world, but -- usually after eating them often for a while -- he seems to get bored and refuses to touch them. We pause for a while, try again ...


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I remember being sick worried thinking why my lo wasn't eating at that age, but that was just a phase. We used to think he was the only child who doesn't like to eat, but after talking to friends and reading online, I found out many babies go through the same stage at that age. Other things I tried at the time and they worked were, change the timings of ...


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I really think you are overthinking this. There are millions of people who have grown up healthy without ever having a drop of breast milk. Because of medical issues, my first son did not breastfeed at all and my second son drank both breast milk and formula, until he hit about 9 months and decided to bite me because my breast wouldn't stretch enough for him ...


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Most doctors do recommend rice cereal as the first food, as there is almost no worry of allergic reaction. As well, most common thought says don't put it in the bottle as there is no benefit to this as it is so thin that it doesn't teach swallowing of solid food. (obviously the twin with major acid doesn't fall into general instruction, as it was given to ...


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This is probably a question for your pediatrician, since your child's weight gain and other factors affect this. The common information seems to be that water can't substitute for breast milk/formula, and that even the solid foods your infant eats don't give them the complete nutritional set needed. Our son loves drinking water, and we sometimes need to ...


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Be careful when giving your child water or other liquids that you are still giving the child enough milk/formula. Water is much easier and may comfort your child, but it takes a long time for the child to eat enough food and get enough nutrients from it, so I was very cautious about giving my child water/juice. I would recommend speaking to your ...


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From personal experience, it depends on the child. Like adults, some kids will happily drink more water than others. What is important is that when they start solids it is important that they start to also drink water to avoid dehydration. As soon as my child began solids we started giving her water in a plastic sipping cup that had been boiled and ...


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It would depend on if you are using breastmilk or formula to mix the cereal. Check the recommendations. Remember that if it has come into contact with your baby's saliva then it should be used or disgarded more quickly than if you mix it in different container than you use for feeding.


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Eating off a spoon has to be an unusual experience for them. I imagine that many times you have taken things away from the children that they have tried to put in their mouths, so it must be terribly confusing until they get the hang of the idea. Having said that, the thing that kids do best of all is mimic. So for sure try other foodstuffs, purified ...


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My daughter is officially the world's worst eater. She didn't start really feeding herself until she was well over 12 months old, and her diet is still pretty minimal (but at least we've moved beyond just yogurt as our primary source of nutrition). Here are some thoughts that I try whenever C is in an especially anti-food stage: Is she bored? If you ...


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If by "local rash" you mean a red patch on the chin or something, odds are very high it's got nothing to do with the foods you are feeding him, particularly if it's something like rice that virtually nobody is allergic to. Most babies start drooling at the same age as they start eating solids (in fact, it's considered a sign of readiness), and most often it'...


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The only thing I'd add is that yogurt is great for kids, yogurt melts less so because they are usually very sweet. Why are you wanting to give these? If it's because they're good for teething, I'd say that is okay, although odds are you can come up with something better - plain crushed or smaller cube ice is excellent, for example, or any of several (...


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My boy has gone a few days without pooing once or twice in his 8 months of life. I think up to 4 days at most. We've asked doctors about it, and they say it's not unusual, and everything should be fine as long as they are still passing liquids regularly. If you think about it for a moment, look at how fast your baby is growing, that size is coming from ...


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Stephie is right, reverse the feeding order. Hunger is powerful. Keep the pouch and other favored items out of sight and start with the more solid stuff first. To be honest I wouldn't worry about it too much, but if you want to play hardball, make it seem like there's nothing else. Make feeding time over, and come back to it in 10mins. (10min is an ...


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It sounds like she is ready for something more substantial/textural than just purees. With my son the nutrition specialist had us switch from purees to pastes, from pastes to disolvables, and then from disolvables to soft chewables. The specialist also said until a baby is on to chewables the progression is development based and nutrition should still come ...


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