Baby will be 6 months in 3 days- I offered some baby rice today, was this the wrong thing to do?

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MrsPercyPig Fri 26-Jul-13 19:48:28

Since baby is not exactly 6 months? Sorry if this is a ridiculous question!

Ds just ate it, screwed face up a bit at first but it was fine.

My question is, what next- do I just keep going with rice for a week or so and then introduce a new food?

Have I early weaned but not waiting longer?


rubyslippers Fri 26-Jul-13 19:50:38

You haven't weaned early but baby rice is yuck

Offer steamed veggies and stuff - at 6 months your baby can eat pretty much everything

Toast, pasta, avocado - things which can be gripped and gnawed are good

MrsPercyPig Fri 26-Jul-13 19:54:12

Can a baby eat toast? Sorry, but how?

Do I need to mash it?

I would be nervous about giving a baby pasta! Can they eat it at 6 months?

LoganMummy Fri 26-Jul-13 19:54:35

Mash up ripe avacado and banana - always a favourite!

Shiraztastic Fri 26-Jul-13 19:55:48

Baby rice is never right, bleugh!

Nicknamefail Fri 26-Jul-13 19:56:37

You don't need to mash anything, google baby led weaning for ideas, or yiu can mash everything. Your choice! As long as you don't give honey, whole nuts or anything low fat, you can't really go wrong. Enjoy!

SirBoobAlot Fri 26-Jul-13 19:57:11

Baby rice is pointless, it's gross, and has no nutritional value whatsoever.

Ellen7 Fri 26-Jul-13 19:58:00

Have a look round Internet for baby led weaning or annabel karmel recipies if you are unsure and need to be guided a bit. I started my six month old off with very soft steamed veg and fruit.

HPsauceonbaconbuttiesmmm Fri 26-Jul-13 19:58:28

It's surprising what they can and will eat! This is the NHS advice on weaning which is pretty comprehensive.

It's great fun watching them learn to eat, but baby rice is really yuck!

rubyslippers Fri 26-Jul-13 19:58:36

A baby will gum the toast

No need for mashing

BoohPear Fri 26-Jul-13 20:01:59

I was wondering this, do you wait until they are past 6 months? Eg baby born on 15 December, do you start after 15 June or just anytime around then?

MrsPercyPig Fri 26-Jul-13 20:02:50

Right I will. It use baby rice again, sorry!

Can I give mashed sweet potato

MrsPercyPig Fri 26-Jul-13 20:03:23

I will NOT use baby rice again!


BoysRule Fri 26-Jul-13 20:04:53

You really don't need to be so specific about the timing - around 6 months is fine. Both mine were weaned early at 4 months and were fine - they were very hungry boys.

It is amazing how much they can eat without teeth - you will be surprised!

MsJupiterJones Fri 26-Jul-13 20:05:45

I offered soft veg from 5.5 months - carrots he struggled with, but broccoli went down well. Then added meat, toast etc. He manages it very well!

Baby rice is quite useful for thickening soup if you get a free pack in the post.

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KingRollo Fri 26-Jul-13 20:06:43

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BalloonSlayer Fri 26-Jul-13 20:08:32

When DS1 was a baby it was 4 months.

I prepared the two teaspoonsful with trepidation. Fed them to him. He ate them, then gave me the most profound "well where's the rest of it then?" look.

Please don't worry about being 3 days short. You've done fab getting him to last this long.

MrsPercyPig Fri 26-Jul-13 20:08:40

I guess I just assumed that you had to give baby rice food and then introduce the other foods.

So, if I give him a little square of toast in the morning, he will be fine to munch on it?

KingRollo Fri 26-Jul-13 20:10:01

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MrsPercyPig Fri 26-Jul-13 20:10:05

I've had to resist a lot of pressure not to feed earlier so thanks for saying that balloon

KingRollo Fri 26-Jul-13 20:11:36

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MrsPercyPig Fri 26-Jul-13 20:11:43

I have it in my head from somewhere that I have to feed vegetables first and no fruit as if he gets a taste for the sweet fruit, he won't eat vegetables. Is this a load of rubbish?

MrsPercyPig Fri 26-Jul-13 20:12:47

I feel a bit disappointed that the first food I gave him was something he would have found disgusting though.

Will he remember in the morning?

KingRollo Fri 26-Jul-13 20:14:18

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KingRollo Fri 26-Jul-13 20:14:59

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MrsPercyPig Fri 26-Jul-13 20:16:28

I don't mean to be irritating rollo I just want to get this right.

Rosa Fri 26-Jul-13 20:16:41

I found with baby rice I added mashed puree of fruit then introduced veges mashed in.. I also gave bits for her to hold/ chew My dd1 hated lumps and BLW , adored a spoon right from the word go. Dd2 loved purees , blw , lumps the lot just go with what you and your baby are comfortable IMO.

KingRollo Fri 26-Jul-13 20:18:31

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SirBoobAlot Fri 26-Jul-13 20:20:12

Feeding him baby rice once does not mean you got it wrong. However, it's worth skipping it from now on; there really is nothing in it.

Feed him whichever meal works for you first. All this "Introduce X meal first, the Y meal Z days later..." is bollocks.

IsThatTrue Fri 26-Jul-13 20:21:07

I tasted baby rice and it was pretty bland tbh but not disgusting as such, no taste, weird texture.

They can eat pretty much anything. Start with fruit and veg, then add carbs and protein after a while.

Giving sweet things will not make them have a sweet tooth, so don't worry. Even if they prefer sweet stuff at this age, it's not the end of the world!

QTPie Fri 26-Jul-13 20:21:59

Age wise he is fine, but baby rice is really ick - did you try it? My line with feeding my child is that I won't feed him anything that I wouldn't eat myself... And I wouldn't eat baby rice.

Start moving on to something much nice ;)

MrsPercyPig Fri 26-Jul-13 20:23:05


Can I puree blueberries? Last question for a while!

IsThatTrue Fri 26-Jul-13 20:24:20

Yes you can purree what you like, but maybe give baby a few to try and eat raw too smile

noelstudios Fri 26-Jul-13 20:26:06

Good god, what happened to doing your own research by searching for information already out there from a myriad of sources on most topics?

KingRollo Fri 26-Jul-13 20:26:21

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maja00 Fri 26-Jul-13 20:28:12

I don't think it really matters what you give at 6 months - just avoid salt, whole nuts and honey.

Don't puree food - there's no need and you will just have to work back up to lumps and then solids later. Either just mash up what you're having (so long as it's not salty) or give finger foods.

Also be cautious with choking hazards - fat blueberries are windpipe shaped, as are grapes. Nuts, raw apple, raw carrot that could be bitten off are too - stick to soft foods at first like roast veg.

MrsPercyPig Fri 26-Jul-13 20:31:43

noel the purpose of mumsnet is to talk with experienced mums and ask for advice (amongst many other things)

Perhaps you are on the wrong forum?

There is a hide button, if you don't like a particular topic!


SirBoobAlot Fri 26-Jul-13 20:35:59

Noel, don't be a tit.

lifesobeautiful Fri 26-Jul-13 20:37:57

They often screw up their faces with new foods! You should get a weaning book to help you know what to give and when. Annabel Karmel is brilliant. Baby rice is really good for mixing with other things like fruit and veggies. Good luck.

noelstudios Fri 26-Jul-13 20:41:35

Seriously, though, really? Perhaps I should be on the drunk thread. But really?

SirBoobAlot Fri 26-Jul-13 20:45:48

How long ago was it since you had a little baby, were starting all the new things, and worrying about getting it 'right', Noel? People post about all sorts of things on here.

MrsDeVere Fri 26-Jul-13 20:46:33

Baby rice is fine and won't hurt him. he is practicing eating. You can mix it with yummy stewed fruits.

I would go carefully with the blueberries. Great food but can cause upset tummy if your baby is sensitive anything acidic like that I would give in very small doses at first.

Bananas are great if you are nervous about solid food.

MrsDeVere Fri 26-Jul-13 20:48:41

Blimey Noel.
It is rather the point of MN to ask questions about children.

I am years and years and tons of kids down the line but I can remember when DC1 was tiny and I didn't know squat without asking.

No internet then. I had to read those bloody awful magazines and listen to SILs who told me that it was time to give the baby carnation milk and cod liver oil hmm

noelstudios Fri 26-Jul-13 20:54:37

My twins are still under two, it is more that I've spent all day having people at work come to me with simple questions, the answers to which were readily available elsewhere if only they had looked... And then I come on MN, hoping to find some perving thread about what Ed Balls would be like in the sack, and its just like being at work. There are questions and there are questions... Maybe it's just me, but whenever I've had an obvious mumsnet question, I use the search function and find the thousands of previous threads, and nearly always find the answer....

noelstudios Fri 26-Jul-13 20:58:21

Maybe I should be more discerning about the 'most active' tab... Doesn't always guarantee classic intrigue and belly laughs. Op, I'm sure your baby will enjoy food of one variety or another, good luck!

Ethlinn Fri 26-Jul-13 21:07:24

OP, I started weaning a few weeks ago (just before 6 months) and DS is the happiest baby ever now! I still use baby rice - I mix it with all sorts of fruit for his breakfast and we're doing a mixture of spoon feeding and BLW. I feed him a bit and he also gets loads of things to try and grab and chew on himself. So far mango and broccoli seem to be his favourite. I just give him slices of fruit and veg (all nice and soft) and he picks them up and sometimes puts in his mouth or everywhere else.
I am no expert, but I have been giving him pretty much everything me and OH are having. I love cooking and he gets to try most of the things I make, I only mash them up a bit with a fork or give him little bits as finger food. My HV says it's fine.

MrsDeVere Fri 26-Jul-13 21:07:57

I wandered into something last week because of Active convos.
It wasn't pretty....

Tee2072 Fri 26-Jul-13 21:17:45

Noel, there are no stupid questionsor limits to the mumbers of threads started on MN. There are rude answers, however.

My son, BTW, loved baby rice. And everything else!

You're doing fine, OP.

Tee2072 Fri 26-Jul-13 21:20:37

Also? This is the parenting topic. You should expect questions about, you know, parenting.

BalloonSlayer Fri 26-Jul-13 21:25:53

Well I was told to give baby rice mixed with milk at 4 months, followed by bland fruits + baby rice "because it's nicer."

Some statistics

1st DC - rule was start at 4 months. He couldn't wait.

2nd DC - rule was start at 4 months. TBH she could have waited but I was obedient and started weaning anyway as I wanted to do the best for her.

3rd DC - rule was 6 months. Expressed doubt to lovely HV that he would keep going to 6 months. "Most don't dear" she said. Blesser.

So all mine started weaning around 4 months.

I have one who will eat anything (despite having lots of food allergies WHICH APPEARED BEFORE WEANING) - DS1

I have two "chicken nuggets" kids with no allergies - DD and DS2

All weaned the same way at the same time.

YoniBottsBumgina Fri 26-Jul-13 21:32:53

DS practically wrestled a flapjack out of my hand at 5 months. I gave him some toast. He was happy smile

BTW OP bigger bits are better than smaller pieces if you want to let them try solid foods from the start (BLW) - think chip-sized or adult finger sized. Needs to be big enough that they can grab it in their little hammy fist and still have a bit sticking out to gnaw. They can't do pincer grip - needed for smaller items - until 9 months or so.

Smartiepants79 Fri 26-Jul-13 21:41:29

There is nothing wrong with baby rice. Mix with fruit and veg purée if you want to go down the spoon feeding route.
For what it's worth I have just started weaning my daughter. She is 7 months.
She has fruit purée and baby rice for breakfast with toast.
Finger foods for lunch. Sandwiches, breadsticks, houmous, cucumber, cheese etc. plus yogurt.
Veg & meat purée for tea with veg finger food. Fruit and rice pudding or something similar.
The mix of baby led weaning and spoon feeding means I can be sure she has actually eaten something. But she is also learning about chewing textures and tastes for herself.
Worked very successfully for my first daughter!

MrsPercyPig Fri 26-Jul-13 21:41:58

Right, thanks all for the advice.

I have now made a batch of:
Sweet potato
Sweet potato and apple
Sweet potato and apple
Apple and blueberry

All blitzed but not totally puréed as I'm a little nervous and want to take an in between approach.

I will go for more lumps and finger food next time.

I agree, these things are all easy when you know how!

Shiraztastic Fri 26-Jul-13 21:48:18
bigkidsdidit Fri 26-Jul-13 21:49:31

I weaned DS at 5 months when he took a bite out of a banana I was holding grin

I know she's not liked on here but OP if you're too nervous for BLW, which I was too, get an Annabel Karmel book. I found it really useful

Good luck. After a while its fun - what does he like, what doesn't he like? It's interesting smile

Tee2072 Fri 26-Jul-13 21:53:51

Yes. From five years ago.

OP, I'm on DC2 - 9 year age gap. DD weaned at 4 months and I was rubbish at it, clueless. Everything was pureed and baby rice was given on advice of everybody.

She was fine. AK saved my sanity, I still have the book and still use it (I hate cooking BTW so she was my intro to recipes)

With DS (4 mo) I'm holding out for 6 months and plan to BLW .

Just go.with the flow - lots of good advice here.

MiaowTheCat Sat 27-Jul-13 08:56:46

I used a highly scientific mix of AK, internet research and random things borrowed out of the library for ideas. Pureed stuff as well as I could be arsed to do (me and stick blenders usually develop into an elaborate kitchen redecoration method - I think the kitchen is currently sunflower with shades of sweet potato, dashes of carrot and accents of the soup we had two weeks ago).

The world won't implode if you go 3 days before the 6 month deadline. The world won't implode if you do/don't use baby rice. You're not going to break baby if you don't follow page 957 of The Absolute Honest This One's The Right Way Guide To Parenting either. You're not going to break baby if you don't do what your mum, nan, paperboy or random bloke down the shop did with their kids.

I found the AK books good in terms of having a general framework in terms of when to introduce second and third meals and adjust milk feeds - didn't stick to it rigidly... didn't stick to it much at all half of the time - but it was handier to have some mental "this is one way to do it" in my head to use as a basis to veer off from and find what worked better for us.

And for what it's worth - by 5 1/2 months she was absolutely bonkers with hunger - downing full 9oz bottles and switching to hungry baby milk hadn't worked... I think I cracked at 1 week before the 6 month mark, she looked at me with a "why the fuck haven't you been giving me this stuff before now" expression on her face and didn't look back!

mrscog Sat 27-Jul-13 09:06:32

I did a half way house approach with DS who I started on solids at 25 weeks. My advice is if you're starting at this age go straight to mashed lumpy food and whatever you're having. The puree, one new flavour at a time style is more appropriate if you're starting at 4 months.

DS had ready brek with stewed fruit stirred in for breakfast (these days ready brek is salt free), finger foods or something easy like baked beans and mash at lunchtime, then a mashed up version of our dinner - we lived on softish meals like pasta in sauce, fish pie, shepherds pie, curry etc for a while! He's nearly 17 months now and although he has famine weeks where he's expressing his own free will, generally he's a good eater.

SoftSheen Sat 27-Jul-13 09:11:44

The easiest way (IMHO) is to just let him share a bit of whatever you are eating (providing it doesn't contain salt, honey, whole nuts or lots of sugar).

To start with it is also better to avoid hard vegetables such as raw carrot, since they can be a choking hazard. A six month old is also unlikely to be able to pick up tiny things like peas and berries.

Good things to start with are fingers of toast (with butter or mashed avocado or banana), large pasta shapes, chunks of steamed vegetables, soft fruits such as mango, pear or banana, finger shaped chunks of meat (eg steak or chicken) and breakfast cereals such as mini shredded wheat, which can be picked up easily. You can also give cottage pie, spag bol etc but there will be a lot of mess!

Just put the food on his tray and let hime get on with it. To start with it will probably just be played with but after a week or two he will realise that it's quite nice to eat too.

Good luck!

MrsPercyPig Sat 27-Jul-13 10:10:32

Right am very proud of him as he just ate a bit of toast!

A tiny bit, but he ate it!

My DTs are 5.5 months and since they are sitting up well and wrestling food out of my hands, I've started weaning em. Toast and butter is a favourite. Banana, sliced lengthways is good. Slices of avocado and peach were also met with wild enthuasism. Personally I am really enjoying BLW (giving them unmashed food and letting them feed themselves) and with two, it's a lot less stressful than purreeing mountains of stuff only for DTS to stick his hands in it Nd rub it in his hair!

KingRollo Sat 27-Jul-13 20:07:52

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mrscog Sat 27-Jul-13 20:21:25

YY King Rollo, I think some aspects of BLW are a bit over hyped. I based my approach on - good idea to just introduce normal flavours and combinations straight away as chunky as you can get away with (I mean how many adults eat potato and apple puree?), good idea to offer 'normal' finger foods, good idea even to occasionally have a messy play session with some yoghurt. But to offer every single meal as a hands in free for all? Nope.

YoniBottsBumgina Sat 27-Jul-13 20:50:17

I think that's an adult interpretation though. I wouldn't want to eat cottage pie with my fingers at all. But babies love things like that - it's not just food, it's a sensory experience for them. Plus the pieces of mince are bigger in relation to a baby's hand than an adult's.

KingRollo Sat 27-Jul-13 21:06:15

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ExBrightonBell Sat 27-Jul-13 23:32:01

Eating with your hands is perfectly acceptable in many cultures across the world (eg in India), so I don't think that it is that weird or unacceptable.

My ds (12 months) eats very tidily with his hands and certainly doesn't throw any food around the room (as I would take it away from him if he did). At some point you are going to have to let a baby feed themselves and some mess will be inevitable. It isn't the end of the world.

KingRollo Sun 28-Jul-13 06:15:19

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ExBrightonBell Sun 28-Jul-13 07:51:43

Fair enough KingRollo, just wanted to put an alternative viewpoint that eating with your hands is not universally regarded as disrespectful and wasteful.

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