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Happy Thanksgiving!

By Gwynn Cassidy

Created: 11/28/2008
Last Updated: 02/25/2010

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I have so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving and I'm especially grateful that I'm a new mom to the best little boy in the whole world (in my humble opinion, of course). He turns 6 months on Monday so I decided Thanksgiving dinner would be the perfect time for him to have his first proper "meal." So, with grandmothers, cousins, aunts, uncles, and close friends watching (and flashbulbs flashing), Gideon ate from a spoon. It was so exciting and oh, so messy.

What was on the menu, you ask? His first meal consisted of rice cereal mixed with formula. At first he wasn't entirely sure what to do with the globby stuff in his mouth and instead of swallowing, let it dribble down his chin. Unsure what to do, I decided to teach by example and had a spoonful myself. Even though it tasted like flavorless Cream of Wheat (yuck), I smiled, told him how yummy it was and offered another spoonful. And, the rest is history -- and so was the cereal; he finished the entire bowl in record time.

I'll keep giving him the rice cereal once a day for 3 - 5 days and then try something new. Any suggestions? Peas, carrots, bananas?


VEGGIES! My family is vegetarian and my children have the most beautiful skin.

Sooooo cute.

Cream of wheat... mmmmm.
Our daughter loves avocado. And it's so convenient, portable as well as healthy. Just slice in half and scoop it out with a spoon and feed. You can mash it with the spoon if you need it softer.

I agree - nothing sweet for awhile. I made that mistake with my first and it made things really difficult. My second child loved, loved, loved carrots. She couldn't get enough. Try them!

Wow, he's cute! And what a milestone! Now, he'll think everything is food and put it in his mouth... let the good times roll! FYI- I always mixed a spoonful of organic soft tofu into my daughter's veggies. If Gideon can handle soy, it's a great non-meat protein that'll keep his poop from not stinking too much ;-) and it's good for him! Baked sweet potato (you can make that yourself) is also very yummy, nutritious and soft.

We had good luck with squash of all things. I tried it once and it was sweet.

So exciting to reach that "solid" food milestone! Before you know it
he'll be running a muck. I don't think it matters much what you start
with. Whatever your kid will eat is good. I think the belief that
your kid will develop a sweet tooth if you start with fruit is no
longer considered.

My 2 cents: Don't give him fruit yet, you want him to start with vegetables. Otherwise, he may like the sweetness of the fruit too much and never enjoy or get to like vegetables.


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