So it’s been a few months since we jumped on this solid food bandwagon.
I was hesitant at first- I fed them rice cereal for months. Only after Dr. B gave me a nudge at 6.5 months did I introduce a vegetable. Once we started I think we got going pretty good.
So here’s our list:
-Peas with Mint yes, the first food they had was peas with mint- they loved it.
-Applesauce (Pink Lady)
-Mixed Grains Cereal (Barley, Spelt, Oats)
-Cereal Puffs (Banana and Sweet Potato)
-Cantaloupe chunks (in their mesh feeders)
Tonight I’ve got Broccoli, Carrots, Spinach, Plums, Apples and Peaches to steam and blend. I think I’m going to start making things a little more chunky- they do pretty well with texture so far and they do have teeth so they spend a lot of time gumming everything they can. Time to move on from completely smooth purees.
-Avocado (although they did eat a large one between the two of them today)
I think I might venture into grinding up some chicken breasts. Maybe. I’ve got Wheat cereal on the shelf but am waiting to give that since it’s the most likely of the cereals to cause an allergic reaction. I started introducing new foods really slowly at first- 4-5 days of the same thing, then once we went a few weeks without a reaction I just started letting them have at it. I might try 2 new things in a day and it may come back to bite me but so far so good.
We give 2-3 meals in a day. Most days 3 but some days they just run too close together and we end up with 2 meals. I’m trying to get on a better schedule with this.
So far I haven’t purchased a jar of food. I was very tempted to take some camping but opted instead to just grab a couple boxes of Happy Baby from the freezer. I love this product. It’s just straight up veggies and fruits- nothing else.
Things I’ve learned about my boys:
Many nights Wyatt will have his eyelashes glued together with whatever we’ve been eating because if it hits the tray- it’s going to get smeared right on his face. Lincoln will “finger paint” a bit if he happens to touch his food but for the most part keeps his hands pretty clean. Chins are another story!
Wyatt is always one meal away from being constipated. Green’s bring the poop. Rice and Bananas do not. I’m so glad he likes the green stuff (and the “P” stuff- pears, plums…) we try and eat something green every day. Lincoln seems to handle foods pretty well, he doesn’t have the same issues as Wyatt. Also, gDiaper liners are no match for spinach.
They haven’t figured out how to refuse something yet. If they don’t like it they may be slow to open up but they don’t turn away from a spoon or push back. They don’t even really spit anything out. It’s messy enough without this so let’s hope it continues!
If I think they may not like it- that’s what they like the most.
I’ve got some good eaters!