There is a ton of debate out in the blogosphere/Internet and in parenting books centered on how and when one should introduce a baby to solids. Some believe that you have to wait until the baby is at least 6 months old; others believe that you can begin earlier but you must start with cereal and then there are parents who throw caution to the wind and break all the “rules”. I guess we fall somewhere in between. I wasn’t sure when exactly we would start feeding baby G solids, but the more I read up on it, the more I felt the time was near.
According to my research, signs of readiness for solids (4 to 6 months) include:
- Baby can hold their head up unassisted
- Sits well in highchair/Bumbo
- Baby has lost the tongue-thrust reflex
- Makes chewing motions, imitates eating behaviors
- Birth weight has doubled
- Begins to show interest in food
- Can close mouth around a spoon
- Seems unsatisfied after 36-40oz of formula in a day
- Shows signs of teething
When Gracie began to display all of these signs we knew that it was “go time”! So at 5 months, 1 week old, baby girl tried solids for the first time. We started with pureed organic carrots; just a few spoons full and she loved it! I’m talking L-O-V-E, people! I know some of you may be asking yourself, carrots, really? Our reason for trying carrots first was that my BF told us all about just how much her daughter (who is one month older than Grace) loved carrots, so we figured if little miss Olivia liked them maybe Gracie will too. Our hypothesis proved correct and to-date carrots still seem to be her favorite. We have since tried bananas, sweet potatoes, applesauce, sweet peas and we are currently on pears. Here is a video of Grace trying carrots for the first time. The first is a short clip because our doggies could see what we were doing from outside and started barking like a bunch of wild animals. I think they wanted some carrots too. ;)
Carrots ~ take 2
Per the recommendation of our pediatrician, we are trying one food at a time for 3-4 days before going on to the next. This seems to be common practice for most parents as a way to detect whether your kid has any allergies. So far it doesn’t appear that baby girl is allergic to anything we’ve tried however she does get a little flush with fruit and is not a big fan of bananas. And here we thought bananas would be her favorite… turns out she would rather have sweet peas.
I have yet to use the BB and make any homemade baby food because we’re still in the discovery phase of this whole process. Once I have an idea of what she loves, likes and would rather not eat, I’ll roll up my sleeves and get started. I really have no idea what I’m going to make or how to even make it so it’s a good thing we’re still in phase one, ha! So, if any of you mamas out in blogland have homemade baby food recipes – please share! I know there is still a lot I have to learn.
Grace has since tried lime, which oddly enough she really liked and even enjoyed a “meal” in a big girl highchair next to her cousin, Mia this past weekend! She looks like such a little peanut next to Mia.