When Allie turned 5+ months, she started to show very sure signs of being keen on our food. She was salivating and copying us when we chew our food, swallows her saliva when she hears and see us drinking and gulping water, and she has made attempts to grab what we’ve been drinking. Sometimes we’ll give in to her requests and let her have a sip of water from our cups. She loved it.
To me, introducing solids to baby is a huge step forward for both mom and baby. Not only does feeding time create more time for bonding but it helps baby make progress towards our food world from their milk world. However, in all eagerness to get baby started on solids, always make sure that baby can support his/her neck well and is able to sit upright on a high chair. If you’re baby is still flimsy on a high chair and leans forwards naturally, plonking against the front of the seat helplessly, then he/she probably isn’t ready just yet. Be patient and wait it out- things will change in another week or two, and baby will be better able to enjoy feeding time.
Allie’s first 10 foods, in order of introduction are:
- Baby rice cereal
- Sweet potato
Each time I introduce a new ingredient, I’ll feed it to her without mixing any other ingredient (apart from some milk/water to thin down the consistence of the purée), so she can enjoy the natural flavour of that ingredient itself, and also for easy identification should a food allergy reaction pops up. For the same reason, I tend to introduce new food in the earlier part of the day, so we can visit a clinic instead of the A&E should Allie have a food allergy. Most of these foods can be prepared easily by steaming then blending or mashing it up. I was gifted a baby food steamer/blender machine, so that made things easier. The only foods on this list I did not steam (fed fresh) were bananas, avocado and blueberries.
I’m a believer in portioning and freezing. So whenever I want to feed Allie, all I do is go to my little library of frozen purees, warm it up and mix away. Simple as that! Here’s how it looks. A little unkept, but you get the idea. One ingredient, one ziplock bag with ingredient and date written on the bag.
In my next food post, I’ll share how I mixed the ingredients up to come up with different ‘recipes’. Stay tuned!