Adventures in Introducing Solids (Baby Cereal, Veggies, and Fruits – Oh My!)
Life seems to fly by more quickly than ever now that we are parents. It’s hard to believe that our daughter is more than six months old when my pregnancy doesn’t even seem that long ago. For the longest time, our little one was exclusively breastfed. Breastfeeding is highly touted as essential to a developing immune system for infants. But, before you know it, it is time to introduce solids—baby cereal, fruits, and veggies. Are you ready for the adventure?
Introducing solids for your infant requires more than just a jar of baby food and a spoon, in case you were wondering. I highly recommend some helpful supplies –a wet baby washcloth, a paper towel, and of course, somewhere to sit your baby, be it a highchair or a Bumbo or other baby seat with a tray table. If you think you can hold your baby and feed him with a spoon without getting baby food all over him, yourself, and the room you are either very crazy or very talented!
Above all, you must decide if you plan to feed your baby jarred baby food from the store or if you will be making your own baby food at home. You should consult your pediatrician for the latter, as I’ve found some foods, like carrots, are better left to the manufacturers due to the nitrate content. BabyEarth carries lots of healthy baby food options that you can’t always find in stores. If you are feeling ambitious, you can look into various products to help you make your own baby food, such as choppers, grinders, and steamers. I am personally sitting on the fence about whether I will make my own baby food or feed our daughter the healthiest of what I can find in the stores. I feel like our parents fed us some jar baby food and we all turned out fine, but there is still something nagging at the back of my brain telling me it may be a good experience to make what I can make. There’s the issue of time, but if you plan ahead and freeze items, it can be a healthy and cheaper option than store-bought food. Ah, what a dilemma…
On my friend’s recommendation, I tried feeding avocado to our daughter this week in the recommended three-day cycle. If I caught her in a good mood, she liked it well enough, and I’ve heard it is great brain food, so I was glad to give it a shot. To my surprise, it was also very easy to cut open, carve out, mash up, and serve, one tiny spoonful at a time. No cooking or steaming necessary, so I definitely recommend trying this for yourself if you want to try serving fresh produce to your little one over jar food. Other yummy and simple foods to start with are bananas and sweet potato (cook potato first, then mash-cool completely!).
Once you have your supplies and your baby food in hand, the rest gets easier with time. It’s adorable to see your little one’s reaction tasting each new food for the first time, from the rice cereal to the veggies and fruits. Don’t forget to consult your pediatrician for personalized instructions for your little one’s feeding plan once you are ready to introduce solids into his or her diet!
What was the first solid food you ever fed your little one? Did they love it or hate it?