We are a couple of weeks in from introducing solids to our daughter and I’m happy to report that the transition is going over well!
As I mentioned in Part 1 of this post, we began by giving my daughter Brown Rice Cereal. She absolutely loves it! In fact, she loves it so much that she baths in it. I now understand why parents choose to undress their children when it’s meal time – things get messy! If the spoon isn’t in her mouth, her bib, hands, thumb or highchair straps will be. No matter how hard we try, our daughter always manages to get food anywhere and everywhere. Yesterday we found a bit of pureed carrots up her nose and she didn’t eat carrots yesterday… #parentingfail
After feeding her cereal for about a week, we slowly introduced carrots, peas and eventually bananas. Peas have been the trickiest to prepare thus far! They’re a huge pain in the ass to puree because of their thick skin! It’s a time consuming process that involves straining the peas through a fine sieve. I suppose you could skip this step (and we will later on) but because our daughter is just getting used to the texture of pureed foods, it’s probably safer and easier for her to eat and digest food with a smoother consistency. She is however getting used to the taste of peas even though the first attempt involved a lot of spitting and “what the hell did you just feed me” faces. We’re making progress!
I am still breast feeding as this is the number one source of nutrition for our daughter. So, if you are introducing solids to your baby, remember to continue bottle/breast feeding as much as you were before! Also, don’t ever introduce two new foods at the same time. Stick with one (peas for example) for about three to four days and monitor Baby to see if these new foods cause any type of irritation (rashes, allergies, digestion issues etc.). We’ve currently had a bit of a step back as our daughter developed a rash after we mixed mashed banana in her morning cereal. It could be coincidental as there are a number of other factors that could have contributed to the rash (teething, eczema, cold weather ect.) however we’re going to stop giving her bananas for approximately ten days. We’ll continue feeding her foods that we know she hasn’t reacted to (peas, carrots and cereal) and see if the rash clears up and then re-introduce bananas to see how she makes out. Fingers crossed that things go well!!
Another challenge we face when it comes to feeding our daughter is making sure that her food is the right temperature! The last thing I want to do is burn her little tongue with hot food! Sure, you can test the food on your wrist to make sure its not too hot, but why would you do that when you can use these Munchkin White Hot Safety Spoons! When I attended the Munchkin Playdate event with Munchkin Canada and the GG Sisters, I received these spoons along with a number of other goodies! I’m not into gimmick type products but these spoons (they make bowls too) have made the process of introducing solids a heck of a lot easier! First off, you need spoons to feed your children, so why not use these which serve two purposes! They’re very flexible which makes it easy to pick up food (every last bit of it so nothing goes to waste), they’re comfortable to hold with there long handle and the best part of all – the end of the spoon turns white if the food is too hot!! Genius! Whenever it’s meal time, I simply heat up my daughters food, dip the spoon in her food to check for the temperature and if the spoon turns white I know it’s too hot for Baby. After waiting for a couple of minutes I’ll dip the spoon in her food again and if it doesn’t turn white I know the temperatures just right (yes – I rhymed)!! This is an amazing product and would make for a thoughtful and very useful gift for any newbie parents out there! I’m all about the practical and useful gifts!
As a first time mom, trying new things with my daughter can be intimidating but introducing solids to your baby doesn’t have to be complicated! Here’s some of my advice to all my fellow parents out there who are thinking about introducing new foods to their babies:
- Take your time!
- Be open to trying new things
- If it doesn’t work the first time, try and try again!
- Preparation is key! Before you sit down to feed your baby, make sure you have everything you need right there in front of you – your baby may get upset or even lose interest in eating if you stop feeding them to grab a wet wash cloth for their face!
- Be consistent and find a routine that works for you – perhaps your baby will prefer cereal at night rather than in the morning ect.
- Don’t get discourage if your baby isn’t fond of certain foods! The best advice I heard was to introduce new foods to your baby when they’re happy – makes total sense, right?!
- Use proper baby utensils that make feeding easy and comfortable for you and baby
- Limit any distractions (TV, toys etc.) when its meal time so your baby can focus on the task at hand.
- Enjoy this time with your baby and snap lots of pics – the faces the make when trying new foods are quite adorable and entertaining!
- Take this as an opportunity to have a break and allow others to feed your baby too!
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