Guys, my baby is 6 months old already. How did that happen? What a fun adventure the last 6 months have been.
Baby Girl loves to laugh at daddy, has learned that she can get around by log rolling and flinging herself across the floor, has the chubbiest, most adorable little thighs, loves people and stares them down until they say hi to her, and is now entering the world of mushy food.
Our pediatrician recommended that we start with vegetables and iron-fortified baby cereals for two meals a day. (Shhhh….I let her suck on my apple for her first taste of food and she loved it!)
It is also recommended to introduce each food separately, three times in a row, in case there is an allergic reaction. It’s much easier to find the culprit that way. A few things that were important to the doc and to me…
- Our doctor wanted us to make sure she has green vegetables on the days where she doesn’t eat baby cereal to make sure she gets iron.
- I wanted to introduce vegetables that we actually eat regularly so that she could transition to eating what we eat having tried the different ingredients on their own first. Ex: I love to make smoothies, so I want her to try spinach on its own first.
So to get myself started and plan out this new adventure of food, I turned to our household favorite friend: Google!
I decided to plan out the first month of baby food so that I could make sure she was off to the right start.
Step 1: Decide the flow of foods you want to introduce. (Baby Oatmeal, Avocado, spinach, sweet potato, peas, banana…)
Step 2: Schedule these meals in your Google Calendar as a recurring event for 3 occurrences.
Step 3: Get your puree on and start the fun!
I know some people like to make a huge batch of some food item and freeze it in little ice cube trays. Since I’m not sure if she’ll like each food, I’m holding off on that and pureeing for the 3 “meals” as I go. We have a Vitamix, so blending up some food is pretty effortless.
Once I introduced Baby Oatmeal 3 times, I scheduled that as a recurring event for every morning for the month. I then scheduled each new vegetable or fruit three times in a row at dinner time.
So far we’ve had the oatmeal, avocado, and spinach. I got a little discouraged after the avocado, thinking she wasn’t really into food…then we tried spinach and she started SMASHING it! Girl loves her greens!
Our next adventure will be sweet potatoes. Hopefully she likes that!
What tips and tricks do you have for starting baby on food?
Hope you are having a great week!