I know that as a first-time parent, preparing to introduce BabyL to solid foods was stressful, to say the least. What age? Which food? Purée? Finger food? How much? How often?
I'm happy to say that I've calmed down somewhat. After all, as they say, "Food before 1 is just for fun." Meaning, before the age of 1 year, Baby's primary source of nutrition is still breastmilk and/or formula. Babies eat solid food to practice taking food off a spoon, moving it around their mouth and swallowing. They are introduced to new flavors.
Why have I only calmed down somewhat? Well, BabyL doesn't seem to enjoy eating solid foods. We offer purées, and we've offered soft finger foods. He is "ready," (tongue-thrust reflex is gone, he sits well with minimal support, shows interest in our food, imitates our chewing). But even though he's been eating solids for nearly two months, he still takes no more than a few spoonfuls in a sitting. He hasn't seemed to love (leaned forward, opened his mouth in anticipation, fussed for more) anything that we've offered. The only foods he'll take several bites of (but still not a full ounce) are a peach/Greek yogurt combo, and avocado.
|Liam, "eating" an ounce of Gala apple
purée mixed with ½ tbsp oatmeal
- sweet potato
- butternut squash
- Greek yogurt
- summer (yellow) squash
- green beans
With each new food, he tastes it "plain" (single ingredient, unseasoned) for a few days. Then, I'll offer it in a combo (bananas and oatmeal, peaches and yogurt, etc.). Our pediatrician wants us to continue to offer solids at least once a day, and to continue offering new flavors and to experiment with the thickness.
4:30 am: Wake up, nurse L., go back to sleep
7:00 am: Wake up, nurse L., stay up
9:30 am: Offer about an ounce of whatever new puree we're trying, then nurse
12:00 pm: Nurse L.
2:30 pm: Offer about an ounce of "old" purees (something he's tasted before, or a combo of things he's tasted before)
5:00 pm: Nurse L.
7:30 pm: Nurse L., bedtime