Introducing Solid Foods

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Nothing provides me more comfort than a solid mapped out plan. And then I became a mother. Learning to juggle the constant shift in plans has been a challenge.

During pregnancy I spent an extensive amount of time researching how to introduce solid foods. Baby Led Weaning was the method I became pretty sold on, however you must wait until baby is six months of age. (BLW is basically skipping purées and allowing baby to explore and feed themselves.)

However, when we went to our 4 month check up and the doctor mentioned we could start introducing foods my mindset shifted.

From day one Gunner hasn’t had much interest in milk. So, when the doctor mentioned solid foods, I saw a different plan of action.

Mother’s intuition is definitely a thing. I planned for many things to go one way but when the time comes you just know another course of action is likely to follow.

I knew Gunner wasn’t ready at our four month check up but said to Sean, ” lets wait till he’s 5 months.”

Following the four month check up we spent a few days away from home in Seattle.  It was here that I noticed the biggest shift in Gunner.  He was starting to hold his head up better and his hand coordination showed up over night. My initial gut feeling told me he was ready.

We decided to test a single puree once we got home, knowing this process was going to be a slow one. Butternut squash was Gunner’s first food. He did not know what to think of it as he pushed it out of his mouth. Three days later we gave him bananas and he slurped them down. It doesn’t matter if your baby is on formula or breast milk, they are both on the sweeter side. So it was no surprise to me that he opted for the banana. From then on we introduced something new every 3/4 days. Eventually I started mixing one fruit and one veggie, just to add that touch of sweetness. We are really feeding him whatever we have in the house, just pureed. So far he’s had butternut squash, bananas, pears, avocado, potatoes, sweet potatoes and mango. Bananas are definitely his favorite.

Here are some of the things we’ve used to help with feedings:

Highchair-Love this one. Simple to take apart and clean.

Spoons and bowls– Easy to clean and hopefully will aid in not making too much of a mess when Gunner is older.

Blender– We used this every day before Gunner was even born. It’s pricey but worth every penny.

Bibs– These are great because they are super easy to clean however I have found them to be difficult to get on. I just ordered a different brand, I will let you know how these ones work!

Sliding Food Storage Tray – Helps to make more space in your fridge. Love that it comes with a pen to write down the date!

Can you tell I have a cleaning problem?! As long as it’s easy to clean it’s good in my book! 🙂

 

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