Baby’s First Foods
Two weeks ago Baby Boy enjoyed his first taste of real food just shy of his 5 month birthday! Exciting times! With the Little Monkey we started at the 4 month mark because she showed ALL signs of being ready but when our doctor suggested I start solids at the four month mark for Baby Boy I hesitated. Why? Because he wasn’t showing us any signs of being ready. He couldn’t even sit up the lazy bugger! The doctor was concerned about him hovering a smidge below the 50% weight range and it didn’t bother me because he was heavier than the Little Monkey was at his age. So I waited….and waited until one day I noticed him smacking his lips. He still couldn’t sit up but I plopped him on the Bumbo and boy was he READY! He had no issues swallowing and barely dribbled anything out. He does a weird thing where he plops his thumb in between feeds – I thought it was a sign that he was done but he started crying when I put the food away!
I had made cereal AT HOME for the Little Monkey but I knew what a pain it was and how it didn’t taste all that great so we went for the box kind this time around. He ate two tablespoons that first round and my plan was to do one feed daily until the 6 month mark. NOPES. He finished 2 oz of food on his first day. He’s been on solids for nearly 2 weeks now and we’ve adhered to the 3 day rule so far. He’s at it like a champ and would eat more if I gave him the option but I really don’t want him substituting milk and that’s always a fear in the first few days. I’m sure my 3 day rule is going to go out the door once I get through our basics. Below is a chart of some of our favourite items to start with. You may notice that I stuck to fruits and veggies and the reason for that is because I find meats and fish a bit too stringy even after blending. So I wasn’t comfortable using that for the first two weeks. Perhaps I need a better blender! Other than the Avocado and cereal the rest of the fruits and veggies have been organic (I gave organic fruits, veggies and meats until the Little Monkey was 9 months if memory serves me right…she started eating out quite frequently at that age and the whole organic thing went out the window).
On average each day he goes through one fruit or 10 baby carrots which averages to about 3 to 4 ounces of purees. We’re going to introduce lentils and pulses this week. At present I use breast milk to thin out the purees but will soon start using the water from the steamed fruits and veggies.
April 8, 2014 @ 9:01 am
We also started foods a tad before 5 months old with doctor recommendation and we feel like it was the right time for us. I have been afraid to do my own purees at home for some reason, I almost feel like it will be too difficult but the jarred food has such little variety that I think I will be doing them now too
April 9, 2014 @ 11:07 am
good luck with the foodie journey!
May 31, 2014 @ 11:42 pm
My sister welcomed her first baby yesterday! So excited!
June 2, 2014 @ 10:21 am
Congrats!!! This is an exciting time for the family!!
November 3, 2014 @ 1:49 pm
I am so lucky to be experiencing my nephews first foods with him. I love all the faces they make at the different textures and flavours.
November 3, 2014 @ 2:39 pm
Watch out for the stage he decides to fling the food at you!
November 10, 2014 @ 7:47 pm
I think it is important to start when you think your baby is ready. I made all my own baby foods.
November 13, 2014 @ 4:51 am
I remember feeding my younger brother his first foods. Finding something he liked was hard, but I loved feeding him.
November 13, 2014 @ 4:43 pm
What a a great memory Kevin! How many years apart are the two of you?
November 16, 2014 @ 10:59 am
So sweet. I loved when my child was a wee one and I got to see his reaction to every new taste.
November 17, 2014 @ 9:22 am
I had fun making and trying new foods when my twins were young, Enjoy
November 17, 2014 @ 3:17 pm
I always waited until baby was ready and had no problems afterward. There is such a rush for everything now a days
November 19, 2014 @ 2:04 pm
Oh I remember giving my son his first foods, some expressions were priceless! My son loved peas
December 4, 2014 @ 12:40 am
i think its important to follow the readiness of the baby! Everyone is different!
December 6, 2014 @ 9:07 am
I started my little girl on foods when she was four months. SHe just wanted to eat earlier and she was fine.
December 8, 2014 @ 8:23 am
I loved reading this! My DD is 5 months and has been showing a lot of signs she is ready for solids. She is very interested in watching me eat also her hand going to mouth!! I may just try her today on a wee bit of puree mixed with a little water like you said!! Thanks for the great post!!
December 8, 2014 @ 8:24 am
I loved reading this! My DD is 5 months and has been showing a lot of signs she is ready for solids. She is very interested in watching me eat also her hand going to mouth!! I may just try her today on a wee bit of puree mixed with a little water like you said!! Thanks for the great post!! I’m not alone
December 9, 2014 @ 12:39 am
This is our world right now. Figuring out what she likes and dislikes.
December 14, 2014 @ 9:20 pm
I would love to check out this book. Get some ideas for me little guy. 🙂
December 16, 2014 @ 7:44 am
Awe I loved introducing my LO to his first foods. all the silly faces
December 20, 2014 @ 1:13 pm
My children were always so picky about eating solids, I swear my oldest son only lived off milk for the first 12 months.
December 20, 2014 @ 1:14 pm
My children were always so picky about eating solids, I swear my oldest son only lived off milk for the first 12 months. But now they eat everything!
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May 10, 2015 @ 9:30 am
seeing their faces with the new foods was wonderful! love this story!
May 15, 2015 @ 11:52 pm
My granddaughter just started on foods and she isn’t quite 5 months yet, but boy was she ready, everytime she sees or even smells food, she gets all excited!!
May 20, 2015 @ 11:08 am
This post was very helpful to me. I’m going to share it with my daughter who had her first baby in March! Thanks!
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