It’s hard to believe that little “broccoli” is now 8 months old. She is very strong willed and has quite the little personality. At about 5 months she really started showing interest in solid food. In a previous post I shared Kayden’s first foods experience so I thought that I would take a moment and share a little more detailed version of what I am experiencing with Rylee.
What are the signs?
I like to put my little one in her high chair (if she is awake) during our meal times. I feel like this is the start of good habits and routine for her to be apart of our family meal time. We did this even before we started introducing solids. Now when she goes in her high chair she knows its time to eat. Some of the signs Rylee showed us she was ready for solid food was reaching for my food, drooling a lot especially during meal time, and tracking my every bite with her eyes.
How did you introduce the first food?
I gave Rylee acorn squash as her first taste of solid food. This was in part because it just happened to be what I was eating that night. I baked the squash in the oven and once it was fully cooked I set some aside for her. I added a little bit of water (you could also use breast milk) to hers and mashed/mixed it well so it had a pureed consistency. I put a little bit on my finger and offered it to her. Rylee would then grab my hand and pull my finger with the food on it to her mouth and eat it. I prefer this method as I think that it is less foreign as I am only introducing one new thing (the food) to her as opposed to both the food and the spoon. Don’t get me wrong spoons are great…but for some little ones it is overwhelming to have two new things put right in front of their face. After we established that Rylee liked and was comfortable eating some solid foods I then started feeding her with a spoon.
Foods so far:
What about cereal?
This is just a step that I personally do not feel is necessary. I prefer a real food approach. While some pediatricians recommend infant cereals as a first food it seems that as of lately more and more people are taking a real food approach and bypassing the cereals altogether. I think that it is important to start with bland/mild foods that will be “gentle” on babies tummy. Kayden had sweet potato and Rylee had Acorn Squash as their first foods. I am a big fan of making my own baby food and I plan on sharing those recipes with you as well in future posts.