Diary of a First Time Mom: 5 Tips for Starting Solids
Starting Amira on solid foods was one of those things that completely overwhelmed me at first. I was so excited for her but at the same time I felt like I just finally got into a nursing groove! As anything goes with babies, as soon as you get comfortable everything switches up to keep things interesting! Here are my tips for those of you just starting solids with your little ones!
I started VERY slow with solid food at 6 months because truth be told I didn't know wtf I was doing and my pediatrician gave me VERY vague feeding advice. Since we were not replacing any nursing sessions with solids (just for practice) I always made sure to nurse her before solids. As suggested by our pediatrician we started with 1-2 tablespoons of organic rice cereal mixed with breastmilk for breakfast (I eventually switched to multi-grain cereal). Amira would eat a couple of spoonfuls of cereal at first and be done with it. Once her appetite increased a few weeks later I added in a lunch feeding and then a few more weeks after that I added a dinner feeding. By nine months Amira was eating three meals per day.
Create a list / chart
If I could go back, I'd be much more organized and have a bit of a game plan when it came to the foods we introduced her to. I just would go grocery shopping and pick a new fruit / veggie each week (which worked) but it would have helped me more to have a list of foods she liked, didn't like, or had any reaction to. This would have been especially helpful for when we got to stage 2 foods (blends). So my suggestion is to start a list to help you stay organized and stay adventurous when it comes to introducing new foods.
Introduce one new food at at time
While starting solids is an exciting time for you and your baby make sure that you are introducing one new food at a time. The reason for this is that you want to make sure that you can spot any reactions to foods. If you introduce two new foods at a time you will be unable to discern which food caused the reaction if any!
Try making your own baby food
I made the decision to make all of Amira's baby food and I'm so happy that I did. Let me add that if you have decided to give your baby jarred food, THAT'S OKAY! There is nothing wrong with either choice. Since I'm home with Amira I thought it would be fun to give it a try and it was A LOT easier than I expected. I will be writing a blog post with tips on making your own baby food so stay tuned!
Have fun with it
Starting solids should be a fun experience for you and your baby! If your baby isn't really into solid foods at first, don't get frustrated. Keep meal time a fun experience and don't stress if they only take a few bites here and there! Let your baby have fun exploring new tastes and textures at meal time. Eventually they will start getting the hang of it!