Showing posts with label solids. Show all posts
Showing posts with label solids. Show all posts

Thursday, March 29, 2012

B & Avocado

B seemed to do fine with his first dose of avocado.  He was a bit uncertain, but didn't mind eating.  We decided to do purees for now, though baby led weaning may be in our future.

Then he stopped sleeping.  And I need my sleep.  I am protective of my four hour stretches.  After four consecutive bad nights I didn't give him avocado for a day, just milk.  Guess what?  He slept fine.

We're going to file this under not ready for solids.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

on starting solids

B is six months old!  It's time to start solids, but I've been feeling rather lazy about the whole thing.  I get asked quite often what he's eating.  When I respond, "still just breast milk," people react with surprise, though his doctor said it's perfectly fine to continue as we are for a little while longer.

I know a lot of parents who start solids around four or five months because they're excited to move on to the next stage.  I understand that.  I'm excited to have first food pictures and videos, but I'm not so thrilled about the mess of solids.  And don't even get me started on the change in poop when a baby switches from breast only to breast and solids.  I like three to five day stretches with no dirty diapers.

I like the ease of breastfeeding, the simplicity of leaving the house without snacks and bibs and three changes of clothes.  Well, we still need three changes of clothes, but we don't have to haul much else.  I was going to start him on avocado next week, but now I think I may wait one more week.

I've heard babies sleep better once they start solids.  That alone makes me want to start.  But I recently read that's actually a myth, some babies just sleep better than others.

This time of nursing exclusively is so wonderful and short and sweet, I want to prolong it, hold on to it as long as I can.  It's not like starting solids means he is weaning, but it is a big change.  I'm happy we've made it to six months with breast milk as his only food.  I hope to nurse until he's at least a year, eighteen months would be ideal, I think.  Though you never know when baby is going to decide to wean!

Here is a list of foods to start with from our naturopath.

4-5 months
breastmilk, sips of water
6 months
Sweet potato, squash, peas, pumpkin, avocado, banana (raw) , apricot, nectarines, peaches, pears, plums (all other fruit steamed)
7 months
Zucchini, mango, pear, papaya (all raw), Iron fortified rice cereal if baby is anemic, otherwise un-necessary
8 months
Asparagus, carrots, green beans, nectarines, peaches, pears , plums (all raw), apples (steamed), homemade porridge (brown rice, millet, oats), tofu, hard or soft boiled egg yolk. Begin allowing baby to feed self with spoon and finger foods.
9 months
Broccoli, parsley, okra, apricot, apples, cantaloupe, honeydew, kiwi, plums, watermelon, peeled and cut grapes (all raw), barley added to homemade porridge, tahini, ground nuts/seeds, organic chicken and turkey, brewer’s yeast, powdered kelp, spirulina (if baby is iron deficient).  Consistency of food should begin to be thicker with small chunks.
10 months
Cauliflower, snow peas, spinach, brussel sprouts, kale, rutabaga, turnips, ground sprouts, coconut milk, rhubarb (steamed), pinto, black, white, navy beans, lentils.
11 months
Artichokes, beets, corn, cucumbers, onion, green and sweet peppers, dates, pineapple, prunes (all raw), rice, organic lean lamb, buffalo, thinned nut butters (not peanut butter), organic yogurt, cottage cheese, hard cheeses.
12 months
Eggplant, white potatoes, berries, cherries, citrus fruits, tomatoes (all raw), wheat, organic lean beef, organic whole milk, egg whites, wheat germ, honey.

Maybe we'll dive in soon.

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