It’s exciting to introduce solids to your baby. It’s like playing dress up, but with food, and the food they make for babies these days makes my mouth water. Last night April tried Zucchini, Banana & Amaranth purée from Plum Organics. I don’t even know what amaranth is but I’m sure it’s fancy and usually served on a dish in a silver platter.
Pediatricians advise that you wait to introduce solids until your baby is between four and six months old, has good head control and can sit up well when supported. They also recommend introducing food right after a formula feeding or nursing session or breast pumped milk feeding and waiting for a few days between the introduction of each new food type to weed out any allergies. It doesn’t matter if you start with veggies or fruits, it’s really just an exercise to get your baby accustomed to trying new flavors and textures. So far, our little girl seems to be very excited to try just about anything but she also eats her feet so I have to question her taste.
The best part of introducing solids is that it means more reasons to go shopping! If you are thinking about introducing solid foods to your baby you better have your baby gear game in check. We needed a high chair, plastic bibs and bowls, and soft tipped spoons. My favorite new piece of gear is the BabyBjorn Soft Bib because it wipes off easily and has a shelf to catch all of the food that will inevitably make its way out of your baby’s mouth.
In addition, introducing solids is fun because even the laziest of lazy cooks, like myself, can make baby food. I used to balk at the idea of making my own baby food but all I had to do was throw mango in a blender and voila! Baby food. I am a culinary genius.
It’s definitely been fun introducing solids to our baby, but I don’t believe the experience has been as much fun for her. Apparently introducing certain solids, such as bananas and rice cereal, can cause your baby’s bowels to get a bit backed up. Since we do send food to child care, we sent prune purée with April this morning and problem solved. The damage was devastating, women were screaming, babies were crying and, yes, I am aware that April is totally gonna kill me for this post someday and no jury will convict her.