I’m very excited and proud that I exclusively breastfed Kamea for so long. Over 8 months. But, the time has come and it feels right (last time I wrote about timing and introducing solids here). My little baby isn’t so little anymore. She cut her first tooth at 8 months, she started crawling at the same time. She’s big time! I’m a tad sad… lol… but excited, too. Geez, if I’m this way because she’s tasting solids, how will I be when she goes to college?
Kamea is a little over 8 1/2 months now. For the past week or so, I’ve been introducing tastes to her. For example, when I’m eating an organic apple or pear, I let her lick it after each of my bites. She really likes that! I made a green juice with mostly cucumber, some celery, and a bit of swiss chard… I gave her a little tiny spoonful of it. Some made it into her mouth and some went on her shirt. Oh yeah… put a bib on me, mom! But, I wouldn’t consider those examples to be eating solids. After all, her poop didn’t change.
Then, I tried to officially introduce her to smashed organic banana with breastmilk. We decided to use our new high chair (I scored a great deal on it at MamaBargains.com) – more on that below. We used her little wooden bowl and spoon. We took the camera out. I thought this would be a big day!
But, the introduction was just that. An introduction. She wasn’t crazy about it and I don’t think much made its way into her tummy. No biggie… it’s only an introduction after all. It’s an opportunity for her to smell, feel, taste, and see different foods that she now has access to. I also let her taste a mild green smoothie of mine a couple of days after that. She seemed to like the one taste, but didn’t want more.
Since she was excited about licking apples, I decided to blend apple and breastmilk together. Again though, not much interest. You know, they say it can take introducing a food up to 15 times before you know if a baby (or child) likes it or not. So, don’t give up!
Another day went by and I went back to mashing up a banana (no breastmilk) and what do you know? She had about 3 small bites. Whoo hoo!
A couple of days after that, I went back to blending apple with a little water and she ate a decent amount. Greg and I took turns feeding her. Then, it was official. Her poop changed! It would seem that she actually ate more of the apple sauce than wore it.
Yesterday, I also blended up some soaked organic prunes with water and she wasn’t offended by the taste, but she wasn’t interested. I don’t think any of it made its way to her tummy, although her poop would make me think differently.
Deets on the high chair… The funny thing is that I’ve only had her in the high chair once. We do like it, especially the travel booster seat we can easily take to restaurants (we used it last week when we went to Cave Creek). It’s a Minui Handy Sitt. Contemporary looking, made of wood, and can be used for a long time. What I am finding, though, is that I’m just sitting on the floor with her and seeing if she wants to try something I made for her. Speaking of which, I’m making her food using my Travel Blender and it’s been great! So easy to clean and use. Anyway, back to the high chair. I should probably get in the habit of putting her in it to feed her. I’ll start doing that.
I’ve been asked multiple times about our co-sleeping arrangement. I’ll blog about that next time!
So, what are your stories of introducing your little one to solids? Any great tips, tricks, or advice?