Were you mamas as excited about starting solids as I was? I was so giddy to the point that I think my husband thought I was insane. Well for one, it means I got to peruse new baby gadgets and items (cough* Shop) and start thinking of fun baby recipes. I love cooking overall so while starter foods are easy, it was still fun to start making meal plans for Parker. There are so many things you need, at least I found, to feed a baby. Things like:
- Food processor or blender (thankfully I had one)
- Baby spoons
- Baby plates
- Sippy cup
- High chair
- Baby food freezer trays
- On the go items like Tupperware, things to keep the baby food warm, etc.
Anyway, we started Parker on food when he was 4 months old. Now now, don’t judge nor feel like you should start at 4 months. I took his cues as a sign he was ready. There is tons of research out there but this article on webMD convinced me he was ready. They said your babe could be ready when
• “He loses the tongue-thrust reflex that pushes the spoon back out of he mouth.
• He’s interested in what you’re eating -- making “ooh” sounds as he watches you eat, or trying to grab your fork or slice of bread.
• He can sit up with good head control in the high chair, although he still needs the support of her body.
• He can draw in her lower lip to take food from a spoon.”
So about a week or so out I started giving Parker a spoon to play with to see if he would in fact open his mouth for it and also to get him used to it. Then the fun began.
We started with Gerbers Starter Cereal and while I wanted to go organic, when I tried Earths Best, Parker seemed to hate it. At the end of the day, Gerber has been around for ages and they seem to be doing something right! We did ½ a tablespoon of cereal for 1 week 2x a day. It was going well! Don’t get me wrong, he was also learning so it wasn’t like feeding a small adult – it was messy, long and required patience. Its not easy to actually get them eating so sometimes I would cheat and let him play with another spoon and sneak in a bite as he put it to his mouth. Or even sing to him and once a little smile broke, I would sneak in a bite. Or even, let them play with the plate and as he would try and get his little mouth around the plate – boom, pear sneak attack!
So after the cereal, we moved on to Bananas, Avocado, Sweet Potato, Apple, Pear and Butternut Squash. Each item I would test it in the morning (so if he had a reaction, it would present itself during the day) and wait 3 days before bring in a new food group. So recently his breaky has been pear and banana (mixed in with 1 tablespoon of cereal) and dinner has been avocado and sweet potato mix.
Its crazy how quickly they get the hang of it and how they communicate to you what they want. When he is done, he simply doesn’t open his mouth and even if I sneak in some food to his mouth, if he doesn’t want it, he spits it right out. Kind like “hell nah woman, what they eff, you think I wouldn’t notice you put food in my mouth?”
All to say, it was awesome and I am totally loving this stage with Parker. So before I love and leave you here are some of my little (personal) tips and recommended must haves (or at least what I used).
1. Baby Bjorn Plate - $25
3. Stokke Tripp Trap highchair - $250 I love it cause parker is cozy in it and it goes with our decor. It was expensive but with such a small place here in NYC I wanted something that blends. I have also seen this one by Baby Bjorn that looks super nice.
4. Munchkin LATCH Sippy Cup - $7. We also use the cute baby ducks one, found
5. OXO Food Containers - $10 I love these cause I like to keep some baby food on hand fresh and some in the freezer. It keeps it nice and organized in the fridge with the mini holder it comes with.
6. Waterproof Bibs - $13 I had totally bought the cute cotton ones before P was born and once we started feeding I realized how useless they are. Waterproof ones are SO much easier to clean!
7. Mumi&Bubi Freezer Trays - $25 I love these cause of how easy they are to push out the food. No need to freeze then put in bags because you can easily pop out the cubes on demand.
8. Chalkboard Labels - $13 This was just for fun but has helped differentiate between the multiple orange foods. Is it butternut squash, sweet potato, carrots???
9. Sprouts Baby Food - $20 These were purchased because I quickly realized there were days either when we were travelling or on the go that I didn't have P's food and we'd end up skipping it. So, I got these to have on the go or while travelling. As a starter group they are great they are simple 1 food pouches!
What did you start your little ones on first? Any amazing recipes to share? Please comment away!
Bye for now,