Thursday, January 6, 2011
Adventures in solids
So far so good with the introduction to solids. We started giving bambina peas on Saturday, and she did fine with that. She was able to eventually digest them properly. I did notice she got a little constipated because she hadn't pooped in like three days. And when she finally did, it was pasty. So my husband gave her about 2 ounces of warm water yesterday and that did the trick. It was more of the runny, seedy poop she usually has...but green from the peas, lol! So the key at each feeding, is to feed her one tablespoon of the solids, and then give her about 1 to 2 ounces of water (or however much she wants to drink) right after to wash it down so she doesn't get dehydrated, which can happen after introducing solids. My pediatrician said giving your baby water after 6 months is fine. I've also started to introduce the sippy cup to her. So far that's not as successful but I'm sure it'll take some time.
So now that I've waited the four days per new food, I have moved her on to the next veggie today: green beans! I tried giving her some this morning but she just wasn't in the mood for eating period. It comes and goes right now for her, since it's all so new I guess. I'm gonna try giving her some more in a bit for lunch and see how she does. She usually does better at eating during the afternoon and finishes the entire tablespoon. A tablespoon, if that, is all they need at each serving right now, and you can do three servings a day...if the baby wants though. I would say, go by their cues for right now, until they get used to it. Take it slow and don't try to force feed. This is the time to experiment with various different foods, so it's not about quantity but variety. So far I've only managed to get about 1 1/2 tablespoons per day.
The first two meals I've prepared for her are very basic and easy. For the peas I steamed them, then added a little bit of the magic ingredient, breast milk, instead of water to get that good, runny, puréed consistency. Then I placed them in my Magic Bullet processor and mashed away until I got a nice, smooth, purée consistency. And viola! Easy. I did the same with the organic green beans today. I would say it takes about 30 minutes to prepare baby food that can be frozen and stored for two weeks worth of food. See, anyone can do it! All right, it's off to some adventures in green bean land with bambina. I'll let you know how it goes :-)