Introducing Baby Food
We are in the early stages of solid food with Odette so I thought I’d post about our approach and what’s worked well for her and our other kids. We started all our kids on solid food at 4 months. I think most providers suggest introducing solids between 4-6 months, but I would consult with your pediatrician first.
At 4 months, we started feeding Odette during dinner and now at nearly 6 months, she is eating solids 3 times a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner). We started all our kids out on a baby cereal (rice, oatmeal, etc.) mixed with breastmilk. This seemed like an easy transition for them because it still tasted somewhat like breastmilk. We used the cereal/milk combo for a few days to get them used to using a spoon and then we transitioned to other purees. I don’t think I even went through an entire box of baby cereal with any of the kids; we used this purely as a transition food. It took the kids a few days to adjust to eating solids. In the first few meals, they only took a few bites but we kept with it and eventually they got the hang of it.
After Odette was comfortable with baby cereal, we introduced purees. We started with one food at a time (stage 1 purees) and slowly introduced more complex foods after she didn’t show signs of food allergies. For example, we would try peas and spinach separately and then feel comfortable with a pea/spinach combo. We specifically tried to rule out food allergies early on so we fed her things like peanut butter, berries, etc. in isolation over three-day stretches. There seems to be a lot of conflicting information about when to introduce peanut butter, so I would consult your pediatrician on that one.
Making Baby Food
Before I started solids with my oldest, I devoted an entire Pinterest board to the subject and bought supplies to make and freeze massive quantities of baby food. I kept this up for about 2 weeks and quickly abandoned my effort and just bought baby food off the shelf. For me, it wasn’t worth the time and effort. The food I made looked really gross and I was constantly cleaning the food processor, ice cube trays, jars, etc. It just wasn’t worth it to me.
Instead of making special baby food, I try to pull from meals the rest of us are already eating. For example, if we are having soup then I will throw a small amount of it in the food processor for Odette. I pureed ribs and barbecue sauce the other day and she LOVED it 🙂 When she can’t easily eat what we are having, then I’ll use a prepared puree from the store.
Favorite Foods from the Store
Here are some of our favorite baby foods that can be purchased at most grocery stores.
Stonyfield Organic YoBaby Yogurt: This comes in a variety of flavors. All my kids have loved this!
Organic Puree Pouches by Beechnut, Earthbound, and Plum: I love the pouches because they aren’t as heavy as jars and can easily be thrown in a diaper bag.
Baby Mum-Mums: These are a great food that babies can feed themselves! They large wafers that basically melt in their mouths. If Odette gets hungry while I’m busy with something else, then I often just give her a mum-mum to tide her over until I can feed her something more substantial.
Transitioning to Real Food
Odette is still toothless so she is still limited on food options. Once her teeth start to come in then we will introduce chunkier food until she is eating the same food as the rest of us.
Introducing solid food is fun & messy! Good luck.
– Anna, Life with Little Ones