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post #61 of 406
Hi All,
I have many questions, but I'll start with the ones coming to mind this late in the evening...

Can anyone offer more clarification the cooking vs. non-cooking of fruit. I had never heard of BLW as a term, but I suppose it pretty much matches the philosophy we decided to adopt for DS who is 6.5 months. We have been giving him raw fruit, (apple, pear, banana, avocado so far - he has also had broccoli steamed, and a puree of prunes as I am not sure how else to offer prunes at this point). He seems to be dealing just fine by gumming it all (he has no teeth yet). Are there any reasons beyond choking hazard to soft cook the fruit? Just want to make sure it is not too much for his digestion.

We started off a bit fast - feeding lots of foods right around his 6 month "birthday" a few weeks ago, but then I felt it was too much, too soon, too rushed so we have backed off a bit. Are most of you feeding every day? Always at a meal time, or more just when it feels right? We offer DS once a day generally (but not every day) but it doesn't necessarily coincide with our meals - is it better to do it when we are eating? Do any of you not feed every day? It just feels like a lot to go from EBF to a whole bunch of options but then maybe this is just me! (see below)

DS does seem to enjoy some purees - we have offered prunes and apples this way but he enjoys self feeding with a spoon - what is the philosophy behind not offering [I]any[I] purees? As long as he is feedng himself what is the objection?

Lastly, I have been feeling a bit sad, for lack of a better word, in a way about this whole new transition. Is this normal!? I know that this introduction of solids is totally normal and inevitable, and so far it is not interfering with BF at all, but I guess I am just feeling anxious that I am making good decisions, and also noting that it is the end of our EBF days. Anyone else felt this way or am I just crazy ?

Thanks all. Glad to have found this thread.
post #62 of 406
Oh yeah, that's right, this thread exists.

So, anticipatory question, if there's no rash or anything within a few days of a new food is that food 100% okay from then on?

I don't anticipate allergies, but I don't want to be too laid back.
post #63 of 406
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Originally Posted by EzzysMom View Post
I was comfortable offering them to DD raw around that time. I'd slice them somewhat thin but long (the eternal french fry shape).
We usually grate fresh apple and pears and givem to DD that way. She loves to play with the shreds and just gobbles the fruit up!
post #64 of 406
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When are y'all gonna offer meat to your baby (or when did you)? And how will you prepare the meat?
I have given DD some meat already. I wasn't planing on it, but I made homemade chicken soup a few weeks back and was shredding the cooked chicken meat for the soup and thought it would be the perfect texture for DD to try. I gave it to her along with some cooked whole carrots (also from the broth) and she absolutely devoured both.
post #65 of 406
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When are y'all gonna offer meat to your baby (or when did you)? And how will you prepare the meat?
DH and I are vegetarians. We were originally prepared to feed DH whatever was best for her nutrition needs - meat included - though I've never prepared meat and assumed a lot of learning was ahead of me. Our "board-certified holistically-oriented" pediatrician suggested that DD should be eating whatever we're eating at meals - as an authentic part of OUR family.

So, she has not head meat to date. Rapley, in BLW, suggests that meat can be given as a first food, if I remember correctly - and an excellent first food, as it is such an incredible source of iron and, (again, if I remember correctly), there is a chance that iron absorption from breastfmilk decreases once solid foods are introduced....therefore, iron-rich foods become very important.

Though DD has not had meat, her iron levels were above normal at her 9-month visit.

Do you have Gill Rapley's book?
post #66 of 406
Thanks for the welcome and the reply.

Now 9 months, DD has continued to eat almost everything we're eating. She happily smeared a thickened tomato-based bean and pasta soup across her tray yesterday, cautiously picking through the mess to find the beans she wanted to "pincer grasp" and insert into her mouth. She seems to love legumes of all kinds.

We have been sporadically spoon-feeding her yoghurt which she initially devoured. Now, she initiates the end of her "yoghurt-feeding" at any given meal and I think we've discovered that she becomes super-stuffy and mucous-logged following her yoghurt consumption. She then has trouble nursing and it typically lasts through the night.

Could this be an "allergy?"

If so, might she be aware of her body's response and ending her yoghurt feeding as a result?
post #67 of 406
I've ordered the book.

We tried broccoli this morning. She adored it and mangled it with her hands. She did put it in her mouth and I'm pretty sure at least a few of the little specks that make up the florets got into her.

Don't you just love that "what on earth??" face/try it again pattern?
post #68 of 406
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Originally Posted by sapphire_chan View Post
I've ordered the book.

We tried broccoli this morning. She adored it and mangled it with her hands. She did put it in her mouth and I'm pretty sure at least a few of the little specks that make up the florets got into her.

Don't you just love that "what on earth??" face/try it again pattern?
Yes, I love that face! You may find the broccoli later in her diaper.

I made a pot rost this week and gave dd her first meat. I gave her a 1/8" slice, cut into "sticks" and she loved sucking on them and chewing on it. She also seems to enjoy cooked carrot sticks.

PP, I have given dd raw and poached apple slices. She seems to like both.
post #69 of 406

Ready to Start

Ok, we are ready to try some solids! I think I would like to start with avocado. But I'm worried that it may be too slippery. Should I mush it up first, or just give some slices? Then should i let DD just play with it, bring it to her mouth, etc? I know that BLW discourages spoon feeding...

I guess I'm wondering if anyone has some "first timer" tips for us. DD and I are both beginners here!
post #70 of 406
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Originally Posted by mckennasmomma View Post
Ok, we are ready to try some solids! I think I would like to start with avocado. But I'm worried that it may be too slippery. Should I mush it up first, or just give some slices? Then should i let DD just play with it, bring it to her mouth, etc? I know that BLW discourages spoon feeding...
Give your LO a wedge of avocado with the skin left on – it provides a "handle" so they can hang onto it. Don't worry if very little seems to make it into the baby though – it's just for fun at first.
post #71 of 406
i coated a slice of avocado in crushed up rice cake (can't remember where i read this tip) to make it more easily handled. definitely helped some but it's a tricky food to manage!
post #72 of 406

Just wondering how the baby led eaters are doing?

We've had good progress over the past month. A PP gave the tip of black beans, and they've been a big hit for our DS! We've also done navy beans and chick peas. It was a big relief to me as the only things he would reliably eat prior to these were Os and rice cakes.

We still offer fruit at breakfast and veg for lunch and dinner, but it's hit and miss. Only broccoli and sweet potato fries are interesting (finally gave up on making the latter, I found some organic frozen ones at my grocer and it's about a million times easier to pop a few in the toaster LOL).

How is everyone else doing?
post #73 of 406
DD is over a year now. She loves fruit. And meat. She'll eat beans and lentils happily. She likes potatoes and sweet potatoes baked in the oven (with lots of oil - well, she needs it, my skinny little one!). She will eat cucumber sticks. Oh, and she eats natural yoghurt, if it has plenty of grated or mashed fruit in it, and sometimes oatmeal porridge, if we mix in banana. But anything she doesn't want gets dropped down the side or deposited in our hands: most veges, avocado (bummer!), rice, pasta, bread, crackers... The only "bread-like"thing she'll eat is home-made (sugar-free) muffins - but that's just because they contain over a cup of grated carrots and are very sweet and juicy!

And I was adamant not to raise a picky eater!
post #74 of 406
We have successfully entered the world of solids! We ended up starting with sweet potato fries, which she really didn't have success in eating that way so I ended up mashing them with a fork and touch of breast milk. That worked better, but when she pooped them out they were pretty much undigested. Then we tried avocado. With the peel on she got a little down, but did much better with it smooshed up with breast milk, and it seemed to digest great. Today we tried some banana. I cut off the bottom of a banana, peeled it down but left the end as the handle, and she was great at gnawing off bits of it! I was really impressed! That was just today so hopefully it digests well.

DD is loving it. So far I'm just doing the one try a day. When did you/will you move to more than one meal a day? (DD is 6.5 months old)
post #75 of 406
Lina got to sit on our laps and have fun with dinner(s) this weekend. She was : about hummus and eggs and bagels and kugel and lasagna and probably swallowed all of an eighth teaspoon of anything.
post #76 of 406
Hi

I did Gerber-schedule, rice cereal, jars with DS1 now 4. A fairly brief stint though as I remember it, because I never did "junior foods"--I remember starting stuff like mashed avocado (I really thought i HAD to spoon-feed LOL) and toast bits at about 7 months. (started cereal at 5)

DD (now 2) I did some spoon feeding and fork-mashing. I think I might have bought a jar of prunes once when I thought she was constipated other than that there were NO jars in our house. And I did a whole lot more self-feed (the avocado, bananas, stuff like that were in bits on her tray for her to pick up, lol
I also didn't stick as strictly to allergy-avoidance and stuff like that, she ate things like guacamole and chicken-curry crockpot stew early LOL. (that was a cooking experiment one of those days when I opened the fridge and went hmmmm I have chicken..carrot..potato...and opened the cabinet and dumped whatever sounded good in the pot...)

I still did cereal early but it wasn't Gerber.

DS2 I will definently do a lot more like DD...but I think this time even more self-feed, spoon feed only soups, yogurt, anything that doesn't stick in a clump that we eat with a spoon. (in other words, I think he could self feed a clump of mashed potatoes, for example, but yogurt would be harder and well, there's a line I draw for mess-factor, )

I have a theory about introducing solid food---if they can't eat it in a form that's easily recognizable and commonly served to adults, then they probably are not ready to eat that food. (If you can chew it, you are likely ready to digest it.)

and that purees don't teach anything---if the point of solids is to learn how to eat food, then give food that requires learning how to eat food, as in how to chew. How to bite off pieces (when appropriate developmentally). Learning to like the different textures. Learning to like what your family eats. (I don't know too many people who eat strained peas or plain, cooked spinach for example. I do know lots of people who eat spinach on pizza, in lasagna, raw in salads.....you get the idea.)
in other words I think there is little point to getting your kid to eat something (like plain spinach) that you don't serve.

I don't know so far my theory has not steered me wrong. DD was 6 months two summers ago, and one of her first absolute favorite foods was sucking on a piece of watermelon! didn't hurt her a bit---I just had to hold it to keep her from getting a big chunk in her mouth. and she LOVES spicy stuff, ethnic foods, anything like that. actually what she does NOT eat is your typical "American kid" fare.....lol
post #77 of 406
Wow...we're almost 9 months here. Where does the time go? I'm feeling a little guilty because introducing food is going sooo slowly. With two babies and two older children I'm trying to find time to get them seated, prepare something and deal with the mess. I try for once/day but sometimes we miss a day.

Yesterday I found some organic applesauce kicking around so I thought I would try that - even though it was spoon fed. Baby ds was not a fan but baby dd was hilarious. She would hold her little fists up beside her head, open her mouth and frantically move her head around so I could get the spoon in as fast as I could. Of course then I would miss her mouth because she was moving around so much. But...man....she gobbled that stuff right up . She also really enjoyed the watermelon wedge we gave her the other day. She would suck on it and any time she got a piece she would just spit it out.

So, far baby ds likes peas although he doesn't really eat them. He just moves them around in his mouth and then spits them out.

I am looking forward to the summer with all the yummy, FRESH, fruits and veggies. They will be 1 in June which is perfect timing to enjoy all the fresh stuff. Not to mention being able to eat outside to minimize the mess in the kitchen!
post #78 of 406
Just a little update. Sweet potrato fries and parsnip fries are a big hit here. I toss them in a little olive oil and bake them. DD loves them and actually eats them. Broccoli was a no go. She just was not interested. We also offered bits of our salad while dining out. She didn't seem to want the the cucumber and lettuce at all. LOL. I love that I can be relaxed with feeding her and let her choose to eat or not eat at her own pace.
post #79 of 406
What's your weirdest successful food? So far, ours is a hunk of raw onion. Just a rectangle from one layer of the onion. She picked that right up off her plate and gnawed away.
post #80 of 406
Hi Mommas..may I join in? DD is almost 7 months and completely different from her big brother (now 2). He'd steal my food off the plate at 5 months and she is just not interested in eating at all. She loves to sit at the table with us, making chewing movements with her mouth and looking at the forks and spoons going back and forth but she won't keep anything in her mouth. I've only tried banana so far and a tiny bit of applesauce today. It comes right back out with a big gag and some weird noises. I guess she needs a little longer.
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