After our 4 month check-up on Friday we were told that we could start giving Simon “solid” foods whenever we wanted. I had been feeling like he was probably ready for the last couple of weeks, so it was nice to be told that we could start at the 17 week mark.
I always assumed that we were supposed to start with a cereal of some sort, but our pediatrician told us to start with anything we wanted. We are only offering a very small amount of food for a snack 1x per day at the moment. It’s not meant to replace any nursing sessions, but our pediatrician suggested that it would be good to get him used to a spoon, and tasting new foods.
I consulted my 201 Organic Baby Purees cookbook that I received as a shower gift and it was awesome. The book breaks up food suggestions by stages, so anything in the ‘first stage’ is essentially liquid and “safe” and it builds from there.
J and I decided that rather than starting with food that is sweet (e.g. bananas), we would start with a vegetable. Our thought is that if that if Simon likes veggies he will likely try anything. So, we started with organic broccoli and the Simply Broccoli recipe (page 51). The recipe is pretty simple with a cup of broccoli (no stems / leaves) and 2 cups of water.
We used a Beaba baby food maker to turn the broccoli into a very fine, almost liquid, puree. The recipe made at least a full cup of puree – he’s been eating it for 4 days (1x per day as a snack) and there’s a good amount left.
Simon was initially a bit apprehensive about this new “thing” we were offering him, but he pretty quickly decided that it was delicious.
The first bites with a full lean into the spoon as he gets more comfortable…
Happily asking for “more please!” 🙂
“Yum, let’s do that again soon, ok?!”
We have now been doing solid foods for several days and each day Simon seems to enjoy it a bit more, which is so fun to witness. Those smiles are my everything these days.
What baby food purees are you making that your kids seem to love? Any good recipes to share?
I think we’re going to try sweet potato next. We also have carrots and peas lined up. We were told to try a single food for at least 3 days to ensure that there is no allergic reaction, so it’s a bit slow introducing new foods, but it’s super exciting for all of us. I would love to hear what you’re making!
Have you ever checked out the Baby Prep Sundays website? I follow them on Instagram and find that they share a lot of great recipes and storage solutions. It’s worth checking out.
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