I know you’ve all been there, or will be very soon, your baby is starting to lick his lips while you’re munching on that cookie. Grandparents are starting to make concerning comments “have you given him any cereal yet? He looks hungry.” This is all natural, your baby wants some food and milk just isn’t that exciting anymore. This article is about embracing this next chapter!
So pick a date, and prep to give them their first meal. But that is the simple part. Next comes all those questions… is it better to buy jar food? Will he be allergic? Should you run to Chapters and buy out the make-your-own baby food section? Take a breath.
When J was 4 and a half months old I decided to take out the baby bullet (piece of crap) and went to my local shopper’s to see what goodies I could find. I researched the basics; start with rice, barley cereal and introduce new food slowly. I bought three different baby cereals and the one that J seemed to like best was Danone Milupa. I also liked it due to having no artificial flavouring, colouring or preservatives. Next came the actual food. I did quite a bit of research and liked the idea of buying “clean” foods. I decided to go almost all organic/locally grown for baby J, not as expensive as you would think, babies don’t each that much!
After the rice cereal came the fun stuff, I started with simple fruits at first and after about 3 days with no reactions would move on to the next (remember poop will change a bit, thats normal).
Here is a lists of foods I started J on:
*always talk to your doctor before starting your child on solids, I am in no way a medical professional I’m a mom and this is what worked for me and my baby!
- sweet potato
- white potato
- green beans
- bell peppers (not hot peppers)
CEREALS & GRAINS
DAIRY (I started around 7months)
- cheese (pasteurized)
- yoghurt (greek full fat)
MEAT/FISH (I started with chicken and turkey and moved on at 7 months)white fish (no bones)
OTHER (these are some fun bits I added to ‘spice it up’ a bit)
- lemon zest
- pepper (pinch)
- flax seeds(after 7 months)
I started very simple and day by day, I got more confident and less
freaked stressed out each time I plonked J in his high chair for feeding time. Of course I still get a bit up tight when I give him something new but I figure we’ve come this far and we’ve had no issues yet. Fingers crossed! Now he’s 10 months old and has enjoyed everything from Greek to Indian food.
So don’t be afraid to make your own food, don’t be afraid of reactions, take it on with confidence and fill that babies belly with yummy grub!
Look out for my next article, where I will discuss in further detail some of the recipes I made with the foods listed above.