Emma, meet Spoon. Spoon, Emma.
So we've decided to introduce Emma to "solids" this week. She's been staring at us during breakfast and lunch and has even shown a special interest to her daddy's bread.
In true Hillsy/Marichelle fashion we strangely chose to go with meat (beef). So I pan-cooked a very thin/tiny piece of beef, added a few drops of breastmilk and pureed it in the processor.
Let's just say Day 1 didn't go so well - lots of spitting out, gagging, smacking the spoon away.....
OK. So giving a baby who's had nothing but warm milk for the last 6 months dry pasty beef paté wasn't exactly one of my crowning moments. Live and learn people, live and learn.
Day 2 was a tad better. I decided to give oatmeal a go. I mixed a teaspoon of it with 4 teaspoons of breastmilk. She finished it all, although her bib probably ended up with most of it. Let's not talk about the mess part - I'm still working on getting used to that part!! Oh cringe. She's still getting used to the idea of the spoon - she's currently sucking it like a nipple, but I'm sure she'll be a pro in no time.
Her pediatrician didn't offer any additional insights re introducing solids/food plan, just the usual - introduce different foods one at a time so you can track allergies, no milk, no honey... blah blah blah. So I'm just going to play it by ear, wait for her to get used to the oatmeal then gradually introduce veggies, fruits and meat (again). For now I'm adding one course of the baby cereal (a teaspoon or two) after her "lunch" milk, I'll probably increase that to a tablespoon by next week.
I'm very excited about making my own baby food! I don't plan on buying any baby food specific equipment, fortunately we already have a steamer and a food processor. Although I have my eye on this hand mixer, I guess we'll see how it goes with the food processor. One of my all-time favorite food bloggers Deb posted about her favorite baby food making tools. I recently purchased one set of these and another of these. Pink for fruit, green for veg.
Here are a couple of useful articles I found about introducing solids to your baby: