Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Baby food update

Wow! I'm so thankful for all of your helpful comments about baby food. It is so helpful to hear other's experiences, perspectives, etc...plus, who doesn't love getting comments! Affirmation that someone actually reads my ramblings.

We made it through the trial of rice cereal and she had no reactions as far as I could tell. She wasn't totally convinced it was great, but she tolerated it. For the second food, we tried avocado. Major FAIL. She basically acted like it was the most disgusting food she had ever tried and spit it out almost every time. We were really sad about this because we are both major avocado lovers. Don't worry. I'm not giving up on avocado yet and I plan to go back to it soon. I tried mixing it with water and breast milk, didn't seem to make a difference.

Random side note. I mixed it yesterday with some breast milk I had in the fridge, and decided to taste it before I gave her a bite. It was DISGUSTING...almost made me gag. I tried a bite of the avocado and it tasted okay, then I smelled the milk and it just smelled bad. What the heck? It had only been in the fridge for about 5 days and I thought it would stay good for 8. Needless to say, I disposed of the milk and remade it with water. Anybody else had any experience with milk going bad quickly? All I can say is I'm glad I tried it before I gave it to her!

I'm still up in the air on what to give her next. I made some butternut squash last weekend so I'm contemplating giving her that. It was SO easy to make and it was delicious even without seasoning!! I thought, even if she doesn't like this, we can eat it!! Yummy! I also made apple sauce and I have organic pears that I was letting soften a little longer that I plan on making tomorrow. So much fun!
The squash was a beautiful orange color and super smooth. This picture doesn't do it justice.
The finished product after being frozen in ice cube trays.
Kev also got a chance to feed her over the weekend. He did an awesome job. You can see the ever present Truman in the background...always hoping he might get a bite.
"What the heck are you guys feeding me?"

I read somewhere that you don't want to push the baby into eating too much because it can override their satiety signals (that's why you're supposed to wait to start foods until they can show you that they don't want anymore). Sometimes this is hard to tell because she doesn't really act like she loves eating anything, so how can I tell if she's full or just hasn't tried it enough? Basically we've been getting maybe 2 or 3 bites in where she'll open her mouth then we're done. Any thoughts on this?

She also has been really loving grabbing our cups lately so I'll usually drink all the water and then let her "drink" a little drop. She seems to like this but we haven't started on her sippy cup yet. Any thoughts on the normal sippy cup vs the one with the straw? So many silly questions circulate my mind CONSTANTLY! It's amazing the things that now are so consuming. And you don't have to tell me...I know I majorly over-think things! Guess that's just me.


  1. Maryn doesn't "like" anything yet either. Every day my goal is to get one bite in her, lol! Then she just starts shaking her head "no". I think it's just a matter of getting used to the textures, learning how to swallow etc. I read it can take a couple of months before they're actually eating as opposed to just tasting/spitting/refusing. Our butternut squash was delicious too! Billy & I ate several bites before we froze it, yum! I was wanting to try avocado soon; maybe we'll hold off on that, haha!

  2. I remember Kathleen getting into eating around six months and now she loves butternut squash, zucchini, carrots and peas. She goes through stages of only wanting one cube and then will want two cubes. I think when her teeth bother her she is not as hungry. Kathleen did not like rice cereal as well and likes her oatmeal better and I do mix our formula in all the food she eats which makes it easier to go down. She is still getting used to her sippy cup and is trying to figure out how to drink it. I need to keep giving her the sippy cup so she gets used to it and she is getting into drinking water. Your butternut squash looks so good! I agree butternut squash is the best and Kathleen's favorite meal!

  3. Callie's the same way...I'm lucky to get a few spoonfuls in before she's done and I don't think she "likes" anything either. Lately she's also been talking and "blowing bubbles" throughout the day and she always begins blowing bubbles while I try to feed her which translates into her spraying the food I just put in her mouth all over me, the highchair and herself. I'm not too worried yet - I figure it'll take a while for her to get the hang of it. I may endeavor to make some baby food this weekend - you make it look so good and so easy so I want to give it a whirl. :)

  4. So strange that you had the sour milk experience because I had this happen recently too when I mixed it with avocado. Maybe some not-so-good reaction happens when those two interact!