I’ve asked about baby’s first solid foods before (go read the comments, good stuff in there!), but when I received the following email from Jackie, thought it wouldn’t hurt to revisit the subject. Plus, I’ve got a great giveaway, too!
My son is 9 months old and still primarily breast fed. I’m out of the house for 10 hours, three days a week for work where I pump my little heart out. As you can imagine, the girls don’t respond to the pump as well as they do to my son and on the days that we find our freezer stash of breast milk depleted, he’s given formula while we stock back up.
At six months, his pediatrician (who is fantastic and pro-breastfeeding and very encouraging in that regard) gave us the go ahead to start solid foods with him when my husband and I sat down for our regular meals and present a sippy cup with water to not only get him used to the idea of drinking from one but to prevent constipation from the solids. I have to confess that between playtime, evolving nap and sleep schedules, teething, his first cold and my work schedule, the last few months he’s received solid food on average about once per day. He just got his first tooth in last week so it’s only been baby food purees so far (some homemade and some not). And when he’s working hard to push those teeth through his gums, some days his food is just a spoon delivery device. We’re lucky, I suppose, that he seems to be a professional eater and bounces between bottle, breast, spoon and sippy cup with zero problems.
My question is this: Knowing that it’s best to be breast fed for at least 12 months and that his nutrients and fluids come from breast milk or formula, how consistent have you (or your readers) been when giving their infants solid foods? Once, Twice, Three times per day? Not at all?
First of all, I think Jackie knows her stuff, and is fortunate to work with a pro-breastfeeding pediatrician who encouraged the delay of solids until six months. She’s giving her baby a great start! There are lots of schools of thought when it comes to feeding our littlest ones, and my own strategies are ever-changing with each new baby.
Our newest baby didn’t get any solids at all until he was six months old, and even then, it was quite sporadic. Really, whenever there was something on my plate that was soft enough, we’d give it a shot for entertainment purposes.
He’s nearly 11 months old now, and is eating solid foods probably twice a day, plus whenever he discovers leftovers on the floor. 😉 I tried for a long while to avoid grains since they don’t digest particularly well, and never gave him any baby cereal, but I did waive the white flag during our busy ballgame and travel season and broke out the puffs and little O’s cereal. I figure I still nurse him all the time, so a few early sanity saving snacks won’t hurt. (That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it.)
I’m a firm believer in not pushing solids until baby is pretty much ready to feed himself. Perhaps that’s my laziness shining through, but I really have no use for the frustration and the whole mess of it all. That also may be the result of weary mom syndrome, because looking back in my first-born’s baby albums proves that once upon a new parent time we thought the spitting of cereal to be super cute.
Enough about what works for me. I know good and well that my own laziness doesn’t have to repeat itself in other families. By all means, do what works for you!
Ready for a giveaway?
I have a complete set of Dandelion Earth-Friendly Natural Tableware for one of you!
It’s so hard to find utensils that are safe and that we can feel good about when our kids are young. Even with older children, it’s good to have the option of a non breakable plastic alternative plate and bowl. The tableware is made from corn – no petroleum or plastic at all. They are re-useable and free from BPA, phthalates and PVC. Dandelion’s revolutionary corn plastic requires significantly less fossil resources and generates far fewer greenhouse gases than conventional plastic. And, corn is a renewable and sustainable resource. Best of all, prices are very comparable to plastic products.
Crazy, right? Tableware made of corn! What will they think of next?!
The Dandelion Tableware set I received for review is sturdy and pleasing to the eye, in addition to all the positive environmental factors. If you’re in the process of switching out your dangerous plastics, or if you’re light years ahead of me and have already done so, this is a great set for baby and even toddlers. I think it would make for a fun, practical baby shower gift, also.
To enter to win a set of Dandelion Natural Tableware, simply participate in the reader question: How consistent have you been when giving your infants solid foods? Please share what works or worked for you, not only in the timing of it all, but in what you feed your baby.
Feel free, as always, to earn a couple extra entries by sharing this giveaway on Facebook or Twitter. Just leave a link back here showing that you did.
Giveaway ends Sunday, July 31, at 11:59 pm, CST. Winner will be randomly drawn and notified by email.