Friday, June 27, 2008

We've started solids!

At JD's 4-month well check last month, his doctor recommended we put off starting solids until he was 6 months old in order to allow his gut time to mature more. I was on board with that, but JD had other ideas. A few weeks ago, he went from sleeping through the night (11 -12 hours!) to waking twice a night to eat. My big (nearly 18 pounds!) little boy needed more food than just breastmilk. So I spoke with the doctor, and we started solids.

Although most babies start with rice cereal, our pediatrician recommended we hold off on grains because JD is more likely to have problems with them. So bring on the veggies!

I'm planning to make all of JD's baby food at home. I did for Libby, so it's nothing new for me. But it's so much more important this time around since some store-bought baby food has dairy contamination problems. (I've been told that Gerber should be avoided.)

JD has successfully eaten sweet potatoes without any reaction for three days now! Of course, the first time I gave it to him, he wasn't too keen on it -- as you can see from the photo below. Thankfully, he's since warmed up to it! Next on the list to try: butternut squash.


Anonymous said...

That is such a cute picture! I am so nervous to start solids with Lennon, you are brave woman!!

Andrea said...

Just take it super slow! As I introduce new foods, I feed the new item to JD for at least a week before introducing something new.

And definitely try making the baby food yourself. It's not that hard, and the chances of cross-contamination in your own kitchen is so much lower! Good luck!