Happy 6 Months….Hello Solids!

Oct 23rd

Starting Solids

STARTING SOLIDS! 

Guys, we started solids two weeks ago which is pretty exciting stuff over in this household! As a member of a family that loves to cook, this child is destined to be a good eater….or so we hope. To be honest, the weeks leading up to starting really stressed me. Everyone and every book tells you something different. Start with rice cereal or don’t do rice cereal. There was bound to be something at any given point I was going to “do wrong.” Thanks to some tips and reassurance from mom friends and family, I decided to just go with my gut and do what I think is best for Carter.

We decided to go straight to the good stuff. Avocado. I’ve been following the guidelines and recipes of an amazing book (see below) and that’s helped a ton. I’m a big believer is fresh and natural cooking for my lil one. Why start them on processed foods when it takes me 5 minutes to whip up enough sweet potato for an army of little ones. I started with puree but he didn’t seem to be a big fan. This kid wants to real thing so I cut up whatever I’m going to give him and put it in his teether mesh bag. This calms me down from having to worry about choking and Carter gets the good stuff au natural. Ya know?

My other rule was wanting to introduce as many vegetables before fruits so we go 3 to 1. Having a sweet tooth myself this child is destined to love all things sugary. Sorry kid. This is another reason for my “natural” baby food debate. So we did avocado, sweet potato, peas, apples then yam. This week we will continue to zucchini, carrots then pear. I will soon move in to making different combinations with spices like rice cereal, apples and cinnamon or avocado, cucumber and zucchini. We shall see how it goes.

Whatever you decide to do have fun with it. It’s so exciting to see their little faces really take in a food or make a face of total disgust. Just tasting, figuring out the textures and making a complete mess is a whole new world. As much as I absolutely love the newborn stage and all that comes with it, this little munchkin is starting to turn into a little boy and it’s so much fun. He’s got a insanely adorable personality filled with smiles, giggles and a whole lot of “talking”. He’s got two little boy teeth, is moving from point A to point B in a hot minute and has this determination and pensive demeanor about him that I just admire. They warned me it would be amazing but I never thought it would be anything like this! Happy 6 Months baby boy!!!

Starting Solids

Quarter and steam 4 Gala apples.

Starting Solids

Steam the apples with one cup of water for 15 minutes or until soft. Makes the house smell so good!

Starting Solids

My recipe guide.

Starting Solids

Take the skin off the apple. You can blend to make applesauce or leave whole.

Starting Solids

Obligatory first bite photo.