Solids

My kitchen has somehow shrunk. No, it’s not all the earthquakes in Asia — it’s our ginormous high chair. I hate it. I live with it though, it’s only for a year or 2… right? We got it used at a Kid to Kid in Utah. It’s served us well, but it’s by no means tiny.

But, back to the main subject.

My pedi said to start sometime after the 5th month with solids, and I’m preparing. Baby cereal’s on the grocery list. But, I went to lunch with a friend who said she never did cereal, she just went right to food from the table. While this sounded delightful (for some reason, I don’t think that rice cereal has the proper pH balance for my skin after having it spit on me with the past 2 kids), I worry about allergies (my mom’s allergic to wheat — so we just like to test stuff out pretty carefully).

Anyway, do you have tips for starting your kids on solids? When’d you start? Did you make your own? Did you use a processor or a food mill? Do you hate that this entry is on mashed foods?

So do I.

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  1. says

    We started solids really late with Tiny- now I don’t remember why. Reflux? Laziness? Could have been either, honestly. But it’s good we did because she does have food sensitivity issues, so maybe starting earlier would have been more problematic. It wasn’t too long after she started mushed food that we moved on to food from the table, which we didn’t do early enough with Z, and which has made her a far more adventurous eater than Z.

    I never even considered making the food. (See the laziness reason above.)

    On a totally unrelated note- a medical scenario you could cover for me: you give your kid medicine (Tylenol, what-have-you) and some amount of time later they throw up. How do you determine whether or not to re-dose?

  2. says

    I also hate the high chair stage. Not fun. So cumbersome and annoying.

    I usually started solids around 5 months, and I did just what I was supposed to, with the adding one new food every few days, etc. i don’t really have any advice, unfortunately.

  3. says

    I have always skipped the high chair and went for the booster type chair that attaches to one of our own kitchen chairs and has a tray. That way it wasn’t an additional item added to the kitchen, and when not in use, the chair with the booster can still slide under the table. True, the tray is smaller than on a high chair…but that makes it easier to clean in the sink :-)
    As far as solids go…I go completely with store bought stuff, out of laziness and convenience mostly. Started with rice cereal (prob around 6 months), moved to oatmeal, and mixed grain cereals. Added veggies and fruits one at a time. But, yeah, the solid stage is not my fav because it just seemed like it added on a couple steps to meal times…

  4. says

    I am with your friend.

    I think rice cereal is a crock of crap. (By all means, let’s take a highly processed food that has had all its nutritious properties removed to make it shelf stable and then replace them with additives to make it nutritious again–only it’s not.) If you want your child to have iron, feed them iron rich foods, including soft meats. Why on EARTH would you want your baby’s first solid food to be highly processed boxed flakes?

    If you want to feed your baby rice, feed them RICE.

    Mashes and purees are a holdover from when we thought feeding solids to 2 months olds was a good idea.

    Once a child is physiologically capable of reaching for solids, placing them in their mouths, and eating them, they are ready for solids because their bodies can process the food. Why are we ignoring physiological signals?

    There is absolutely no need for purees and there is a growing body of work that shows that they do more harm than good, including increasing the risk of allergies, choking, later picky-ness, and teaching the baby to ignore internal signals that they are full and sated.

    This is how we start solids: Baby sits on my lap. At about 7 months, baby reaches over and helps himself to the healthy food on my plate: sweet potatoes, steamed veggies, vegetables or meats from stews, banana pieces, and feeds himself. Baby WANTS to eat the food from your plate because it is an evolutionary signal that the food is safe to eat.

    No high chairs, no spoons, no purees. It’s how we fed babies for a million years before Gerber convinced us otherwise.

    It’s healthier, easier, and appropriate.

    But don’t take my word for it–

    Links:
    Simple Baby Led Weaning
    Baby-led weaning bible
    What is Baby-led weaning?

    *besides, solid food in the first year is mostly for fun, not nutrition.