Mary Renee - posted on 01/04/2011 ( 20 moms have responded )
Ok, starting solids was fairly easy. I made her homemade baby food by steaming and pureeing Sweet Potatoes, Pears, Apples; baking butternut squash, smushing Bananas and then going ahead and just giving her Gerber First Step Green Beans, Peas, Carrots and Prunes because those were too difficult for me to make without a blender or food processor.
Occasionally, but not always, I'll mix in a little rice cereal.
She is now 8 months old, sitting up unassisted, crawling like a mad-woman NON-STOP, and pulling up to stand on anything and everything all the time! She literally never stops moving.
I've given her every ingredient in the Gerber Step 1 Foods (because I wanted to play it safe and served her only one new food every 5 days. She eats Green Beans, Butternut Squash, Apples, Pears, Peaches, Sweet Potatoes, Prunes, Bananas, and will eat Carrots and Peas if I mix them with other stuff (she doesn't like them on their own) I also allow her to gnaw on teething crackers and pizza crust but it's not an every day thing in our routine like baby food is.
Now that she's older (and way past the supported sitter stage) what should I be feeding her? And how much of it should I be feeding her?
Right now she eats one container of stage 1 baby food, or when it's home made food it's the equivilant of one small apple (half a large apple) etc, three times a day, at the same times each day (8 am, 1pm, 6pm) as well as nursing on demand.
Is this enough? What are some new things for me to introduce to her? What is she ready for? Should I be worried about starting meats? grains? HELP! I feel clueless, and the fact that I breastfeed has always made me think of it like a back up, like if she doesn't eat enough solids she'll get enough nutrients in my breastmilk. But now that she's getting older, bigger, and WAAAAAAYYYYY more active, I'm not so sure.
I also was a former anorexic when I was 14-15 and recovered and have been at a healthy weight ever since. I consider myself fully "healed" but I don't want to inadvertantly pass on my former obsession to her so I really want to get her started out eating right and well. Thanks and Mahalos!!!!!