Solids at home

Charity - posted on 04/12/2013 ( 1 mom has responded )

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Hey all, can you guys pls advice what solids I can prepare for my daughter at home? She's 6 months old.

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Elfrieda - posted on 04/13/2013

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It's very easy to do. I am very disorganized and not terribly industrious, and still my son ate probably only less than 10 store-bought jars of baby food in his lifetime, all of those during long road trips.

Some ideas:
Roast butternut squash and puree it, maybe adding a little nutmeg.
Mush up some pear, strawberry, etc. Just make sure no peel gets in there.
Avocado.
Steam carrots until they are very soft, mash it up for her, maybe with a little breastmilk or formula in there.
Peel apples, boil them in a little water until they are soft, mash it up.

Etc. Basically take any fruit or vegetable, make it mushy, and see if she'll eat it. (and wait 2 or 3 days after introducing one new food to give her the next new thing)

Even one bite at this age is a big meal. I would prepare maybe a tablespoon full or two, and freeze the rest every time you make some baby food. My mom gave me a food mill when my son was 6 months old, and I LOVED it. It was a Kidco brand one, just hand cranked. It went everywhere with me in the diaper bag so my son always had something to eat even at a restaurant. (as long as I ordered healthy things!)

I love this stage! The faces babies make are hilarious. I have a 5 month old who seems very interested in food. So I tried giving her one microscopic piece of soft carrot yesterday, and she chomped around and made faces and managed to get it down after a bit of gagging. I don't think she's quite ready yet because she was so weirded out by the whole thing, so I'll wait a while longer. Just give it a try, maybe your daughter will like it, maybe not. If not, there's no rush. I think you have until 8 or 9 months before you really should be giving her SOME solids.

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