Last week Sofia had her four month check up at the doctors. Sometimes the doctors process in Portugal can really get on my nerves and this time was one of them. Firstly it took us three hours to get seen and I am really not one for long waits, then to top it off I always feel intimidated when I am greeted by several professionals all at once.
So, there I am with me, Sofia, the doctor and the doctors’ two medical students.
Then after her being weighed and told everything is okay we have solid foods approached to us.
I have always looked forward to this time in her food development, because all those years ago with Kyle I just gave him jars of baby food and hoped for the best. Looking back now I am much better educated about food and hadn’t wasted all that money on baby jars when I could have mashed him some fruit and veg together and done it myself.
So this time round – things were going to be different…..
However there I am in the doctors office and they are suggesting that I bulk buy all these baby jars and start giving her them as a replacement for breast milk. Well my plan is to do the complete opposite. You see, due to her not putting weight on after coming out of hospital, Sofia has two bottle feeds a day and six breast feeds a day. In all honesty, I would prefer it if she just had breastfeeds so this was my opportunity to get her off the bottle.
So I will be using these weaning moments to reduce her bottle feeds more.
Then secondly I plan to buy the baby rice (looks like baby cereal or think ReadyBrek) and I plan to get this and then mix it up with some natural food.
Here are a few foods that I plan on introducing to Sofia:
- Butternut Squash
I am really intrigued to see which foods she enjoys the most and what her hates and loves are. For example Kyle has always hated eggs and I remember anything with eggs in that was in the baby jar foods he would refuse. And then start crying until I took it away. Kyle also adores banana and broccoli so it will be interesting to see if Sofia feels the same way about it!
I also plan on mixing these foods with breast milk so that they are runny to begin with while she gets used to it. Then I can reduce the milk until she is properly on solids.
One thing that has come to my attention though, is that they are all fat burning foods that she is eating. All of which are full of amazing nutrients that are going to have a fantastic long term affect on her diet.
However, I am sure with children and diets that I am going to end up wearing most of it, while she adjust to her new foods.