This is a moment is a child’s development that I dread the most. You have this beautiful baby that has just turned four months old and all of a sudden it is your role to introduce it to real food.
A baby loves milk, they are happy and satisfied in your arms after either some breast milk or bottle milk and you’ve been on cloud nine just thinking how nice it is that they sleep through the night.
Then you hear the words “weaning” and “solids” and you want your fairy godmother to come and down them for you.
When I was weaning our son (13 years ago now) he was an absolute nightmare. He loved his bottle but come near him with anything different and he would just scream at me. And I remember him having ReadyBrek and most of it ended up on me or down his top than what actually went in his mouth. I was end up looking forward to the weekends when Dominic would do it for me!!!!
The Four Month Weaning Process
Food Introduction #1 – Baby Rice
Well we finally set a date for introducing them to Sofia, to say I was nervous was an understatement. Her first ever meal was some baby rice mixed with some formula milk. I made is of a medium consistancy so that she could get used it and then it wouldn’t be too hard to swallow.
It worked out at 3 heaped teaspoons of baby rice mixed with 1.5oz of formula milk that has already been made up. I then gave it to her instead of her usual 10am bottle and made a 4oz bottle at the same time. So once she had her baby rice (made with 1.5oz of the milk) I then let her drink the remainder.
And to my shock she rather liked it and it went down rather fast. ´
Food Introduction #2 – Apples
I thought she liked baby rice; well nothing could prepare us for her interest in the trusted apple. After a few mouthfuls and getting her head around the new taste she would bite down on the spoon.
She absolutely loved it and her typical portion would be gone in no time. For portion size I have found that it was about 10 heaped teaspoons was what satisfied her the most. She would close her mouth when she had enough and as for feeding seems to be rather easy going (or so far she is).
Food Introduction #3 – Pears
The pears went down even better than the apples. She absolutely loved them. When feeding her them, it was like “blink and you’ll miss it” and if I could feed her these forever then I gladly would!
I have seen a lot of baby jars (supermarket bought ones) that include a mixture of apple and pear. Therefore with how much she loves them, next month I am going to be looking at adding a mixture of the two together.
Food Introduction #4 – Carrots
The fourth introduction this month was with carrots. Really not good for weaning your baby with their bright colour that looks rather bad when its on a beautiful pink top.
And to say she hated it is rather an understatement! It really didn’t go down well and she pulled faces at me the whole time.
The next day Dominic tried again and this time mixed it with a little baby rice and she accepted it and rather liked it.
Food Introduction #5 – Avocado
This has been the food that I have been the most obsessed with introducing her to. Avocado is a good fat and a baby needs good fats in their diet. They get good fats from their baby milk, so as you are introducing real food you need to make sure one of them is a fat.
I find that avocado’s are rather boring when they are on their own. They just come across as really bland and never really seem to have the wow factor. I do love them in salads and as dips, but for a baby to have them on their own is going to be bad.
I introduced it to her for the first time while we were out for lunch. Not exactly a bright move to introduce them to a new food while everyone is having a peaceful afternoon in the sun, but I like a challenge!
The first two mouthfuls went with a dirty look and then after that she decided I was the worst mother in the world for introducing such a thing.
In the end I conned her, I swapped it around with her apple and she didn’t realise what she was getting and ate it all in the end. Next time I think I am going to mix it with something to disguise the taste a bit more. Fingers crossed that I get away with that!
It also looks like Sofia is very much a fruit girl and that vegetables (so far) are not really on her favourite foods list.
My biggest issue feeding her is attempting to keep her head still. She is always moving it from side to side as she always wants to know what she is missing out on! We are also waiting for her new highchair to be delivered so we are forced to feed her with her arms tucked in (to stop her sticking her fingers in her mouth when feeding her) via her pushchair or baby walker.
But so far it’s going a lot better than I thought it would!
Another thing, its such an effort to make some pureed food for your baby that you will often make it in bulk. But when they haven’t tried it before, then it can be a risk. We found this with the carrots as we had blended quite a few. But usually, you can get away with it by mixing a food they don’t like with something else to give it a better flavour.
Now I am looking forward to month #5 when we can introduce more and more foods her way.