Monday, July 2, 2012

Food introduction update!

I'm starting to get a little more adventurous in terms of food introduction, and it is so much fun. For weeks, I only gave my baby girl beef and chicken in mesh feeders because a) I am grossed out by the idea of puréed meat and b) I didn't feel comfortable giving her chunks of food, no matter how small. The mesh feeder just seemed like the safer option for us. Now that she's older (8 months already!) and we're more experienced with solid foods, I feel ready to take food introduction to the next level. So, for the past several days I've been giving her tiny little pieces of food sans mesh feeder. Sometimes we mix it in with the purée; other times we hand feed it to her piece-by-piece. I'm thinking it won't be long before we ditch the purées altogether.

Food she's tried so far: Sweet potatoes, yams, carrots, squash, avocado, peas, turkey, ground beef, steak, chicken, cucumbers, blueberries, apples, green beans, cauliflower, egg yolk, cherries, pears, blueberries and spinach.

Favorites: She's a good little eater and hasn't rejected anything (with the exception of water, which she hated at first), but she seems to like ground beef, cucumbers and sweet potatoes best!

Food she likes that doesn't seem to agree with her: Egg yolk. Bummer.

Food I probably won't introduce for a while: Most nightshades (I say 'most' because technically cherries are a nightshade). I don't have any real rationale for this ... I just sense that we need to hold off on things like peppers, tomatoes and eggplant. 

Plan for the next couple of weeks: Little by little, more variety.