My little cherub is 6 months old. I started offering him food at about 5 months. Just like my other two kids he refuses to have a bottle so feeding him solids was a way I could stretch out a breastfeed if I had to be out for whatever reason.
He was completely uninterested. I decided to leave it for a week or so and when we were on the last day of our Bali holiday I tried my luck with the congi at the buffet breakfast. He loved it.
From then on it’s been all systems go.
I wanted to share with you my staples for Van’s diet. Avocado, rice cereal and banana.
He still has at least 4 to 5 breastfeeds a day but having him on three meals allows me to get him into a routine where I don’t have to feel so ‘in demand’ all of the time.
My routine consists of breastfeeding when he wakes and then solid food about 45 min after that. What this means is that he isn’t relying on me as a sleep association when it’s time to go to bed.
The only time I breastfeed him before a sleep is when he goes to bed at night and even then I will feed him at least 30 minutes before bedtime.
You don’t have to overcomplicate it when feeding babies. They don’t need heaps and heaps of variety at this young age. They just need high nutrient dense food packed with vitamins and minerals. Enter the avocado and the banana.
Not only are these fruits super food for your baby but they mash perfectly with a fork, no blender needed. They are the perfect meal to pack in your handbag when you are on the go. I know it’s easy to grab a Refferty’s (love them) but it’s soooo easy to grab these fresh fruits too.
About the time you start feeding your baby solids is about the time you should start to introduce water.
When offering the babies water I always skip the bottle and go straight for a sippy cup. For one, my babies don’t take bottles but aside from that I believe the sooner you can get your baby drinking from a variety of cups the better. Any baby sippy cup will do but this is my favourite at the moment.
What are some of the super foods you have fed your babies as their first food?