Last week we hit another milestone with our little man–we started solid foods! It was a very exciting day in the Ordonez household and as first-time parents, a bit nerve-wracking as well. Was he going to like it? We had no idea what to expect. Well, I’m happy to report he’s eating like a pro. His favorite by far is sweet potatoes, which we make ourselves. I’ve picked up a few tips and tricks along the way, which have helped tremendously.
Do you have any of your own tips you’d like to share? I’d love to hear them.
Scroll through to check out these 5 tips to help make your feeding session a tad easier:
Mix Solids with a Bit of Breast Milk or Formula 1 of 5
Mixing solids with a bit of breast milk or formula will help make the taste familiar for your baby. When we first fed our baby oatmeal cereal, we used breast milk instead of baby water and he loved it. We also added breast milk to other veggies, such as avocados. Sometimes warming up the food, can make a world of a difference too. We put the baby food in a small glass jar and warm it up in our bottle warmer. Just make sure you stir it and test it out on your skin to avoid it being too hot.
Gear-Up 2 of 5
A few weeks before starting solids, make sure you have all your gear (ie. bibs, feeding chair, spoons, bowl). We love using a rubber spoon (BPA free) which is gentler on the gums. Our little guy is also as wiggly as a worm, so we love feeding him in this Stokke Tripp Trapp feeding chair. It has safety straps, which helps him stay put and the footrest comes in really handy.
Time your Feedings 3 of 5
If your baby is fussy or ready for a nap, it might not be such a good idea to venture with starting solids for the first time. We tried feeding our baby first thing in the morning, after his first bottle, when he was wide awake. When it comes to the actual feeding, we like placing a small amount of food on the tip of the spoon and placing it on his lips. This usually prompts him to open his mouth and when he does we rub the excess off using the roof of his mouth.
We also found it helpful to avoid distractions, such as the T.V. I like feeding him in the kitchen. This is also a good idea, since feedings can get messy.
ps. I learned this the hard way after he decided to spit out his sweet potato and it landed all over our couch.
Storage 4 of 5
If you're making your own home-made baby food, you can store them in ice cube trays. Each cube is approximately 1 ounce. Once they are frozen, you can simply take them out and place them in a freezer bag. This website has some great tips.
Try, Try, Try Again 5 of 5
If at first you don't succeed, try, try, and try again. They say it takes about 15 tries for a baby to actually take a liking for food. So don't get discouraged. You can try again the next day. It's important to also follow their cues. If they start shaking their head or turning away, they've probably had enough. Don't force it.
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