There comes a time for every mom when she has to realize that her milk just isn’t enough for her baby. And that time is the time when it becomes obvious that your baby wants to eat food. From there it is only a short step to introduce solids.
After my husband had purchased the best air fryer to improve our health from the top air fryers listed here (I highly recommend purchasing one if you don’t own one already!) I knew it was time to improve our babies health as well. It was time to introduce solids.
I have to admit I was caught unawares when it happened to me. It sort of creeped up on me and it was my husband who first noticed the changes. Our baby was watching us intently when we were eating. You could see her follow the food laden cutlery from our plates to our mouths. She even looked like she was imitating our chewing. When my husband pointed these things out to me I knew my little girl, and her diet, were growing up.
The first step was baby cereal. Made from either ground rice or grains these baby cereals are available for babies from the age of four months or up. Our baby was a little bit older than this so we were fine. We mixed our baby cereal with either water or some expressed breast milk (when I started doing that) and made something that looked like a baby version of oatmeal. Together with little baby spoons, whose tips were rubber coated to be gentle on soft baby gums, we began feeding our baby.
My husband really enjoyed this as he could get far more involved than was possible with breast feeding. I think it became a real bonding activity for them.
The next stage was baby purees – those little jars of baby foods that are so easy to buy. We started off adding a little to flavour the cereal we were making up. When we were confident she was happy with the flavour we began feeding her whole jars. Starting with fruits we slowly expanded the foods she had been exposed to before adding some vegetable purees.
I wasn’t sure how to progress next -it was obviously too big a jump to go from there to giving her whole foods. So I had to do a little bit of research. It turns out I simply had to make the foods more coarse – slowly – until our baby was ready to eat solids.
This wasn’t too hard as I was already making some fruit purees using my blender. I just started blending the foods less, making them less smooth. This proved a success! Now I was my own baby food supplier I realised all the different things I could give my daughter. I started adding vegetables, such as potato, pumpkin, broccoli, sweet potato, cauliflower, carrot, parsnip and peas to the mix. Each time I tried something new I added just a little to a mix of existing fruits or vegetables. This worked really well, for the few times my daughter didn’t like something I could easily cut it out for a bit.
Soon after I felt my daughter was ready to try meat. Given my baby was now happily eating foods that were chopped finely but not to the point of being pureed it did not seem too big a jump. Like the vegetables I would steam the meat – chopped up bits of chicken or beef to start with, before introducing fish and even port. My daughter really enjoyed the new textures of meat.
From there it was a slow but steady progression to more solid food. Rusks seems a sign she could handle small pieces of steamed food. And sure enough she could, and that’s when I knew – for my daughter at least – my days of breastfeeding were numbered.