Starting Solids- Week 15 Progress

This week was a big milestone for us. Anyone who has me on social media saw earlier this week that A tried sauce for the first time and being the little (part) Italian girl she is, LOVED it. As in, went to town and demanded more. It made my heart smile and I know my sweet Grandma Rosie was looking down with pride.

This is a series documenting astarting a baby on solids with vegetables and real food. Thwe idea is to introduce a wide variety of flavors, textures and colors and building the child's palate.

Additionally, A sampled turkey meatloaf, hot steak subs (small pieces of the steak, peppers and onions), feta cheese, tomatoes, golden beets, cucumbers, whole wheat and white baguette, black berries, raspberries and rice krispies. She continues to enjoy everything she tries and loves it to the point of getting impatient. She will literally slap her hand on the table if we’re taking to long to get her more food. It funny now, but once she begins to understand English I know we’ll have to stop showing our amusement and start teaching table manners.

This is a series documenting astarting a baby on solids with vegetables and real food. Thwe idea is to introduce a wide variety of flavors, textures and colors and building the child's palate.

On Saturday night, A discovered the pocket in her bibs that catches much of the food that she drops. This was so funny and cute because she got this look on her face that said “Jackpot!” and was all sorts of excited.

This is a series documenting astarting a baby on solids with vegetables and real food. Thwe idea is to introduce a wide variety of flavors, textures and colors and building the child's palate.

We struggle a bit, not only at the table but in general with the fact that A recently learned object permanence. So now, if one of us leaves the room (specifically Daddy!) she gets upset and starts crying. Putting her down for a nap is a bit of a challenge due to this and also meal times (she would never be left alone with food, but if we’re both sitting with her and J gets up and goes away she turns around looking for him and often gets upset). I know this will get easier as she gets used to it. Luckily, the tears at nap time (and the one time we had it at bed time which is totally unlike our gal) only last a couple minutes- maybe five minutes max, which makes me even more grateful that we established healthy sleeping habits from the beginning.

This is a series documenting astarting a baby on solids with vegetables and real food. Thwe idea is to introduce a wide variety of flavors, textures and colors and building the child's palate.

We have one tooth that has made it’s grand entrance (lower right). While this has made A a bit finicky in temperament (along with the discovery of object permanence and the fact that she’s at the beginning of another leap), she is still a happy baby and loves exploring the world around her to the extent that we’ll allow (for her own safety).

This is a series documenting astarting a baby on solids with vegetables and real food. Thwe idea is to introduce a wide variety of flavors, textures and colors and building the child's palate.

I have a few items on their way to get some baby proofing started, which I’ll discuss later this week. In the meantime, happy eating!

Vegetables that A likes:

  • Green beans
  • Butternut squash
  • Sweet potato
  • Avocado
  • Peas
  • Leeks
  • Carrots
  • Zucchini
  • Asparagus
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Kale
  • Endive
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Spinach
  • Parsnips
  • Swiss Chard
  • Red Bell Pepper
  • Baked Beans
  • Cauliflower
  • Potatoes
  • Onions
  • Cucumbers

Legumes:

  • Refried Beans
  • Hummus
  • Baked Beans

Fruits the A likes:

  • Bananas
  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Peaches
  • Mango
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes (raw and sauce)
  • Raspberries
  • Blackberries

Grains that A likes:

  • Oatmeal cereal
  • Farro
  • Rice
  • Pancakes
  • Cornflakes
  • Multigrain cereal
  • Rice Krispies
  • Whole wheat baguette
  • White baguette
  • Seminola pasta (beef ravioli and penne)

Dairy that A likes:

  • Cheddar cheese
  • Feta

Meats that A likes:

  • Chicken (light  and dark)
  • Beef (ground, slow roasted, steak)
  • Pork (ribs and tenderloin)
  • Turkey (deli and ground)

Herbs and Spices that A Likes:

  • Thyme
  • Rosemary
  • Parsley
  • Cinnamon
  • Garlic Powder
  • Cilantro
  • Chili Powder
  • Cumin
  • Onion Powder
  • Fennel Seeds
  • Dill
  • Paprika
  • Black Pepper

Food that we’re still working on:

  • Lentils

For more on A’s introduction to solid foods, check out this index.

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