Starting Solids- Week 16 Progress

This weeks was a bit of a comedy of errors when it came to dinners. This is due in large part to poor planning on my part along with laziness/exhaustion.

Starting Solids Week 16 Progress | The Life Jolie

As always, A is my favorite little enthusiastic eater. There was quite a bit of eating-what-we’re-eating and A was just fine with what. Some new additions for the week have been Bubble Up Chicken Pot Pie Casserole, split pea soup with ham, black olives, haddock, mustard, oatmeal (the non-baby variety), fresh mozzarella, shortbread cookies, vanilla wafers, corned beef, strawberry jam, melon, soft pretzel, spicy honey mustard sauce and blue cheese dressing. Quite the random assortment, but it’s been a crazy week. Keep in mind that this is all in addition to many items and purees that A has already tried and liked.

Starting Solids Week 16 Progress | The Life Jolie

A’s teachers at daycare have reported  that she is the most enthusiastic eater of the bunch, and sometimes the only baby in her room to finish everything and sometimes demand more. Even though I know we will likely have picky times ahead when A gets a little older and goes through Neophobia, I can’t help but be proud of my great little eater. She really can put it away. She is very enthusiastic about it and is perfectly content sitting and feeding herself and chewing away with the two (!) tiny beginnings of teeth that are coming through.

Starting Solids Week 16 Progress | The Life Jolie

I really feel like our introducing A to all sorts of delicious flavors right away has also built up an unspoken trust between us when it comes to food. Anytime I have a small piece of food on my finger to put into her mouth, A immediately opens it, no matter what the item looks like. I may be over-thinking this, but it’s almost as if she trusts that whatever I give her will be delicious. The optimistic side of me is thrilled at the way this illustrates my belief that our kids eating habits are shaped by what we as their parents believe they can eat. I believe that A can eat and enjoy anything and thus far she has really done her best to prove me right! Fingers crossed that this is the beginning of a beautiful relationship with food.

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


  • 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
  • Havarti with Dill

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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  • Reply
    March 4, 2015 at 5:30 pm I love how you are using this as an opportunity to develop a positive relationship with food for A - it's so impressive to me because I am still in the moment and struggling to think long term. I think that's awesome and so important, especially for young girls (unfortunately). This series makes me so excited to get started and hopefully follow in your footsteps! And I need to make that casserole. ASAP.
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      March 4, 2015 at 9:53 pm Thank you- it's hard to think about the long term, I'm still trying to wrap my head around the fact that in a few short months A's primary source of nutrition will be solid foods! I feel like I have SO much more to learn! I don't think I'm doing much more than putting delicious, healthy foods in front of her- the rest is up to A. But it is really important to me to try and instill healthy attitudes and habit. You'll do awesome! On a side note the casserole was delicious and the bubble up enchilada one that she does is even more amazing. I blogged it super early on. Justin's favorite.

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