Starting Solids- Week 17 Progress

What a week it’s been. Time is flying by and A is, as always, a hungry gal.

Here is a detailed look at the process of introducing solids to a baby by giving her real foods in a variety of flavors and textures.

Solids are still easy and fun with A. This week she tried and enjoyed Balsamic vinegar, coconut oil (I sauteed chopped baby kale in it with a very small amount of salt and pepper for flavor), Pasta Pomodoro (sans shrimp, I’m waiting to add shellfish into the mix), crumbly blue cheese, baked potato soup with ham, corn, BBQ Salmon, cheddar and bacon pierogies, and baked French Toast with berries (the part that wasn’t covered with streusel topping).

Here is a detailed look at the process of introducing solids to a baby by giving her real foods in a variety of flavors and textures.

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Our newest challenge comes where her bottles are concerned. At this point we are still giving her all of her regular bottles since her formula is still her primary source for nutrition. Her nighttime schedule goes like this: we usually have dinner with her and then she’ll have her bath, bottle and bed. Lately, A has been a bit finicky about the bottle before bed. Her teachers as daycare have also indicated that she will push the bottle away periodically during her feedings and then resume it a few minutes later.

Here is a detailed look at the process of introducing solids to a baby by giving her real foods in a variety of flavors and textures.

Part of me was a little worried that its because she’s eating too much solid food but this issue isn’t consistent and has never been an issue, so who’s to say? I also wonder if she’s ready to switch to a fast flow nipple on her bottles. I have one that we’re trying out and I don’t see a huge difference. She doesn’t always push the bottle away mid-feed so it’s hard to really get an idea without consistency. This could also coincide with the fact that A is slowly pushing back her bedtime. We tried giving a bottle before table food but that was also hit or miss. I’m keeping an eye on it and trying to follow A’s cues. I also recognize that everything is a phase at this point and completely subject to change. Suffice it to say we’re taking it a day at a time.

Has anyone else gone through this issue? How did you move past it and what do you think caused it?

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
  • Corn

Legumes:

  • Refried Beans
  • Hummus
  • Baked Beans

Fruits the A likes:

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

Grains/Starches that A likes:

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

Dairy that A likes:

  • Cheddar cheese
  • Feta
  • Havarti with Dill
  • Crumbly Blue

Meats that A likes:

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

Fish that A Like:

  • Haddock
  • Salmon

Herbs and Spices that A Likes:

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

Other items:

  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Coconut Oil
  • Olive Oil
  • Butter

Food that we’re still working on:

  • Lentils

For more on starting solids with A, check out this index.

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