Because Monkey was born as premature as he was when to introduce solids was a bit of a challenge. He was no so premature that you throw the “actual age” timeline out the window, but early enough that he definitely did not meet milestones like feeding when others born around the same time as him would. We were instructed by his paediatrician that we were not to start solids until after his 6 month check up.
This apparently posed a bit of a problem, because nothing drives Michael and I more crazy than a picky kid and according to the occupational therapist this was high probability when starting solids at 6 instead of 4 months. This is because babies get comfortable with the textures they are introduced between 4-7 months and the more textures you introduce in that time the less likely you are to have food aversions. So we had to cramp 3 months of learning and exposure into 4 short weeks.
Monkey began with oatmeal pablum for about a week. This helped him figure out how to manipulate the food in his mouth and swallow. We then moved onto some roughly puréed foods and this is where I will start with baby food making that monkey just loved!!
Steam carrots until soft and purée in the food processor until desired texture. Use the water from steaming to add some of the lost nutrients back in that were lost during steaming.
Freeze in individual ice trays so they are ready for quick dinners
We did this with all the food we introduced at that time. Then we moved onto mixtures of foods. We were pretty strict with waiting 3 days between introducing a new food in case of allergies so we introduced foods that would go well together early on so we could mix them. Monkey’s all time favourite mixture is Lentils and Pumpkin… we still eat it almost daily and I always have a tray full in the freezer.
Lentils and Pumpkin:
1 cup of red lentils
1 small can of Pumpkin puree
Water to cover the lentils
Boil the lentils in water until soft adding water add needed. Once cooked and cooled pour into a blender. Add the can of pumpkin purée and blend until mixed well. Divide into ice cube trays and freeze.
Mixtures were so successful we quickly moved to solids like avocado and scrambled eggs and of course Puffs (a.k.a. baby crack). Which was another resounding success. And honestly 10 weeks after started with pablum monkey eats ALL THE THINGS. He is the furthest from a picky eater (aside from the obsession with lentils)
All you Mama’s out there who are working with occupational therapists and feeding clinics to help your littles meet a feeding milstone close to on time I promise your little will eat real food. When you are given the information and plan to help them get what they need it can be really daunting and give you visions of making flavourless food for the test of you life, but stick with the plan. We all remember how hard the bottle feed/breast feed journey was, this one is so much easier!
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