They suggests some veggies to try, but your girlfriends might not warn you about what comes next. Peasful Kitchen culinary experts (who double as veteran moms) arm you with everything you should know once your baby is eating real food.
#1: Sh*tis aboutto getreal.
Give your baby bananas, and her diaper might smell like bananas. Sweet potato might turn her poop orange. And don't even get us started on red beets and blueberries--woah! It's taken your baby's digestive system, six months to perfect the ability to digest breast milk and formula, and once you throw in solid foods, you can expect lots of changes. Poops might become firmer (more like adult poop), and there can be lots of grunting and pushing to get it all out. More so, your baby might not go as frequently; in the beginning, you can expect one fewer poopy diaper a day. What you've previously considered "normal" for your baby is about to shift as her body adjusts to a new diet. However, if your baby experiences any blood in her stool or frequent diaper rashes, talk to your doctor since both can be signs of a food intolerance or allergy.
#2: Feeding your kid weird things now can pay off big time.
Be the mom who goes above and beyond apples and carrots. Think: golden
beets, lacinato kale, persimmon, and papaya. Research shows that the more fruits and vegetables a baby eats before age one, the more likely she is to eat a variety of produce by the time she's six. Make mealtime exciting by experimenting with new fruits and veggies,
using what's in season as your guide. Or take a stroll through your local farmer's market and pick up a fruit or veggie you've both never tried before. Bonus: You'll expand your palate
too! Just be sure to follow the 3-day wait rule with every new food your baby tries so if she has a reaction, you can easily identify the source.
#3: Teething changes EVERYTHING
The second you pat yourself on the back for your child's amazing eating habits, he'll suddenly refuse everything you feed him. Blame teething. When babies teeth (which they will do consistently for the first two years), they tend to reject all solid foods in favor of the bottle or breast. Don't stress if your child isn't eating. Like your mother says, "He won't starve himself!" Instead, offer purees in ways his sore gums will enjoy: as frozen cubes in mesh fresh food feeders. We'll warn you: They're gross to clean.
#4: Your baby won't
start out on your eating schedule. Leave it up to baby to make your life even
busier. Just because you eat lunch at 1 p.m. doesn't mean that baby will too. Try offering solids one hour after breast or bottle feeding: If he's too hungry or too full, he might not go for solids. As your child nears age 1, transition to a more structured meal and snack schedule to make your life easier and so he can recognize appropriate mealtimes.
#5: A wipeable bib is your best friend, or a big sized t-shirt
Time to toss the old cloth ones, or try a big t-shirt that that is now devoted to eating only!
#6: Don't stress about how much your baby eats.
At first, your baby might not even eat a full tablespoon of food, and that's okay! Babies have an amazing ability to regulate their sense of hunger and fullness, and just like you, some days his appetite might be bigger or smaller than other days. Trust in his ability to self regulate. In fact, the worst thing you can do is stress over his food intake. Babies feel your pressure, and your goal is to make mealtime stress free and fun!
#7: Don't forget the camera. Messy baby pics are always the cutest.
#8: Give the green light to spices and herbs. Babies love experimenting with new flavors and textures, and if you ate it during pregnancy, baby has already experienced a taste (and appreciation!) for a healthy variety. Sprinkle ginger in his oatmeal, add chopped thyme to squash--get creative! The only spice no-no's are salt (baby's kidneys can't process sodium), honey (it can cause botulism in babies under age 1), and anything spicy (we have yet to meet a baby who appreciates cayenne).
Peasful Kitchen was started as a social place for like minded parents to connect, learn, and enjoy making food for their families. We have since grown from a baby food company to a cooking school that covers every stage of a families growth — from freezer meals for expectant moms, to baby and toddler food, to family dinners that bring smiles ( and sanity!) to your table.
Whether you’re a new mom who wants to serve your baby real food from the start, or you’re a veteran parent who wants to put more nutritious meals on the table, we can help you make dinnertime more do-able. Join us, and experience the confidence and pride that comes with taking the step to make your family healthier and happier. To prepare your littles for their next steps, check out our classes now!