Friday, January 11, 2013

[Babycakes] Feeding Favorites

Now that we have almost 3 months worth of feeding experience, I thought I'd share a bit on my process (hits and misses) so far.

I waited to introduce solids until six months based on the advice of my pediatrician and some general online information.  Little A is exclusively breast fed so starting early with rice cereals wasn't big concern.  Looking back, I was pretty rigid on being 'exactly' 6 months before letting anything get in that tummy aside from milk when she was clearly itching to eat like mommy and daddy.  Next time, now that I'm confident in making and serving food, I'll probably start when there is interest and not withhold the yumminess so long.

Even still, when starting solids I skipped right over the cereal aspect.  In my mind, I saw it as empty calories that would just fill her up with little nutritional value and if she's was going to eat something other than the nutrient packed momma's milk, it should at least be a healthy veggie or fruit.  So based on that mindset, we started with pureed sweet potatoes.  I did a bunch of veggies and fruits (apples, avocado, peas, pears, carrots, etc) and finally when I made a very runny butternut squash puree, I mixed in some oatmeal cereal, just for some more texture.  We now start almost every morning with a oatmeal cereal and fruit mixture of some sort.  The vitamin C in the fruit helps iron fortified cereal get the most absorption, so some sort of applesauce, pears, peaches, or the dreaded mashed banana (she hates it) with some cereal.  Then have veggies and puffs for lunch, and veggies, puffs, and slowly adding protein to dinner.

*I love the HappyBaby Puffs for A's MSPI since they are dairy and soy free!




I make almost everything at home, using the same organic fruit and veggies we buy for ourselves, with the Beaba Babycook.  So easy to steam and puree.  Only items I store buy are applesauce (I prefer the Santa Cruz brand - original and peach apple flavors).  I store the purees in 1 ounce containers by Juvenile Solutions which are freezer, microwave, and dishwasher safe - and free of BPA.  I started with storing and freezer my purees in a the Beaba food storage, but at the time A wasn't eating the full two ounces and it was a pain (a small one) to defrost the puree prior the meal.  With the individual cups I can keep enough in the fridge and take out frozen ones to thaw in advance.  I also can mix and match what I'm serving, or with the snap close top, keep something until lunch or dinner if it's not fully finished.



So far we only had to deal with traveling and feeding a handful of times.  Since we don't have a portable highchair, I just use the bumbo and tray and use the Beaba utensil pack, a wipeable bib, and pouched puree since it's all easy to to keep in my diaper bag, outside the Bumbo obv.


Lastly, we've been playing around with some sippy cups.  I introduced the Dr. Brown's soft spout sippy when A turned six months.  She loved playing and chewing it, but never seemed to get water.  I tried it myself and I had some trouble getting water out easily.  Nana bought her a Nuk one which if bitten correctly water will come out.  I thought if she was using it as a teether maybe she's put two and two together, but not so much.  Finally last week I picked up a Tommee Tippee transitional cup.  Out of all three, it was the easiest for me to get water out of, I just had to get her to have the instinct to sip.  The spout is a bit more like a bottle nipple than the others, so I think that helps.  We are finally getting some progress, hopefully this one does the trick!



What are your meal time favorites?  Any tried or true items I should give a go?


15 comments:

  1. Like you, I waited until strictly six months to give solids because we're nursing, and there's not really a need - food for fun.

    As for sippy cups, I found that one of our cups (the thermos foogo) lets me take out the leak proof valve, and that has helped. We help C drink (otherwise he'd spill it all over himself), but because water comes out now, he knows what the cup is for. I will put the valve back in as he ages and figures out how to suck. THose valves require some serious sucking power!

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    1. duh! I think I'll try the taking the valve out and see what happens, didn't even think of that :)

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  2. Great post! I'm also waiting till 6 months to introduce solids. I'm bf'ing my baby who's 4 months and here in Canada, they recommend not starting solids till 6 months.

    I took a note of your faves as I know it'll come in handy later.

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    1. Thanks Lady ;) Seems like doctors here are split with 4months and 6months, but seems like with breastfed it's usually 6 and I was totally on board with it and glad we did, even still she doesn't eat large quantities. More just like an introduction and hopefully getting her excited about different flavors and textures, would love to avoid a picky eater!

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  3. clara never liked any of the spout cups, we had the best luck with straw cups. now we use nalgene sippy cups, the spout is hard but they are the only ones ive found that dont leak. at all.

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    1. Good to know about the nalgene for when she has some chompers and moves past the soft ones! Plus I love nalgene :)

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  4. I had no clue about waiting 6 months. Our pediatrician had me start solids at 4 months. I was so upset when I found out. Maybe because she did in the beginning have the occassional formula bottle? Who knows. She was mainly breastfed especially at that time.

    We are planning to try a straw cup soon because she just isn't totally into the sippy cup thing. We had to remove the stopper so we can pour the milk or water in her mouth.

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    1. You shouldn't be upset, your baby will still be happy and healthy!! Looks like I might have to see if she gets the straw idea if the sippy cup doesn't work

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    My little gal is a couple months behind yours so this will help me out down the road!!

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    1. Hi Jocelyn! So glad you found us, can't wait to check out your cutie!

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  6. We use the Nuk sippy cups and love them :) Although my girls were on bottles first so that might be why it worked for us. Scarlett is boycotting holding her own sippy now for some reason and it's driving me nuts! She use to at least pretend to hold it when I fed her now little queenie just sits and watches you feed her every time! Somethings gotta change with that soon... LOL!

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    1. Too funny about Scarlett! Is she still doing bottles too, or totally transitioned?

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  7. I tried a few sippy cups and he couldn't understand that he needed to tilt back while sucking to get anything out. He hasn't had a bottle since he was about 6 weeks old, so I think that attributes to his confusion. Anyway, I tried a straw cup and he figured it out. It was hilarious the first time he got water out of it. The look on his face was like, "OMG!" It took about a week of use before he actually figured it out though. To get him to suck the straw- when he put it up to his mouth, I held my finger covered in applesauce at his lips. He sucked down on my finger and because the straw was in his mouth too, water came out of that. After that, he was able to do it himself. I hope that makes sense.

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    1. I totally understand and that's so smart!!! I was wondering how they'd think to suck with a straw... can't wait to try all these ideas out

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  8. Great post. Love our Beaba BabyCook, although we use the Happy Tots and Ella's Kitchen pouches too. O loves the Happy Baby Organic yogurt melts, oh sorry, nevermind forgot about the MSPI.. We tried Avent Sippy Cups first, but didn't care for those much, so now on to Tommee Tippee's so far they've worked okay. Although, O seems to really like to drink out of our cups when we have water! I just ran across this post about drinking from a straw and thought it was pretty interesting.
    http://www.yourkidstable.com/2012/08/how-to-teach-your-baby-or-toddler-to.html

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