Seasonal Solids (first solids)

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Seasonal Solids (first solids)
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Fri, 10-15-2010 - 9:41am

Hi folks!

First off, it's so good to "see" you again, Kathy! I can't believe (but also completely can believe) you're still here. I'm sure you won't remember me, but I used to hang around here in 2004/05 with my first, DS Tarquin. He's now 6 1/2!

I'm now back with questions regarding DD Kenna. She's going on 7 months and one of these days, when we get around to it, we'll introduce some solids. I'm looking for some ideas for good

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Fri, 10-15-2010 - 1:26pm

I remembered you when I saw your siggy about the mighty Quinn! I've been here quite a while although my screen name was dklauduc back years ago.

Fresh veggies isn't my area of expertise (blushing) but Carol (wewish4baby) is the queen of gardening and all that kind of stuff so I've flagged her on this post.

Welcome back!

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Fri, 10-15-2010 - 4:04pm

Wow! How great to see so many family faces! I remember you and Carol both. Happy birthday to Jason, btw. I'm also reminded my siggy is in serious need of updating.

And as luck would have it, today's grocery store trip revealed avocados on sale! Not local of course. Mango too, which raises the question, is mango considered a citrus fruit that I should hold off on (aka hog for myself) or is that a go at 6-7 months? I'm also aware that there is a board related to homemade baby foods. But I'm posting here because I want to ensure the advice I get respects and "gets" the centrality of breastfeeding. Besides, I "know" (some of) you.

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Fri, 10-15-2010 - 4:07pm

Dana flatters me.


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Fri, 10-15-2010 - 4:11pm
Mango is a good choice not citrusy or acidy at all. Do peel as most allergies are to the peel itself - it can cause a poison ivy like rash. That said it is not that common.

We do not mind these types of questions.

Of course I am sure you remember just one tasting a day to start with. etc.

FWIW my youngest 2 did not start solids until 9 months so.....


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Fri, 10-15-2010 - 4:18pm
Thanks, Carol. I'm holding off on eggs because I personally can't stand them-either eating or preparing them. But I love beets! And a festive diaper every now and then can lighten the mood (note to self: feed beets the night before day care. mwahaha). What's a good way to prepare them?

I'm interested in doing more finger foods than mushed foods this time around. Kenna is awfully "grabby" and I think she'd like them. So suggestions for preparing foods for self-feeding would help me increase my repertoire.
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Fri, 10-15-2010 - 11:17pm
Beets are easy. You can oven roast them whole. Skin will slide off after cooking. Or you can peel with a veggie peeler, dice and sautee with onion and garlic. I prefer sauteed, but my DH likes them roasted.

My almost 5 year old loves beets and thinks it is so cool to have red poop and pee. hahaha

A few finger food ideas: http://kellymom.com/nutrition/solids/finger-foods.html

Honestly I really did not do much special for food, I just feed whatever we are having as a family. I use garlic pepper etc just as a normally would. Once change I made (and is probably healthier for all of us is that I do not add salt as I cook. I do somtimes add it to my own food however. So if we had chili con carne then baby gets some beans and some small bits of meat.

Also since you have an older child they are fairly easy to grow. You might consider planting a small garden or even just a few containers for your own fresh veggies. Lettuce, tomatoes etc. (or whatever your family likes) It is a fun life long skill that also fosters healthy eating. People are astonded that my kids eat broccoli, brussels sprouts, asparagus, eggplant etc - all because they help grow them. :)


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Sun, 10-17-2010 - 3:20pm

Hi Kerry, I sometimes can't believe I'm still here either! I've been here since 1999!, even more amazing to me is I've been IBCLC since 1988...........whoa!

I'm glad to see you back.

I actually have two grandbabies who just went through the starting solids phase not too long ago, they are both near 17 months old (born 5 days apart to my two oldest sons and wives).

Avocado is pretty popular, my dil's use to mash it or put it thru a baby food grinder and freeze in small portions. So that way you can take advantage of sales and since the baby only eats small portions it can be within reason price wise. You can freeze in an ice cube tray. In the beginning just don't fill the section completely to keep portions small. Later you can fill the entire ice cube section. Once frozen you can put them in a plastic container or bag in the freezer. Another way to freeze is put tablespoon sized portions on waxed paper on a cookie sheet and then to a container or bag once frozen.

My one grandbaby, Tahlia loved avocado and banana mixed together. I also agree that sweet potatoes are an easy one to make. You can bake them and then mash or blend or cut in cubes. They also freeze nicely. Carrots, apples,

Kathy Kuhn IBCLC ivillage lactation consultant Grammy to Brennan, Elias, Elianna, Tahlia, Makenna, Maura, Silas, and Charlotte