The Baby Eats Series: Introducing Baby Foods

It has been a while since I’ve consistently blogged – posting Instagram pictures really doesn’t count.  My daughter will be two soon, and even though I had good intentions, I didn’t do a good job of documenting my food decisions during her first year.  I decided that my blog would be a perfect place to capture these memories, and hopefully be able to share some of my experiences.

I find that food is always a bit of a sensitive subject, and my intention is in no way to create a judgmental post – motherhood is a tough enough journey without having to hear comments from overbearing “well wishers”.  This series will just be a summary of some things I did along the way, while trying to make the best decisions for my child and family.

One of the most useful charts I came across when reading up on baby food was in this book:

The Best Homemade Baby Food on the Planet: Know What Goes Into Every Bite with More Than 200 of the Most Deliciously Nutritious Homemade Baby Food … More Than 60 Purees Your Baby Will Love

The chart was a great summary of when to start certain types of foods – it also had great recipes for different baby food blends. We made a decision to wait until our daughter was six months old before starting solids, and after carefully introducing a variety of fruits and vegetables, we were off to the races.

Here are some highlights from the chart:
1) Six months – sweet potatoes, peas, apples, pears, avocados and bananas
2) Seven months – squash, nectarines, peaches, plums
3) Eight months – cottage cheese, berries, beans and legumes
4) Nine months – broccoli, cauliflower, cantaloupe, yogurt, tofu

I pretty much followed the recommendations exactly as the book recommended, with the exception of lentils and legumes, which I introduced early at 8 months.

I’m looking forward to this trip down memory lane – everyone warned me that all the different baby stages would pass by quickly, and they really did!

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