I had planned to exclusively breastfeed Violet until she was six months old, but lately she's been staring and grabbing at our food and is sitting up well with help. That combined with the early teething has brought us to the decision to begin solids earlier than we expected. We got the okay from the doctor and went out and bought a big old box of organic brown rice cereal. We mixed it with a little pumped milk and here's what we got when her Grammy put spoon to mouth:
Let me tell you, she was ECSTATIC about her first taste of rice cereal. Okay, well maybe not so much. But after the second attempt, she is now chowing down like a champ. She even opens her mouth for each spoonful and seems upset when the bowl is empty.
Next up - orange stuff. Namely some sort of veggie - squash, carrots, or sweet potatoes. I get the veggies before fruits concept (fruits are so tasty they won't want the veggies!) Not sure why the doc recommended to start with orange stuff over green stuff though - anyone know?
Maybe they are just in the mood for fall too - squash is very fall-ish is it not? I had briefly considered cooking and mashing up my own baby food, but then I got real and realized that my mind is already going in a billion different directions and I just can't add one more thing to my plate. And really, who knows how to cook squash? Not this girl! Keep it simple, right?
So we're going with Nature's Promise organic jar baby foods. They come in glass jars, which I like - great to reuse for other things and just seems so much nicer than plastic. They're organic. And the ingredients for the squash? Organic squash + water. Simple. And even better they are readily available at our local grocery store and are cheaper than Gerber baby foods. Weird right? Because the Gerber baby foods come in this cheap-o looking plastic container. I guess it's just what people buy because it's such a well-known baby food company?
If you are interested in making your own baby food (I may still give it a go someday just for fun, we'll see, but it certainly won't be with squash. Maybe something more on my level - like bananas) here is a great site I found with baby food recipes, instructions, etc.
If anyone has any advice for me on this whole pureed food deal, please share. As usual I feel pretty clueless!