My Tiny A is growing so fast! And he’s definitely starting to master this eating thing baby solid food! I’m now combining flavors and textures, giving him some small pieces of chopped food and he’s pincer grasping better and better, so we’ve also added finger food snacks. He’s 8 and a half months now, and we’ve been feeding solids since he was 6 months.
Here’s what he has tried so far:
- Mangoes (he particularly likes these, specially the yellow variety)
- Papaya (not a big fan)
- Blueberries (steamed)
- Rice cereal
- Oat cereal
- Bread (and therefore, wheat)
- Pasta (elbow pasta)
- Canellini beans (white kidney beans — this was a little heavy for his tummy)
- Cooked Basmati rice
- Avocado (still his favorite)
- Peas (both mushed and whole — and his second favorite)
- Sweet potatoes
- Corn (cooked kernels)
- Carrots (mushed and also cooked in little pieces)
- Butternut squash
- Persian Cucumber sticks (he loves this for his teething)
- Chicken (cooked, cut in very small pieces)
- Pork tenderloin (cooked, cut in very small pieces)
For snacks I’m giving him Rice, banana and vegetable Mum mum, as well as yogurt melts and Sweet potato Gerber puffs.
Tiny A is also getting so much better about being fed. As long as he has something in his hands to play with, he let’s me spoon feed him no problem. I usually give him either cucumber sticks or other finger foods that he can feed himself and combine with the mushes. Right now he’s eating about 2 to 3 oz. of puree a meal. We’ve started adding breakfast to his solids too in the past week, but we’ve been doing lunch and dinner regularly for the past month. I usually sit him to eat with me or with the entire family, as I feel it is very important to learn at a young age that we eat together at the table.
Here are some food combinations that Tiny A enjoys:
- Broccoli and pear puree
- Apple, blueberry and rice cereal puree
- Apple and carrot puree
- Banana and oat cereal
- Peas and yam puree
- French toast fingers — no-crust bread cut in sticks and covered in egg with a little vanilla, pan fried, then dusted with a tiny bit of cinnamon, then cut in tiny pieces
- Mango puree and yogurt
He also loves the sweet potato puffs for snacking, and goes wild when he sees them, as well as the Mum mum rusks. Also, every time he eats, he has a sippy-cup with water with him. So far he prefers the ones with straws, but he can manage with the spout ones, with assistance — however, he sometimes drinks a little too much and starts spitting some of it out… which can be annoying.
We shall be back next month to keep an update on our journey with baby solid food…
I am still breastfeeding him every 3-4 hours, waking up once in the middle of the night. I can’t wait for him to develop his appetite and his digestive system further to drop the middle-of-the-night feeding!