Apart from the first day, PK's introduction to solids has gone remarkably well. I seriously thought that she would be a fussy eater, but she's far from that. To date, PK has now tried sweet potatoes, carrots, butternut squash, peas, apples, pears, and oatmeal.
As I mentioned before, I first started with sweet potato purée for 5 days. Then I switched over to carrot purée for another 5 days. After that, I got a bit impatient and decided to make a combo purée - sweet potatoes, carrots, and butternut squash. PK looooooooooooooved it. In fact, she couldn't get enough of it. When either the hubby or I sit down to feed her, she can get so excited that she starts licking her bib in between spoonfulls. It's freaking hillarious!
A couple of days after introducing the sweet potato/carrot/butternut squash purée, I decided to increase her intake of solids from one meal per day, to two meals per day. This went over very well. She couldn't seem to get enough of the stuff. I did this for another two or three days before I decided to mix things up a bit by introducing baby oatmeal. The oatmeal went over very well. The funny thing is that when I first fed PK oatmeal, the box said that a normal serving was 5 tbsps, yet recommended 1 tbsp for starters. I started with 3 tbsps, and that wasn't enough. Now I give her 7 tbsps of baby oatmeal, and I'm sure that I could easily add more, and she'd gobble it all up. Now we've gotten in the habit of feeding her oatmeal at around lunchtime, and puréed veggies at around dinnertime. I may eventually shift the oatmeal to an earlier time and move the veggies to lunchtime and do puréed fruits at dinnertime. That may still be a few weeks away, however.
Now, I did mention that I introduced apples and pears to PK. I tried giving apples to PK when I was still giving her just the carrot purée. I gave it to her by cutting an apple in half and using a spoon to scrape some apple from the exposed half. That did not go over very well, and I think I know why. First of all, I bought a honeycrisp apple, which is a type of apple that I really like. Unfortunately, it's a bit sour. PK doesn't like sour. Secondly, feeding her scraped apple might work when she's a bit older, but not now, when she's still used to relatively runny purées. I think that next time I re-introduce apples, I'll be sure to pick a sweeter apple, and I'll probably boil the apple first and use my little food processor to chop it up, instead of scraping it with a spoon.
Pears didn't go over too well either. My mom decided out of the blue one day that PK needed to try pears (to go hand-in-hand with the prune juice to combat constipation), so she bought PK some Gerber pear purée. I have a feeling that PK disliked the pear purée because she was expecting a bottle and got purée instead. At this point, her purées and oatmeal meals aren't supposed to replace bottle feeds, because she just doesn't get enough, and, in the case of her purées, they are so runny that they're not filling just yet. So, the lesson learned here is that at this stage, milk/formula first, because that's their primary source of nutrition. Feeding a baby solids before milk/formula at this stage is like trying to play with them when they're hungry. It's a totally futile activity. I'll probably re-introduce pears in a couple more weeks, and I will make my own purée instead of using the store-bought stuff.
I introduced peas to PK this evening. Actually, it was a pea and butternut squash purée. I figured that mixing peas with something that she's already tried before would probably increase the likelihood of her liking the peas. So much for that theory. She really didn't like the peas. As soon as they went in her mouth, she'd spit them back out. It's too bad, because I made 6 or 7 servings of the stuff, and it's all sitting in my freezer right now. That being said, I think I may know why the peas weren't too well-received.
Today we went out with the hubby's parents and grandmother for lunch, so we brought along some oatmeal for PK in order to keep to her schedule. She was enjoying the oatmeal very much. Unfortunately, she got her little hands onto the bowl from which we were feeding it, and flung it onto the floor. Bye bye oatmeal. She wasn't too happy about that, and neither was I, but what could we do. I felt bad that she didn't get her full oatmeal fix, so at dinnertime, I gave her some oatmeal (reduced serving), AND I decided to introduce the pea/butternut squash purée after she finished her oatmeal. I think that doing so might have contributed to this dislike for peas. She basically went from eating something she knew and liked (oatmeal) to eating something new and unfamiliar, and with a weird consistency (pea/butternut squash purée). The new purée was slightly thicker and a bit chunkier than what she was used to. I couldn't help it on the chunks - peas don't seem to purée as well as I'd like. I know, silly me. I changed too many variables. I'm going to try for the peas/butternut squash combo again tomorrow at dinnertime again, but this time, I'll stick to giving her oatmeal just at lunchtime.
My purées are still relatively watery, but I'm slowly working my way up to a slightly thicker consistency. I also continue mixing in the prune juice. I find that even with the prune juice, however, PK still has trouble pooing on days when she starts on a new food, so we are having to resort to the glycerine suppositories every once in a while. At least it's related to diet change.
1. Don't change too many variables
2. Change purée consistency gradually
3. Work your way up to more sour tastes, since they can be pretty strong and shocking for a baby
All in all, PK's introduction to solids has gone well, and in spite of rejecting a few foods here and there, she does seem to be embracing the overall experience. Now, if only I could figure out how to avoid getting food goop all over her neck and her clothes.
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