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First foray into solids

After all that gearing up for the solids plunge, Nathan’s first dipstick test into the wonderful new world of solids was actually somewhat anticlimactic. I was bracing myself for an onslaught of protests, spitting, messes, food faces and other such antics.

But once he took that first mouthful of rice cereal…

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I think he was hooked!

He seemed to be clamouring for more...

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Toward the end of that first feeding session, he even appeared to want to feed himself (perhaps being already familiar with his friend, the spoon)

Lemme have the spoon mummy, I know how this works

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I actually took a cautious approach and only prepared small amount for breakfast to try out after the usual morning nursing session – about a tablespoon of rice cooked in a quarter cup of water (with half ounce of breast milk mixed in). I fed him just half of that portion. I wanted to be sure he didn’t have any bad reactions or tummy upsets following his first taste of solids.

I skipped a round of solids at lunch just to continue to keep a look out for any unpleasant effects. He seemed to be perfectly alright and happily played and napped as usual. So at dinner time I decided to try a tiny portion of something else…

Avocado!

I scooped out about a tablespoonful, mashed it up and mixed in about half an ounce of breastmilk.

I think the taste of this one surprised him a bit more than the rice. But after a few initial ‘food face’ moments, he got straight into it. He was even instinctively opening his mouth each time the spoon approached his lips.

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Wow! Two rounds of solids in one day! I hope it wasn’t too much for his first day.

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So there you go, Nathan… your first foray into solids – a whole wide world of new tastes and flavours out there await you.

So bon apetit!


Since the dipstick test went pretty well, I went on to prepare a few more portions of solids to freeze ahead of time. I didn’t go crazy and prepare truckloads of food – just one ice-cube tray of pureed vegetables, half of mashed sweet potato, half of pureed carrots.

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I figured other foods can be prepared on the spot, like the rice cereal, and fruits like avocado and banana. So I think we’re set for now.

I just need to make more bibs.


(P.S. I’m still keeping a look out for any possible nasty surprises at nappy change time. So far we’re all in the clear)

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