Saturday, June 18, 2011
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Now that Shamindra has crossed over into his sixth month, it’s time for solids!
The bibs, bowls and soft-tipped spoons are ready. So let the show begin-
First course (for the first week): two teaspoons of rice cereal. Beginning just once a day before increasing to two feeds a day.
Review: As expected, it was more food out on the ground than in the mouth as Shamindra got a taste of solid food. He licked and smacked; and tried to master the art of sucking or slurping up his food from the spoon.
Second course (for the second week): two teaspoons of carrot puree with one teaspoon of rice cereal.
Review: The second week has been more successful than the first. Shamindra’s keeping more of his food in and seems to be liking his carrots. Though there are times when a little theatrics is needed to attract his attention or to keep his eye on the food.
Pointers: Timing is important – if Shamindra is sleepy, he totally refuses to eat. So we’re setting up a routine and trying to stick to it.
We’ll be introducing another food type soon, perhaps some pear puree in a day or two. Be sure to wash all your fruits and vegetables before cooking for baby. Sterilizing feeding spoons and bowls are important for the first year. Heating of food is not necessary so babies are used to room temperature foods.
We’re currently using the Bumbo seat to hold Shamindra in. A proper high chair with chest straps is next to help keep him in one position.
Eating at this point is more for practice and pleasure than to fill a dietary requirement.