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Before having Nolan, I had no idea whether I was going to give him formula or breastfeed. I tried my hand at breastfeeding and successfully nursed him for 15 months. Fast forward to our second baby and we are currently on month 10.
But at some point, you need to introduce solids. And by solids, I’m talking baby food. And although I like to make my own baby food when I can, it’s hard to do all of the time. And if I’m going to feed my precious little babes food unmade by me, it’s going to be Gerber.
Paislee wasn’t and still isn’t too interested in solids. But it takes time and each day, we just keep trying and giving her options. Here are a few things to keep in mind when introducing solids:
Start with vegetables. Once they get a taste of the sweet fruits, they won’t want veggies. Try squash, green beans, carrots, etc.
Mix fruits with Rice Cereal. This will help keep their little bellies full longer. There are a ton of different combinations and varieties you can try!
Three day rule. Once you introduce a new food, don’t introduce another one for three days. This will give you time to see if your baby has any allergies. Watch for rashes, diarrhea, diaper rashes, upset bellies, etc.
Give them options. But not too many.. we usually give Paislee 3-4 things to choose from now. But in the beginning, I was just focused on getting her used to eating from a spoon. Which trust me, things WILL get messy. But they’ve got to learn somehow!
Prepare for a mess. This is all new to them and they’re going to want to explore. Let them touch the spoon or use their fingers on the tray. We feed Paislee and then give her a bath immediately after.
Be consistent. They may not like the foods you give them the first time. Just keep trying and hopefully, they catch on. But some babies just don’t like certain foods and you don’t want to ever force them to eat something.
Read their cues. When they’re done, they’re done. Even if they’ve only eaten 2 bites, you don’t want to make solids an unpleasant experience. Just take your time and eventually, they’ll catch on.
Some of our favorites are:
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How did you transition your little one to solids? What Gerber foods are your favorite?