Four Months – Hello Sweet Potato!

21 Oct

We are introducing Liam to solid foods at four months of age which some may consider to be a little on the early side.  Liam is an acid reflux baby and at the advice of the doctors, we have been adding a tsp of rice cereal per oz of formula to his bottle since he was four weeks old.  While this did help to some degree, we are still battling reflux and excessive spit up and are anxious to “thicken” his diet up.  The pediatrician gave us the go ahead at his four month appointment to start introducing stage one baby foods so I decided to dive right in.  I am also ridiculously excited to start making baby food!  I have been so busy taking care of little Liam that I haven’t had a lot of time to get in the kitchen.

We will follow two simple guidelines in the beginning:

1.  Wait four days between introducing new foods.  This is so that if he does have a bad reaction to a food, we will be able to isolate the culprit.

2.  Only introduce foods early in the day in case of an allergic reaction.

I am finding there to be very little guidance on how much and what foods I should offer Liam in the beginning, especially since I plan to make his food.  It isn’t as simple as browsing the grocery store baby food aisle and going by the labels on the packages for his stage.  I am keeping detailed notes of what, when, and how much I am feeding him (did I mention I am pretty Type A?) in hopes that I can share on this blog to possibly help another mom starting this adventure.

Liam’s Meal Plan at Four Months:

First Week:  This week we mixed Dry Rice Cereal with his formula and offered to him each morning for breakfast.  The first day I started with 1 Tbsp of Cereal and 1 Tbsp of Formula.  Rice Cereal is one of the recommended first baby foods.  He was used to the Rice Cereal but not the spoon and he wanted his cereal served in the bottle!  That first week, he would just glare at the bottle and look at me like why are you doing this to me?

Second Week:  After his resistance to the cereal and the spoon, I decided to make things a little more interesting this week by offering him 1 to 2 Tbsp of Pureed Cooked Sweet Potatoes each day for lunch.  We also continued to offer him the rice cereal for breakfast but he is not eating much of it.  Sweet Potatoes are so easy to make at home.  All you do is poke a few holes in the potato and then bake it in the oven for about an hour at 400 degrees.  Once it cools, scoop the cooked flesh out and puree it in a food processor.  It can be frozen, stored in the refrigerator for four days or so, or served immediately.  Since Liam is new to solids, I am thinning each serving quite a bit with premixed formula before serving to him.  Liam loves his sweet potatoes!  He eats every bite we offer him this week.  All of a sudden that spoon is creating a little more interest from the little guy!

Third Week:  This week I am trying Homemade Applesauce. Many parents shy away from offering fruits this early for fear the baby will not like vegetables.  I think is a valid point, but I am not too worried about it.  I would rather expose him to a variety of different tastes early so maybe I won’t pay for it later!   In order to make the applesauce, I just peeled, cored, and diced apples.  I have the Beaba baby food cooker thanks to my sweet girlfriends and I used it to steam the chopped apples until they were very soft.  I then just added some of the cooking juices and pureed until the apples were super smooth.  The applesauce can be frozen, stored in the fridge for a few days, or served immediately.  You may want to add a few drops of lemon juice if you aren’t serving immediately.  I am offering Liam 1 to 2 Tbsp of the applesauce each day for lunch.  He puckered a little at first at the new taste, but after that initial shock of something new he finished the entire serving as he did each day this week.

Fourth Week:  This week I am introducing Green Beans.  I am a little skeptical of these going in but it is a recommended first baby food even on the homemade method.  I used the Beaba to steam the green beans and then pureed them in their cooking liquid.  My first batch  turned out really watery but I didn’t think this was a bad thing since Liam is so new to solids.  I offered Liam his first bite at lunch this week expecting a child’s typical reaction to a green vegetable….well, our little foodie loves them!  I am so proud!

Liam loves all of the foods we have introduced to him this month.  He hasn’t gagged like many babies do with their first tastes and is so interested.  He is already leaning into the spoon like a little bird ready for that next bite!

In summary, I am now offering Liam 2 Tbsp of Rice Cereal mixed with 2 Tbsp of Formula for breakfast and two tbsp of either the sweet potato, applesauce, or green beans for lunch.  I have not decreased the amount of formula I am offering him each day.  Our first month of solids is a success and I am looking forward to next month’s food adventures!

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