Five Months – Avocados, Bananas, and Pears oh my!

21 Nov

With one month of solids behind us, I can honestly say that Liam is handling solids like a champ.  We have had no allergic reactions, weird diapers, or rashes to contend with.  Now that he is five months old, I am ready to up the ante and start offering him three meals a day.

My plan is to continue to introduce a new food each week during this month, but continue to serve him a mixture of what has already been introduced.  I have began using the ice cub tray method to make his food in large batches to store in the freezer.  I am a working mom so I use the weekends to make two or three items to stockpile in the freezer for him.

Liam’s Meal Plan at Five Months

First Week:  This week I began offering Liam oatmeal in the mornings rather than the rice cereal.  It’s a little bland on it’s own so I am mixing 2 Tbsp of Oatmeal with 2 Tbsp of Applesauce or Pears (our new food for the week) and thinning with formula.  I made the pears for Liam just like I make his applesauce.  I think he likes the sweet taste of pears a little better than applesauce.

Second Week:  We didn’t make any changes to his meal plan this week but I did introduce Bananas at breakfast this week mixed with his oatmeal.  I pureed the banana by mixing it with premixed formula.

Third Week:  It’s fall and the Butternut Squash (which is one of my favorite foods) is out in the stores.  This is a safe early food for Liam so I am anxious to see if he agrees with me.  The easiest way I have found to cook a butternut squash is to slice it in half, remove the seeds, and put the halves face down in a baking pan.  Fill the pan with water so about half of the squash is submerged and then bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to an hour or until the squash is really soft.  You can then easily scoop out the cooked flesh.  I also ran it through the food processor to make sure it was smooth enough for Liam.  He loves the butternut squash, but then again I knew he would because he is my son after all!

Fourth Week:  In reading online, many people recommend an Avocado as an excellent first baby food.  It’s soft, tasty, and super healthy!  This week I introduced to Liam.  They are so easy to just slice open and serve.  Even though a ripe avocado is pretty mushy, I pureed and added in formula for his first few servings.  His first taste produced a strange look!  After a few days though, he has decided that he likes them. I also tried mixing the avocado and banana together to serve him which makes a pretty tasty snack (even for adults!).

His daily meal plan for this month is:

Breakfast:  2 Tbsp of Oatmeal mixed with 2 Tbsp of Apples, Pears, or Bananas and Formula

Lunch:  2 cubes of a veggie and 2 cubes of a fruit

Dinner:  2 cubes of a veggie, 2 cubes of a fruit, and 1 Tbsp of Rice Cereal with Formula if he was still hungry

Note:  Cube = One cube from an ice cube tray…see instructions

Liam didn’t always eat all of the above but this is what we offered him each day during this month.  He continues to be excited about all of the new foods we are exposing him to.  He is doing so great with his solids and I am so proud of him!

To celebrate Halloween, we did offer him a little pumpkin puree.  He was not a fan…


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