18 September 2017

First Foods

We started offering Audrey tastes of our food around 5 months just to see if she was interested. For the most part, she was! So one Friday her and I walked to our local farmers market to pick up a few organic fruits and veggies. We started by getting blueberries, peaches, bananas, sweet potatoes, and avocados. I then spent the afternoon steaming and pureeing the produce and freezing it all in 1oz portions to use throughout the month. She doesn't each much right now - about1 tbsp at a time- it's more about just getting used to a spoon and swallowing (not as much for nutrition as she's still drinking just as much breastmilk). Anyways! Here are some of the things we got to get us started.

So as a first time mom, I didn't really know where to start with introducing foods. The Big Book of Organic Baby Food really helped teach me what foods were good to start with, how to prepare them, etc. I highly recommend this book if you are also a first time parent.

I froze all the purees in ice cube trays because they are about 1oz and after they were frozen, I removed them from the tray and put them into labeled freezer bags to save space (see example pic below!). When she's ready for more food, I just take a couple cubes out of the freezer and let them sit in the fridge to defrost. I also ususally add more breastmilk to them before feeding to her, because she seems to still gag really easily on any chunks of food.

Spoons. Let me tell you all about these Spuni spoons. I am obsessed! They are the perfect portion size (not too much food in her mouth) and I love that she can latch on to them much easier than other spoons. They are more expensive than other spoons I looked at, but honestly, totally worth it. I bought two packs (so four total spoons) and thats plenty. 

We have a ton of cloth bibs for Audrey because she spits up a lot, but I didn't want to have to do more laundry now that she was eating real food. Enter, the plastic bib. She wears one while she eats and then I rinse it off in the sink, let it air dry, and done. No washing machine required. Audrey only uses these bibs for solid food meals and it works really well. 

Ohhhh the high chair sagas. You can spend a pretty penny on high chairs, let me tell you. My dream high chair would be the Tripp Trapp but it just wasn't in the budget right now. I've seen a ton of people using these inexpensive IKEA highchairs and so we went with that option! The bonus is that instead of the blue and red striped cushion that we bought with it, I opted to order a cover from Etsy and voila, a super cute (and cheap) highchair was born. Even with the highchair + cushion + new cover, it was much less expensive than other high chairs I looked at. The one thing I don't like about the highchair is it doesn't have a foot rest. But overall, a win! 

We have carpet in our dining area (SO annoying) and since spills are inevitable, I knew we needing something under Audrey's high chair. We have a Gathre changing pad for our diaper bag and I remembered they also make highchair mats! I love the Gathre mats because they are stylish but also super functional - they wipe clean easily, which is what I really needed in a highchair mat. The one we got matches our decor and fits perfectly under her chair, saving our carpet. 

Lastly, probiotics. Introducing solid foods can do a number on babies tummies. I wanted to make sure Audrey was feeling her best (and let be honest, pooping like normal) so I made sure to add probiotics to her morning bottles. Her digestive system is changing and adapting, so I thought it was important to help her as much as I could. We really like these probiotics - you can buy them from Amazon and just add 1/4 tsp to a bottle once a day. I think it's definitely been helping her tummy adjust to the new foods. 

And that's it! 

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