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I have just started introducing solids to my son. So far we have… 
23rd-Jan-2009 09:38 pm
I have just started introducing solids to my son. So far we have tried avocado and plain yogurt (YoBaby) and plan on introducing banana next. So far it is pretty easy to plan on what he is going to eat at meal times because there isn't much to choose from, but I was wondering how you plan out what your baby is going to eat or if you do at all. I am the type like that likes to have everything organized and I like to plan, but I wanted some tried and true advice. I don't know anyone IRL who makes their own baby food, so this community has been very helpful! TIA
24th-Jan-2009 06:40 am (UTC)
The best food to start with is pureed pear, as pear is the least allergenic food there is (some people even have anaphalactic reactions to rice!). I started with that for 3 days, then on to things like sweet potato and other plain but sweet fruit and veges. I stayed away from banana for several weeks as it can give babies constipation, and if you are only just introducing solids it usually isn't a good idea to go with foods that can block them up, as they are prone to do that from just starting solids anyway.

Be careful with things like yoghurt as the protein (whey) can be very hard for infants to process. Avocado is good, also you could try steamed & pureed apple, potato, carrot etc.

I used to spend most of my day on Sundays cutting, steaming, blending and freezing the fruit and vegies in meal size portions. Once he started on things like rice then I could add that easily too. Good luck! :)
24th-Jan-2009 08:13 am (UTC)
Thank you very much for the advice, but it doesn't really answer my question. We have already introduced the avocado and yogurt and he has been eating those for about a week now. I was looking for ideas specifically about meal planning.
24th-Jan-2009 02:31 pm (UTC)
Well, I kind of started the planning stage before I started the introduction. I had gathered recipes from wholesomebabyfood.com and various books that had the ingredients in them and listed them in order that I planned to introduce them. Once I introduced a new food, I started running through the recipes.

For example. First food avocado. Second food banana. Then bananacado. I sort of alternated as much as I could to create a little variety.

My little one is a big eater, and I tend to feed her 4-6 times a day. I didn't really plan specific meals, but a range of meals for a set of days. So I would have the ingredients and readiness to make a number of the next list of thing available.

I hope that helps a bit.
25th-Jan-2009 04:01 am (UTC)
That is very helpful! Thank you!
24th-Jan-2009 02:40 pm (UTC)
Have you checked out www.wholesomebabyfood.com? It'll give you lots of advice on what to make and how, as well as good combinations of food. I ended up making food on the weekend, and I could see what we had and what he would get during the week. I would know that I had 20 cubes of apples, pears and peaches, 10 of avocado, 20 of sweet potato or whaever. At first he would get one cube of fruit and one of veggies, then it increased to two of each. I didn't really plan exactly what he would have day to day, but based on what I had in the fridge I would know what we had.

It's easier as they get more food. Now at 11 months he'll usually have cereal with fruit in the morning, maybe some sandwich meat or fruit at lunch and whatever we're having at dinner.

I guess you could get a notebook or something and keep track of what he's having and what you'll be introducing next. It'll give you a good idea of how much he's eating, too.
25th-Jan-2009 04:01 am (UTC)
I did find that website and it is very helpful. I think I just need to realize that I don't need to obsessively plan everything, lol. We are actually using www.trixietracker.com and it has been very helpful in keeping track of how many days it has been since first exposures, etc.
24th-Jan-2009 03:15 pm (UTC)
Before Simon started fingerfoods I would just make up a batch of the foods he could eat - in bulk - and freeze them in an ice cube tray. I don't know how old your baby is, but I think for a 6 month old they should be eating 2 servings of fruit, 2 of veggies and 2 of grain. (1 servings = 2 tbs. 1 puree cube = 1 tbs) Since you just started introducing foods I doubt you are up to that. So I guess your first step is to figure out what the nutritional requirements for your child at their age is, then you can plan around that. Currently, my son gets a serving of dairy & fruit in the morning, or grain & fruit (either yogurt and fruit or oatmeal and fruit). If he didn't get dairy in the morning he gets cheese at lunch with some vegetable and/or grain. Then he gets the rest of what he needs at dinner.

Since avocado is a fruit, may I suggest introducing a vegetable next?
25th-Jan-2009 03:55 am (UTC)
Thank you. I bought some sweet potato today and I'm going to prepare that and freeze into cubes so we have it on hand. I think I just need to step back, take a breath, and remind myself I don't have to obsessively plan everything, lol.
24th-Jan-2009 07:50 pm (UTC)
I paid attention to my son's BMs and if he had a cold, etc, I gauged what I fed him on that.

Colds = not lots of dairy, lots of vitamin C and calcium from other foods
If his BMs were hard, prunes and green things broc, etc
If they were too watery, bananas, apples

It's a lot of fun, if you need help, feel free to ask.
25th-Jan-2009 03:44 am (UTC)
Thanks so much! I think I am going to go this route instead of intensely planning everything to a T. I'll keep an eye out for what's on sale, if we will be at home or away, and like you said his poops.
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