The Return of Meal Planning

Hey guys! How are you?

We had a pretty successful week, food-wise. Our little man had his first solid foods during this past week and the introduction went pretty well, I have to say! :)

After exclusively breastfeeding for 6 months (as recommended by his pediatrician and the WHO), we now have the opportunity to experience a different way of “meal planning’. We want to introduce the little man to a variety of different foods, so that 1) he won’t get bored of the same food and 2) to accept different kind of foods, so that he can get all the nutrients he needs to grow and develop. This is the order on how we introduced these new tastes to him last week:

mashed avocado in his awesome bamboo baby feeding bowl

  • Monday: mashed avocado (+mommy milk)
  • Tuesday: same as Monday
  • Wednesday: mashed banana (+mommy milk)
  • Thursday: same as Wednesday
  • Friday: – attempt #1 (morning) – mashed avocado + mommy milk – he didn’t feel like it and wanted to nurse instead (who can blame him, he already ate avocado twice this week. ;) )
    - attempt #2 (evening): steamed mashed pear (+mommy milk) – success!
  • Saturday: -#1: baby cereal (oatmeal) mixed with mommy milk
    - #2:  steamed yam
  • Sunday: steamed mashed pear + cereal

This week he also had some steamed mashed carrots, which were rejected. His favourite foods are yam and pear so far!

Everything (except the avocado on day 1) he ate so far has been organic. I felt a little guilty – not that there’s anything wrong with conventional avocado, since it’s not part of the dirty dozen, but it was his first food and I wanted it to be organic so badly. That day, I went to two different stores for ripe organic avocado, and I even sent his daddy to another one on his way home, but they just had the brick-hard ones, which had to wait a few days to become edible. Conventional had to do. :-?

I have mentioned this before, but we usually try to eat as much organic as possible (have for a few years now), and of course that includes baby food, too. So you can imagine, I was a little disappointed in myself for not planning ahead better and getting an organic avocado a few days ahead of time, so that it would be ripe when we need it…

Anyway, all in all we are happy he likes to eat.

Mmmh, yummy food!

This past week has also marked the return of actual meal planning for us, so stay tuned for our tentative meal plan this coming week!

Parents: When did you start introducing solids to your baby? What were your baby’s first foods? I’m curious…

Non-parents/everyone: Do you buy organic? Do you think it is worth the extra cost? We sure do: milk, meat and apples for sure, everything else depends on if it’s in season and available locally.

See you soon,

Susan

 

Posted on by Susan Posted in Baby, Food, Fun, Green Living

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