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First stage weaning: First 5 solids for my 6 month old

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Cbb has started solids for over two weeks now! Want to know what I fed her, how I prepared them, her reaction to each food, and a mood and poop analysis? Here you go!

I choose to start her on vegetable purées., followed by fruit. Some good first solids choices are: pumpkin, butternut squash, avocado, carrots, parsnip, potato, apple, pear, banana and papaya. I get all her vegetables and fruits from Opentaste.sg. Use my code ‘240D2E’ at checkout to get $15 off your first order.

Why not rice cereal? Cereal or baby rice CAN BE a baby’s first food, but they don’t HAVE TO be. Don’t get me wrong – there’s nothing wrong with it. I choose not to give cereal at this stage because what is cereal? It’s essentially carbs and sugar. Cbb is getting both from her milk. And she’s hardly active, she doesn’t need the extra energy now. Same goes for porridge. But there’s nothing wrong if you choose to give it. They’re also widely given because rice/grains are safe (and convenient) choices that rarely cause allergies (but many fruits and vegetables rarely cause allergies, too). Depending on the texture, you may or may not need to add milk to your baby’s purée. I didn’t add any to most of her food (except sweet potato) as the texture is fine enough to be eaten like that.

Most of the solids are prepared in the Philips Avent Baby Food Maker. Read my review here!

Here are the first foods that I fed cbb (ok not exactly 5 but 6):

Food #1: Pumpkin Puree
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How to prepare: Cut pumpkin into cubes, place in Philips Avent baby food maker, steam for 20 minutes, then blend till smooth
Amount: 1-2 baby teaspoons
Did she like it: Not a fan! Hahaha
Mood: The first she had solids, she WOKE UP 4 TIMES THAT NIGHT, whining!! I instantly regretted giving her solids but I believe it’s just a matter of her tummy getting used to eating.
Poop: Orange but normal frequency

Food #2: Avocado
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How to prepare: Cut avocado into half, scrape, mash and feed (no need to cook). There’s no need to add milk but you may if it makes it easier to mash.
Amount: 2-3 baby teaspoons
Did she like it: Initially so-so, but lapped it up after a while
Mood: Still woke up a few times that night!
Poop: Normal poop, smelt nice and light like avocado haha

Food #3: Carrots
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How to prepare: Cut carrot into chunks, place in Philips Avent baby food maker, steam for 20 minutes, then blend till smooth
Amount: 1-2 tablespoons
Did she like it: OH YES! CBB loved carrots…. but it’s not her favourite food, yet!
Mood: Slept through the night!
Poop: Orange poop, very fibrous

Food #4: Apples
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What happens when you take away her apple…….

How to prepare: Cut apple into cubes, place in Philips Avent baby food maker, steam for 15 minutes, then blend till smooth
Amount: 2 tablespoons
Did she like it: OMG did she like it! Cbb absolutely lovesssss apples!
Mood: Slept through the night!
Poop: Poop was hard.. she had a hard time pooping. I gave a bit more water when she was on apples.

Food #5: Pear
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How to prepare: Cut pear into cubes, place in Philips Avent baby food maker, steam for 15 minutes, then pulse a little
Amount: 2 tablespoons
Did she like it: Quite neutral, not much excitement when eating leh
Mood: Slept through the night!
Poop: She might not love pear but I love it. No pooping problems and poop was soft and regular

Food #6: Japanese Sweet Potato
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How to prepare: Cut sweet potato into cubes, place in Philips Avent baby food maker, steam for 20 minutes, then blend till smooth. I added some water from steaming as the texture is very sticky as the starch breaks down.
Amount: 1 tablespoons (cos I think sweet potato is very filling)
Did she like it: She loves it too!
Mood: Slept through the night!
Poop: Pooped once every two days instead of pooping daily, but when she did poop it was normal and not hard like the time she was on apples

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I’m really happy that cbb enjoys eating. Many times when I take away her bowl she cries and wants to eat more. But take note not to overfeed your baby as at 6 months, solids are not meant to replace milk. Overfeeding them could lead to throwing up, indigestion and a rejection of milk, which means less nutrients intake (from milk!). The small amount of solids you feed them is not equivalent to the nutrients they get from milk. Happy exploring!

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