Calvin had his first non-breastmilk food yesterday. I won’t call it solids because it looked more like green soup than anything. I mashed up avocado and mixed up a couple of teaspoons with water. Boy, was Calvin ready to try food! He grabbed onto the spatula handle (that’s all I had at my mom’s house), and he eagerly gulped it down. Sure, there was food all over his bib, but he did manage to swallow a bunch as well.
We tried his first cup a few days ago, and he was more interested in chewing on it than anything, but he did swallow some water. The sippy action wasn’t exactly his speed, so he just drank from it like any adult would. My mom gave him a bamboo cup which is nice for little hands, great to chew for those new teeth, tough to break, and super kid friendly.
I think this kid will be eager for 2 meals a day in the very near future, but I think I’ll still wait a month for that. We’re doing avocados for a week, then we’ll try out sweet potatoes. I’d love to try coconut juice, coconut milk, and meat from a young coconut with him . . . but, that’s such a bear of a job to crack open.
One book I’d definitely recommend for parents who want to make their own baby food at home is Super Baby Food. It’s got a lot of great ideas on what foods to start with based on those that are least allergy-inducing. It has recommendations for what ages to start different types of foods, amount of meals, and it even goes step by step for what to do for that first feeding for those who need a checklist of items. Like most books on nutrition, there are things with which I agree and things that aren’t necessarily supported by the most current research. Yet, overall, it’s a good comprehensive book on starting baby on solids that are healthy, nutritious, age-appropriate, economical, and time-saving. What parent wouldn’t appreciate that?