Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Nova: Solidifying his intake

Way back in November, we had started Nova on solid food. Click on that link to see him experiencing rice cereal for the first time.

We then moved him on to oatmeal, then barley.

He might have some sensitivity to either one, or both of 'em.

So those were taken out of rotation, and now he's slowly making his way through pureed veggies, and later fruit.

I totally intend to make my own baby food. I just don't have the energy to get it done. Yet. So in the meantime, storebought it will be!

Here are the veggies he's gone through:
  • peas
  • carrots
  • green beans

and here's the plan for the next few veggies & fruits:
  • sweet potatoes
  • spinach (as part of a mixed veg including already-vetted carrots & peas)
  • squash
  • corn (as part of a corn & sweet potatoes combo)
  • advocado* (will be of the freshly-mashed kind)
  • prunes (will this give him the runes?)
  • bananas* (will be of the freshly-mashed kind)
  • apples
  • pears

After that we'll move on to include meats & legumes.

Each type gets fed in the morning for four days in a row (unless a reaction is seen/detected earlier) followed by a day or two of rest (this slot is then filled with rice cereal).

He also gets rice cereal in the afternoon daily.

I had been taking it easy about feeding him solids, maybe once a day, skipping it if it was inconvenient, if we were gonna be out and about, etc. But at his 9-month check-up, it turns out he's not been gaining the weight he should be, so we're upping his solids (and therefore caloric) intake in addition to trying to maintain his liquid intake.

From the way Nova is snarfing down his food (I swear I've got to shovel the cereal and/or veggies at full speed into his mouth otherwise he starts chewing his bib) I guess he's liking and wanting this change.

We've got a follow-up weight-check appointment in 6 weeks' time. I think we should be on the right track.


  1. Ha, I'll mail you all my homemade baby food! I made it in such huge quantities that she's not only sick of it, but now she's past the whole puree thing and won't touch it! So much for all that effort. ::sigh:: I froze the servings in a small ice cube tray so the servings would be easier to thaw - I hear you can add carrots to things like spaghetti sauce to up the nurtients, so I guess the rest of the fam will be enjoying the baby's leftovers. :)

  2. Thanks Robyn, I appreciate the thought! :) But yeah, you can 'hide' a lot of stuff in spaghetti sauce, for your blissfully unaware family to consume :)) One of these days I'll take a critical look what I have in the kitchen and see if I even have the capability of steaming/cooking the food, and whether my cheapo food processor (never used!) will suffice to puree it all for the kid

  3. It always a challenge making sure they are eating the right things and enough of them! My kids are older but it is still a challenge! Stopping by from BCC.

  4. I made my own baby foods and it wasn't all that hard--just get a good machine to puree. I have a little one so it isn't that expensive--you don't need anything fancy.

    You will be so surprised at the colors the foods are in comparison to what you buy! The food you make just looks so much more appetizing and healthy.

    Just cook the food in batches and have the containers ready. You can make and freeze a lot of baby food in no time at all! Once you do it, you'll be wondering why you didn't all along.

    He sure is a cutey!


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