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Introducing Levi to his first foods as a baby is a little emotional for me. It feels like such a huge milestone. It’s another reminder that he’s growing up and growing fast. He’s old enough to eat real food and not just nurse with his mama.
Despite my wanting to tell him to just hold on and slow down, the reality is that he’s been showing all the signs of readiness to eat solids. He’s between the 4-6 month age range, he can hold his head up, and he shows interest in food when we’re eating.
With my first born, Evelyn, we skipped the rice cereal and went straight to pureed fruits and veggies. For Levi, we are doing the same. They both started with avocados which are filled with good fats and nutrients. I just added a little bit of water and mashed it up into a puree. I also like using expressed breast milk instead of water.
We had fun taking turns feeding Levi the avocado. He closed his lips over the spoon and was able to push the food to the back of his mouth in order to swallow, rather than just spitting it out… even more signs that Levi is ready to eat solids. Of course, it’s pretty normal if your baby spits out some of the food. How else would he get that adorable messy baby face?!
We use Playtex® infant spoons which are ergonomically designed for mom and perfect for Levi’s little mouth. We also use the Playtex® Use 3 Ways plate and bowl sets. I love them because each set comes with two pieces. You can use the pieces separately, or snap them together to insulate from the bottom, or flip the colored piece over to use it as a lid! They are also stackable, microwave safe, BPA-free, and have a non-slip bottom. Playtex Baby™ really thought of everything to make these products mama and baby friendly!
Levi’s doctor recommended introducing him to one new food about every three days. This gives me time to notice if Levi is having an allergic reaction to that specific food. It makes it easier to pinpoint the food that caused it, rather than having to guess which one is the culprit.
I’ll be introducing Levi to the following list of BABY’S FIRST FOODS:
- Sweet Potato
- Chicken Breast
The surprising part is that babies only need about a teaspoon of food at first, so you don’t need to get crazy and make a ton of pureed baby food right away. You work them up to about a tablespoon or two. So, one pureed apple goes a long way! I also just use my normal blender to puree Levi’s baby food… no need to spend the extra money on a baby blender.
Of course, talk to your pediatrician if you have any questions or concerns about getting your baby started on solids as they will be able to give you the best advice.
Good luck mamas! I know each of these baby’s firsts can be emotional! I’m excited to see Levi grow yet sad that it’s all happening so fast. I’m extra thankful that Playtex Baby™ is here for me during this journey of motherhood. Make sure to check out my post about Levi’s First Christmas here and my announcement about my fun partnership as a #PlaytexMom in the #ForBetterBeginnings campaign.
Which food did you start with (or are planning to) for baby’s first food?