One thing I will say is that I'm less intense with R now that I now the 'ropes', so to speak. When testing for allergies, I would only feed T the 'new' food. Now in incorporate a 'passed' food with a new one. i.e. She hated carrots, so I mixed them with Sweet Potatoes which she loved and it helped them go down. We started her earlier too. Things change so quickly, it's really better to have your own opinion on things because the doctors will only spout the latest publications. So she was allowed to start at 4 months, the new thing. Fine. Since she hates the bottle and hadn't been sleeping as well as T who would have a gigantic bottle before bed, I was hoping a full belly would help. The other 'new' thing was that you can throw out the 'order' of introduction out the window. Apparently the latest studies show that there isn't any benefit to delaying high risk items like Egg Whites, Soy or Nuts. That said, I'm sticking to a general order based on ease of cooking :^D. I will probably wait on Nuts and Egg Whites to be safe, and because I'm thinking about trying to keep her on a Whole Foods Plant Based diet for now anyhow. That means no Dairy either.
The other thing I've eased off on is the hermetic, sterilized zone I was so crazy about with T. I sterilized ANYTHING that went into his mouth, I never re served food and made gigantic batches. Now, if she doesn't finish something, I cover it up and reserve at the next meal. I make enough for the test cycle and no more and I wash her spoons and only sterilize if I'm going to wash the pump.
I thought I would share some of the mixtures of purees I'm currently serving that keep food tasty and interesting. I also tend to serve her food with a grain. Either Oatmeal or Brown Rice. I grind my own with a spice grinder and cook with extra water like Congee. Have you ever read the ingredients on Rice Cereal in packages. Gross! I'm asian. A meal doesn't seem hearty enough without rice :P. I will also hand mash stuff that doesn't need processing like Sweet Potato v Broccoli. I also prefer not to feed her anything I wouldn't eat and hubbo has been too busy to do the meats so so far she's a vegan! :)
Purees so far
- Apple and Pears
- Brown Rice and Apples
- Oatmeal and Pears
- Bananas and Oatmeal
- Avocado and Pears
- Sweet Potatoes
- Carrots and Rice
- Sweet Potatoes and Carrots!
- Strawberries, Bananas and Brown Rice
- Peas, Apples and Brown Rice
- Apricots, Apples and Oatmeal
- Plums and Rice
- Broccoli, Pears and Rice
- Zucchini, Carrots, Pears and Rice
- Sweet Potatoes, Blueberries (big hit!)
- Strawberries, Pears and Edamame (huge hit!)