Working on Solids

The entire food arena has been challenging for Jack and me from the beginning.  Of course I had tons of issues breastfeeding but luckily I’ve got everything worked out in that area.  We started solids right around 6 months of age and now we’re finally ramping up since Jack is showing increased interest.  He has been trying to swipe my food, drink my beverages, and smacking his lips any time he sees that we are eating, so I’ve taken the opportunity at each meal to offer him solid foods and watching his cues closely.

I’m being careful with what Jack is offered, and I’m trying to follow this schedule for the introduction of new foods, since the sweet peas incident.  So far his milk intake has not decreased much so the ratio is still healthy.  I’ve yet to figure out what is causing the eczema that broke out about a month and a half ago, though I suspect it might be a problem with wheat.  I’ve cut wheat out but the eczema persists, so I am feeling pretty clueless.  Anyone out there in blog land have advice?  It’s not a big problem but if I could eliminate it altogether, that would be my preference!

Anyway, we’ve been following Jack’s cues for when/how much to give him but I’d like to read up some more on what foods to provide (especially because it seems difficult to find iron-rich foods).  I’ve never been much of a cook, and never cared a whole lot about what I ate (lucky me with great metabolism) but I want to get in gear by the time Jack is paying attention.  Our household has made tremendous strides since I first found out I was pregnant.  We eat out a lot less, so I am cooking nearly every night, and we only get fast food maybe once a year (which will now stop, as both Joe and I are vehemently opposed to Jack eating that crap).  I’ve been working on broadening my cooking repertoire and have managed to incorporate more veggies into my husband’s diet (very exciting), so I am hopeful for Jack’s nutritional future!

As Jack’s first birthday looms, I’m increasingly being asked about my plans to wean.  So, for the record, I do not have a set date.  My plan is to let Jack self-wean when he is developmentally ready.  With that said, I’m hoping that I won’t be breastfeeding much past the age of 2.  If it’s still a major part of our lives at that time, we’ll have to reassess then.

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  1. Cookbooks! With Andy’s dairy sensitivity (which I think may be going away), I use a lot of vegan recipes. Andy really likes black beans & rice, as well as oatmeal, smoked salmon, strawberries, and smoothies.

  2. Cookbooks! With Andy’s dairy sensitivity (which I think may be going away), I use a lot of vegan recipes. Andy really likes black beans & rice, as well as oatmeal, smoked salmon, strawberries, and smoothies.

  3. Random Musings says:

    Two suggestions..Super Baby Food by Ruth Karon…lots of great recipes and suggestions up to age 3. And Mommy Made ( Daddy Too) Home Cooking for a Healthy Baby and Toddler by Martha Kimmel. Both available on Amazon and not expensive. Easy to use, nutritious and balanced.

  4. Random Musings says:

    Two suggestions..Super Baby Food by Ruth Karon…lots of great recipes and suggestions up to age 3. And Mommy Made ( Daddy Too) Home Cooking for a Healthy Baby and Toddler by Martha Kimmel. Both available on Amazon and not expensive. Easy to use, nutritious and balanced.

  5. One thing about SBF: The age recommendations are WAY off and she’s really zealous (overzealous, IMO) about the whole “super porridge” thing.

  6. One thing about SBF: The age recommendations are WAY off and she’s really zealous (overzealous, IMO) about the whole “super porridge” thing.

  7. Thanks for the suggestions, ladies. I am really looking for something to explain nutrition to me in a way other than “1 serving this, 2 servings that” because it all seems very abstract to me.

    Oh, and I reread all the labels of the food Jack has been getting and his oat puff things have corn in them. Methinks this might be the cuplrit behind the eczema!

  8. Thanks for the suggestions, ladies. I am really looking for something to explain nutrition to me in a way other than “1 serving this, 2 servings that” because it all seems very abstract to me.

    Oh, and I reread all the labels of the food Jack has been getting and his oat puff things have corn in them. Methinks this might be the cuplrit behind the eczema!

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