Dade started eating solids when he was 5 months and 3 days old. I am aware that WHO and UNICEF recommend waiting until the 6th month to introduce solids to breastfed babies but because Dade lost weight while we were on holiday in Manila, I gave in to hubby's suggestion to feed solids to our son.
His first bite of real food was mashed potatoes with milk. I wanted to give him organic whole grain cereal but I wasn't sure if there was any in Manila. Thanks to Mama and Papa who bought the organic potatoes from Market! Market!
When we arrived back to Dubai, we went shopping for Dade's pantry supplies at Organic Food & Cafe. Now we're frequent shoppers of the largest organic store in the UAE. These are the produce we usually get the little squirt for his meals:
- sweet potatoes
- butternut squash
And we use this to mash them:
After grinding the food, we keep them in these containers:
Afterwards, we freeze them baby cubes. Whenever it's time to feed Dade, we just take out one cube of 2 oz, warm it in his food/bottle warmer, and add milk or water to smoothen its texture. But because he's always so hungry these days, we might have to start feeding him more than one cube.
For his breakfast, we buy him this brand of cereals:
I like the this brand because the box contains nothing but organic wholegrain flakes, and it's gluten-free, too. And now that he's 7 months old, we got him the Earth's Best Wholegrain Oatmeal. He takes it with milk sprinkled with some broccoli.
We stocked up on some bottled organic food, too, just in case. We usually pack a jar in Dade's bag as back up food when we're out and about.
My favorite is the Earth's Best variety because most of their stuff do not contain salt and sugar -- just vegetables and water. I buy the green vegetable variants since they're the most tedious ones to manually prepare. Haha, cheat Mommy!
I know time for us to broaden his choices of food but I'm putting off giving him fruits because I want him to enjoy having vegetables at this age. I'm afraid that if he tastes anything sweet, he might take a liking to it, and prefer having them than his veggies.
Now i'm in pursuit of the best baby biscuit available in town as I see that he has taken an interest on putting things on his mouth to much on. Any suggestions?