Our little foodie did a great job during his first week of solid food. The quantity he ate did jump around a bit, but his serving size had a nice upward trend. What started last weekend as a tablespoon of rice cereal + one once of baby friendly liquid du jour, was yesterday an easy 3 tbsp and 3 oz. He recognizes his bowls, spoons, and most certainly understands dinner time.
He definitely has the swallowing thing down, and we’ve seen him start gumming his food. A necessary skill given our second food adventure – avocado!
For some guidance on making our own baby food I turned to the worst possible source, the Internet. This is hands down the worst place to find advice on baby food preparation. What’s a serving size? Do I warm jarred food? Should I cook all fruits and vegetables before I puree? If my blender purees and processes food, then why do I need a food processor? No, seriously. I’m asking you…because the Internet has taught me nothing!
By the time you factor in advice from family, friends, random strangers, and co-workers you’ll probably come away convinced that someone is getting poisoned. You most likely won’t be face with anything that drastic, but mistakes can be made even with something as simple as turning food to mush. Back to food adventure number two, for which I put the fail squarely on my shoulders.
Avocado seemed like a nice easy first step on our walk into the realm of homemade baby food. Since it’s soft and already pretty mushy, we wouldn’t need to do any cooking! I cut the avocado in half, added some baby formula to help smooth it out, and mashed it up with a fork. It turns out, one does not simply walk into the realm of homemade baby food. Desmond got about 3 spoons in before he started spitting out strings of avocado. It was all down hill from there. He may have only growled his disappointment at us, but it still hurt.
Turns out young avocado plants have thin brown strings. As the berry (seriously it’s a berry) matures it produces more oil and those fibers disappear. SCIENCE! Unbeknownst to me, no amount of mashing was going to actually eliminate those stringy bits. I wasn’t willing to let Desmond give up on avocado yet though. The rest of the weekend we stuck to cereal for breakfast and pureed avocado for dinner. So what did little Desmond think of the two whole avocados he ate this weekend?
Took a little time, but in the end the avocado was a big win!
I wanted nothing more than to put an avocado pun here.
Now that Desmond has had three days of avocado and no reaction we’ve moved on to another green pasture(ized food in a jar). Keep an eye out later this week to see how Desmond does with peas! What about next weekend readers? What food challenge should Desmond take on next?