Baby Brother is rounding the corner to his half birthday, and in this house, that means he is able to start having some “solid” foods.
**I say “solids” because, let’s be real: there is nothing solid about baby food.**
At about 2.5 times his birth weight, this guy has been better at gaining weight than his sisters were. And at 5 1/2 months he was already sitting well unassisted. Over the past couple of days, I offered him an empty spoon to see what he would do with it.
Of course he put it directly into his mouth.
Homeboy doesn’t play.
So this morning, just eleven days short of his sixth month, our little guy enjoyed some mashed avocado.
It’s too soon to tell whether he enjoyed it or not. It seems each of our babies has made a face of disgust when tasting food other than breastmilk for the first time.
Starting solid foods brings a whole host of new things into the job of caring for baby:
- You always have to make sure you have baby food on hand. I have made all my babies’ foods except for the odd squeeze packet bought on a road trip here and there. I intend to continue this trend by making and storing all of our own baby foods for Baby Brother. This morning the girls helped me prep three different kinds of puree, and in addition to these I always have bananas and avocados on hand for easy mashed baby food. I find once I get in the hang of making baby food, the process goes quickly, and I make purees in large enough batches that I have at least 10-20 1 Tbsp servings to put in the freezer.
- Babies who get solid foods need water. This is pretty simple to take care of. I had to grab a couple boy-colored sippy cups for Baby Brother. Not that he couldn’t use the pink ones I had from the girls, but they had already been used for two kids. The plastic spouts tend to wear from use, and if I’m buying new ones anyway, Little Guy can get blue.
- Solid foods in, solid poops out. Now, this doesn’t happen immediately. Thank. Goodness. But once solids become an established part of Little Guy’s diet in a few weeks, I will no longer be able to just toss his whole cloth diaper in the wash any longer. I’ll have to actually put solid waste in the toilet, then put the diapers in their bin. It’s not that painful of a process, but it does take an extra step. An extra messy step.
- More laundry. Is that even possible? I’ll be washing more bibs, more of Little Guy’s clothes, more of my own clothes, plus a few more cloths that I use to wipe up spills. It doesn’t sound like much, but in the course of a week, it can really add up. I would say I am adding an extra load of laundry per week when I have a a baby eating baby foods.
Regardless of the extra work, introducing a baby to foods for the first time can be so exciting. I’m thrilled to be doing this all over again, and I can’t wait to find out Baby Brother’s tastes.
In other, almost related news. I have been working on a new project. I am creating a downloadable menu plan that is both healthy (think whole foods) and inexpensive (about $50/week depending on how big your appetites are). Having lived on one income for the vast majority of our marriage, our family is very accustomed to stretching a dollar in the grocery budget. I have learned a few tricks along the way that I’d like to share about how to eat healthfully without breaking the bank. Stay tuned for this menu plan to be available within the next two weeks!