I had always assumed we would start feeding Parker oatmeal/purées when he was around 6 months, so I was surprised when we went into our doctor for Parker's 4 month visit and he strongly encouraged us to start introducing food to him sooner rather than later. I really like and trust our doctor, so we went ahead and started to experiment around 4.5 months. One morning shortly after that, I was making gluten-free oatmeal for breakfast and had made a little too much, so I decided to add breastmilk to it and purée it so P could have a taste. At first he was confused, like what is this? and wasn't really sure how to swallow it, but he was definitely interested in it. After a few days of feeding him a little bit of oatmeal, I moved on to making my own homemade food - bananas + breastmilk, sweet potatoes, peaches, avocados, prunes and a few others. All fresh and homemade. He was doing a really great job eating all of these foods, but then some days I wasn't feeding him food because I didn't have any made already, so I tried buying Gerber baby food to have on hand for when I didn't have homemade purées ready. Right around that same time, Parker was pretty sick. He had a bad bout of croup and was also cutting his first tooth and had a bad fever. During the week he was sick, he lost ALL interest in food. So, I'm not sure whether he didn't like the pre-made purées, the way the Gerber ones tasted, or just the varieties I had chosen, but he would have 1-2 bites and would just cry. He was not into it at all. Luckily, the past three weeks we were able to re-introduce foods after taking a two week break.
Right around that same time, I was really excited because Little Spoon contacted me to try out their homemade baby food. I absolutely LOVE this concept - homemade, organic babyblends with unique flavor combinations, that are packed with superfoods and healthy fats.... delivered right to your door. And the packaging and branding is so perfect. This is exactly the type of thing I wanted to make at home for him, but was having a hard time finding the time. We received our shipment which had 8 different varieties, all of which had 3-5 healthy ingredients. (I noticed on their website that they have single-ingredient varieties as well.) When I tried out the sweet potato, apple, blueberry and flax purée with Parker he had a few bites, but didn't go crazy for it, but this is also a time where we've literally had to start all over with very basic varieties to get Parker interested in food again. Because of this unique circumstance, I decided to freeze all of the different containers (not sure if you're supposed to or not, but I did) so I could save them for a later date to try once he's liking more than just bananas and peaches again. So while the first taste wasn't a total hit with P, this company and their concept is something I totally love. I am going to try ordering the 1-2 ingredient varieties that have which are geared more toward Parker's age and see how that goes. If you are interested in homemade, organic babyblends packed with healthy ingredients for your little, I would definitely recommend checking it out.
As for P, I am hoping this reintroduction to food happens quickly, I am so bummed that we lost all that traction we had before he got sick/cut that first tooth. With persistence, and numerous attempts I have been able to get him to try about 5 different things now without him acting completely uninterested. Hoping we can try out those other Little Spoon varieties soon. We have also liked using the BeechNut purées. Would love to know what foods your littles like and how its going!
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I'm Lindsay, a new mama to our little boy, Parker, after journeying through infertility. I started my blog as a way to channel my creativity and document our life happenings. I love to share my style for entertaining, home & for my little guy.