feeding schedule: food frequency, portions up plus drinking water!

at month three, k has definitely increased her food repertoire with new vegetables: zucchini, parsnip and; fruits: apple and banana; and another grain: quinoa. i often mix her bowls with a variety of vegetables and/or vegetables and sometimes some grain. portions have been 3 to 4 tablespoons and she has been eating it all so we’ve definitely been lucky that she’s such a good eater!

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recipe: zucchini and banana

when i make the dishes for k i do taste it to make sure the flavor is ok. like the butternut squash and banana combo, the zucchini and banana combines into a recognizable flavor: honey dew! now, i’m not the greatest fan of honey dew but it was a fun discovery. how fun!

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recipe: zucchini, banana and quinoa

zucchini, banana and quinoa
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recipe: zucchini, apple and quinoa

zucchini, apple and quinoa

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recipe: carrot and apple

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recipe: banana and avocado

now that k started bananas, i tried the recipe in Wholesome Baby Food Guide: “Banana ‘Cado”. this one is especially easy since you don’t have to cook either food! just make sure to prepare the dish right before feeding otherwise the color of both will change to an unappetizing color rather quickly.

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recipe: banana and butternut squash

making food for k has been relatively easy since it’s mostly boiling, baking and mixing. but it is fun to discover new tidbits, i.e.:

DYK: mixing butternut squash and banana tastes like cantaloupe?

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introducing organic bananas

most foods, including vegetables and fruits, that we fed k so far have to be cooked first. the only vegetable we didn’t have to cook was avocado. the second is the fruit we’re giving her next: the banana. like the avocado, when exposed to the air banana’s color changes quickly to an unappetizing gray so prepare it just when you are about to feed the baby.

bananas are not part of the “dirty dozen” list because the inside fruit itself is protected by its thick skin. but the many of the chemicals that are sprayed onto conventional banana trees harm the workers who pick them. *read note 
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recipe: apple sauce

we often see parents feed babies apple sauce. it makes sense since the introduction to most foods, including apples, have to be cooked. apple saucei hadn’t made apple sauce before but on my first attempt at preparing apples, i boiled it for too long and voila, it became apple sauce!

whether you boil or steam, it’s so easy to prepare!

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introducing new foods: apple

since i was planning to start k on fruits, it might as well be the healthiest of all fruits: the apple! there is such a variety of apples (macintosh, golden delicious, gala, fuji, pink lady, etc.) so which do you choose?

  1. i look for the choices of organic apples because unfortunately, apples have consistently been on the “dirty dozen” list *read note 1.
  2. i look for the type that is less sweet: i.e. Honey Crisp apples are very sweet where as Granny Smith apples have a nice tart flavor. so i started k on Granny Smith apples.

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feeding schedule: solids 3 times a day

it’s been 2 months since we started k on solids. some days have been good where she would eat all of the food but some days she was pickier and would have either a few bites or just half of the meal. over all it has been a good start.

so far we have introduced k to vegetables (green beans, white potatoes, avocado, butternut squash, sweet potato / yam and carrots) and one grain (oat bran). like most new eaters she loves the starchy foods and the orange color vegetables. she also enjoys oat bran and tolerates the green vegetables, although mostly when they are mixed with other vegetables. Continue reading “feeding schedule: solids 3 times a day”

feeding schedule: solids 2 times a day

after k recovered from diarrhea, we resumed her introduction to solids. at daycare, we can only bring food that she is not allergic to (so it must have been tried for at least 3 days). since k is in school 4 days a week all day and we were only feeding her 1 meal of solids a day, we were only able to try one new food a week on the days she is home with us. therefore the introduction to solids went rather slow.

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prep: food storage

time is always a concern – whether it is being a parent or as an adult – when it comes to cooking. i had received time-saving tips from friends, books and online sources about how to make the process easier when it comes to homemade baby food by freezing foods in ice cube trays or muffin pans. however when i was reading Wholesome Baby Food Guide (read post), it seemed like a lot of foods didn’t freeze well or resulted in varying consistency. i want to keep track of each food so i opted to make foods in batches and store them. Continue reading “prep: food storage”

solids: gathering information – part 3

as k’s first solid meal was coming close, i had to make sure i had all the tools ready. here were the pieces i prepared as well as some new tools i added as her food experience continued.

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solids: gathering information – part 2

as directed by almost all resources, we saw k’s pediatrician before we started her on solids. she provided us her recommended feeding introduction schedule which we took under advisement.

from the result of k’s food allergy tests, we knew there were some things we had to avoid. but even if there are some common foods we think know, we had to make sure to read up on it anyway, i.e. spelt, durum, semolina are in the wheat family. we also have to look at the fine print for details such as “manufactured in a facility that also processes …” or “may contain traces of …”

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solids: gathering information – part 1

months 4 and 5 had been focused on finding the root cause of k’s eczema. we spent time visiting the dermatologist and the allergists, following home direction as well as getting and then waiting results allergy tests. therefore we didn’t actually start k on solids until she was a little after 6 months old. Continue reading “solids: gathering information – part 1”

food allergy: skin prick test

to figure out what is causing k’s eczema, the dermatologist suggested we take her for a skin prick test. you can test one or more food at a time. during the test an allergist uses a small plastic probe or needle and gently pricks or scratches the skin to allow a tiny amount of the solution containing the food allergen to enter just below the surface.

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