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Introducing Solids

Posted by on August 7, 2007

I ended up introducing Doyle to solids at around five and a half months, since he seemed very interested in food, and very hungry. He started off on Farex rice cereal in the morning, but soon moved on to trying different vegetables, then some fruits for breakfast, and continuing the rice cereal for dinner to help him sleep through.

On the same day Doyle got his six month immunisation (which was last Monday so he was closer to seven months), he decided he was going to reject banana, and anything banana flavoured, which led to almost a week without solids for dinner, and me waking more during the night to feed him again.

This has now been resolved by giving Doyle more substantial food – as in, not so much mushy, but food that looks like adults would eat it. We took him out to visit some of Jeremy’s family for lunch on Sunday, and he was quite content to eat everything the rest of us were eating – well, everything but the marinated chicken I didn’t think was appropriate. He had steamed rice, carrots and a little bit of broccoli. I wasn’t sure how the broccoli would go down, but he seemed to enjoy it and didn’t choke, so I’ve decided to try him on some cauliflower soon.

Last night I decided to give Doyle some tiny pieces of cooked chicken before I added it to the soup I was making, and he also liked that. According to the pamphlet I have on introducing solids, you shouldn’t introduce solids from your own plate until the baby is 8 months (Doyle will be 7 months on Thursday), but given Doyle seems to have worked out how to chew even without teeth, and more importantly, wants to, I don’t think I should force him to keep eating mushy or mashed foods. I’m just glad he’s eating dinner again. I really don’t care that the pamphlet also says meat should be pureed when it’s introduced, either. As long as I watch that the pieces are small enough and he doesn’t choke on them, I don’t think there’s a problem.

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Dominica has a strong interest in exploring diversity in media, seeing people subverting corporate control of creativity through crowdfunding and indie publishing, and spending as much time as she can travelling the world and discovering culture. This is what she most regularly blogs about. In her spare time, Dominica is primarily focused on long-form improv theatre, and writing and publishing speculative fiction. You can find links to some of her free and published stories and screenplays on her writing page, or check out her pirate time-travel novel Adrift. Though born and raised in Australia to American parents, Dominica lived in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, between 2008-2014, until she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area. She also has a background in web programming, filmmaking, and stand-up comedy. For more information, check out her about page, or any of the specific pages about her various creative pursuits in the links at the top of the page.

2 Responses to Introducing Solids

  1. kaye

    Just hoping this works! Sounds like Doyle will be a good eater – apart from banana!

  2. Leslie

    Dominica – I came across your blog while researching a mutual friend Z.J. and I was very interested to read about your early motherhood experiences. I am a writer and photographer looking for material for a future book on the subject of pregnancy and breastfeeding and I wonder if you’d like to be interviewed. Email me at your convenience and I’ll give you all my details.


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