Lindsay Surowitz and I met in 6th grade. That’s right. 6th grade!
Our girlfriend Lauren met us and I immediately liked her. Not only is she beautiful with the best skin, she is also cool, sweet and smart.
We had a full 360 moments when Blog-doo designed her blog, Weeknight Bite. Blog-doo is a company I created with Eric Fashionlush. We help content creators create logos, mood boards and blogs in a very nice way (if I say so myself).
I asked Lindsay to come in Skinny confidential for a three-part series on baby feeding. In today’s post, she shares tips on how to introduce solids to your baby and how to cool down when you do. In particular, you will like her suggestions for the first food given.
In addition, we salute Lindsay of Weeknight Bite to the blog!
Hello TSC readers! I’m Lindsay Surowitz and I’m a blogger, nutritionist, and new (ish) mom who shares all of my affordable wellness tips, simple recipes, and the daily content of healthy living on Weeknight Bite.
Lauryn and I have known each other since elementary school and it was so much fun going through this major transition to motherhood at the same time. My son Noah is a little over 18 months old, a few months before Zaza, so when Lauryn jumped into the world of solids introduction, I was so excited to share my tips and tricks with her (and now all of you!)!
Let me say, I’m not an expert on all things ‘introducing solids’ – I’m just a mom who’s already been there and learned a lot along the way! At first it made me super nervous, but once I get through it, I have a few (… as Lauryn would say) feeding tips that could, I hope, make it easier for new moms when launching solids too!
TIPS FOR INTRODUCING STRONG STRENGTH TO YOUR BABY
♡ START WHEN YOU FEEL READY AND WHEN YOUR CHILD IS READY – EVERY CHILD IS DIFFERENT!
I was shocked by Noah’s four-month pediatrician checkup that the doctor said we could already start with solids if we wanted to. He said I would be able to know if Noah was ready based on two things:
1 – if he is super strong in his feeding chair, and 2 – if he seemed to be really interested in food when we eat around him. I didn’t really feel like we were there on either side, so we waited until he was only about 6 months old, and that was when he really watched my meals, reached for my plate and sat more stably. You will know when the time comes for it!
♡ TEACHING AND ADVICE OF EXPERTS WHICH WILL EASY AND FUN.
Before you begin, I would 100% recommend attending a CPR class for infants (or brushing if you were already taking it while you were pregnant). My biggest fear (like any parent, I’m sure!) Was Noah choking, so you definitely want to understand the signs and differences between choking and choking and how to deal with any situation.
Clogging is actually a positive thing because it helps your baby develop his gag reflex, while choking is obviously intimidating, but knowing the signs and the ways it will help you will help you feel easier!
There’s so much conflicting information and I felt like people were so busy about porridge compared to Baby Led Weaning (more on that later!), So I just wanted someone to simplify it for me. I had a private session with Jessica Diamond, (who is now a co-owner of the Dear Media podcast Which means living full!! ), and she changed everything for me.
All parents who will introduce solids to their baby should definitely give this podcast episode listen – it’s a game change! She also has online course It is very easy to go through and will give you full confidence entering this fun chapter on feeding with your baby!
BE FLEXIBLE – DON’T GIVE UP ON A SPECIFIC METHOD OF FEEDING A BABY.
I really don’t understand why people feel like you have to choose between feeding baby puree or following a rejected child (BLW). If you’re not familiar with BLW, it’s basically just skipping the puree phase and letting your baby eat finger foods from the start.
It should be really great for their fine motor skills and teach them to be independent eaters, but are you kidding ?? … as a nervous mom for the first time, mashed avocados made me feel a lot more comfortable at first than teaching Noah spear anything!
Do whatever suits you and your baby, but don’t be afraid to combine both and keep trying new foods, textures, and ways to prepare these foods to make you feel more comfortable.
♡ Embrace the mess!
Quote this podcast episode, accept the mess! It will soon become messy in your kitchen, so just buckle up and enjoy this ride with your baby! It’s all part of the experience for them. It teaches them to use their hands, it is a good sensory experience, it makes them comfortable to eat, etc. Etc. Just get it good bib & a mat under the high chair!
DON’T GIVE UP!
When you start, your baby will make all sorts of faces and reactions when they try a new food for the first time. That doesn’t mean they don’t like it!
It might take a few tries before they learn they like something, so just give it a try, even if you have to try it in all the different forms. For example, Noah didn’t like broccoli at all at first, but then I whipped it into some eggs and he pulled it. A few weeks later, he happily ate broccoli solo.
Keep offering and don’t get discouraged!
SOME IDEAS FOR FIRST FOOD …
Follow us for the second part of this series which will feature some of our favorite recipes (& favorite Zaza and Noah pancakes!), But here’s a brief summary of the foods we started with. Obviously every baby is different, but I’m just going to share the order of the food we tried!
- avocado puree
- mashed sweet potatoes + cinnamon
- banana puree
- mashed carrots + nutmeg
- mashed broccoli
- mashed apples + cloves
- Ready for finger food: banana egg pancakes – recipe coming soon!
- More finger foods: braised broccoli flowers and braised zucchini spears
I hope you enjoyed this post and that for the first time you will feel the excitement of feeding your baby solids. Lindsay is back soon with a recipe for banana egg pancakes for your little things.
Also, follow me because I too will be on Lindsay’s blog soon and share something special real.
+ if you like this post, take a look which I feed Zaza.
++ range strawberry shortcake you will surely love it.