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Introducing Solids

I was really hesitant about solids.  I think it was mainly because I was nervous that it would interupt our nursing relationship.  But after his 6 month visit that was at about 5.5 months (because of timing) we made the leap.  I bought organic oatmeal cereal (that until about 2 weeks ago I was calling rice cereal - *raising hand* NEW MOM!) and we tried it at 5.5 months.  It didn't work out very well.  He accepted it (a few bites), but wasn't swallowing it.  He'd take it into his mouth, but because this was his first thing outside of breastmilk, it was werid to him.  We did a few bites and then after having the entire high chair tray covered in oatmeal that had been spit all over it, we called it quits. 

I just wanted him to get the taste, I didn't want him to love it immediately.

We waited a day and then we tried it again.  Almost immediately, I got that same reaction.  Spitting it back at me like, "lady you're crazy, I'm no eating that crap."  So we waited a day.  And we tried bananas that I had made myself from really ripe bananas and breastmilk.

Then, we didn't have an BMs for 4 days.  So I stopped solids all together, just to get him back on track.

After 4 days, he had two blows outs and we thought we were on track again, so I tried carrots that I had made.  Had them one day, skipped a day and then had them another day and he was backed up again.  So we stopped.  This time it took just over 5 days to start the bowels moving again and when it happened, it was just everywhere.

Poor baby.

After that, we started back at it with sweet potatoes (2 to 3 oz a serving) and immediately, he was taking them in and actually swallowing every bite and we had no problems.  We were even getting regular BMs which is what we want to see.  So we'd do a day with solids and a day without for about a week alternating sweet potatoes.

Then we were in VA for the holidays and we had a really ripe pear, so I gave that a whirl and it was a hit!  It's really strange how much their bodies can do and how much they change.  But to introduce solids was a whole new ball game because it was really something foreign to them.  But he's doing great and really accepting of every bite too.  He's still eating every bottle that he would normally eat at the sitters and nursing as he normally would, we just introduce the solids around "dinner time" so that it's a constant hour for his body to have them.

So far, so good.  And while I was nervous at first, I'm not now.  It's actually been an okay transition.

If I would've known more about the BRAT diet at the beginning (just something I wasn't aware of) I would've gone for something different right out of the gate.  We haven't been back to the oatmeal or the carrots, but we plan to soon.


Erin said…
I think every baby is just different when it comes to solids. We started with rice cereal and bananas and he hated both of them. Was so unhappy and had issues with BM's afterward. I took that as him telling me he wasn't ready. I waited 3 weeks and then BAM kid has been an eater ever since! Glad things are going better. Happy Friday :)
Stephanie said…
I just started my daughter (5.5 months) on solids...rice cereal which she hated as well and carrots...and she has been having problems with it as well with BM. How was Coen sleeping during that time? was he fussy going to bed? I'm noticing I have that problem with her since we have started solids, and am wondering if the solids might be the problem.
Jill said…
Before solids, he was sleeping 8 to 9 hours straight. Didn't have to get up, didn't have to eat, nothing.

He was sick around the same time and getting 2 teeth in so I just hicked it up to the combination of things and just let it be.

It's been about 3 weeks since we started solids and in those three weeks, he acts like he's starving at night. Gets up at least 3 times and sometimes more.

It sucks.

But I keep telling myself it's a phase. Soon, he'll be back to normal, right?

I don't know. Just have to roll with it because I know that he's got to eat and I'm the source of food.

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