Thursday, October 21, 2010

In further baby- and food-related news

Kara waited until she was a full 6 months of age before really committing to eating solids. She was on Day 2 of the introduction of blueberries when — to our surprise — she ate an entire ice cube-sized serving worth of them, then went on to eat another.

While I'm introducing relatively benign foods (i.e., ones which I've never had the slightest allergic reaction to, nor has anyone else I've heard of), I'm only waiting 3 days before introducing a new food in earnest. This is less than the sometimes-recommended waiting period of 7 days to await signs of an allergic reaction. As a result, in the short time during which she's been eating solids, Kara has eaten:
  • bison
  • organic brown "Basmati" rice (in breast milk)*
  • organic pear
  • blueberries
  • Ontario peas
  • organic carrot
  • organic sweet potatoes*
  • organic chicken
*Kara's response to these foods has been lukewarm so far

Kara has also had "tastes" of banana, fig and prune, which I allowed her to try while I was eating them, and hope to introduce to her at a later date.

For now, I'm really excited about the fact that Kara's been exposed to fairly high quality foods (local and/or pesticide-/hormone-free when possible) and the fact that she's had a wide enough variety of foods she's been exposed to that I can make something resembling a meal for her at each feeding time.

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