I now have a couple of baby food prep books [yes, thus far, we are steaming and blendering – uh, blending – our baby food. But we’re on single items still…]. Between my basic book, my latest one – picked up from reading the delicious sounding dinners here [much thanks for the tip!] – and what I’ve meandered through online, I end up with the same consternating questions.
While advocating starting solids at 6 months, introducing one new food every week and introducing all foods individually before mixing them, they all suggest that by 7 or 8 months, one’s child should now be enjoying a variety of cereals, vegetables and fruits, such that he/she is now ready to move on to more complex tasting experiences.
So, within 4-8 weeks, at the rate of 1 per week, that makes, um, let’s see here… oh yeah: 4-8 foods. That’s a “variety”?? The Magpie has had 2 cereal types, 2 squash types, zucchini and sweet potato and has flat-out rejected blueberries and is seriously considering rejecting mango. So, how am I supposed to get around to mixing things when it appears that I will be constantly introducing things to be able to, at some point, mix them? Must I reassess my intros to meet the ingredients of the mixes? Or is there a magic date at which I can just say ‘ah, screw it’ and sit her down in front of a slab of prime rib slathered in sauces, with a side of fries and a cold one? [I joke, people!]
She has only been eating food for 6 weeks, damn it. It will take a little longer than that to get her up to a full meal deal. [again! I joke! gah. I’ve been off the stuff for so long, I probably couldn’t even stomach it anymore.] In the mean time, we plan to slog through the foods, try another fruit or two and avoid anything that vaguely resembles dairy, corn, wheat, citrus, apple/pear/plum/nectarine/peach/tomato, etc or seafood. And ponder her reactions – and rejections – all as potential allergies, just for the fun of it. she wiped at her eye, is it itchy? she sniffed, is she stuffy?? is that a rash or did she scratch herself? or did she scratch herself because she has a rash?
Okay. Fruits suck [no, thank you, Mr.Q!]. Maybe we’ll just introduce a few new veggies and skip straight on over to chicken.