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Starting solid foods with our daughter: The first 3 weeks

Starting solid foods with our daughter: carrot and coriander soup, lentil soup, banana milkshake, hummus

We’ve had three weeks of our daughter starting solid foods now, and so it felt like time for a post about how we are going with it all.

Overall, so far our daughter seems interested in starting solid food, and keen to interact with it. We are really enjoying seeing her licking, batting, squeezing, and putting the different foods in her mouth.

Starting solid foods: Week one

In week one, our daughter sat on our knees to eat solid food. She was not sure about the food, but was interested and wanted it in her mouth. However, once it was there, she was not sure what to do with it! A good deal of anything she put into her mouth was dribbled back out the front.

During her first week, our daughter tried very small amounts of foods she ate with a spoon, off the end of my finger, or picked the foods up with her hand. She also tried warm and cold foods.

Foods our daughter tried in week one included:

  • Porridge
    • milled oats, soya milk, and cinnamon porridge
  • Smoothie
    • peanut butter, banana, soya milk, ginger
  • Hummus
    • chickpea, garlic, tahini, black pepper, rapeseed oil
  • Separate fruits and vegetables
    • mango
    • avocado
    • banana
    • grapefruit
    • pear and apple spread
  • Additional proteins:
    • Soya yoghurt

Starting solid foods: Week two

In her second week of starting solid foods, our daughter sitting in her high chair at meal times. She tried foods she ate with a spoon, and picked them up with her hand. She also tried warm and cold foods. A number of the foods were offered multiple times at different meals (e.g., she tried green pea soup three times across the week). She also tried warm and cold foods, and appeared to prefer the warm ones.

A number of the foods were new, and some she had tried before. Foods our daughter tried in week two included:

  • Porridges
    • Milled oats, soya milk, and cinnamon porridge
    • Quinoa, banana, nutmeg, and cashew porridge
    • Quinoa, banana, ginger, and almond porridge
  • Soups
    • Carrot and coriander soup (ingredients: carrot, coriander, onion, bay leaf, black pepper)
    • Lentil soup (ingredients: red lentils, carrot, onion, black pepper, rapeseed oil, bay leaf)
    • Green pea soup (peas, onion, black pepper, bay leaf)
  • Hummus
    • (ingredients: chickpea, garlic, tahini, black pepper, rapeseed oil)
  • Additional fruit & vegetables
    • avocado
    • banana
    • broccoli
    • satsuma
    • cabbage leaf
    • nakd cashew cookie bar (ingredients: dates and cashew nuts)
  • Additional proteins
    • soya yoghurt
    • tofu
    • walnuts
    • black beans

Starting solid foods: Week three

In her third week of starting solid foods, our daughter sat in her high chair at the table at meal times. She tried foods she ate with two spoons, and picked up foods with her hands. As in the previous week, she tried warm and cold foods. A number of the foods were offered multiple times at different meals (e.g., she tried chickpeas four times across the week). A number of the foods were new, and some she had tried before. She also tried cold water, offered to her using a steel straw like a pipette, to help her learn how to use it.

Foods our daughter tried included:

  • Porridge
    • Rice, date, tahini and cinnamon porridge
    • Quinoa, soya milk, cashew, cinnamon & apricot porridge
    • Rolled oat,banana, soya milk, and tahini porridge
  • Hummus
    • (ingredients: chickpea, garlic, tahini, black pepper, olive oil)
  • Soup
    • Broccoli & almond soup (ingredients: onion, black pepper, rapeseed oil, broccoli)
    • Lentil soup (lentils, carrot, onion, bay leaf)
  • Rice
  • Rice cakes
  • Smooth broccoli and almond sauce on rice cake
  • Additional fruit & vegetables
    • Swede
    • Broccoli
  • Additional proteins
    • Chickpeas

Interested in knowing more about the approach we are taking to starting solid foods with our daughter? There’s more information about our approach in my previous post.


I’d love to hear about you, in the comments or on @wholemealmum or #wholemealmum.

How did you/ are you offering your baby solid food?


wholemealmum

Mother of a baby girl, born in July 2021. Finding my way with it all. Recipes, parenting, and walking.

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