real baby food.

dhara’s first official meal of gently mashed avocado

My little baby is growing up.  Her first tooth made it’s appearance last week.  It’s still in the crowning phase, but yep, it’s there.  Makes me sad.  This tooth signifies the next phase of life — solids.  I personally wanted to delay the introduction of solids to her, and keep her solely on breast milk, but my mom would never let me do that!  : )  So at 5.5 months, she had her first taste of avocado.

Greg purchased two of these wonderful wooden bowls from a yard sale before we were married.  He so proudly brought them to me the day after his purchase.  I just love the artist signature on the bottom.  After I found out I was pregnant, I went searching for these two bowls because I wanted something made of natural materials for the baby, and I knew these two would work out great as baby bowls.  Their size is just baby perfect.

I don’t know exactly why, but I have a small wooden spoon collection — had it since college.  There’s something so age-old about wooden cutlery and dishes that makes food tasty and wholesome.  I remember giving Greg a wooden spoon to carry around in his pocket during our college years.  He did so for quite a while.  Sometimes if you looked closely, you could see the handle sticking out of his pocket.  It was pretty darn cute.

But back to the topic at hand, so what has Dhara been eating?  I’ve been using two sources as references during this new adventure in first foods, Real Food for Mother and Baby, by Nina Planck and Super Baby Food, by Ruth Yaron.  Before reading Nina Planck’s great book, I probably would have given Dhara some baby cereal.  But, I read this interesting bit:

“Years ago, eating solids early in life was considered essential.  Among the principal beneficiaries of this philosophy were manufacturers of the baby cereal.  Bland and slightly sweet, cereal is easily ingested by a young baby who does not need to eat solid foods yet.  Nowadays, babies start on solids around six months, when they are ready to chew and are more coordinated, and by that point they have little interest in largely tasteless cereals.  Babies don’t need cereals.  Cereals are constipating and starchy.  An early emphasis on starch contributes to both a predilection for white foods (rice, potatoes, etc.) and the acquisition of a sweet tooth later on.”

Love this book.  It makes so much sense.


and more beets

creamy cottage cheese and banana

deliciously ripe mangoes

avocado, and sometimes with a dollop of plain yogurt

sweet potatoes with a small pad of homemade butter

she loves a bottle of freshly blended, cold, refreshing watermelon juice. the coldness probably feels good on her sore gums too.

As you can see, this little one is growing in leaps and bounds!  She’s not a big solid food eater, but she loves to try various foods and feel the different textures in her mouth.  After four to five baby spoon fulls, she’s done.  The past few nights have been hard for her because of the emergence of her new tooth.  She ran a small temperature and has cried off and on during the night.  Hopefully it’ll be all over soon.  And then onto more solids.

Next up for this little one, I’d like to introduce meats, fish, lightly cooked egg yolk, and cod liver oil.    

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  1. she is sooo darling! i love the last picture!


  2. its funny how it depends on the baby. we tried solids because we thought he was interested around 6 months and… he ended up 100% breastmilk until around 9 months because he didn’t want any.

    i dont think he cared for mush. and he HATED being fed – once he was able to “do it” himself, he was much more interested!


  3. We’re skipping the purees this time. Monkey can eat whatever he can get into his moth 🙂 You are brave to start dairy so early! There’s almost no point in this house since Bear can’t eat dairy. And I don’t have the mental energy to figure out how that will work (the boys eating different foods) right now. But we did give Monkey a skinned pear today. He loved it!


  4. So cool! Quote for you: “[Weaning] offers the child the gratifying opportunity to learn how human beings can be in the company of the ones they love, working together instead of being held in their arms. Naturally, feeding times and the moments of maternal care remain periods of of intimate relationshiop…” Silvana Montanaro. Reminds me of bitter-sweet joys of weaning new believers.

    Congrats! 🙂


  5. I was going to give a small warning against dairy also. A lot of kids have allergies/intolerances to dairy.
    Obviously, do what is right for you, but I’d wait for meats and dairy.
    Mama’s milk is perfect and the rest of the foods you are giving her are also perfect.

    I agree about the cereals. I decided to not give my son the cereals, mostly he hated them anyway. I stuck to fruits and veggies until around 18 months, when he started eating much more varieties of foods. 🙂


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