Thursday, June 25, 2009

Totally random - old post from a forum re Kira eating at 7 months

This really is totally random, but I stumbled across an old post of mine over on hotcouponworld and thought I should record it here for posterity. I forgot that I even wrote this! It was in answer to a question regarding how much babyfood to stockpile.

Anyway, from 7/13/07:

Both of my kids started solids at 4 months. My daughter is 7 months now. She eats 3 solid meals a day in addition to breastfeeding about 4 - 6 times a day. She usually has 1/2 jar of stage 1 or 2 fruit for breakfast, with rice cereal and yogurt. She has 1/2 jar of veggies with rice cereal and some finger food like avocado, cheerios broken in half, or gerber veggie puffs for lunch. Pretty much the same thing for dinner. So, like a jar and half to two jars a day, right now. I also try, as much as possible, to modify things the family is already eating for her. Our steamed veggies go into the food processor for her. If I'm doing something with frozen fruit for my son, same thing. She's eating bananas, avocados, peas w/out the skin, etc for finger foods.

I read a great tip in another thread. They suggested stockpiling more stage 2 and 3, because you can always blend them up if your baby is not quite ready for the thicker texture. I thought that was a great idea.

Also, somewhat on topic, I started both of my kids drinking out of a straw at around 4 or 5 months. The suck reflex is strong when they breastfeed, so it's really easy to teach this. My daughter has Down syndrome and she picked it up really quickly. Her speech therapist was amazed. Cup drinking is also easy to teach early. My son barely used sippy cups at all, which meant I never had to wean him from them.

I wish I could remember if she actually picked up and ate the "finger foods" - I think she did with the full fingered scoop-palm it into her mouth method, but I should probably check back in her ECI reports to see if that's true.

I'm going to search through the forum and see if there's anything else I said that I forgot!


  1. That's interesting. You now the straw thing is pretty good! A speech therapist said it was good for our kiddos with down syndrome to drink through a straw to help develop the muscles in the mouth for when they actually do speak!

  2. That's so encouraging to hear about Kira's success with the straw cup at such an early age!! I just startedt trying it with Dylan...

  3. Just saw your comment on Laurie's blog and had to come check out your ideas...great! I have the straws...gonna pick up some snack size bags today!!

  4. Hey there! Just checking in to see how things are going since we haven't heard from you in a few days. Hope all is well.