Baby's First Year: Week 19 (Starting Solids)

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Kathryn Grace
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Meet first-time mom starburst1680. She's sharing the roller coaster ride of her first year of motherhood. Check back every week for all the emotion and exhaustion -- right up to Kathryn Grace's first birthday. 

Week 19:

This week we started solids. Or rather we started baby food, it is not very solid! Lol.

On Wednesday we gave Kathryn carrots. The first spoonful was kind of funny because she savored it for a minute. She was just sucking on her tongue, trying to get it all and figure out what this new taste was.

She did well with those, so Saturday we introduced applesauce. She had the same reaction. She hasn't seemed really excited about either one, but she eats them with no problems. I also increased her feedings to twice a day -- breakfast time and dinner time. She gets cereal for one feeding and food for the other. Before we started food I gave her cereal at both feedings for a day or two.

Challenges & Concerns:

Since we started solids I have noticed two challenges.

The first is that Kathryn has recently figured out how to blow raspberries. She seems to enjoy doing this when she has a mouth full of food. Especially when she is eating carrots, I feel like I should be wearing an apron or something while I'm feeding her. I haven't quite figured out a solution for this yet. Usually I just tell her "no" and put the back of the spoon up against her lips so she knows what I'm talking about -- and also sort of to block some of the spray.

The second challenge is her hands. She likes to put them in her mouth, especially when she is eating. I let her do it the first time we gave her rice cereal, thinking it would help her swallow the food if she had something to suck on. Since that first day I have decided to not let her get in the habit. I either move them one at a time if they come near her mouth or, if she keeps doing it, I just put my left arm across her body so she can't get either up to her mouth.

Sleeping is still going really well. We are still making adjustments to her schedule as needed. I don't think we've had a day where Kathryn follows the schedule completely. She is now doing things at close to the same times each day, which is what I want. I don't care if she sleeps at exactly the same times each day for the same length of time, the "schedule" was really meant to be more of a guide than a rule. It is by no means set in stone and actually the only things I even gave approximate times to were naps. What I really want is to make sure she is getting enough sleep during the day so she is not overtired by bedtime and it would be nice if she was fairly predictable as well.

When -- and how -- did you know your baby was ready for solids?

(We're celebrating starburst168's first year with baby, so thanks for keeping your judgments about parenting choices to yourself.)

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