Thursday, December 8, 2016

Baby's First Solids

Brennan is now about 6.5 months old and this week is his second week eating homemade solid foods. On top of his breast milk feeds, I have lately added 2-3x feeds of homemade baby porridge into his diet. Cooking baby's porridge is now the first thing I do in my daily grind before I do any other house chores.

When it comes to making homemade's baby first foods, I am kind of old school in coming up with the daily menus and preparation methods. I follow the style that I did when I fed Baby Naomi her first homemade solids foods. Since I think everything went well with that method (Naomi grew to be a very chubby, slightly overweight baby and she's generally not a fussy/picky eater), I thought of doing the same for Brennan's first solids. For his solids, everyday Brennan eats soft (strained) rice porridge with different kind of meat and a variety of vegetables. I don't have baby food processor or blender so I press Brennan's warm rice porridge through a strainer before serving it to him. Asian baby is very Asian because his Mommy feeds him with rice porridge every day. LOL.

Baby mam mam.

The very first baby rice porridge that I introduced to Brennan was added with mild tasting vegetables like carrot and pumpkin. At this stage, I avoid offering food that may trigger allergies to my son such as eggs, seafood or acidic (citrus) fruits. Also, I will not introduce any seasoning like salt or sugar to his diets until he is 1 year old.

Brennan only managed to finish 1-2 tbsp of rice porridge when I first introduced solids to him. However, by the second week of eating solids, little man did better at finishing his food and now he can finish almost a small bowl of porridge for each feed.

Here are some examples of Brennan's 6 months old's homemade porridge menus and recipes. Note that I am not a nutritionist or doctor. The following is just few examples of first homemade food that I give to my baby. If you are unsure about your baby's first solids, please consult your child's pediatrician or doctor.

WEEK 1:

Carrot and Chicken Rice Porridge

Ingredients: 

1/4 cup of rice, 5cm of carrot (remove the skin and thinly slice), 3-4 small slices of chicken breast meat, 2 cups of filtered water

Methods: 

1. Wash all the ingredients
2. Pour all ingredients in a pot or a rice cooker. Cook until the carrot slices soften, water reduced and rice breaks down completely.
3. Let the porridge to cool down. Remove meat. Blitz the porridge in a food blender or press through a strainer before serving it to baby.
** The above is enough to feed baby 3 times, depending on how often and how much the baby eats in a day.


Baby's first porridge: Carrot and Chicken Rice Porridge.

Pumpkin and Chicken Rice Porridge

Ingredients: 

1/4 cup of rice, 1 slice of small pumpkin (remove the skin and seeds, cut into cubes), 3-4 small slices of chicken breast meat, 2 cups of filtered water

Methods: 

1. Wash all the ingredients
2. Pour all ingredients in a pot or a rice cooker. Cook until the pumpkin cubes are soft and rice breaks down completely.
3. Let the porridge to cool down. Remove meat. Blitz the porridge in a food blender or press through a strainer before serving it to baby.
** The above is enough to feed baby 3 times, depending on how often and how much the baby eats in a day.


Don't feed baby when he is sleepy.

Spinach and Beef Rice Porridge

Ingredients: 

1/4 cup of rice, 1 handful of spinach leaves, 3-4 small slices of beef, 2 cups of filtered water

Methods: 

1. Wash all the ingredients
2. Pour beef and rice in a pot or a rice cooker. Cook until the rice breaks down completely. About 5-10 mins before the porridge is done, add the spinach leaves into the pot and let the porridge simmer.
3. Let the porridge to cool down. Remove meat. Blitz the porridge in a food blender or press through a strainer before serving it to baby.
** The above is enough to feed baby 3 times, depending on how often and how much the baby eats in a day.


Tasting his first greens and beef porridge.

WEEK 2


Carrot, Pumpkin and Chicken Rice Porridge

Ingredients: 

1/4 cup of rice, 5cm of carrot (remove the skin and thinly slice), 1 slice of small pumpkin (remove the skin and seeds, cut into cubes), 3-4 small slices of chicken breast meat, 2 cups of filtered water

Methods: 

1. Wash all the ingredients
2. Pour all ingredients in a pot or a rice cooker. Cook until the vegetable cubes are soft and rice breaks down completely.
3. Let the porridge to cool down. Remove meat. Blitz the porridge in a food blender or press through a strainer before serving it to baby.
** The above is enough to feed baby 3 times, depending on how often and how much the baby eats in a day.

Carrot, Spinach and Beef Rice Porridge

Ingredients: 

1/4 cup of rice, 5cm of carrot (remove the skin and slice thinly), 1 handful of spinach leaves, 3-4 small slices of beef, 2 cups of filtered water

Methods: 

1. Wash all the ingredients
2. Pour carrot slices, beef and rice in a pot or a rice cooker. Cook until the carrot slices soften and rice breaks down completely. About 5-10 mins before the porridge is done, add the spinach leaves into the pot then let the porridge simmer.
3. Let the porridge to cool down. Remove meat. Blitz the porridge in a food blender or press through a strainer before serving it to baby.
** The above is enough to feed baby 3 times, depending on how often and how much the baby eats in a day.

Sweet Potato, Spinach and Chicken Rice Porridge

Ingredients: 

1/4 cup of rice, 1/2 small sweet potato (remove the skin and cut small), 1 handful of spinach leaves, 3-4 small slices of chicken breast meat, 2 cups of filtered water

Methods: 

1. Wash all the ingredients
2. Pour chicken, sweet potato cuts and rice in a pot or a rice cooker. Cook until the rice breaks down completely. About 5-10 mins before the porridge is done, add the spinach leaves into the pot then let the porridge simmer.
3. Let the porridge to cool down. Remove meat. Blitz the porridge in a food blender or press through a strainer before serving it to baby.
** The above is enough to feed baby 3 times, depending on how often and how much the baby eats in a day.

Loving this new combo.

WEEK 3

Sweet Potato, Broccoli and Chicken Rice Porridge

Ingredients: 

1/4 cup of rice, 1/2 small sweet potato (remove the skin and cut small), 1/2 cup of broccoli florets, 3-4 small slices of chicken breast meat, 2 cups of filtered water

Methods: 

1. Wash all the ingredients
2. Pour sweet potato, chicken, and rice in a pot or a rice cooker. Cook until the rice breaks down completely. About 5-10 mins before the porridge is done, add the broccoli into the pot then let the porridge simmer.
3. Let the porridge to cool down. Remove meat. Blitz the porridge in a food blender or press through a strainer before serving it to baby.
** The above is enough to feed baby 3 times, depending on how often and how much the baby eats in a day.

Sweet Potato, Carrot, Broccoli and Beef Rice Porridge

Ingredients: 

1/4 cup of rice, 5cm of carrot (remove the skin and slice thinly), 1/2 small sweet potato (remove the skin and cut small), 1/2 cup of broccoli florets, 3-4 small slices of beef, 2 cups of filtered water

Methods: 

1. Wash all the ingredients
2. Pour sweet potato, carrot, beef and rice in a pot or a rice cooker. Cook until the rice breaks down completely. About 5-10 mins before the porridge is done, add the broccoli into the pot and let the porridge simmer.
3. Let the porridge to cool down. Remove meat. Blitz the porridge in a food blender or press through a strainer before serving it to baby.
** The above is enough to feed baby 3 times, depending on how often and how much the baby eats in a day.


Washing down food with water in a sippy cup.

Pumpkin, Sweet Potato, Carrot, Spinach and Chicken Rice Porridge

Ingredients: 

1/3 cup of rice, 5cm of carrot (remove the skin and slice thinly), 1/2 small sweet potato (remove the skin and cut small), 1 slice of small pumpkin (skinless and cut into small cubes), 1 handful of spinach leaves, 3-4 small slices of chicken, 2 cups of filtered water

Methods: 

1. Wash all the ingredients
2. Pour sweet potato, carrot, pumpkin, chicken and rice in a pot or a rice cooker. Cook until the orange vegetables soften and rice breaks down completely. About 5-10 mins before the porridge is done, add the spinach leaves into the pot then let the porridge simmer.
3. Let the porridge to cool down. Remove meat. Blitz the porridge in a food blender or press through a strainer before serving it to baby.
** The above is enough to feed baby 3 times, depending on how often and how much the baby eats in a day.

If you notice, I gradually introduce different type of vegetables and combine different vegetables into Brennan's food. I rotate the veggies and meat I stated above for my baby's menu depending on my available veggies at home. In the beginning, Brennan hated the aroma or flavor of beef in his porridge and only ate a bit of beef porridge. However, his nurse from Klinik Kesihatan advised me to keep on introducing different kind of food to him (including the food that he less fancies) so his taste buds are accustomed to a variety of food and it's easier to spot allergies when he's young. After 2-3 times of tries, he now enjoys his beef porridge just fine. Oh yeah, this guy really loves sweet potatoes. I reckon when he grows up, he'd keep on asking me to feed him with Bubur Chacha. #delusionalmomisdelusional


Look, Mom! I can stand up.

At 6 months old ++, Brennan is still toothless and not considered a fat baby. He doesn't have those Michelin Man's rolls that I once dreamed of. He's very active for his age and his physical developmental milestones so far are as fast as a bullet. Now my little man rolls about effortlessly, abbles a lot and is able to sit without support, commando crawl and even stand up while holding his baby cot or playpen rails. As such, the Klinik Kesihatan's nurse suggested me to add 1 tea spoon of vegetable oil or olive oil onto his porridge (not 1 serving but for the entire porridge of the day) because active babies need more calories.

I plan to introduce more types of vegetables like potato, butternut squash, french beans or maybe zucchini as well as fish to Brennan in the coming week when I get to go to the wet market again. Further, I have yet to give Brennan fruit purees again because this dude is still coughing. Some people say that banana can cause phlegm so I refrain myself in giving him some mashed banana, which Brennan loves, until his cough gets better.

Some tips in starting baby's first solid foods:
  • Pick a time when baby is not cranky or sleepy or too hungry when feeding him/her solids.
  • Choose one food to introduce first and feed the same food to baby for a few days before starting new food.
  • If rashes, vomiting or diarrhea occurs after introducing a certain food, stop offering it to baby immediately.
  • Start small and don't force the baby to finish his or her portion of solid foods. I normally stop feeding my baby his porridge when he doesn't want to sit still on his high chair, refuses swallowing his food, starts rubbing his eyes or whimpers. 
  • Try and try again. If beef or spinach was a bust, try giving it again to baby in a couple of days and repeat the same menu as necessary. Don't throw in the towel yet.
  • Certain vegetables may cause baby's gassy tummy. I won't be introducing cabbage to Brennan as yet because many people (especially my parents) strongly believe that cabbage can cause baby's gassy tummy.
  • Give baby some water after eating porridge. Mine refuses drinking water from his bottle so I make him drink his water from sippy cup after eating.

We've discussed my baby's inputs (re: food), now how about his outputs? Brennan began pooping 2x-3x a day since he started his solids and his stool is not as watery as when he was a fully breastfed baby.

That's all for today's updates.

Don't you agree that solids introduction to baby is such a big deal and joyful moment?

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