Feeding Halia

23 Apr

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Halia hit 5 months a couple of weeks ago, which is when we started offering Jade a little solid food.  With Jade, someone had suggested that her no longer sleeping through the night was a “classic symptom” of needing solids.  She wasn’t that interested in the solids, and they also didn’t work to make her sleep through the night, so I discarded that theory.

The recommendation these days is to exclusively breast-feed until 6 months before introducing solids.  That’s sort of what I was aiming for, but Halia has been showing signs of being interested in food.  Like making mouthing motions as I pop popcorn into my mouth.  Like grabbing my Lebkuchen out of my hand and chomping down on it.  Plus, although he hasn’t really slept through the night regularly, she’s been up even more in recent weeks.

I thought I wanted to try baby-led weaning (meaning weaning onto foods, not off of the breast) which, in a nutshell, means not bothering with spoon-feeding pureed foods, but allowing baby to self-feed soft-cooked foods.  It just sounds so logical.  I offered her well-cooked carrot sticks yesterday and although she wasn’t into self-feeding, she didn’t gag on the bits I fed to her.  But they passed through her body pretty much undigested, so I then I decided I’d try some baby cereal after all.

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We started today with baby oatmeal instead of rice cereal.  Well, it seems little Miss Halia was pretty ready to start.  The box instructions recommend starting with a tablespoon of prepared oatmeal.  I decided to make more, which was a good thing because after a taste, she lunged at the spoon and bowl, making happy “Mmm, mmm, mmm, ” sounds all the while, and ended up polishing off the whole bowl.

She got a second helping tonight before our suppertime and polished that off, too.

Methinks the girl was a little hungry. 

Now let’s see if it helps her sleep through the night. 

(Haha!  Just kidding!  It’s midnight and she’s sitting here in my lap as I type because she refused to go back to sleep this time.  The third time since going to bed at 7, I might add.  *grumble, grumble*)

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But isn’t she CUTE?!

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13 Responses to “Feeding Halia”

  1. Kara April 24, 2009 at 2:01 am #

    She is absolutely adorable!

  2. natasha the exile on Mom Street April 24, 2009 at 3:53 am #

    That is a beautiful little girl!

    My son was the same way about food. We ended up starting him on solids at 4 months because he was trying to eat all of our food and the organic formula bill for my big baby was HUGE. (He was adopted, so I have no idea how big he’s going to get, but the pediatrician says at least 6 ft.)

    He still loves to eat, but as he is now a toddler his menu of foods is much more limited than it was when he was a baby. Sigh.

  3. Tine April 24, 2009 at 3:53 am #

    She really 🙂 is !!

    ♥ ♥ ♥

  4. Tammy April 24, 2009 at 5:11 am #

    She is adorable! Aidan was the same way…once she realized the spoon had food on it, she all but attacked it! Sometimes, they are just ready, no matter what the books say.

  5. Barbara April 24, 2009 at 8:28 am #

    Love your posts! Beautiful baby!

    I’m thinking that the timing of need for solids might not be naturally synced with the hand control to self-feed. Just saying.

    I have a blog carnival going up early (esp for Yukon time) on Saturday, April 25. You might enjoy.

  6. canadianfoodiegirl April 24, 2009 at 8:49 am #

    Adorable.

  7. Lindsay April 24, 2009 at 10:09 am #

    SUPER cute!

  8. Opa April 24, 2009 at 1:42 pm #

    Cute like her mother….

  9. Marian April 24, 2009 at 3:18 pm #

    She’s so cute! Thanks for the photos.

  10. MommyTime April 24, 2009 at 5:48 pm #

    She is adorable! I’m so glad she’s so happy with cereal. What a fun milestone.

  11. myra36 April 24, 2009 at 5:50 pm #

    What a beautiful girl!

  12. Beanie April 24, 2009 at 10:38 pm #

    I love her little mohawk! Too cute!

  13. Nai-Nai April 25, 2009 at 12:58 pm #

    Lovely 🙂 thank you for the nice photos too.

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