Hi everybody so first foods.
This is a veryexciting thing.
This show is really about the actual food that you're going to be givingto your baby.
Okay, first a quick word about solids.
Solids does not mean solids, whatit really means is pureed and very, very soupy, liquidy foods, and your baby is going to startto eat these foods at about 4 to 6 months of age.
If your baby starts at 4 months, shewill likely be in this stage of having these very pureed, soupy foods, for about 2 to 3months so from 4 months to about 6 or 7 months.
If on the other hand she doesn't start until6 months, she'll be in this stage one of these pureed, very soupy foods from month 6 to aboutmonths 8 or 9.
So that's really what stage 1 means it's the first stage for your babyto be enjoying these pureed or soupy foods.
Okay, so now let's talk a little bit aboutwhat kind of foods you're going to want to give your baby.
The rule of thumb, accordingto the AAP, is that you must introduce each new food for approximately 3 to 4 days beforeyou introduce another new food.
And with each new food you should check for any signs thatyour baby is not tolerating the food such as diarrhea, vomiting, or rash in which caseyou should stop giving the food in question immediately and contact your doctor rightaway.
So the tradition with these first foods has always been a single grain fortified babycereal like rice and then a little bit later on barley or oatmeal, another single grain,and this is what a lot of people including me with my first baby start out with.
So I'vegot some of these baby cereals here and I'm just going walk you guys through how you'regoing to mix this up.
I'm just going to sprinkle a little bit of this very glistening lookingcereal into my bowl, like that.
That's all you need.
It's very, very, very small amount,tip your box back so it doesn't go everywhere.
I have a little milk here, ready, a littlefroze defrosted breast milk.
I'm going to put this into my bowl; you can see how soupythis is going to be.
Much easier transition for your baby from breast milk because it'snot too thick.
And I just swish this around in my bowl a little bit; make sure you haveno lumps, no clumps.
Some people think it's actually a really good idea to start out withfruits or with vegetables.
And this is something you can do, check with your doctor, but alot of doctors actually think this is a good idea.
Make sure, however, if you are startingwith fruits and veggies that you check with your doctor that you don't need to do somethingin the way of iron supplementation because one of the good things about these cerealsis that they are fortified with iron and at this stage the baby's iron levels can be dippinga little bit.
Okay, so I'm going to put up a graphic to show you guys this very interestingmedley of different foods and things that you're going to be able to give your babyin stage 1.
So here goes! Here is a sampling of pureed foods you can begin to give duringthe first stage of introducing solids: sweet potatoes, butternutt, winter squash, carrots,avocadoes that are well smashed, peas, green beans, peaches, pears, apples, bananas, mangos,plums.
Also begin to introduce meat at this stage such as chicken, which is a great sourceof zinc and of iron.
Again, in a very thin pureed form.
No Kentucky Fried Chicken justyet people, I'm sorry, but your baby is going to think all of this stuff is yuuuumy! Okay, this is important, what kinds of foodsat this stage should I stay away from? Here comes another graphic because this is reallyimportant these are foods you should not be giving to your baby during stage 1.
Doctorsusually recommend that you steer clear of fish, eggs, and nuts until after the firstyear because these foods can cause allergic reactions.
Also they say no cow's milk untilafter the first and stay away from honey because it can be a source of bacteria.
Now like manythings in the baby world, this to is debatable.
Some people do actually think it is okay togive babies fish at this stage as long as the fish is not high in mercury such as swordfishor shellfish.
So what do I do if I really decide if I want to make this food for mybaby? The way to do this, they key to making your own food for your baby is single foodsin tiny, tiny small amounts and then you freeze in small amounts in safe, plastic, ice cubetrays for freezer or small glass containers.
Steam the food until it's very soft and thenpuree it in your Cuisinart blender until there are no lumps.
When it comes to meat what Ido is I boil chicken until it's very soft and then I throw it in that Cuisinart too.
Put on some awesome music to pass the time.
Remember you're really just introducing thesesolids just one by one at this point and each one for 3 to 4 days.
Make sure you put onthe date, I use blue nonstick tape or I just take a little label that I have left overfor some files.
And personally, I try to use this within two weeks.
Then I defrost it overnightin the fridge when I'm going to use it and I take it out that morning and I try to useit that day because I really believe that fresh is best.
So best of luck introducingall of these things to your own little baby and watch my show on stage 2 and stage 3 solidsfor more information on finger foods and more things that you'll be doing with your babyas the months go by.