We (I was reluctant, but my husband was super excited!!) introduced semi-solid to B today.. We can’t wait until she reaches 6 month because I’m gonna start work soon. Well, 5 and a half month will do anyway..
We bought the bottled baby food last night and I hide it in the cupboard coz I haven’t finish googling how to wean your child chapter yet!! But her daddy was super excited..! I only finished till the chapter where it explains how do you know when your child is ready for solids.. Heheheh.. I already have a mental checklist that B is qualified..(yay!! she is qualified!!) to have solid food from now on.. Let me put it down in writings..
Checklist #1 : She can hold her head up herself. Her neck control is up to par for a 5 and a half month old baby. yay! – PASSED!
Checklist #2 : She can sit well when supported. That means her back bone is getting stronger. Not all baby can sit on their own at this age but as long as she can sit with support, that will do. Baby has to be in upright position to allow them to take the food – PASSED!
Checklist #3 : Good weight gain. Yes! In general, baby has to double up their birth weight by the age of 6 month.. In B’s case, her birth weight was 3.6kg. Meaning her target weight at the age of 6 month old is 7.2kg. But in real life, Bella’s current weight at 5 month old is 7.3kg!! Itu sudah bagoos 😉 – PASSED!
Checklist #4 : Knows how to chew!! Yes, how can you eat without chewing!! Do you notice when babies were younger, they have spontaneous reflex to take their tongue out when they are hungry? 🙂 Isn’t God great! That reflex is for baby to tell us that they are hungry. As they grow older, around 4 -5 month, slowly the reflex will disappear to allow baby to learn how to chew. As the reflex disappear, you might notice that you baby will salivate less because the chewing and swallowing skill comes together to prepare baby for solid food. – PASSED and PASSED!!
Checklist #5 : Bella is already eyeing on our food!! Hahahha.. everytime we eat, she will make us feel guilty for not giving her some! Enough said!!! Hahahha.. – PASSED with flying colours 🙂
Labu & Jagung Manis!!! HAhahah..We chose this flavour because this is the least stock on the rack at the supermarket. We thought this must be the best flavour, that’s why it is very popular 😀 (but after tasting it, poor baby!! Nanti mommy buat sindri yg best utk Bella ok!! Pinky promise!!)
I, with my full ability trying to prove to B that the food is yummy 🙂 Hahahhaha.. and she did look convinced, didn’t she? 😉 Nyum nyum..
According to my resources (Cheewahh! Suddenly I made it sound very intelligent!!) we have to continue the same taste for a week or so, just to familiarize our babies’ taste bud so that they (baby and the taste bud) wouldn’t get confused.. ok, will do that! Sorry B, pumpkin & sweetcorn it is for the next one week!!
On top of my over-the-counter bottled food, I will still continue B on breastmilk. In al-Quran stated that mommies are highly suggested to continue breastfeeding up until the baby is 2 years old. So, I will do my best to continue my little Bella with mommy’s milk. Alhamdullilah so far so good, susu is enough for Bella’s daily needs 🙂
Hope you don’t mind sharing your baby’s favourite food and your secret recipe, ladies!! Sharing is caring *wink*
Till then, XOXO