I’ve been getting lots of questions from everyone on our experience (so far) with introducing solids into Leo’s diet and while I’ve been meaning to share this blog with you for a while now I wanted to wait it out so I could get a better feel for what was working and what wasn’t working for us! I finally feel as though I have a good handle on this so I figured now was the time to share our journey with you!
Leo tried solid foods for the first time this past December when we were hanging out with Tori and Max over the holidays. Max was almost 7 months old and was on purees and I was curious to see how Leo would handle them so I gave him some of Max’s leftovers which were pureed green beans, and to my surprise, he did REALLY well with them! I was excited and by the look on Leo’s face, I could tell HE was excited as well, I mean, just look at that photo below! LOL!
Lol! Once Justin and I realized we could start giving Leo more solids we really didn’t hold back! I’ve heard that people like to introduce one particular food for one week and then add another one the following week but we totally didn’t do this … as you can tell we’re not really the type to follow the rules … lol! We just kind of ran with it and let him try a TON of different stuff.
I started making pureed foods for Leo here and there but (yet again) my busy schedule proved to make this a challenge for me. At that point, I knew I wasn’t going to be able to give Leo homemade puree all the time so I wanted to find something that was convenient for us when we were on the go! Some friends had introduced me to Love Child Organics and they ended up sending us some to try and they’ve been our go-to ever since!
I decided on Love Child for a few reasons … they’re local, 100% organic and they don’t use genetically modified ingredients … and Leo freakin LOVES it! If Leo could talk he would chime in right now and give props to their banana, pumpkin, pear and coconut puree (yes all of that good stuff is in ONE puree) … he eats it like it’s going out of style! I even had to give it a taste to see what all the rave was about and I have to admit, it’s pretty damn good! Lol!!
I would say at the moment because of our busy schedule and our move that Leo’s diet consists of about 75% products from Love Child Organics, mostly banana, pumpkin, pear and coconut puree and their pear, raspberry, banana and blackberry yogurt. I’ve noticed that the older he gets the more adventurous he gets with his food but the texture thing still throws him off a little. He recently started eating eggs, I scramble some free range ones up for him in the mornings and he found a new love for “Teefies” which are wafers from Love Child. I think he likes the fact that he can hold on to these all by himself and just suck on them for a while. It won’t be long before I try giving him a taste of Love Child’s vegetarian chili and pumpkin risotto, they’re a bit chunkier than the puree so I have to wait until he is ready for more texture but I think he’s going to love them!
Then there are the “meat and dairy” questions that I get … people ask whether or not we’re going to raise Leo on a plant-based diet and while I’m mostly plant based (I’m not vegan … just vegan-ish), Justin and I think it’s important not to restrict what Leo eats. We really want to give Leo the freedom of being able to try anything and everything. Hell, when I was little my parents had me try escargot!! Some of you may remember when we gave him a taste of moose stew and he went bonkers over it! I think it’s important for him to experience all foods and allow him to decide whether or not he will be plant-based. Leo has also tried cheese and as I mentioned above, he loves his yogurt so he certainly won’t be deprived of these foods but we don’t tend to have much of it in our home anyways!
I mean, there are a TON of healthy vegan babes out there but I know that with the craziness of my schedule I don’t always have time to cook proper fully vegan meals that are jam-packed with all of the nutrients he needs so I’m totally okay with him eating meat and dairy to ensure he is getting the proper nutrition his growing little body needs. On that note though, I will always make an effort to make sure he is eating local, free range, organic foods as much as I can. However, I know that won’t always be a possibility so I try not to stress about it too much. I mean … just think about what WE all ate growing up … and we turned out okay, right?? LOL!! Sorry, I’m totally rambling on here because this is such a sensitive topic for me. To be honest, I really have no clue what I am doing but we are doing the best we can!
For the mamas out there who are JUST starting to introduce solids to their babies diet, I would recommend giving Love Child Organics a try, they have a wide variety of flavours (yet another reason why I love ’em), from your basics such as apple and pear to blends of fruit and veg, there are plenty of choices for your little one. Oh, and their packaging is actually quite handy too, if you’re on the go you don’t need to worry about bringing a spoon with you because of the capped squeezable package! When Justin and I are on the road, I can just sit in the back seat with Leo and hold the package and slowly give him little amounts of the puree straight from the package bit by bit and it works great!! I should also mention here that since introducing Leo to more solids we have also upped his water intake to make sure he’s getting enough fluids as well!
It’s actually so INSANE how quickly Leo’s eating habits have developed and it blows me away to think that 8 months ago he was latching on to my nipple, and I was pumping while on set now he’s holding his own bottle and crackers and eating solids?! … What the hell?! Seriously though, each stage is so quick, just as you get used to feeding one particular way, things change on your and BOOM … it’s totally different the next day!
If you’re a new mama, how is your experience so far introducing solids to your babe’s diet?? Any suggestions, tips, or tricks?? If so, please make sure to share them with everyone in the comments section below!! Can’t wait to read through them!
Thank you Love Child Organics for sponsoring this post AND for donating product to some of my favourite charities on my behalf. All comments and opinions are my own.