Did you know that having three toddlers is just like having triplets? Do you know how many things I have to take with me every time I leave the house? To be honest with you, it’s relatively hectic. You’ve probably read about a few of my adventures and felt sorry for me.
My kids are fussy eaters and – did I mention there was three of them? I bring that up again as that translates to me having please three selective individuals being fussy each time we eat. When I first introduced solids to my eldest son, like any new first-time mother, no expense was too great or meal too complicated to prepare for my darling boy. When I fell pregnant with baby number two, just after the first birthday party of baby one, I got a bit over that.
Like any tired, second-time-round mother, I searched for convenience. But like any second-time-round mother, I still insisted on great-tasting and nutritious food for babies that was full of real natural ingredients.
Madly – as expressed by many strangers and friends to my face, I fell pregnant again, just in time for the next first birthday. Like any third-time-round mother, I began to feel like I was losing it a bit, and that I was going to need a pack horse to get from my front door to the car – in our driveway. When it came to introducing solids I not only insisted on great-tasting and nutritious – but convenient and most importantly, lightweight.
Once I found Rafferty’s Garden food for babies, I knew I was on to a winner as they were great-tasting and nutritious food pouches – already prepared for me – made for babies that are full of real natural ingredients.
Like any mother, I spend countless trawling the internet and other resources to find the best for my babies. So, of course I checked them out online first. Were they really as good as the package says? Yes – they only use the freshest, most premium ingredients, with no added sugar, salt, preservatives, additives or anything artificial. And NOTHING ELSE.
They also think that parents have a pretty busy job, and point out that sometimes there’s just not enough time in the day to puree carrots and mango (not to mention pumpkin!) – I HAVE FOUND MY PEOPLE – they are making food that I would make myself and popping it in an attractive pouch for my children to adore. It worked. Rafferty’s Garden helped me to give my family a positive start on their journey to enjoying food.
Tips to introduce solids
- For the first few months, offer solids after a milk feed, as breast milk/infant formula is still the main food.
- Solids are given to teach the baby about eating and to provide extra iron, protein and vitamins.
- To start, offer 1-2 teaspoons of one new food at a time. A new food can be added every few days.
- Try each new food in the morning in case the baby reacts to it. Reactions can be watery poos, vomiting, rashes, swelling or wheezing. Reactions are uncommon but may occur with nuts, egg, dairy, soy, wheat, fish and shellfish. If a reaction occurs, see your doctor, child health nurse or dietitian. Some reactions may require urgent medical attention.
- Increase gradually to 1-2 tablespoons of solids, 2-3 times per day.
- Don’t add solids to the baby’s bottle. The baby needs to learn to chew and swallow.
- Babies will let you know when they have had enough by refusing the food or turning away.
- Start with bland, easily mashed or pureed foods.
Remember, every baby develops at their own pace. Some will learn to eat from a spoon quickly, others will have little interest. Don’t give up, just try again another time.
The amounts suggested are just a guide to help you get started. Your baby will take more solids at each feed as it gets used to food and continues to grow. Be aware that when different foods are introduced your baby’s poo will change in colour and texture.
Don’t be alarmed, it’s normal!
Awesome Baby Hacks
Life hacks are all the rage these days. We love them at Stay at Home Mum, and were so excited when Rafferty’s Garden invited SAHM’s Jody to share her top 4 baby hacks. As she says, Mums are naturally the queens of life hacks – given that they are shortcuts to make things easier and save time. When it comes to baby hacks we all have a few clever tricks up our sleeves. Check out the baby hack video here:
Propping to stop reflux
Jody suggests elevating the mattress in your baby’s cot with rolled up bath towels to help stop reflux as she discovered with her son Natey.
Like most mums would experience, children have a knack for spewing on only the most difficult thing to clean, without fail. Poor Jody always ended up with it on the lounge and in her lap. To clean vomit off the lounge Jody used a damp cloth to wipe up excess chunks, *ew*, then sprinkle bi-carb onto the lounge and brush off with toothbrush. Re-apply then using a damp cloth dipped in vinegar sponge the area clean – if you can still smell the vomit try the bicarb again.
Jody’s sons were messy eaters – they still are! To keep the bibs close Jody stuck a sturdy hook on the back of the highchair and hung bibs on the hook.
Jody’s hack inspired by Rafferty’s Garden got her experimenting in the kitchen using their apple and cinnamon fruit puree. When Jody’s boys were teething, over the counter products didn’t work, so she would make frozen treats that were both frozen and tasty and soothing for their little gums.