When it came time to add in food, I proceeded with caution. Rian ended up not being able to tolerate any cereal; we tried (with the recommendation of his pediatrician and GI) multigrain, rice, oat and even a hypo allergenic cereal (Neocate Nutra). Unfortunately, he had a reaction to all of it. He would break out into a rash and be very irritable amongst other things.
I was always planning on making my son his own baby food…. but, now that I know he has food allergies (on top of his GERD & MSPI), it became even more apparent how important it is! I decided to stop the cereals and try actual food at 5 months old.
I started with sweet potato after a mom friend commented that her son’s GI recommended it. Since Rian has been eating this, his rash has cleared up and he seems much more content. He doesn’t struggle with his bowel movements and doesn’t thrash his body around. It truly is an amazing thing – whatever it is that is happening in his tiny body!
<—– Here he is, so content while eating!
Rian has always been a natural eater. He showed signs of being ready at 4 months and has always done GREAT. He doesn’t mess around, slop all over himself, or do anything that I expected him to do as a first time eater.
He watches us, mimicks what we do and always reaches out and cries for our food. I like to think he takes after me in this aspect 😉
Here is my recipe for homemade sweet potato baby food:
Wash and scrub 2 medium sized sweet potatoes. Dry completely, poke around with a fork and then wrap the potatoes in foil. Put them in a 400 degree oven for 1 hour. I peeled them immediately after taking them out, but you can wait until they are cool if you want.
Take the potatoes and put them in a blender with about a half cup of water and puree. You can also grind the potatoes with a food mill and work in the water after. Depending on how old your little one is, you can add as much water as you need to get to consistency desired. Remember, you can always add more, but you can’t take it out!
This puree will last for a few days in the fridge. If you are making larger batches, use an ice tray with lid to freeze separate portions. You can let these thaw before using or heat in a microwave until warm.
Rian loves eating this so much he cries for more (as shown below!)….. I feel ya Ri, I hate when I finish a good plate of food too! 🙂
Happy eating! 😀