Going from Mush to Mmmmm. What to feed a growing baby.

While sending some photos off to the printer, I realized that Oliver was trying to tell me something...

Mommy, I love you and everything you do for me
but... we need to talk about the crap you are feeding me.

Look at me, I am a big boy.  
It's time to talk about my nutritional needs!

I'm sick of the mushy tasteless baby food.

Seriously, I hate it.  I am 9 months old,
enough already! The mush stops here.

You see this? I would rather eat my foot!

Or this Hot Wheel.

Sorry, but just put the mush in here already.
It belongs in there with daddy's poo.

Look, me and my little friend over here...
We are prepared to help you cook.

ME: How about this? 
Strawberries, peeled blueberries, chicken & broccoli.
Ollie: Now that's what I'm talking about!

Great talk mom!
I knew you would see it my way.
Here you go, take this pouch of goo so I can eat.

Two weeks ago Ollie stopped eating purees, even the chunky purees he would turn his nose up at it.  If he couldn't pick it up, he didn't want it.  Actually that's not entirely true, he will eat applesauce off of a spoon, but everything else must be 'real' food. I have always let him eat little bits of food, but the Plum Organics pouches were his main sourse of 'solids,' and then one day he refused to eat it. All of the sudden I was scrambling for ideas on healthy meals... three healthy meals a day! 

I went online, read my baby books and asked the pediatrician at our well baby check-up about what I should be feeding my 9-monh old.  

Online:  The most concise list came from Baby Center

What to feed a 9-month old
  • Breast milk or formula, PLUS
  • Small amounts of soft pasteurized cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese (but no cows' milk until age 1)
  • Iron-fortified cereals (rice, barley, wheat, oats, mixed cereals)
  • Mashed fruits and vegetables (bananas, peaches, pears, avocados, cooked carrots, squash, potatoes, sweet potatoes)
  • Finger foods (lightly toasted bagels, cut up; small pieces of ripe banana; well-cooked spiral pasta; teething crackers; low-sugar O-shaped cereal)
  • Small amounts of protein (egg, pureed meats, poultry, and boneless fish; tofu; well-cooked and mashed beans with soft skins like lentils, split peas, pintos, black beans)
How much per day
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup dairy (or 1/2 oz. cheese)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup iron-fortified cereal
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup fruit
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup vegetables
  • 1/8 to 1/4 cup protein foods
Feeding tip
  • Introduce new foods one at a time, with at least three days in between to make sure your baby's not allergic.
Books:  They say to just feed what I am eating cut up into very small bites.  And that rice is great, but will constipate him so not too much.

Pediatrician: He agreed with the Baby Center list, said no Honey, Cow's Milk or Peanut Butter yet. He also said fruity 'O' cereal in some cases is better than plain 'O' cereal.  He said the sugar is not as high as we would think, and has more nutrients in it.

Ahhh this raising a baby thing is such a process!   

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