Tuesday, 23rd July 2013 – First Solids
Gio turned 6 months today. The long awaited day of introducing solids is here.
My wife and I spent longer than I had anticipated assembling the cot. We would push one side in and the other side comes apart.
We finally managed, but now the mosquito net does not cover the new cot as well as it did the old one.
Went to Nakumatt to return the Milupa and get Purity instead because Milupa has sugar.
Also bought some baby porridge, surprisingly the recommended ones all have mixed grains which goes against the principles of weaning.
(You should introduce single food items, so that if there is any adverse effect, you can immediately nail the culprit.)
Got home and found Gio was hungry.
Let’s do this.
I need to call the lactation lady and ask what amount.
“Just follow the directions on the packet, I don’t see why you are fussing. Do we have water?”
“And the plate or bowl?”
“Oops! We need to wash it and put it in the sterilisation water.
Let me just breastfeed him for now then we do this properly later.”
So Gio breastfed and slept a bit.
After he woke up, he was washed and I dressed him as my wife prepared the first meal.
The rice cereal is meant to be mixed with either breast-milk or formula. We chose to go with formula so that we don’t waste valued breast-milk in case Gio doesn’t finish the meal.
There was a lot of discussion about quantities, but finally we were ready.
Armed with the lactation specialist’s script, it was all systems go.
My wife first breastfed him a bit as directed then sat him in his new high chair.
She put a bit of the cereal in Gio’s mouth. He made a face. He seemed to be tasting it and sort of chewing it, but he did not seem particularly interested.
We tried several more times to give him the food, putting some in when he opened his mouth, but he seemed more interested in the chair and things around it. However, he did not really reject the food.
I suggested we move him from the chair and feed him while carrying him. There wasn’t much change.
I then suggested that my wife lets him touch the food and put it in his mouth himself (as he does with everything he holds). She gave him the spoon and predictably, he moved it to his mouth.
I was about to suggest that we stop and try again tomorrow, since one of the main objectives of the first feed was simply to let him get used to the idea of eating something. I felt we had made a reasonably good introduction. My wife suggested that we turn off the TV, and we did.
Then it seemed something clicked. Gio actually started opening his mouth to be fed! This was about 15 minutes after we started feeding him.
Time and again, he opened his mouth. He even leaned forward towards the spoon! I was amazed.
My wife asked the nanny to bring the remaining cereal and she added a little to replace what had poured. He finished the amount we had apportioned to him, sat with my wife a few moments, breastfed, then slept.
We hoped he would sleep for 6-8hrs, but Nope!