Kale has the love for the foods.
We started like everyone does with rice cereal and we have so far tested and liked:
- plain yogurt, and now, plain yogurt with a teensy bit of cinnamon in it
- Baby Mum Mums
- Heritage O’s / Cheerios
- sweet potato
- apple sauce (homemade, kind of tart)
- asian pear
- anjou pear
- oat cereal
- millet cereal
- cottage cheese
- green beans
Today we are trying spinach and next is zucchini. So far the only thing he sort of didn’t care for was peas, but that may hae been my fault as they were one of the first things he tried and I made my own and didn’t grind them enough, probably.
I’ve been trying to make a point of it not always being the sweet foods, although admittedly, banana is his fave fave favorite and if he’s getting somewhat fussy I KNOW I can give him some banana in the feeder and he’s happy to shove it into his cakehole and get all messy. Here he is enjoying some sweet potato in a particularly messy way:
|From Kale 6 to 9 months|
I had the car for once today as Ross is on his annual company ski trip to Whistler for the day and so after breakfast, Kale and I went to the grocery store and did a great big grocery shop. He got to sit in the cart thing and spent the entire time flirting with any person within about 5 feet of us. I selected a canteloupe and let him smell and feel it, and he loved that, and when I picked up the bag of apples he used all of his might to s-t-r-e-t-c-h around and touch the bag as I was putting it into the cart. It was really fun for him. Kale’s been to the grocery store a few times, but we are generally in and out as fast as possible because we are often there as a family on Saturdays and it’s really busy. So today I strolled every aisle, looking at things, putting them down, letting him smell or touch them and chatting with him the whole time and I think we both really enjoyed it. I know I did. He was totally sleepy by the time we arrived home and it was a matter of minutes and he was down for his nap.
I’ve been reading on Ask Moxie that we should be expecting a big sleep regression soon and I am gearing up for that. His top two teeth are RIGHT THERE and I am expecting those to bust through any day now. I can tell they are close because when he’s nursing it feels different. They are HUGE, liky my front two teeth. I’m hoping that the two events – the sleep regression and the enormous top two teeth – don’t collide on the same night. Or perhaps I want them to collide on one horrible night and then GO AWAY FOR GOOD by the next day.
Last thing – I wanted to ask you moms about iron. Back in the day when I sold vitamins for a living, we used to sell Flora’s products most commonly for iron, since iron is so darn hard to absorb. We sold Floradix or Floravit for adults, and as I recall, we didn’t have an iron supplement specifically for kids, although we usually sold Kindervital as a multivitamin, which is iron free so that the calcium absorbs better. So my question is twofold, I guess. Do I really need to supplement iron? My research tells me that the jury is still out on that one – some experts say that the iron in breastmilk is SO absorbable that you don’t need to supplement and some experts disagree and insist that kids have supplemental iron. And I guess the second part of my question is (if you are from the school that says a supplement is necessary) what brand and kind of iron do you use or suggest?