Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A day off and two firsts...

In case I haven't mentioned it, I love banker's holidays.  We took full advantage of my day off by going for two firsts... to mixed reviews. 

First, I finally remembered to try Kayla's first pair of baby legwarmers on her.  Love.  Love, love love.  They are absolutely adorable, and they make diaper changes a breeze.  Now she can lounge around in a onesie and her legs will stay toasty warm. 

For the second, I need to back up to last week.  At her 4-month checkup, the doctor gave us the green light to start Kayla on rice cereal.  I was a little hesitant since the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends giving baby only breast milk until she's 6 months old, but we figured since the doctor said it was OK that we would go for it.  So tonight we finally put her in her high chair for the first time.  I gave her a sippy cup with some water in it to help her get used to that while I warmed the milk for the cereal.  I showed her how that worked but she still doesn't quite have enough control to do it on her own yet. 

Then we got to the good stuff.  As you can see, the initial reaction was not exactly favorable. 

After a few spoonfuls, the attitude changed though.  She got the hang of opening her mouth for the spoon and letting me pour little bits of cereal/breast milk soup into her mouth.  As expected, more of the cereal made its way down her chin than down her throat.  It was still good practice though and I look forward to making this a regular part of our evening routine. 

1 comment:

Tyler's Story... said...

SOOO cute!!!

The academy recommends exclusive breast feeding up to 6 months for two reasons. One, the baby's tongue will push out anything more solid than liquid to avoid choking. Two, you get more calories from milk than from the small amount of food that they will eat. HOWEVER! If the baby is interested (reaching for your spoon/fork/food and watching intently while you eat) then "playing" with food is fine. The main concern is switching from breastmilk/formula to ONLY solids. If the solids aren't the main calorie intake then experimenting is fine. They also recommend starting with veggies (after cereal) and not fruits so that baby doesn't expect the food to always be sweet... We had LOOOONG conversations with our doc because Tyler was interested at 4 months but really his body was only 2 months and blah blah blah. (Hope that helps or at least puts your mind at ease a little).