So on my first day back at work, Nat also had his 6th month vaccination appointment. His PD then told us we could introduce protein into Nat’s diet! He can also try broccoli, cauliflower and spinach. I think his menu is more exciting (and healthier) than ours.
So after doing some reading, I’ve decided to delay broccoli until he’s almost 7 months because it can cause gas in babies.
In terms of what types of foods babies can take at each stage, this article organizes it nicely in a table.
So far, there’s 3 categories of food that Nat has tried between 4-6 months, they are grains, vegetables and fruits.
Grains: rice cereal, oatmeal cereal
Vegetables: sweet potato (Japanese & Australian varieties), yam, carrots, potatoes
Fruits: pumpkin (local and butternut squash), banana, avocado, apple, pear
Moving forward, these are the new types of foods that we can introduce as advised by Nat’s PD :
- Fish (threadfin, salmon, cod) – I came across this that explains the types of fish that are better suited for baby food
In terms of how milk is balanced out with puree/porridge, the former still constitutes the bulk of Nat’s diet.
In a day, he has a total of 5 feeds, 3 are full milk feeds while 2 consists of puréed food.
Below is Nat’s feeding schedule between 4-6 months in summary.
645/7am: wake up milk feed (120ml)
10/1030am: mid-morning purée (3-4 ounces) followed by a milk top-up (60ml) an hour later after his bath and just before his 2nd nap only if he is still hungry
230pm: full milk feed (150-180ml)
530pm: evening purée (3-4 ounces) followed by a milk top-up (60-90ml) an hour later only if he’s peckish
10/1030pm: final milk feed (160ml) to last him until 6/630am the next day
I think we would also let Nat try feeding himself via putting bite-sized food pieces into his mouth. So far, we’ve given him baby biscuits and fruits i.e. half a banana to gnaw at. Most of the time, the food ends up everywhere else but his mouth. Owell, we all have to start somewhere right.
What I find amusing is that ever since I started planning Nat’s menu, we also started eating fruits on a daily basis haha.
Exciting (and healthy) times ahead.