We have another round of questions on today’s Scoop on Starting Solids blog series. Our favorite guest blogger, Dr. Julia Getzelman, founder of GetzWell Pediatrics covers topics today on introducing solids to a “distracted” little one, addressing common baby digestion concerns, and I’ll kick things off answering a question about where I source ingredients that go into baby food from Little City Kitchen Co.
A reminder to readers – submit your baby food-related questions by posting a comment on our Great Baby Food Giveaway blog, and if we feature your question, you win a free pack of baby food from Little City Kitchen Co., just like Kathy, Christine, and Scarlett did this month – congratulations guys!
Question from Christine: I’d like to learn more about your adventures in securing organic and fresh ingredients for your baby food.
Jill: I buy as much directly from the farms as possible, always organic. The majority of fresh fruits and vegetables are bought from local organic farms that sell at the same farmers markets as I do (easy pickup and I like supporting other market vendors). My favorites are J&M Ibarra, Allard Farms, and Riverdog.
My brown rice comes from Massa Organics, an awesome local rice and wheat company. I use exclusively the Native Forest brand of coconut milk because they’re the only organic brand that comes in a non-BPA lined can.
If I can’t get it from the farms directly, I go through a local organic distributor called Veritable Vegetable, or for small quantities of things, I hit up places like Whole Foods or Berkeley Bowl.
Be forewarned, because next we’re going to talk about a topic that was bound to come up eventually, and one that is near and dear to any new mom’s heart.
Yup, that’s right people, we’re going to talk about poop………
Question from Scarlett: My 6 month old has been eating solids for about a month. Since she started, she has been very constipated, despite feeding her high fiber foods like prunes and sweet potato. How can I change her diet to make to make it easier on her?
Dr. G: Some babies aren’t ready for starchy foods like sweet potato right away. You could try leafy greens (kale, collard greens, chard), broccoli, and zucchini–these might help. If not, beets often “move things along.”
Keep in mind, however, that constipation isn’t just a delay in stooling but hard/dry bowel movements. So, if she is delayed but happy, that’s OK. Probiotics and omega-3 fatty acids in the form of high quality fish oil are sometimes necessary to treat true constipation. Some children do become constipated with the introduction of solid foods despite giving them high quality, whole foods and these are the kiddos for whom I advise using omegas and probiotics.
Question from Kathy L: I’ve just started my six month old on solids, but she seems to like chewing on the bowl and spoon more than anything else. When do I start worrying about her not getting enough nutrition from breastmilk along and pushing for her to actually “eat” the solid foods?
Dr. G: Each baby is unique and some are ready to eat solids at 4-5 months while others seem to be happy exclusively breast feeding longer. In some cases kids don’t begin to really “take” to solid foods until closer to 9-10 months or more. By 1 year most children are getting the bulk of their calories from solid foods. So, there’s no rush.
A healthy child will let you know when she’s ready. You can keep trying by introducing different flavors and foods to her, but she may only take a bite or two and then be distracted by the bowl and the spoon for a few more weeks or months.
For any of you Peninsula Kaiser mom’s…come to our baby food cooking demonstration as part of the One Day Wellness Workshop held at Kaiser in Daly City. It’s this Tuesday from 2-5pm (baby food stuff is from 2:45 – 3:45pm). No charge, so join us if you can! Have a great week everyone!