Not sure why her dr said that, I guess this being my 1st I thought it was normal. She's doesn't have health issues at all so I dunno. He also said to hold off of baby foods until 6 months, but after seeing other babies eating them at 4 I started earlier.
I talked to my ped when my daughter was 6 months old and she said I can give her whatever I want except honey, so with that being said:
For reference, my daughter is 9 months old.
Also, we totally skipped rice/ baby cereal.
My husband is the pickiest of picky eaters, but he loooves Middle Eastern food, so our baby has had a range of ME foods, lol. Her favorites are hummus and falafel. If your baby likes hummus it is actually really easy to make or to pick up at the store and have on hand for baby for a quick lunch. Falafel is very easy to make as well, and it is healthy and delicious.
A snack that I make for my daughter are tofu bites. I buy the extra firm tofu, and press it for about 30 minutes (get as much liquid out as possible). Then I cut it however I want (I usually do small rectangles, easy for picking up). I toss it with some cornstarch, salt, pepper, garlic powder. Fry it up in just a little oil, and it's done! Of course always monitor baby when eating, but these treats are good finger foods because they are so soft on the inside. They are also very versatile, you can season them however you want.
My husband loves lemons (which is why he likes ME foods so much, lol) so he has been giving her lemon water since at least 6 months. I always add just a splash of lime juice. I have seen moms being very critical of giving babies less than a year citrus, but my daughter loves it. We have been giving her almond milk for a treat since at least 6 months as well.
My food processor has been given a workout. I often make ahead, and then freeze it. You can even freeze mashed bananas, avocados, etc.
I do daycare when I have a lot of crap going on. On those days I am usually rushing, so I often will just mash an avocado, add some lime, and send her on her way.
We do keep some of those pouches on hand, but those are what we consider her fast food, like when we are running around.
We don't eat beef or pork, but we have given her chicken and salmon, and she really likes it, especially salmon.
I would be lying if I didn't admit that one of the things I really looked forward to was making my own homemade baby food. Almost everything my daughter has eaten has been things that I have made, and it is very fulfilling to me.
Those all sound like first foods and at 10 months babies diet should be more complex. You don't seem to be offering fats or proteins. By 1 when most people stop formula /breastfeeding baby needs to be able to get their nutrition from food.
My son is also just about 10 months. I don't make special meals he eats either what we are having or a variation of that.
Today he's had
- Porridge with banana. Then toast with a smidge of peanut butter (spoon fed porridge, fed himself toast)
- Potato cakes with grated cheese and sliced pear (fed himself)
_ Dinner is chilli with rice. He will have exactly the same but I serve his before adding extra chilli for the rest of the family.
Yoghurt for dessert.
You need to trust your baby. They are capable of so much.
I think after reading the lists the only concern I have and like a few have mentioned is healthy fats & proteins. Our wee girl is just past 6 months and ate the ground turkey, quinoa, turmeric, curry (mild), and carrots in our stuffed peppers for dinner sat night. Egg mash with oatmeal + banana for breaky, avacado, carrot/apple puree with tiny cubed cheese for lunch. She loves goats milk and goats milk keffir (keffir is thicker and helps their immune system as it has probiotics), we had lentil ham soup after easter and she loved that, she has no teeth but our doctor said that they need protein a few times everyday and milk - either breast, goat,or formula or a mix of those for variety and do not start feeding them juice till at least after the age of 2 because there's far too mch sugar in it. A better alternative is coconut water, and it's great in the summer cold for them as it replenishes their potassium when they sweat.
Babies need protein to feul brain growth and both long periods of sleep and protein will ensure they grow tall. Human growth hormone is only produced with sleep lengths over 2-3 hours and with protein, hence why asian cultures have short populations - they relied heavily on vegetable & carby (rice) diets to survive for centuries.
No table food till 1 sounds like very weird advice. Mine were both eating regular foods well before that age. Sophie loved toast at 6 months. Thomas would tuck into a curry by 7 months. There's no reason to drag out the mushy/runny food stage.
I'd definitely grab an avocado for her, my husband and I both hate them but they are sooo good for you, my daughter was obsessed with them from 6 months til about 18 months although when I offer it now she doesn't seem interested. I think she may have just over eaten them as she used to eat one a day lol! I used to love going to the reduced section to find fruit and veg that I hadn't eaten before and cook it for baby. And now my toddler views a fruit and veg stall like a sweet shop, asking to try loads of things. I never get to walk away from a f&v stall without buying her something! At your little ones age her favourite foods were fish cake, asparagus, broccoli, carrot, porridge, avocado, plums, cheese and omelettes. You could make a frittata which can be served cold for daycare? Or if they have hot water my go to lunch that's ready in minutes is couscous. I cheat and have a ready seasoned pack in the change bag for emergencies - not ideal as its full of salt but for once in a blue moon it's fine! Otherwise you just add some butter and your own seasonings and pour hot water on it. Let it absorb the water, and fluff with a fork, ready to eat!
I appreciate all your suggestions, but the whole avocado thing...nope. she won't eat them. Turns out she's more of a pizza girl finally found a sippy cup she'll use (those munchkin 360 ones), and she's being moved over to the toddler side of daycare next week, so she'll just eat whatever everyone else is eating, minus their milk and fruits and veggies. Those I will be providing as I only want her to have organic in them. If I wouldn't eat it, I'm not giving it to my daughter...good thing strawberries are in season!
She'll be getting that through daycare. They provide a weekly menu of what they'll be eating, so if there's something I don't think she'll be able to handle or don't want her to eat (they don't necessairly have the most nutritous menu, ie: poptarts) i can bring her something else. Definitely not a vegetarian...love steak waaaay too much!
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