When to Introduce First Foods to your Baby

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I just spent an hour lovingly scraping the melted marrow out of bones with a tiny spoon fashioned by my handsome bearded caveman then expressing a heap of boobie milk by hand to make a boobie milk marrow mixture then froze them into ice cube trays. Can you even imagine how much nutrition is in these little squares?? Two types of liquid gold – Mumma milk and marrow – full of immune protective compounds, antioxidants, precious stem cells, growth factors and all the vitamins and minerals needed to sustain life. Holy macaroni.

My little primal Koorie babe is still too young for food at 4 months old but I’ve been excitedly planning her first foods from the list of the highest nutrient-dense foods on the planet and deep freezing the ones I can prepare in advance. Boy is she ready though!! She sits up in her high chair like a Big Shot while we eat lunch and tea (she sleeps through brekkie) and her little legs and arms bounce around in excitement and her sparkly dark eyes follow the food from our plates to our mouths, her head swivelling from my face to her daddy’s face back-and-forth back-and-forth, her precious plump lips dribbling like crazy.

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A baby’s digestive system matures usually between four months and six months of age. The gut is the root of all disease so I would rather not compromise her health by introducing solids before the recommended age of six months. If you decide to, watch her carefully for any reactions (rashes, unusual fussiness, changed bowel movements, infections, sleep changes).

Some people that are choosing a Baby Led Weaning approach prefer to wait until their little gum nut is eight months old and able to hold chunks of food in their hands.

The immune system of a breastfed babe can handle any bugs in the food so it’s important to introduce foods while you are still breast feeding. Some experts say that foods that commonly cause allergies should be introduced later in life when the baby’s immune system is stronger, however it is more likely that a baby will become allergic to a food if the mum’s antibodies are not transferred to the baby through her milk – so if you are planning on introducing certain foods like eggs it is best to do so while breastfeeding.

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Every drop of breast milk has millions of probiotics in it so even if you aren’t breast feeding it would be a cool idea to find a friend or family member to donate you a small amount (or a big amount!) One frozen ice cube of boobie milk a day could do wonders for settling a baby’s tummy as they adjust to solid foods and protect the baby against any bad bacteria building up in their gut.

Boobie milk contains vital antibodies and cells that boost immunity for the entire time a babe is breastfed. Boobie milk also creates the optimal environment for the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut that prevents infections.

Aside from the maturity of the stomach, a practical reason for waiting is for the baby to gain full neck and head control to prevent choking and for the baby’s tongue reflex to disappear. The tongue reflex protects a baby from premature introduction of solids by pushing the food back out again and although I find it super adorable to see those chubby bubs covered from head to toe in purée, it may just mean your babe isn’t ready to be eating yet. Check your bub’s readiness by pressing a spoon gently in their mouth or your finger and see if the middle of the tongue flicks up automatically to push the spoon out. Your baby will gag a lot during their first adventures with eating so supervise them carefully while they eat but don’t worry about this natural gag reflex.

I have been giving bubba a spoonful of baby probiotics mixed with boobie milk and her tongue reflex means we lose most of it into the chubby folds around her neck. So I know physically she is not ready even if she has been socially ready to eat for yonks. She’s an old soul but she’s got a precious newborn body that I want to protect.

Even though I feel pressure from her at every meal that she patiently waits to be shared with, I want to wait until her digestive system is mature enough at six months to handle solid foods. She has the rest of her life to enjoy amazing primal meals with us – why rush? But heck, I’m excited about introducing her to the best foods that taste incredible, dazzle the eyes with bright colours, and make her itty bitty body feel and look divine. The important thing for now is that she feels involved in family meals and learns the vital social nature of eating. Food is love.

And I love you my little black cockatoo.

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