03 May 2009

First Solid Food

For some time now, Rocket has been eyeing our food when we eat. We knew that was one of the signs that he might be ready for solid food, but it was the parents that weren't quite ready. Corinne has gotten nursing down to a science and it doesn't require packing any extra stuff; everything is just "built-in". Of course we knew we would have to introduce it eventually, but we weren't in any hurry.

It was our pediatrician who pointed out that introducing new foods is actually fun since you get to see them experience a new sensation each time you give them something new. Combined with Anders's obvious signs, that was enough to convince us that it was time.

The typical first food is an iron-fortified rice cereal, so that's where we started as well. It turns out that Anders had been paying attention and really was ready; he immediately grabbed the spoon and shoved it into his mouth.

One of the added benefits that I've heard from other parents is that solid food causes babies to sleep longer/deeper at night. Anders has been sleeping through the night since 3 months, so I doubt that we'll notice any change. The biggest downside, of course, comes out the other end... we won't be able to just toss the cloth diapers directly into the laundry anymore.

- Mike, Corinne, and Anders Rocket

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