Monday, October 3, 2011

New Food of the Week

I am debuting a new feature on the blog today: the "New Food of the Week."  Every Monday I'll post a description of a new food we introduced CC to, along with a picture of her trying it.

This week: CARROTS!  I steamed some organic baby carrots last night, let them cool, and pureed them in my food processor.  Huh.  They didn't puree as smoothly as I expected.  Maybe I'm doing something wrong?  I will have to do a little more research on that front.  But eventually they were smooth enough for me to feel comfortable feeding them to CC.

Matt and I both really like carrots, so I assumed CC would too.  Not so, apparently.  At least not yet.  I've read that you have to offer a new food to a baby up to 20 times before they decide whether or not they like it.  Last night she had about 4 spoonfuls, making horrible faces, before she began shrinking back from the spoon and coughing/retching.

We will continue giving her carrots every evening this week, and maybe she'll start liking them.


B-Mama said...

Try making a really really diluted concoction of carrots and rice cereal. More like rice cereal with a little carrot flavoring. I've always had better luck that way. The pure food might be too much flavor at once for her! Over time, increase the carrot concentration.

Mrs. G said...

We had the same reaction in our house. Try boiling them instead and add water as needed. I tried them a second time with some libbys pumpkin an d it went over much better. Something about textures with babies

Morrisons said...

We tried again last night and she liked them a lot better. I think she just needs a few tries to get used to the taste. But if she seems to be struggling with any new foods, I will definitely try mixing them with other things!

Team Copouls said...

When I made sweet potatoes, I added about 5oz. of breast milk as I was pureeing them. That definitely helped the consistency. I've also read that you can save the cooking liquid (boiled or steamed) and add that to the blender/food processor until you get the right consistency. We've done rice cereal, sweet potatoes, applesauce, avocado, and I think I'm going to try bananas or carrots next. Also, I take a "beyond newborns" class and the topic last week was solids. The teacher said that recent studies have shown high amounts of arsenic in rice cereal, even organic. They suggested doing organic oatmeal cereal instead of rice. I haven't gotten any yet, but plan to try it. Just my two cents... love the pictures!