Monday, December 05, 2005


Today we introduced the Monkey to solid food.
He liked it.
It was messy.

The American Academy of Pediatricians recommends exclusively breast milk for 6 months (which the Monkey will be in another week.) He's been sipping water from a glass for months, and has been interested in watching us eat at the table. So we felt the timing was right.

Our pediatrician (who is awesome, btw) recommended sweet potato as a possible candidate for first food. This squares with our instinct that an unprocessed whole food is the right thing for Monkey to start on. (Monkey Mama wants to keep the Monkey's diet strictly organic.) Our pediatrician also said that if we were in Thailand, he would probably be eating chile peppers. The point being that we needn't feel constrained to rice cereal.

Anyway, I don't know how much he ate, and we'll see how the sweet potato agrees with him for a few days before we introduce anything else. (Homemade applesauce is next up.)

Ideally, the sweet potato will turn into a rock in his stomach by night, so that he feels full and rested the whole night through. And yet, it dissolves away to nothing before it hits the diaper.

Odds are against it, though.


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