This Is What Happens If She Eats Rice Or Porridge

Whenever there is pasta, spaghetti or noodles, I will have no problem getting Baby to eat her meals on her own. She can kuai kuai sit on her booster seat at the dining table and chomp down the bowl of noodles or pasta in a jiffy by herself. But my mil says Baby is Chinese and she has to learn to eat rice coz Chinese eat rice. For the past 2 days, I have had no luck getting her to eat rice with dishes. She would only eat a couple of spoonfuls, then she would turn her head away when I bring the spoonful of rice to her mouth. The rice ended up in the bin and she ended up eating bread with cheese spread.

A few days ago, I cooked chicken porridge and threw in some diced carrots and french beans. This is what happened:

This little rascal had absolutely no interest in the porridge which I find very tasty and played with it with both her hands.

She squashed and squashed the porridge and then clapped her porridge filled hands!!!  It was a total mess everywhere and she needed a shower immediately after dinner. The remaining crockpot of porridge went into my maid’s tummy.

Yesterday I made her mushroom pasta with diced carrots and voila, she whacked the bowl of pasta by herself, no problem, fuss-free and stress-free!

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Baby’s Dinner

I started feeding Baby with rice and dishes about 2 weeks ago. Here’s her ‘official’ first bowl of rice with dishes:

Brown rice mixed with white rice, fried onion omelette (my 3 gals love this dish and love onions!), pan fried fish and stir-fried organic cabbage… not forgetting a soup of the day, which is a must for her everyday!

With only 6 teeth (2 bottom, 4 upper), she can eat pretty well, though I have to cut everything up into smaller pieces. I’m glad I didn’t blend her food to porridge consistency from the start (though I was so very tempted to and almost bought a blender) and now she can eat on her own quite independently. Each time I was tempted to blend her food, visions of Baby following rascal #2’s foot steps would flash across my mind.

I made a mistake by blending rascal #2’s food up until she was 3 yo and our previous maid spoon-fed her every meal until she was 3 yo. Now, she still needs us to feed her towards the end of the meal and has a habit of storing food (especialy rice with dishes) in her mouth!!

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Baby C On Solids…. And Her Weight Dropped Further

I started Baby C on solids about a week ago. Her first ever taste of solids was some organic ground brown rice for babies that my sil bought from Hong Kong. I mixed it with some lotus root soup and she loved it.

Baby C smiling away after tasting her first spoonful of rice cereal as she was being carried by daddy.

However, after the most recent UTI attack and 3 days of antibiotics drips through IV line, her appetite reduced drastically. After the IV line was removed prematurely on Monday night and she had to be fed oral antibiotics (Zinnat), which made her puke each time she was forced fed with the meds, she now has a phobia of eating or drinking anything from a spoon or a syringe except my milkie which is direct from my boops! I was really devastated when the nurse weighed her yesterday and her weight had dropped 200gms…. to a mere 6.72kg!   She’s already slightly below average in weight and with the recent hospitalization, her weight plummeted further. I am just terribly worried. Hopefully she will regain her appetite, eat more and put on some weight very soon.

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When Do You Start Feeding Your Baby Solids?

I am still undecided when to start feeding Baby C solids.  With Alycia, I started feeding her porridge at 6 months and Sherilyn, around 7-8 months.  I am thinking of delaying feeding Baby C solids until she’s at least 8 months or even longer.

Here are some excerpts from (an exclusive site for breastfeeding mums) on why babies should be fed solids at a later age :

 1. Most babies will become developmentally and physiologically ready to eat solids by 6-9 months of age. For some babies, delaying solids longer than six months can be a good thing; for example, some doctors may recommend delaying solids for 12 months if there is a family history of allergies.

2. The following organizations recommend that all babies be exclusively breastfed (no cereal, juice or any other foods) for the first 6 months of life (not the first 4-6 months):

-World Health Organization
-US Department of Health & Human Services
-American Academy of Pediatrics
-American Academy of Family Physicians
-American Dietetic Association
-Australian National Health and Medical Research Council
-Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
-Health Canada

3. Reasons for delaying solids :
-Delaying solids gives baby greater protection from illness.
-Delaying solids gives baby’s digestive system time to mature.
-Delaying solids decreases the risk of food allergies.
-Delaying solids helps to protect baby from iron-deficiency anemia.
-Delaying solids helps to protect baby from future obesity.
-Delaying solids helps mom to maintain her milk supply.
-Delaying solids helps to space babies.
-Delaying solids makes starting solids easier.

My generous sil from Hong Kong bought 2 boxes of Organix baby cereal for Baby C :

This one the baby can start to eat between 4 – 6 months.

And this one, the baby can start to eat at 6 months.

I was really tempted to feed Baby C the first one but after reading the article from, I think I will delay feeding Baby C  solids.  Well, hopefully I can still continue to breastfeed her exclusively for at least another half a year or even longer …. which means that I have to delay my diet plan.

When did you start your baby on solids?

On a sidenote, just want to share this pic with you :

My 3 angels with their granny.  Baby C looked so much like a boy here!

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