One thing I have become more aware of is that Baby Girl has become more verbal. She was already communicating a lot, but these days there is a lot more squeaks and growls and it has become sooo much louder, so much so, that all this screaming is usually followed with a few coughs and that cute ‘laugh out of the tummy’ laugh. She is adorable. But oh my, my ears.
She is also showing more affection. Touching and holding mommy and daddy’s faces with her hands. Reaching out to be picked up and getting super excited about it. She is always waking up with the biggest smile. Makes you heart go all gooey.
I have learned this pass month that you can feed your baby rice cereal and pureed fruits and veggies from four months old unless they show nasty side effects, like diarrhea, nausea or a rash. I was terrified that her stomach will not be able to digest all this food, but once she saw that spoon, her mouth automatically opened up and swallowed! She loves apple, peach, carrot and sweet potato. Because she was only four months old when she started eating solids, the pediatrician suggested only giving her 2-3 spoons and not the whole jar (80 ml). This week she is turning five months so we might just add another spoon. By six months, we can eat the whole jar! and then at eight months we can introduce some protein. The reason for starting with the cereal and puree solids before six months, was because she was not very fond of the formula (we changed formula as well) and wasn’t gaining enough weight. She is doing just fine now and I’m a very happy mommy. I have heard that there is a period between 3 – 6 months, when babies tend to gain less weight, so new moms, don’t freak out if a week has gone by and they did not gain anything. Unless you are really concerned and there might be a fever or stomach problem, then go to your pediatrician asap. Some babies just tend to eat less than other babies and still are happy chappies ( I guess it can be genetic thing as well? or they are already ’emotional eaters’…hope thats not the case!)
Please do not replace formula/breast milk with solid foods. Formula/breast milk is still very important, containing all the nutrients that they need till until 12 months old.
I am very excited to see what month 5 will be holding in for us and what new things Baby Girl will learn about herself. Excited much?! YES!