Skandha is 7 months old now!!
Belated mother’s day wishes to all mommies! Am peeping into Scribbalicious after very long time. Need I say the reason? Oh! Am too busy with my super active son! Everyday Skandhu’s naughtiness is increasing by leaps and bounds Sometimes he is an angel playing all by himself and letting amma relax and do her work. Sometimes he tortures amma wearing his invisible Halloween costume – A big tail and 2 little horns
Skandhu crawls too fast that I have to run behind him!!
Pappu tries to stand all by himself. He also takes few steps with our support. He wants to hold anything that he sees in his way and tries to stand up. Bumps and bruises have become so common these days. Here is bapa’s little poem dedicated to his dear son
One little Skandhu, jumping on the bed
He fell down and Amma got vexed
Amma called Bapa and Bapa said
Dont worry Amma Skandhu is like that!!
This is the spoof version of the famous nursery rhyme
Five little monkeys jumping on the bed
One fell down and bumped his head
Mama called the doctor and the doctor said
No more monkeys jumping on the bed.
[the count decreases from 5 to 1]
Skandha likes to stand beside our sliding door and enjoy looking out. Little one enjoys stroll.. its pouring for the past one week and we aren’t able to get outdoors
Skandhu has become very clingy these days. He doesn’t let me go off his vicinity. He reminds me the famous Hutch/Vodafone ad and this is what I say “Where ever amma goes… Skandhu follows” Am tagging him “everywhere” along with me! If Amma is in kitchen he has to be there. Playing with oven doors, sliding door or banging the cabinets. The other day he opened the vent and was about to throw his toy there… thankfully we saw at the rite moment. Else… there would be no heating at home and $$ for the repair
Here is our (future) Sound Engineer. He loves to bang the vessels, play with the lids and drop his toys. He has understood that he can hear sound only in hardwood floors and not in the carpet. He brings his toys from the living room to kitchen and plays “drop and bang” games!! Now what else should I say about his smartness
Skandhu is helping Amma in the kitchen (hope so?!)
Our little sound engineer has now become computer engineer.. LOL Its soo cute to see him typing so fast!!
Introducing 2nd stage baby food: Our little guy has now graduated to 2nd stage foods. During his 6 month doc visit, his Ped signalled us to start with the 2nd stage baby foods. Since we had already progressed through all the stage 1 foods, we jumped to the next level of baby foods.
We also give finger foods (wagon wheels) as per his Ped’s suggestion. Skandhu loves to eat (read play) wagon wheels. These kind of finger foods help babies learn to feed themselves. Am glad he takes at least half the wagon wheel, rest would be mess in his hands and on his high chair.There are also teething biscuits which solve the purpose of teethers and finger food. Am planning to start them when is 9 months old.
What are 2nd stage foods: Stage 2 foods are mixed grain cereals or cereal with veg/fruit purées or mixed fruit/veg purées. Stage one baby foods are single grain cereals and single fruit/veg purées. We first have to start with single grain or single fruit/veg purées at around 4-6 months. Once the baby adapts well to the stage one foods and there are no allergies for any food items then we can proceed with the stage 2 baby foods at around 6-9 months. If the baby is allergic to any specific food item, consult your doctor before starting with stage 2 foods.
We started solids when Skandha was 4.5 months old. By the time he was 6 months, we had given him all the fist stage foods. We then slowly introduced multi grain cereals (oats, wheat and rice) and multi fruit/veg purées. He seems to enjoy his meal
When to start the 2nd stage foods: Ideally second stage foods are for babies who sit without support (just like first stage foods are for supported sitters). It would always be wise to follow your Ped’s advice before introducing any new food.
How to choose baby foods: If you buying jarred baby food, then it is important to note the following.
- Check the expiration date.
- Do not use the jar that are cracked/ unsealed/ broken.
- Do not buy any baby food that has WATER as the main ingredient. Always read the ingredients present in the baby food
- Do not buy any baby food that has added sugar or salt in it.
Should I always give only organic baby foods: Both me and dear hubby are not a great fan of organic stuff. There is a lot of hype and hoopla about the organic food items. I came across the following info.
Increasing popularity of organic baby food means infants are going short of iron. This essential nutrient is not put in organic baby food because of restrictions on what can be added to it to keep it ‘organic’. Paediatric dietician Judy More said fortified non-organic baby food has about 1.1mg of iron per jar whereas the organic equivalent has only 0.5mg. She believes a baby fed exclusively on commercially-prepared organic food could consume 20per cent less iron than a baby eating the non-organic variety.
Its purely parent’s decision to use “Organic” food items. It seems organic foods mostly contain water as the main ingredient. Check this buying the baby food.
When can we start finger foods: Gerber marks its finger foods for crawlers. Our Ped asked us to start finger foods after 6 months.
Skandhu started crawling when he was 5 months old but we started the finger foods when he was 6 months old.
What kind of finger foods can we give: There are variety of finger foods. For older babies (after 10 months) cooked veggies like carrots make a great finger food. We can start with wagon wheels, puffs, teething biscuits etc. Always consult your Ped before introducing any new food.
Can we give yoghurt or cheese to a 6 month old baby: My Ped suggested to slowly introduce the dairy foods like yoghurt and cottage cheese after 7 months.
We are yet to start dairy items to Skandha. Planning to give yoghurt when he is 7.5 months old.