Ok, I have to preface this post: the picture of Robbie making funny faces were more interesting than the ones (20-ish?!) where he is smiling and having a great time. So don't think that I am torturing him with Rice Cereal!
Yesterday Robbie hit the 4 month mark, and after reading about 'how to know if your baby is ready for cereal', it was clear that Robbie fit the description:
- baby has doubled their birth weight or weighs over 14 lbs: CHECK
- baby sits with support and has good head control: CHECK
- baby continues to be hungry after 32 oz of formula in a day: CHECK
He has also shown interest in what I am eating at mealtimes, and recently tried to grab my frozen yogurt. So last night we gave him his first few bites of rice cereal, and he ate it like a pro. You would have thought this baby came out of the womb eating cereal. So I couldn't wait to get up this morning and give him more! (...and take a few pictures...)
As soon as I put him in the high chair again, he started moving his mouth/tongue and pretend eating - he knew what was coming! It was so cute.
First bite: "I THINK I remember what this stuff is..."
Half way through: Looking a little dazed.
And a lot like he's on a roller coaster and holding onto the harness for dear life.
"WOAH." A little distracted (bothered!?) by the camera flash.
Oh this poor baby - he was cracking me up. At this point I realized that naptime was going to follow closely behind the cereal experience. He was totally glazed over!
When can I have more!?
After breakfast, Robbie was feeling like a big boy, so as we got ready for bath time he asked if I could please use the bath sponge instead of his baby bath tub. (I know, he's very advanced.) I thought it was a good idea, so he laid down in the bath - all 1 1/2 inches of water! - on his little teddy bear sponge and kicked at the water like a mad man the whole time. It was great, until he spit up a little formula/cereal AND peed in his bath water both at the same time. It was a big morning and he wore himself out, barely getting his diaper and clothes on before falling asleep for a long morning nap.
For all of the mothers out there, when did you start Stage 1 jars? From what I've read, I'm thinking I'll give it a week or two of just cereal... maybe longer? Then introduce flavors, maybe mixing in a little Stage 1 fruit with the cereal? (I do know about waiting 3-5 days before introducing each item for allergies.) Let me know what worked for you!