Month 1 Review of Musa’s Eating

This post is related to a photo album on my FB: Musa’s Meals Diary

If you have read my post about welcoming solid foods for Musa and the review in the first week, you may want to know what he finally ate up to now. When I’m writing this review, he’ll become 9 months within two days, so almost three months of eating! (Read: what I mean with eating is consuming solid foods besides milk feeding.. :D)

Hello, yummy foods! :D

Hello, yummy foods! (no, he’s not lefthanded :P)

I set up environment, routine, and style since the day 1 in giving Musa solids, but it was little disrupted in the second month when we went home country for three weeks. I didn’t wean him ideally during our stay in Indonesia because we traveled either inside or out of city/town almost every day. Time and tools to cook were limited as well, so before we settled at my parents home in the last week, I relied on jarred/tubed fruits/vegetables we brought from USA and also the fresh produces we got locally. Thanks to Allah, I found it was easy to serve him raw fruits/vegetables while being mobile. I wonder if his self-feeding habit has trained him to be such independent eater.

The review similar to this post will be made in series for six months of eating and I’m gonna make summary of the new foods for each month. I’m not 100% following recommendation about time to give particular food, but I find that Wholesome Baby Food website is nice to use for checking the reasons, so you can estimate the risk when you choose to differ. For example, broccoli is not recommended as the first food because it triggers gas (yet, I still gave Musa it in this first month and he was okay.. hahaha).

Besides the food summary, I also include a table containing meals of the month. Since I don’t make meal plan for Musa’s baby food (err.. I meant, I ‘write’ it in my head :D), the list helps me to trace what I’ve given to the baby from nutrition viewpoint.

Here is notes to keep in mind (must read! don’t get lost) while reading the review:

  • The links I put on items in Food Summary refer to the products we consumed
  • Food groups (Grains, Vegetables, etc.) are following USDA guide. For multiple food groups in a mealtime, the letters of food groups initials such as (g) for grain, (v) for vegetable(f) for fruit, (p) for protein (meats, beans, fishes, etc.), and (d) for dairy products are indicated before or after the food name in Meal List table. To reduce confusion while reading, fat is not indicated because it’s almost always used in cooking.
  • Empty cell in Meal List table does not always mean that Musa skipped the meal, but it could be the meal was missed to be logged
  • The use of punctuation in Meal List table:
    • Plus (+) means multiple foods are mixed into one food and may change their basic structure, e.g. : white rice + chicken broth = the rice is cooked with broth
    • Comma (,) means multiple foods are eaten together or separately in a mealtime, most likely without changing their basic structure
  • Musa is half self-feeding baby and we adopt BLW (Baby Led Weaning) rule in terms of giving baby foods in its original structure without making it into puree. In the Meal List table, if you see his meal is fruits or vegetable with no cooking method preceding / following or written with “…cuts”, it means he ate a la BLW baby.

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Story of Musa Romas and His Meal

It’s been a week Musa started eating solids. Here is the video of his mealtime taken at the Day 8. Curious, messy, and so eager to chew the foods 🙂

Sudah seminggu kemarin Musa resmi menikmati MPASI. Seperti apa gambaran mealtime-nya? Kurang lebih sama kaya yang ada di video ini.

Rebutan sendok, super cemong, teriak-teriak, gebrak-gebrak meja, kaki diangkat satu kaya di warung.. Aah, forget about table manner lah pokoknya :)) Sebenarnya tiap jenis makanan baru yang dikenalkan selalu ada foto dan videonya, tapi mana sempat, bo, buat bikin kompilasinya.. ini aja bikinnya sambil tiduran nyusuin 😀

Nah, berhubung tahap MPASI ini merupakan dilema banyak orang tua baru, saya mau berbagi sedikit pandangan tentang metode yang beredar di luar sana dan pilihan pribadi kami. Continue reading

Welcome, Solid Foods!

Before I tell you about Musa’s solid foods experience, I would like to remind you an important thing: please don’t judge the choice made by the other parents in raising their children even though it goes against your beliefs. As some “peace campaign” has been sounded recently, we all know that when it comes to the parenthood, there’s no the most correct way for parenting and every parent, either blood or foster parent, knows the best for his / her own children. Here I’d like to share our opinion as new parents, which is, in many ways, book oriented 😛

I want to say here that, in case of feeding, we’ve been choosing ‘experimental’ path 😀 We welcomed pacifier and bottle for Musa since he was born. Some institutions, including WIC program I’m joining, count both as things not to offer for exclusive breastfeeding (you may say that I’m not exclusively breastfeeding.. it’s fine :P). However, pacifier worked extremely well to soothe our baby. Super helpful for the first two months (after 2 mo, Musa refused to suck on a pacifier and chose his fingers instead :D). Newborn baby has strong instinct in sucking.. all the time! even when his tummy is full, so pacifier is the answer 🙂

Meanwhile, the bottle is necessary for feeding my expressed breast milk and we’ve used it since Musa was three day olds because he got jaundice and I had to boost his intake of milk both from breast milk and formula. Formula milk was given to him only for one and half day at that time, but it meant a lot to solve his poop problem. Alhamdulillah, he’s a very easy baby on this matter. He’d be able to drink milk from the bottle since then.. masha Allah! And we continue giving him bottle-feeding each time we go out. I usually pump my breast milk in the night before or once we arrived home from outing, when the breasts are full because baby isn’t drinking a lot. I’m a happy Mama who doesn’t always need to be bothered for public breastfeeding. Hahaha.. 😉


Feeding guidelines from WIC (Women, Infant, and Children) >> look at the first column, it’s written that pacifier and bottle shouldn’t be offered to baby in the 1st month

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