Gio Trying Solids

Gio has been breastfed since he was born.

At first I was worried because I have had a breast augmentation and I wasn’t sure how that would affect my milk supply. I had asked my doctor at my consultation and he said it wouldn’t be an issue, but you never know how your body reacts. So needless to say, when my milk did come in I was happy. And it has been a great experience. Gio loves it and he latched on immediately after birth.

The first few days at the hospital my milk hadn’t come in yet and Gio lost 10% of his body weight. They pushed for me to use formula, and I tried it once, but then stopped. I just didn’t feel right. I wanted to give my body at least a few more days before I got my son used to formula. And I’m glad I did. I ended up having a great supply.

So here we are a bit over 5 months later, at 21 pounds and very healthy. I plan on keeping him breastfed at least until 1 years old, but not exclusively. I want him to start eating solids as well. But this month I’m going to just experiment and have him try different things, more for the taste aspect of it rather than an actual meal.

baby bulletSince I’m a stay at home mom and only have him to take care of I want to make his food at home, and not buy anything already made at the store. I think this way is healthier and since I can, why not?! It’s also cheaper, believe it or not. So to get ready for this I ordered the Baby Bullet from amazon. It’s very easy to use and not so pricey either. It comes with storage containers too.

I also ordered some plastic spoons, some bibs, and a high chair. I just used the high chair today for the first time. It’s the Bloom Baby Fresco Chrome High Chair from amazon as well. If you didn’t know, amazon is my GO TO shop for everything. Literally. I have the prime membership or whatever you call it where you get free 2 day shipping for an annual fee. Totally worth it.

bloom high chairSo when it comes to solids, as a first time mom I had NO clue where to even begin. Not to mention all of the contradicting advice I’m getting left and right. I know people mean well, but it simply gets overwhelming when no matter what you do, there is always someone that doesn’t agree with it and feels the need to speak their mind loudly and clearly. I’m trying here. Trying my best while at it too. And rest assured NO ONE loves my child more than I do; as much as you might like him..I appreciate it but he’s my world and everything. Rest assured I do the best I can for him. .

My close friend, Veronica, would Skype me often and show me the different recipes she was making for her son, who is only 2 weeks older than Gio. I told her she should start a blog and IG page because I was sure other moms would find it helpful. I like that she is creative with her choices of ingredients and is not afraid to try some recipes that might not necessarily be what you usually hear of. On top of that, seeing how well her son was taking and reacting to it, I felt confident enough to try her choices.

She created a blog and an Instagram page for those who are interested.

As a first, I decided to go with the broccoli and banana mixed together. First I steamed the broccoli using a rice cooker that has a steaming option. When it was done, I used the Baby Bullet blender to blend it along with the cut out pieces of banana. I blended it until it was puree like. Then squeezed a bit of lemon juice so that the banana doesn’t change color.

drinkI used a spoon to feed him, but Gio is not used to it at all. He pushes it out with his tongue. He’s only used to sucking. So after numerous attempts with the spoon, I decided to pump some milk and add the mix in the bottle of milk. I shook it all up and VOILA! (Make sure you cut the nipple open a bit more than just the hole it comes with. Otherwise the baby won’t be able to suck from it since the texture now is a bit thicker).

I posted a quick video on my Instagram page of the whole process so you can check it out here:

I got all kinds of comments about it; some don’t think broccoli is a good choice to start with. Some think it’s great and there are no issues. But you have to go with your instincts and what your doctor recommends. There are no allergies in our family. Also, I want Gio to get used to every single different kind of food so that he doesn’t learn to become picky. In the future I plan on blending whatever I make for the rest of the family and give it to him. But for now, we’re just going to experiment with different things so he can explore his taste buds 🙂

Egreis Gjergjani



12 comments on Gio Trying Solids

  1. Monica
    May 21, 2014 at 6:48 am (4 years ago)

    My son is 4 months old and I’m so excited to start feeding him solids, I’ve been doing research on what he should be fed first and also want to start with brocolli it maybe avocado. How did gio do with the brocolli? What was his first reaction to the taste? I’m also planning on having Ezra not be picky with him foods, (fingers crossed lol) btw sooo glad you made a blog! Love it! (:

  2. crystal
    May 21, 2014 at 4:50 pm (4 years ago)

    I am going to take notes and hope that either my notes will stay with me or this post will still be here in 8 months

  3. Keri L.
    May 22, 2014 at 5:21 am (4 years ago)

    Everyone will always have an opinion on something. I urge the moms I work with to trust their instincts and no matter what you decide it will be the right thing because you know your child better than any book,blog, friend, well meaning stranger and the like. I appreciate how you’ve stated you want your son to eat what the family eats only in baby friendly textures and such. That will make meal times much more enjoyable and it’s so beneficial for Gio. Thank you for sharing!

  4. Anay a
    May 22, 2014 at 5:34 am (4 years ago)

    Off the topic of solids… Was it hard getting Gio to take a bottle? My baby girl refuses a bottle. If it was up to me I would never give her one. I love BF-ing but I’m in the army and in two weeks I have to go to ft Dix for training. I’m devestated but more scared for her than anything. I’ve tried Nuk, Medela “Calma”, Tommie tippie, and Avant and she will have none of them. Do you have a brand preference? Everyone keeps telling me she’ll eat if she’s hungry but I don’t want her to suffer either. I’ve been asking everyone and even my dr was like “sorry buddy I feel for you” ugh. Makes me want to cry!

    • Akaliana
      May 26, 2014 at 5:41 am (4 years ago)

      Hi Anay,
      I had the same problem, when I went back to work when my baby was 3 months he did not like the bottle. But I tried different types of nipples. So it might not be the bottle or the size of the nipple but the make of it. He did not like the silicone ones and prefers the rubber ones. Also try smaller or bigger holes, it might be difficult for her to eat or too much.
      Hope this helps.

    • Marta
      June 2, 2014 at 9:59 am (4 years ago)

      Hey, Try dr.brown bottles, with the air flow new system inside it’s much easier for the baby to suck without interruptions. Reduces the risk of colic, as well. Recommended to me by our breastfeeding clinic. Good luck.

      • Sarah
        May 22, 2015 at 12:17 am (3 years ago)

        LO is five months toromrow and we haven’t started yet. Our daycare provider did just ask if we are thinking about it because she thinks LO seems restless between bottles and is wondering if it’s hunger, but I’m going to send in a bit more in her bottles instead, because I am not ready to start yet! I want to make it through the holidays!

  5. Falisha
    May 22, 2014 at 11:29 am (4 years ago)

    Hi Egreis! I love reading your blog! I had a quick question about starting on solids. My baby just turned 4 months and I thought I might startout with some rice cereal. We tried it last night and his face looked like he was not happy at all. We tried a few more bites and then he became very upset and not having it at all. Have you tried rice cereal? How was Gio when you first gave him the food, even though he didn’t get the whole spoon concept, did he accept it? Did he get frustrated with it? Thank you so much!!

    • Anonymous
      June 3, 2014 at 10:54 pm (4 years ago)

      My son did the exact same thing he is 4 months and now he eats the cereal every night and seems to enjoy it.

  6. Michelle
    June 3, 2014 at 3:36 pm (4 years ago)

    Is itty bitty bites a safe recipe site?
    My baby is 4 months old and want to try solid out!

    • Lamies
      July 31, 2014 at 2:18 pm (4 years ago)

      Yes! She creates great recipes for baby starting from 4+. Sometime I add items or remove items depending on what my sons like ( he is turning 6th months on Monday) so you tend to know what he likes and what bothers him. but Itty bitty bites is a great base to start with.

  7. Alice
    October 16, 2014 at 4:00 am (3 years ago)


    Your son is gorgeous and very healthy, big boy:) Could you just please tell more about products that you gave Gio to try after he turned 5. I am also interested when you gave Gio solids instead od milk (With how many meals you replaced breastfeeding?) . I am also breatfeeding my 5 and half month son, but yesterday I started to give him to try some tastes. The first one was avocado.
    I’m nor sure how many meals he should get after he turned 6 months.
    I’ll be very thankful if you will respond me.
    I’m your big European fun! :))

    Take care.
    PS: Congratulations for your next baby:)))


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