We’ve just started to introduce Aidan to his first solid foods.
I say “solid”, but we’re starting on rice cereal, which isn’t particularly solid at all. The stuff comes out the box looking like the scales from Aidan’s little patch of cradle cap, and once we’ve mixed it with some formula it has the consistency of lumpy milk.
For the time being we’re only giving him a small amount of rice cereal with his evening feed. We mix it in the cap of one of his bottles, and then feed it to him with a spoon. His tongue pushing reflex hasn’t entirely disappeared yet, so most of the cereal ends up in his bib or on his face, but I guess you have to start somewhere.
Right now the cereal only forms a tiny part of his diet. He still follows it with his normal 9oz bottle of formula, and is still drinking formula the rest of the day too.
I’ve no idea if rice cereal tastes much different to formula, but Aidan certainly doesn’t seem to mind it. Perhaps that’s not surprising though, since the first place he puts any new thing these days is in his mouth. Rice cereal can’t taste any worse than plastic beads or furry rattles, can it?