What do you feed a GAPS baby? Introducing Solids - Weeks 4 & 5
If you've been following along with this series, than you'll already know that my little Baby Bear is a stubborn, independent, likes to do things her own way, little girl. I love her for that. I really do. But I also wish that she was moving on to some new foods and not taking her sweet time back at week 2 :)
Oh well, she'll get there! And I am already well aware of how quickly time flies so I will relish every moment of her sweet infant-ness!
Introducing Solids - Weeks Four & Five
Like the previous weeks, the fourth and fifth weeks of the GAPS diet for babies add a couple new foods, in addition to continuing with and increasing amounts of the previous foods.
The new foods are:
- Raw, organic egg yolk
- Cooked apple puree
Raw egg yolk? Yep. Egg yolks are one of the most nutrient-dense, easily digestible foods for any of us, so that makes them especially great for babies!
As with all other foods already introduced, Dr. NCM recommends doing the sensitivity test first (instructions on week one of this series). If there's no reaction, start by introducing 1 teaspoon of raw egg yolk per day. If there's no reaction, then you can increase the amount and start adding it to every bowl of vegetable/meat puree.
If all the previous foods are well-tolerated by your baby, you can start adding fruit to their diet in the form of apple puree! Dr. NCM suggests using very ripe cooking apples. After peeling and coring the apples, stew them in a bit of water until they are soft. Then, add a generous amount of butter, coconut oil or ghee. The apple puree will keep well in the fridge for a week or may be frozen.
As with the other foods, warm up the apple puree to body temperature (or at least room temperature) and start with a few teaspoons a day. Keep an eye out for any negative reactions, especially loose stool. Again, if it's well-tolerated, you can increase the daily amount!
*A note about heating foods: please do not use a microwave! Always heat up foods by warming in the oven, on the stovetop, or by placing in hot water. Microwaves change the molecular structure of foods, which not only reduces the nutritional value, but some studies show that microwaved food can actually be toxic to consume.
Disclaimer: Information in this post is a brief summary of Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride's infant feeding guidelines. I strongly suggest you read the book yourself before following any of the information above. In addition, all posts on My Own Ripple Effect are for informational purposes only. Please view my full health disclaimer here.