What do you feed a GAPS baby? Introducing Solids - Week Ten and Beyond
This is it! The last post of the GAPS Baby Series! Even if you don't currently have a baby who is starting solids, I hope you've enjoyed reading this unique approach to introducing solids and will take some of the knowledge with you for your own experience.
Because my own little Baby Bear has essentially refused solids thus far (she's 8 months old now), even our own experience will likely look a bit different. I plan to follow most of the recommendations from Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, but if Baby Bear has a mouth full of teeth by the time she's interested in solids (she has none now), then we'll likely move to introducing well-cooked, diced, vegetables sooner.
What I hope to do anytime I post information on this blog is to give you guys a solid base of information that you can use to customize for yourself and your family. If you're a mom, then you know what's best for your family far better than I ever will!
Introducing Solids - Week Ten and Beyond
For the final step of the GAPS diet for babies, Dr Natasha Campbell McBride (Dr NCM) recommends continuing with the previous foods and introducing these foods:
- Whole, cooked egg
- Raw apple
- Homemade cottage cheese
- Bread (GAPS diet recipes)
For cooking whole eggs, you can scramble them or make an omelette using a generous amount of fat (lard, butter, ghee, coconut oil). Serve with avocado and raw/cooked vegetables
Raw apples should be nice and ripe and given without the skin; bananas should also be ripe with brown spots. Due to the way fruits are digested, it is very important that fruit is given between meals as snacks, and not with meats!
To make homemade cottage cheese, take your freshly made yogurt and stand the pan/jar in a large bowl of hot water. The yogurt will separate into curds and whey. Line another bowl with cheese cloth and pour the yogurt through the cloth to strain in. Once the curds are in the cheese cloth, tie the corners together and hang it up for 8-12 hours to drip. I find the easiest way to do this is to use a tall pitcher, tie the cloth to a wooden spoon and lay the spoon across the pitcher. The whey will drip into the pitcher while the cloth "bag" is suspended.
Like all other food introductions, start with a small amount of cottage cheese and gradually increase. The cheese can be added to meals or is an excellent dessert with fruit or a bit of raw honey!
Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride has recipes for GAPS friendly breads in her book and there are also a lot of recipes you can find by searching online. My recipes for Blueberry Muffins and Apple Carrot Muffins are great to start with too! Again, make sure you start with tiny amounts.
When your baby has gone through all the food introductions and is on the Full GAPS Diet, you may start adding small amounts of natural salt to his or her food. This makes it much easier, as foods will not need to be cooked separately for your baby anymore, he or she can eat the same broth and meat as the rest of the family. For natural salts, unrefined sea salt and pink himalayan salt are both great choices.
As you are completing each week's new food introductions and continuing to introduce new foods to your child as he or she is getting older, it is SO important to continue to test for food sensitivities (instructions in this post) and keep an eye on signs that your child may have food sensitivities.
I hope that you take the time to enjoy this fun, messy stage of your child's development! Give your baby a spoon and let him explore this new food and develop his new skills. It's over so quickly, and one day you may look back and wish you had let him have a little more fun with it :)
*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.