Here we are at (almost) 6 months with our first solid food milestone extravaganza, which was videotaped and photographed with at least three different electronic devices. It was avocado. Finn ate some. We were so proud.
(Why avocado and why not rice cereal is a whole different can of worms but this site has some good info on why we made that choice.)
|We are serious about our BABYBJÖRN Bibs around here.|
We went along our merry pureed way for a couple of weeks after that, and I used a borrowed Beaba Babycook to make sweet potatoes, peas, green beans, butternut squash, apple, and pear purees. We did one meal a day, trying a new food every few days. Finn liked them for the most part. It was okay; we could have kept doing it. But then one day I was eating a banana and I decided to let him take a bite. He loved it! So I handed him a chunk of the banana to feed himself.
|Not that actual banana. One of many many many bananas that came after.|
At that point I'd read about Baby Led Weaning, but I didn't really know if it was right for us. Once I saw how much Finn liked feeding himself though, I decided maybe we'd do a mix of purees and finger foods. So at that point (maybe 6.5 months) we started offering him things he could feed himself in addition to the purees. Among the first things we tried were cooked pasta, cooked baby carrots, peas, avocado chunks, banana, and cucumber spears. Once the option of feeding himself was there, he really lost interest in the purees. After about a month of this, purees were out and real food was in. At that point he could eat almost anything we were eating. We waited until eight months to introduce berries, dairy products and eggs. Aside from sweets, peanut products, shellfish and strawberries (those last two because I'm allergic/sensitive so we're waiting until one year to introduce), he can have just about anything. We plan to skip purees altogether with any hypothetical future kiddos. At six months, babies are developmentally ready to learn how to feed themselves real food.
|Pasta, peas, & avocados.|
Worry #1. Was he really getting enough to eat? His fine motor skills were definitely in the early stages. For every piece of pasta that made it into his mouth, three ended up on the floor. (Duncan is a big proponent of BLW.) But, Finn was still nursing just as much as he ever was during this time, so a huge majority of his calories and nutrients were still coming from me. Nervous mommas, repeat this mantra with me: food before one is only for fun. BLW is all about letting your baby decide what he wants to eat, and your job is just to provide healthy options. No making yourself crazy trying to get him to take one more bite. No here comes the airplane spoon trick. No coercing, no tears (from you I mean). This is one of my favorite parts about the philosophy, and it is really refreshing. It took a little getting used to, but I have really learned to not stress out (most of the time) about how much Finn is eating. I mean, for the first six months of his life I offered him food (boob) and let him decide how much to eat. Why wouldn't I keep doing that now?
|Mac 'n' cheese and pears|
|Pumpernickel bread with cream cheese|
|Chicken and fresh peach.|
|Pasta primavera and grapes.|
|Room service breakfast in bed|
|Peppers and hamburger...cheese has been eaten. (Burrito night for us)|
|Imitating a squirrel.|
|Meatballs and cheese.|
So that's our take on the (complicated-sounding yet stupidly-easy once you jump in) idea of baby led weaning. Bon appetit :)