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post #21 of 35

Enjoy BLW with your baby, but beware of other family members and friends who will insist that you're trying to kill your child or worse treat you like an idiot who doesn't know she's endangering her child by offering a cucumber stick.

post #22 of 35
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Originally Posted by Terrilein View Post

Enjoy BLW with your baby, but beware of other family members and friends who will insist that you're trying to kill your child or worse treat you like an idiot who doesn't know she's endangering her child by offering a cucumber stick.


Well I think that depends on who your friends and family are. This didn't happen to me at all. I guess I got lucky, but no one in my family even questioned what we were doing. The only person who I had to brief on BLW was the daycare woman, who had no problem with it but was simply unfamiliar with letting the baby take the lead with food.

 

post #23 of 35

My oldest son's first foods were avocado and banana (in 2003!) I mashed them with a fork. He was 5.5 mos.

My middle son's first foods were sweet potato fries and blueberries. He was 6 mos. We did strict BLW.

I can't even remember what my daughter's first food was and she's only 11 mos. old. How terrible is that! She started at 4 mos. and by 6 mos. was eating pretty much everything, with a mix of self-feeding (meat, eggs, fruit, veggies) and some spoon-feeding (yogurt, oatmeal, homemade meat/veg purees).

post #24 of 35
I'm surprised to hear that other people are starting solids at four months. I thought it was six months AND sitting alone AND showing interest in food?
DS2's first food will likely be some kind of meat because (according to my LLL leader and a dietician who's a member of our group), it's really important that babies get some good sources of iron.
After that, I find a blend of some spoonfeeding and letting the babe explore with family tablefoods and soft chunks of banana or avocado works well for us.
post #25 of 35

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Originally Posted by Megan73 View Post

I'm surprised to hear that other people are starting solids at four months. I thought it was six months AND sitting alone AND showing interest in food?
DS2's first food will likely be some kind of meat because (according to my LLL leader and a dietician who's a member of our group), it's really important that babies get some good sources of iron.
After that, I find a blend of some spoonfeeding and letting the babe explore with family tablefoods and soft chunks of banana or avocado works well for us.


Apparently it's not quite decided whether 4 or 6 months is best. The recommended ebf length was switched down to 4 - 6 months here in Germany after studies showed that the allergy risk did not improve by waiting. So seen in that light, my baby was 4 months AND sitting AND showing interest in food. He was par for the course. At 11 months he's still mostly bf'd and shows no sign of stopping any time soon.

post #26 of 35

Well, his first taste was a strawberry. I was at the farmers market with him in the Moby, had just bought strawberries, and he snatched one right out of my hand after I took a bite and started sucking on it! lol That was at 5 months, 2 weeks. The first food he actually consumed was a bit of mashed avocado two weeks later on his six month birthday. He much prefers feeding himself avocado (a slice with the skin on), but will take a spoon for other things like yogurt or egg yolk mashed with breastmilk. We do a mix of BLW and spoons, whatever feels right at the time. This boy loves and devours steamed broccoli, asparagus, carrots, peas, and squash, mushy beans and lentils, goat yogurt, egg yolk mashed with breastmilk, tiny bits of cooked chicken or beef off our plates, and raw cucumbers, sweet pepper, spinach, avocado, zucchini, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, cherries, and kiwi. He much prefers his cooked veggies to be seasoned so I add some garlic, herbs, and spices pretty often and he loves it! 

post #27 of 35

DS's first foods were avocado and banana as well.  We also did/do BLW.  Now at 11 mos DS just eats whatever we are eating (unless it's salty or processed, which we don't eat much of!).  Other good first foods were toast fingers with spreads (avocado, hummus, bean dip, molasses, etc.), mango, mashed potato, mashed yam, home made yam "fries", steamed brocolli...really anything soft enough for him to chew with his gums.  By about 8 mos or so he was eating what we were most of the time. For proteins, we found chicken thighs easier for him to eat than the breast, he loves salmon, and scrambled eggs are great too.  Cheese is an easy snack and I've frozen cubes of yogurt to give him in one of those mesh feeders for a good teething reliever and snack. Don't be afraid of flavours or spices (unless they are truly hot, then proceed with caution at first).  DS loves tandoori and curry spices.  He loves cinnamon (this was a good one, steaming apples or pears sprinkled with cinnamon for a treat), LOVES garlic, etc.

post #28 of 35

This is happening to me now... LO is 7 months and we started BLW at 6 months and my family pretty much thinks I'm ruining his liver and stomach.  Its really awful to have to deal with it.  I rarely give him any food when we are visiting them but I'm thinking I'll be changing that soon.  

 

Anyway, to answer the post, his first food was a banana then we gave him avocado then meats...he loves seasoned red meat!  Then we gave him broccoli and green beans and he loves those too!

post #29 of 35
Please tell me more about BLW... Would you recommend reading the book or can I just offer softish, chunky foods? Any safety tips? Do you still do the four day waiting period when introducing foods?
post #30 of 35

Hi

 

I didn't know about BLW with my first two, so DS (6 months) is getting a hands on experience!!  He loved banana today, tried pumpkin last week and he got all rashy :(  so will wait until later with that one..  I gave him a bean pod (with the beans sucked out of it by me ;) and he liked holding it.. and the other day I gave him a sheet of nori (dried seaweed) and he was sucking and chewing away happily for ages!  I thought OOO power food!  I need to make some amazing sourdough bread or some other bread with an excellent chewy crust... Hmm.. anyone have a great bread recipe for me?  I experiment with spelt flour but mostly just use whole wheat/7 grain...

 

Love to all

Hope you're all getting the support you need and crave!

 

E

xoxo

post #31 of 35

Tortellini noodle, banana, raw baby spinach... that was at 5.5 months.  Now he's 6.5 months and eats just about everything.  Sometimes its a puree (if it weren't for WIC, we wouldn't do them but they're supplied to us), sometimes its what we're eating, and sometimes its a little baby-only meal I put together.  This morning he started eating Cheerios.

post #32 of 35

Cereals and single grains are the first solid foods I fed my baby.

Around 7 months of age he can have teething biscuits, and between 8 and 9 months of age he can try pasta, rice, bread and mixed grain cereals.

 

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Edited by july08 - 7/12/11 at 2:15am
post #33 of 35

DD's first food was avocado slices at 7 months. She wasn't interested or showing enough readiness signs before then, so we just waited. We are doing BLW as well - she eats everything we offer her at this point (we just don't do grains or meats with her) but it took her a bit to warm up to food.

post #34 of 35

Our first food was rice cereal, then oatmeal. DD was not a fan. We introduced banana, then carrot, then sweet potato, then peas, then prunes... and it was all a blur of blenders and tupperware after that. She was 5 months old when we started. 

post #35 of 35
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Originally Posted by Megan73 View Post

I'm surprised to hear that other people are starting solids at four months. I thought it was six months AND sitting alone AND showing interest in food?
DS2's first food will likely be some kind of meat because (according to my LLL leader and a dietician who's a member of our group), it's really important that babies get some good sources of iron.
After that, I find a blend of some spoonfeeding and letting the babe explore with family tablefoods and soft chunks of banana or avocado works well for us.

 

Depends on your baby and pediatrician. My ped tried to talk me into starting solids  at 4 months, and I completely vetoed it. At 5 months, she was interested in food and appeared to be hungry even after nursings.  We started with cereals, but DD was not impressed... until I mashed a banana into her oatmeal. She grabbed the spoon from my hand and tried to feed herself! 
 

 

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