Also, I never made my son's baby food(purees) I just mashed up whatever I was eating. I was also not too particular about avoiding foods until a certain age except dairy, because he had a problem with it while breastfeeding. I have a fancy baby food maker this time around and I'm now a SAHM, so I actually will have some time for it, and plan on making her baby food purees. I have a feeling she'll be ready for food before DS was and plan on feeding her at 6 months whether she has teeth or not because I have a feeling she'll be ready. She's already showing signs of readiness at only 5 months.
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I definitely noticed a change in my eating habits when I first started my firstborn on solids. We started eating wayyyy less processed stuff.
My ds is 7.5 months & started solids at 6 months. He's liked everything I've given him which so far is:
Grapes (peeled and broken up small and fed from my finger)
Egg yolk (just because I give my older kids hard boiled eggs in their school lunches but they don`t like the yolk so they get the whites and Kennedy gets their yolks)
Everything is homemade and just fork mashed. The meat is either pureed in some cooking water or shredded small and fed from my finger or mixed with a mashed veggie or fruit. Usually I make extra of what we are eating and mash it up and freeze it in ice cube trays for when we`re eating something more complex. He doesn`t like to do finger foods yet, he likes to be spoon fed. While I feed him I give him his own spoon with a little food on it and he will feed himself with that. And also put it in his hair and eyebrows and stuff LOL
I like giving him fresh foods, so I cook them well, mash some up and cube the rest for his finger food practice, because he's at that stage.
Sweet potatoes (I cube these after they're refridgerated)
Bananas (too slippery for cubes!)
Baby carrots (I make these really soft so he can bite pieces off and hold them in his fist)
Potatoes (I use steak fries a lot for him they are perfect for him to grip and suck the guts out of)
Also, Cheerios (though I use Cascadia Farms fruity o's cause they're even cheaper than Cheerio's in my local supermarket)
Hey Izzy - your little one sounds like mine! To use bananas for finger food, try rolling them in crushed up cheerios! Big hit at our house! :-)
We started with purees, but spinach doesn't puree smoothly. I added a baked pear to sauted spinach and tossed it in the blender. Voila. People were amazed that my baby LOVED it. If you're using a BLW approach, an omelet is a great way to hide it.
Another great fruit veggie combo was carrot-apple-mango.
here are our current faves at 8.5 months doing baby led weaning:
broccoli (steamed, whole)
peach slices with skin (gives them more traction)
apricot slices w skin
nectarine slices w skin
plum slices w skin
handfulls of hummus (yummy with cucumber slices)
greek plain yogurt
thick lentil soup
scrambled eggs--- great idea on the spinach