Wondering when everyone is looking at introducing solids?
We do baby led solids (that being, we don't do purees just introduce french-fry sized bits of food that are soft and let our kids eat them or stick them in their hair as they will)- or have with the other two, at least. Nigella started solids about 6.5-7 months, Orrin started at 5.5 months and I'm trying to figure what the "signs" were that I was following with the other two.
Everett can sit pretty well unassisted, get toys in his mouth with good accuracy, keeps taking food out of my hands and putting it in his mouth (or trying to, at least!) and is starting to throw a right fit if I'm eating and try to divert him with a toy or something because he wants my food. He smacks his lips and makes chewing motions while he watches me eat. He LOOKS ready, but... he's not even 5 months yet! I also confess to absentmindedly offering him a bit of steamed carrot the other day- he was in my lap and I just passed it over without even thinking. He gummed it quite happily but dropped it before he managed to actually eat ay of it. When I realized what I'd done (duh!) I didn't give him any more, and he was pretty miserable after that.
I'm never in here any more :/ Not caught up on how anyone elses babies are doing, so if Ive missed a previous discussion on this I apologize! I'm almost never on the computer at all, it feels like. Or if I am just 5 minutes here and there.
Well, Kai and Everett have the same bday - and we started solids last week...He has had Happy Baby Oatmeal, pureed sweet potatoes, and, his fave thus far - pureed pears, mixed w/oatmeal. I waited until 5.5 mos w/DS1 but Kai seemed ready. All the same things you described.
We're planning on doing baby led solids. I can't want to hear what my MIL has to say about that. She's dying to give him a pacifier which I'm trying not to do, but that's a rant for another post.
Elliott is just barely 4 months so I think we're still quite far from him actually starting solids, but I've started thinking about it off and on. I'm planning to start with something like avocado. That's about all my thoughts on it so far, but I'd love to hear about how it's going for others.
I think I might start giving him bits of food to play with. I expect the amount that will actually make it to his mouth to be pretty minimal, since everything is pretty slippery, but honestly being able to eat a meal without a screeching, lunging, screamingly frustrated baby seems somewhat important to me at this point.
MLog, just as a heads up, I have never personally met a baby who liked avocado. It's probably just me, but I know probably 5 other moms who did BLW and started with avocado and thought their kids weren't ready- nope, just didn't like avocado! Mine still don't eat it, which is a shame because I love it.
More avocado for us then if the babes don't like it! Thanks for the heads up.
We're on day 3 of her first purees - sweet potatoes. I'm using store-bought jar stuff right now because this week has been nuts, but I plan on making our own this weekend.
I'd really planned on waiting until she was 6 months old to start solids, but I've been having milk supply issues for a couple weeks now (probably due to stress, diet, and returning to work) and we talked to her doctor about either supplementing with formula or starting solids. Her doctor thought she was ready for some veggies, and she LOVES them.
We give her about a tablespoon and a half in the morning, and she's so excited. She'll lunge for the spoon if we don't bring it to her mouth fast enough, and opens her mouth wide for more between bites.
She's still nursing like crazy, but at least now I get a little bit of a break in the mornings (a whole two hours between nursing!).
I do plan on waiting until at least 6 months, and probably later, to start any sort of grains. We have wheat allergies in our families, so I'm waiting until 12+ months for wheat.
we skip purees, too. except as maybe a sauce to introduce flavors... but won't introduce any food until after 6 Months...
We will most likely start with avocado or egg yolk... and then yummy fall root veggies!
But really, we are not in a huge hurry. A can sit, put toys in his mouth, etc. and loves to smell stuff. But we will not do anything for at least another month.
DS1 wasn't fond of avocado when I gave it to him as one of his first foods (I think sweet potatoes was his first too after I realized how ridiculous it was to feed him rice cereal!), but soon enough when he got bigger and ate it in pieces instead of mashed up, really loved it. Now at almost 4 years old he will eat an entire avocado in one sitting, which is great because it's so healthy, but... expensive! At least Trader Joe's has some good deals on avocados. We eat so many of them in our fam.
I'm curious about the skipping purees thing... how does that work? You just give them big pieces to suck on?
Yep, once the child is old enough (6 months +), most babies are old enough to pick up foods and put them in their mouths. They're pretty good at making chewing movements at that age and making (totally terrifying) gagging faces to move food back to the fronts of their mouths if it's too big to swallow. Some say it's better for children, prevents texture aversions and stuff like that, but in my case it just seems easier.
You give your baby french-fry sized pieces of whatever you're eating- avocado, banana slices, very well cooked green beans, sweet potato, carrot matchsticks (so they're very soft). In my experience they just make a mess and have fun squidging up whatever you've given them and rubbing it in their hair- but it also makes them happy and gives you time to eat your meal while it's still hot!
cool. i'll try that too. :)