Since Aiden turned six months, I figured it was time to begin the adventure of starting solids. Â I didn’t have any interest in starting him before then because I figured he could eat forever and only be exclusively breastfed for short period of time. Â Before Aiden turned 6 months old, I really wanted to do baby led weaning, which is an idea of skipping the purees and going straight into softened chunks of food. Â They say that it improves fine motor skills and allows babies to feed themselves, instead of a parent spoon feeding them. Â It’s a rather progressive idea and I know several parents who do it and I thought it sounded best. Â I even attended a class on baby led weaning where they placed platters of different foods and let the babies have a free-for-all with it. Â At this point, Aiden was 5 months and not ready at all.
I tried giving him a whole banana cut in half and a chunk of watermelon a few times and he just played with it having no intention of putting it in his mouth. Â The third time I tried, I just gave him a banana and he shoved the entire thing in his mouth. Â I obviously freaked out that he would choke. Â He did gag (which they say is normal), but by the end of this ordeal, I was shaking and knew that I couldn’t handle watching him gag every meal wondering if he was choking.
After this experience, I realized that I would make the purees for a little bit and then go back to baby led weaning when I felt more comfortable with the situation. Â He doesn’t even have teeth yet.
When we got back from vacation, I got out the baby bullet and decided that avocado would be the first food I made.
I put 1/4 c. water with it and blended it up. Â One avocado made about 3 jars. Â Aiden is eating about 1/4 of a jar two times per day, so that goes a long way. Â He’s a cheap date right now! Â Next time I’m going to blend it with breastmilk instead of water though.
Â I think he liked it. Â He was a little unsure at first, but he got into it by the end. Â By day two of eating it, he was wanting to hold the spoon himself and he reached in for more bites. Â We also started offering him a sippy cup of water with each meal. Â When I gave that to him, he knew what to do with it and got a little dribble out, but that was pretty much it. Â That’s a work in progress.
I am still a rookie at this. Â He’s eaten one kind of food, although tomorrow we are going to puree a banana and then sweet potato and squash are next. Â I am not going to give him grains for a little while because babies don’t produce enough salivary amylase to digest grains until their molars come in. Â Salivary amylase is the digestive enzyme that is needed to digest grains. Â The lack of this enzyme with the introduction of grains can unbalance bacteria in the gut and lead to food allergies, mood disorders, behavioral problems and more. Â There are lots of credible sources that discuss this issue.
It is still an adjustment getting used to feeding him too. Â It was really simple to plop out a boob to feed him while I checked emails. Â It’s actually fun to feed him and start this journey, but it’s definitely something else to think about each day. Â At day two, I found myself having to remember to feed him solids.
I have many questions about solids still like how much should I be feeding him? How do I know if he’s full? Is he supposed to be pooping this much? You know the same questions I had six months ago about breastfeeding. Â That came relatively easy, so I’m sure this will too.