I’ll admit it, I’m goofy… I started thinking about introducing solids with Zavier long before he was really thought of… before Kalila was even a year old.
Long story short, I knew before we started her that I wanted to make her baby food (and was really looking forward to it) and that I wanted to wait until she was 6 months old. The first we did, the second… not so much. Not getting back into that whole subject. Have written about that already and is not the point of this post. The reason I mention it at all is we (I) didn’t look too much into what I was going to introduce first. We assumed we had to do cereal… and then Baba and I talked and decided on peas I think? Or was it green beans? Both were early on, but not really sure. Thanks to the site I was using to help me make the food I learned about avocado’s (well about them as baby food, I grew up eating them lol) and about the same time I intro’d them to her (6th.. odd that I remember that random fact when I’m not entirely sure what came first) I decided we were starting with them next time.
If you’re wondering why, here’s a good explanation of how avocados are a good first food for babies. -> Wholesome Baby Food on Avocado’s.
Eventually I was past the baby food making stage with her and I missed it… Was really looking forward to breaking out all the stuff, pureeing and freezing foods for Zavier. At 6 months though lol… As I’ve mentioned before, foot put down this time. Still I was excited about solids long before he was even born.
And then I saw a comment on the April due date on CM… Someone mentioned how they were doing Baby Led Solids. I was intrigued. What exactly does that mean? So I looked it up… and my dreams about pureeing and freezing all that food went down the drain lol. Yes I’m being a little (lol) overly dramatic there, but still… As soon as I read about the method I knew that’s exactly what we’re gonna do.
What does it mean? Just like it sounds… We aren’t going to be spoon feeding Zavier, he’ll learn to feed himself from the start.
Now after seeing several more sites, doing more research, I can tell you there are going to be a few variations for us.
Food allergies are an issue. I pray he doesn’t have any, but (unlike last time) our pedi is already stressing waiting a full week between each new food and being very careful about watching for allergies with him. I don’t know if its because of Kalila reacting to so much at first, or her having the peanut issue now (plus Baba & I have ones of our own that she knows about now), or because he’s showing skin reactions (can be linked) – either way she’s mentioned it this time and I completely agree with her. Some people who do BLS actually give the baby a variety of foods to choose from… obviously that is out for us. One new food at a time. Yes I’m gonna be just as strict about that as I was w/ Kalila (or more so).
I’m still starting him at 6 months… some wait until a little later with this… So his foods are going to be a bit more mashed up a bit at first I think. Will depend food to food and I’m still looking into how I’m gonna prepare each one. I may still puree some things, will be messy when he has those.. but that’s ok! And it’ll give me my pureeing fix lol. Now if he shows no interest in actually eating the foods I’m not going to push it either…. they really aren’t necessary before a year. I doubt that will happen though. He’s already trying to steal food lol. I’m already picturing him shoving that avocado in his face 🙂
Added to all that, some of the intro age recommendations have changed from when Kalila was this age to now. They’re not having parents wait as long for some foods as they did. We still are on most of those because of family history… Meat is gonna get moved up though and I’m excited about that one.
Completely distracted making dinner here (got a Bamya recipe off CM that I’ve been itching to try for the longest time and finally doing it… found another link for the same exact recipe earlier that I can link here -> Bamya.) Smells so good… But yeah been taking up my time tonight lol.
Here are a few links on Baby Led Solids (or Baby Led Weaning as some of them call it, I tend to think of breastfeeding when I hear that one though lol).
I’ll end there, but could prob go on. I’m really linking these as much for myself as anything else.. I want to go back over all this in the next few weeks 🙂