At our 4 month visit to the Maternal and Child Health Nurse, she asked if we/E was ready for solids. I shook my head, he had payed no interested to food or us eating, and I was in absolutely no rush to start with solids.
But one morning, he was 4 and a half months old, he reach out, grabbed J’s toast and put it straight into his mouth. So I cut up some apple and gave him a piece. He loved it.
I had always been adamant that we were going to partake in baby led weaning (BLW), where the baby is given whole foods, generally the same as what the family is eating, and is given the opportunity to learn about textures and learn how to fed themselves.
I started by cutting things up small, worried about E choking, but it turns out bigger bits were easier for him to hold and eat. Steamed broccoli is a favourite, as is roast pumpkin, skin on and in big chunks.
Cauliflower is not loved, the first time he tired it, he gave it a go, after that he would scream when it was put on his tray.
Baby led weaning is messy, I’m ok with that. I was happy for him to learn about food, be able to try things at his leisure, eat as much or as little as he might want and eventually we’ll give him a spoon.
Sadly, it wasn’t meant to be in our household. E LOVES FOOD! And through BLW he just wasn’t able to eat as much food as he needed. So we’ve decided that for the meantime we will spoon food into his mouth.
I don’t cook specifically for E, every now and again we’ll eat something, soup, something with mashed potatoes, risotto, and I’ll just keep some as left overs for a few days. There’s a few other ideas on my Baby Food and Baby Led Weaning board on Pinterest.
To be honest, I really dislike spoon feeding, but it’s what E needs and it’s what he’ll get. We still give him food to hold and play with, banana, pea pancakes (above), toast with hummus, but we also feed him a couple of dessert spoons of food at each meal time.