What is Baby Led Solids you ask? Well, in my words, it's skipping purees and cereals and waiting until your baby is developmentally ready to eat foods, such as showing interest in foods, sitting up pretty well, and more. Then instead of spoon feeding your baby, you start with french fry shaped fruits and steamed or baked veggies and put them in front of your baby and let them feed themselves. This is done while monitoring them very closely of course. At around the time you start, you baby's gag reflex is far forward in their mouth so this helps them from choking. It takes them time to learn to manipulate the food around it and down their gullet. I've been warned there is a lot of gagging but to let the baby work it out. If they are chocking of course intervene. The blog that helped me gain the most confidence in this method and really helped me understand was Adventures in Solid Foods. I've read the thing from start to finish! It's got everything you want from facts, to loads of pictures and some video!
The book that started this is called Baby Led Weaning by Gill Rapley. I have not read it yet but have read a lot of excerpts from it. :)
So, armed with this knowledge I pledged to wait until my girl turned 6 months old until she would taste anything but breast milk. We all know best laid plans are always broken right?
The last two weeks or so Carmen who will be 5 months old on May 1st has suddenly discovered that these humans around her put all kinds of food in their mouth and they seem to really enjoy it! She stared at us whenever we ate or drank anything. Last week, she forcefully grabbed my cup of water I was drinking out of while I was holding her so I let her have a sip. You would have thought it was the best thing EVER! She was so excited! I only let her have a little bit of it because I wasn't ready for her to drink too much water. Also am worried it will effect her nursing and then my milk supply.
Then came today. I went home for lunch to nurse Carmen as I do pretty much every day and after she ate I sat her in her booster chair with the toy part in it and we were just playing.
I'm still not really ready for her to eat too much solid food but the fact she's so interested I plan to try out some other things I think she'll do ok with. I don't want to do anything too mushy as I don't quite think she's ready for things to go down her throat. Apples seem like a great start! She was even able to pick them up when they got all slobbery!
See her figuring it out! It's amazing to watch her brain working so hard!
Well, as we try new foods and actually start eating things I'll share more of our "Adventures in Solid Foods." Hope you enjoy it as much as Little Miss Carmen does.