Talking about feeding babies today. I am not a healthcare professional, just a parent, and it is always best to consult with your doctor on the best way to feed your baby.
Our first born was not interested in solid food until he was one.
I tried many many times in many many ways to entice him to consume anything other than breast milk. He would have none of it. It was frustrating and while I watched my friend’s children eat bowls of rice cereal and spoonfuls of mashed up avocado, I wondered what I was doing wrong.
I later found out I wasn’t doing anything wrong. My son just wasn’t interested in food yet.
When Henry did show an interest he quickly got the hang of things and was eating three meals a day with the family.
Feeding young babies solid food can be time consuming and very messy.
This time we have a baby that is interested in food. At almost seven months he is starting to ‘eat’ one meal a day with us.
We’re taking a very simple and easy approach to introducing solids and mostly following Baby Led Weaning. Note: weaning in Europe means introducing solids. In North America weaning means eliminating nursing sessions. This style of introducing solids focuses on self-feeding and eating whole foods, no purees.
Baby Led Weaning has made my life easier and simpler. I don’t have to cook separate food for the baby or buy baby food and I’ve found it to be not as messy as spoon feeding purees. Because we’re focused more on the experience of eating, rather than actual consumption, we’ll probably stick to just one meal a day until Wil is a bit older. Fewer meals means less to clean up.
There are lots of recipes out there for Baby Led Weaning but we just work around what the family is eating. Our go-to evening meal is a stir-fry with some kind of spice or sauce. I’ll pick out some meat or vegetables for Wil before I put the sauce or spice on and that’s it. Easy.
The question people often ask about Baby Led Weaning is, doesn’t the baby choke on the food? In my experience, no.
Wil is able to hold himself up unassisted in his high chair, bring the pieces of food to his mouth himself and move the food around in his mouth. He will gag on a piece of food but always spits it out. At this stage we give him chip size pieces of vegetables, fruit and meat and he mostly gums or chews on it. We always sit next to him while he is eating and never leave him alone in his high chair with food.
The only foods that have, er, made it through his digestive tract so far are banana, avocado, soft carrot and cooked broccoli. The firmer food ends up on the floor or in the high chair once he is finished with it.
Want to know more about Baby Led Weaning? I’ve linked to some books above and would also recommend reading this series of posts from Carli at One Fit Mom. Carli both documents their BLW journey and gives more information on the benefits.
Do you have any tips for simplifying meals for babies and younger children? Our other simple tip: don’t become a short order cook. Most nights everyone at our house eats the same thing and that makes the dinner hour infinitely easier.