Sunday, February 19, 2012

Om nom nom - our adventures into solid food

When Oliver started solids, it really hit me that our baby boy is growing up much faster then I had ever anticipated. Starting on 'real' food is an exciting milestone to hit but at the same time, it's a little scary to think that we are at this point already.

When Oliver hit about 4 1/2 months, I had this gut feeling that he was ready for solids - he was showing all the signs but with a bit of travel planned over Christmas, I had hoped to delay his starting for a little while longer. Soon after we arrived however, we decided it was time for a taste and gave him his first few spoonfuls of farex - which he eagerly accepted, confirming my suspicions he was ready.

When we got home, Oliver started fussing at his mealtime - closing his mouth, not letting me feed him but instead he kept trying to grab the spoon off me... I figured ok, why not, loaded up the spoon and let him go for it. Right from the start, the spoon ended up in his mouth 9 times out of 10 and he just looked SO much happier feeding himself!



With Oliver wanting to be Mr Independent, I started doing some research. I had heard of this thing called Baby Led Weaning and from the little I knew, it was a hands off approach to solids that sounded like it would suit Ollie perfectly. I chatted to some friends about it, ordered my book and soon we were ready to start...


Honestly, it was a little daunting at first. The fear of him choking was foremost in my mind and yes, we did have some gagging (different to choking) incidents in the early stages as he has been learning, but I have to say - I am so, so impressed with my baby boy. We started with simple finger foods that are easy to hold - banana, steamed sticks of carrot, zucchini, broccoli, toast fingers etc.



The first thing I noticed was that Oliver is a lot more vocal with his finger food compared to being spoon fed - he looks at what's in front of him, plays with it (he ALWAYS has a disgusted look on his face with the first feel, no matter how many times he's had the food before!) and chats away to it before putting it to his mouth. I can see that he loves being in control and it's amazing how quickly he has progressed. It's still only early days, but he has gone from just playing & sucking on food to now biting, chewing and swallowing. We eat all mealtimes together and he loves watching us eat - I often wonder if he's mimicking us with his chewing action. He still has some 'purees' which he feeds himself via a preloaded spoon - mashed sweet potato is a favourite and he now has porridge with apple puree every morning for breakfast.


I'm so proud of my big boy - last weekend he had his first family meals, starting with spaghetti bolognese on Saturday night...


Followed by his very first pancake Sunday!


Weekend pancakes are a long standing tradition in our house and I cooked up some baby sized pancakes (I do a salt/sugar free basic pancake batter) with pear puree which he happily munched on!


It might be messy, but I'm really happy that we've gone down the baby led weaning path. Oliver seems to really enjoy participating in mealtimes and much like his Mumma, he loves his food!



The next thing that we are working on is the sippy cup...


Currently, he thinks it is an oversized dummy... We'll get there though!

4 comments:

  1. I loved reading this post! I've read about Rapley and it seems a natural way for weaning. Joris is 5 months now and not at all interested in other food than milk :-) So we wait until he is six months before introducing solids. I am looking forward to him eating his first chunk of broccoli!

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  2. It's a pity my BLW book has been sent with our stuff to America already otherwise I'd lend it to you - it's worth having a read of, everything just made so much sense to me. It's definitely a hands off approach but it really seems to suit Oliver (and most babies too I'm sure!), I look forward to hearing how Joris goes! Just prepare yourself for mess - lots of mess!!! It's really funny watching them eat at first, our camera has been present at every meal lately hehe!

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  3. We have a Dutch book: "Eten voor de kleintjes" (food for the little ones) by Stefan Kleintjes. He very much promotes BLW. Another month before we will try it out!

    How is the packing going?

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  4. Not long now - Joris will be munching away on his fruit & vegies before you know it!

    The packing is finally done :-) All our stuff has been shipped from here & Australia in the last week. We are (basically) living out of suitcases so I've been doing way too much washing and trying to get creative with Oliver's toys :P Rice in a waterbottle has been entertaining & yesterday we made edible finger paint... Messy but fun!

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