Now that MG is almost 7 months (which is completely absurd) she has been eating solids for about a month. And let me just tell you this – she is really, really, really good at it. Girlfriend can eat.
We are doing a mix of things with her eating, not subscribing to either the traditional puree only method or baby led weaning. As always, we’ve found what works best for us and we are going with it.
Our doctor encouraged us to start with rice cereal at 5 months. We held off because Maddie Grace didn’t show the signs of being ready to start solids, and because I read about the dangers associated with feeding babies rice cereal. Now I occasionally mix it in her applesauce to make it more filling before bedtime in hopes that she will sleep longer. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to make a difference in her sleeping pattern whether she has rice cereal before bed or not. Instead we went straight to other solids about a week before MG turned 6 months old.
I love the concept of baby led weaning and encouraging your baby to eat on their own terms. (Don’t know what baby led weaning is? Read more about it here). It’s easier for mom because you don’t always have to spoon feed baby. Plus it supposedly creates less picky eaters which can’t hurt. And you can feed your baby lots of healthy veggies and fruits that you know aren’t processed and you know where they come from. It’s really fun to watch MG figure out how to eat food for herself and how to play with her food. Downside? It’s really messy. It’s we need to get a dog to lick the floor clean type messy and spray off all her clothes with a hose.
But then again sometimes I’m lazy and don’t feel like cooking vegetables and fruit, especially when we are out and about for the day, so I like the puree packets that I can just grab and take with me. It makes it so much easier to go shopping, stop for lunch and pull out a puree packet and feed it to her while I eat my food as well.
Our favorite foods so far? Apple, pear, sweet potato, green beans, eggs, spinach, applesauce, yogurt, squash, carrots, and bananas. Sometimes I make MG little spinach omelets and she loves them. Honestly we haven’t found one thing Maddie Grace doesn’t like to eat. She even ate sauerkraut one day when it was in arms reach of her and acted like she loved it. Oh and one more thing that she loves…
Puffs. These things are like crack to Maddie Grace. And yes, I’m aware that they aren’t the healthiest food for babies around – I’ve read the ingredients. But she absolutely loves them and would eat them all day long if we would let her. They are the perfect size for her to pick up and put in her mouth herself, and easy for her to chew and swallow. So I let her eat them. Probably too many of them, but she’s really happy, and that’s what matters. I mean I buy the ones that say they’re healthy and organic, that counts for something right?
I’m still breastfeeding and despite constantly being fed solids MG wants to nurse every 3 hours or so. Thankfully she hasn’t grown any teeth yet so we haven’t faced that hurdle, and haven’t had any real issues with nursing at all, besides the fact that sometimes I just don’t feel like nursing her. This is particularly the case when we are running errands or out shopping. I’m more comfortable nursing in public now so long as I have a cover with me, or around my friends. I currently have a nursing cover
from Boho Mama that works well for when we are on the go. [Heads up: the promo code ARKRLDUS will make it $39.99 at checkout].
What are your favorite first foods for baby? Any advice?