I have been thinking about feeding LM solids for a really long time. I’ve been thinking about what his reaction will be like, how it will go, what foods he will like, making the food on my own since I wasn’t able to breast feed and how that will go, and wondering if feeding him solids will be easier and less stressful because of his reflux than bottles. As you can see I have been thinking about it a lot. I have decided that I am going to start him on solids at 6 months which will be January 17th. I can’t believe he will be six months old in a few weeks. Crazy. Part of me has thought about starting a little early with the iron fortified rice cereal. Though his formula has rice starch in it so I have thought about starting him on something else like bananas or an avacado. I have a whole book on how to make baby food that I got at my shower, but I haven’t read the whole thing yet, just bits and pieces.
As I said before I decided early on that since I couldn’t breastfeed that I would then make his solids. This way I can save money that I couldn’t before when I had to buy formula, not have to feed him jarred food that has all sorts of stuff in it, start him out on liking all different sorts of food, and give him lots of fresh nutrients. When I first started thinking about it I decided I wanted to buy one of those whole systems like the baby bullet. I have thought about buying one of those for a long time and have watched the infomercial many times. I thought about buying the regular bullet before, but didn’t because I have read reviews of parts breaking and it not lasting very long. Then again there are some people that love it and swear on it.
Today while doing a little online shopping I almost bought one, but then decided on just using my normal blender that I have in the house, but never use. I hope it’s strong enough. I am also going to get a steamer basket and see how that goes. I have never used one before and hopefully I will quickly figure it out. Anyways today on twitter I asked if anyone had the baby bullet and what they thought of it. Two women mentioned that they were doing baby led weaning and that they didn’t really use a baby food maker. I was like baby food weaning? What is that? So I did some research. Basically it’s skipping pureeing a baby’s food into mush and spoon feeding them. The parents prepare the appropriate food and cut it into smallish pieces and let the baby pick what they want to eat, how much, and feed themselves. Basically the whole family eats the same thing together.
I’m not sure how I feel about this. I think it’s an interesting concept, but I am not sure. I think I am going to try doing the puree route in the beginning just to start and then see how LM does. I have thought about doing it for so long I want to at least try it out. If he does well on purees maybe then we will move towards baby led weaning. I also want to talk to his doctor at his six month appointment, though I think it’s a week or two after he’s six months. As of now LM watches me when I eat and looks at my food closely, but he doesn’t grab for it. Though I don’t eat right next to him or have him close enough that he could grab it.
So this is my thinking. What did you guys do? Did you start solids before your baby was exactly six months? What did you start with? Is there anything I should know? I do know the four day rule or so to make sure they aren’t allergic to anything. I’m excited to start this next adventure with LM.
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