Hello!! I hope you are all having an amazing week. I am so happy that I have some time to blog. Lately blogging has become my personal time when I get to relax, I still love a little TV time but blogging comes close 🙂
Soooo Diego is almost 6 months now and has been eating solid foods for probably a month and a half. I know I sound like a grandma but times flies! In the past month and half I have learned so so much so I wanted to share some tips on introducing a baby to solid foods. I honestly had no idea what I was doing but through trial and error Diego and I have become experts at this baby food thing.
The first thing I had to decide was to either go with the normal approach of baby purees or the trend of Baby Led Weaning. Basically Baby Led Weaning skips the whole spoon feeding puree thing and you offer your baby finger food that they will self feed as their motor skills allow them. I don’t think there is a right or wrong approach at all but after some reading I decided to go with the traditional puree approach.
So here is what I have learned and recommend:
-Be Patient! Don’t expect your baby to see the spoon for the first time and immediately take a mouthful of food (between us that’s what I thought haha). Make it fun, sing, talk, make the experience fun for both of you. I used to put a little food on his lip so he could try the food and then motivate him to want more, assuming he likes it that is!
– I was told to introduce vegetables before fruits because that way he got used to veggies first BUT from the beginning I added a little banana to his oatmeal. He loved it! And he still loves every single vegetable I gave to him. So, don’t be super strict with yourself do what you feel is right.
–Start with rice cereal or baby oatmeal, and just once a day. The first times make it a little watery so they get used to the texture.
–Show your excitement every time they open their mouth and take a bite! I found the encouragement really motivates Diego. I do look like an idiot every time he takes a bite hahah, but he loves it.
-Get a baby recipe book. This will help you get inspiration.
–Designate a blender cup just for the baby! You don’t want to be blending his food where you blended your green salsa before! I recently purchased the Nutri Ninja and I love it.
-Get a good plastic bib that you can clean easily and also I really recommend the Mamas and Papas infant chair. It has really helped Diego to be stronger and better at sitting, it is also super practical.
-Get a soft plastic spoon . This sounds super basic, but if your baby is like mine he will try to eat the spoon with his food and you don’t want them to get hurt.
-This is my personal preference, but I like feeding Diego organic foods to reduce the amount of pesticides. If you don’t want to feed 100% organic I would at least take a look at the dirty dozen foods and consider buying those organic.
Lastly if you are super busy but would still like to feed your baby homemade food I would research a baby food delivery service. We have one here in Arizona that I love, It’s called Mini fresh.
I hope you liked this post and please don’t be fooled by Diego’s face he loves his food hahha.