Oh my goodness! My little Dean Burrito is 6 months old tomorrow and this mama is SUPER excited about starting him on solids. I’ve been buying seasonal fruits and veggies, cooking them, pureeing them, and freezing them to create a stash of homemade baby food. And I’ve been reading multiple opinions on the “best” ways to introduce your baby to solids. As with anything that has to do with raising children, it turns out that there is no ONE right way. The “rules” keep changing, and frankly, it all depends on your individual babe anyway. With that being said, it’s nice to read about other people’s methods and experiences to learn from them.
The American Academy of Pediatrics currently recommends waiting until 6 months to start feeding baby anything other than breastmilk or formula. And especially waiting for these key signs:
- Baby can hold his/her head up well
- Baby can sit well (preferably without support)
- Baby no longer has tongue-thrust reflex that pushes food out of their mouth
- Baby is curious about food
As far as Dean is concerned, he checks off all the boxes – woohoo! In fact, he has for probably the last month or so. Now, I’ll readily admit that I couldn’t quite help myself over the past few weeks and I have given him little tastes of things here and there – banana, avocado, cucumber, whatever happens to be on my plate… (the kiddo starts banging on his high chair until I give him a taste – what was I supposed to do?!). And I did get a little over-excited a couple weeks ago and tried feeding him more than just the usual lick off the finger. Turns out having banana 3 days in a row causes my little guy to not poop for a week (sorry for the TMI!) – I guess he wasn’t quite ready. Now we’ve given his system a break and he’s hitting that 6-month milestone, I think he’s ready to try again.
From observing Dean’s behavior when we all sit together and eat breakfast in the morning (he mostly just chews on his toys and the occasional piece of fruit we give him in the mesh feeder), I have a feeling he’s going to be a good eater (fingers crossed!). So excited about this adventure (can you tell?) – I’ll keep you posted (and maybe include some adorably messy pictures!). Now to decide what to give him first…I have sweet English peas, organic blueberries, and organic raspberries ready to go! 🙂