The time has come to give Jack his first solid food. He's been showing major interest in whatever Dennis and I are eating, and has been getting frustrated when we don't hand him what we're eating. Jack hasn't shown all the signs of being ready for food, but we think he's shown enough of them to go ahead and get started. He's definitely showing interest in food and has for some time now, and is definitely trying to chew on everything, but he's still not sitting up without some support or using a pincer grasp. I can't quite tell if he's still got the tongue-thrust reflex. We figured with some support we could go ahead and offer something solid to him and see what happens. We're taking the Baby Led Weaning (BLW) approach to introducing solids, and this morning we gave Jack his first slice of honeydew melon.
From what we've learned, BLW is simply offering appropriately sized pieces of regular food to your baby and letting them feed themselves; it should be noted that weaning in this sense doesn't mean the end of breastfeeding, rather it means the introduction of foods. Babies are free to accept or reject what they are offered and encouraged to only eat the amount they want (no clean plate club). Usually, at first, babies will play with whatever they are offered and may not even consume any of the food offered. BLW is learning about food from the experience of exploring all the different aspects of food: smell, texture, taste, look. Sometime around six months of age is when babies are usually ready for the introduction of foods.
Jack really seemed to enjoy the honeydew melon although he didn't actually eat any of it. As soon as I offered it to him, he grabbed it and it went straight into his mouth. He mostly gummed and sucked on it, but I think that's a great start. It was a little slippery so I had to help him hold it sometimes; he kept getting frustrated when it would slip out of his hands. Dennis and I also ate slices of melon so Jack could see us all enjoying the same thing. We'll continue to offer honeydew for a day or two before we move on to another food. I found a great cookbook, The Baby-Led Weaning Cookbook: 130 Recipes That Will Help Your Baby Learn to Eat Solid Foods - and That the Whole Family Will Enjoy, that I can't wait to try.
|Daddy showing Jack how it's done|