Baby Jack · Food

introducing solids to our hungry, hungry hippo

I’m just going to preface this by saying this is a judgement free zone and I’ll do me and you can do you. Also, this is my blog. #justsaying

So, at Jack’s four month well visit in January we got the green light to begin introducing solids. {I’m still confused why purees are called solids when there is actually nothing solid about them?} I was pretty pumped because my big baby has eyes for food like momma and daddy and I just got the vibe that he was ready. After too many hours of reading and research and the doc’s recommendation, we made the decision to introduce food instead of waiting until six months.

Best decision ever. Just look how cute he is!

First up: cereal.

It took him a good few weeks to get the hang of the spoon feeding, but he enjoyed every awkward bite and anticipated the next airplane spoonful. We started with cereal per the pediatrician, but quickly introduced veggies before moving onto fruits.

It was the funniest, sweetest, coolest thing to introduce new foods and find out what he liked and didn’t like! Turns out this kid likes everything that most babies don’t like!

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Not a huge fan of carrots!
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Give me more green beans!
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I’ll try another bite of sweet potatoes!
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APPLES! Now we’re talking!
Warm cereal mixed with bananas is a fav!

We are two months in to spoon feeding the munchkin and he absolutely loves it. He’s to the point now that he knows why he is going in his highchair and when he sees you getting his food ready, he is waiting with his mouth wide open anxiously awaiting the first bite! He’s no longer super distracted because he understands that it’s time to eat.

All signs he’s ready for more!

Do any other babies love prunes!?
He was very impatient and kept pulling my hands and the spoon to his mouth!

After his six month check (next week) and the reassurance that he’s still healthy, we’re going to switch to baby-led weaning. Pretty sure with BLW you aren’t supposed to spoon feed at all, or introduce anything food before six months, but I didn’t know much about it until it was too late and I feel like the way we did things worked best for our family. Truly, we enjoyed spoon feeding Jack and he did really well with it and seemed to enjoy it, too. So, we have absolutely zero regrets about starting with purees.

For those that don’t know, BLW (baby-led weaning) is when you offer baby the same soft foods you’d eat and let them pick it up and eat it themselves. From what I’ve read, there are many benefits and as long as you follow the guidelines, it is safe and healthy.

We’re giving it a go and I can’t wait to see what Jack’s food preferences are and watch him learn to eat all by himself.

I’m super excited to have this outlet to share our adventure and hope that you can share any tips/advice you may have! If you have tips to get us started, please comment and let me know! 🙂

I’ll keep you posted!

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