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|Chicken makes this baby happy!|
|Mr. Independent has to hold the spoon himself.|
Once Baby A was totally comfortable with purees, I tried preparing them to be chunkier so he could get used to foods with more texture. I still mashed his banana and avocado, but tried to leave some bigger pieces. I still fed him from the spoon and would put a few big pieces on his tray at the end of his meal. He would play with it, push it around and pick it up, but wouldn’t try to put it in his mouth. If I picked up the pieces and put them in his mouth, though, he gobbled them right up!
- Mashed banana
- Mashed avocado
- Egg yolk mixed with water
- Steamed vegetables pureed with water
- Organic canned pumpkin
- Leftover soup
- Mashed sweet potato
|Enjoying some leftover butternut squash soup.|
|Mama and baby breakfast time!|
At this time I also introduced a sippy cup of water with meals. It took him a few weeks to figure out what the cup was for and how to get water out of it, but I would just fill it up and let him play with it at the end of every meal while I cleaned up. Eventually, he figured it out.
|He loves his sippy cup!|
Now that Baby A is ten months old, he is finally attempting to feed himself. We eat breakfast and lunch at the table together so he gets solids twice a day. He is getting most of his nutrition from breastfeeding so I am still treating this as a time for him to learn about food. Most mornings, I give him some of my avocado (because I literally have avocado with breakfast every single day), pureed veggies and applesauce or mashed banana. Then I’ll throw some food on his tray and let him have his way with it. He still mostly picks it up and passes it back and forth from one hand to the other, but more and more often everyday he is trying to put the pieces of food into his mouth instead of me doing it for him. I won’t have to be his mama bird forever. 🙂
|Learning about pulled pork.|
- Slow cooked pulled pork
- Shredded chicken
- Ground beef
- Ground lamb
- Ground sausage
- Butternut squash cubes
- Roasted carrots
- Paleo pancakes
- Steamed spinach
|Everybody loves pancakes!|
I have a bunch of other foods on my list to try now that Baby A is getting interested in feeding himself. So far his favorites are definitely banana and applesauce. He loves meat, too! He makes funny faces for avocado sometimes, but he still eats all of it.
|So you are saying I can eat these green leaves?|
As I mentioned, my eventual goal is to just feed Baby A exactly what I am eating and we are getting there. I am in no hurry for him to move completely to solids and I am happy to continue our nursing relationship as long as he wants. Watching him learn about food is tons of fun, though! And I love that we sit at the table as a family (Kevin eats breakfast with us in the morning before work) because I think it is really important to have that time together as a family.
What were some of your baby’s favorite (or least favorite) first foods?