My daughter (now three years old) loved pureed food and odd fruit and veggie combinations when she was a baby. She has always been an excellent eater and enjoys most food. I introduced her to solid food around 4-5 months of age because I messed up on breastfeeding and ultimately ended up giving formula. I figured that since she was getting formula (no breast milk at all), there was no reason not to introduce something more natural, like fruit, early on. I am ashamed of this mistake and have successfully learned from my errors and done extremely well with my second baby. You can read about my past breastfeeding mistakes and solutions here.
My son is currently 7.5 months old and is still almost exclusively breastfed. He has not been given any formula at all, even as I returned to work. I was very strict in my routine of pumping three times each day at work. I have been physically nursing him continuously throughout the night, before and after work too. Around 6 months of age, I attempted introducing home-pureed food like sweet potatoes and blueberries. I was very surprised to find that he wanted nothing to do with it! After addressing my concerns on my Instagram page, an instamama introduced me to baby led weaning. I have since had a lot of success with this method.
Here is a picture of my little Fox getting his first taste of a lemon! I’m such a mean mama! 😉
Baby Led Weaning means that you let your baby eat food at his own pace by skipping pureed food and allowing him to self feed starting at 6 months. Instead of learning to swallow solid food first by spoon feeding, your baby will learn to pick up food and chew by himself. I started off by putting small pieces of avocados on my son’s high chair tray. He typically grabs everything in front of him and shoves it in his mouth… So, of course, he grabbed the avocado bites and started to suck and chew them with the craziest facial expressions! Sure enough, he grabbed more to put in his mouth. Baby led weaning works! He loves avocados! I was worried that he might choke on the solid food, but I just make sure to give him very small pieces of soft food that almost melts in his mouth. I am happy that he loves eating food this way. It makes it very easy to enjoy family meals together because he eats the same food as us. We simply give him whatever fruit or vegetable we are eating, so there is no extra meal preparation. Double win!
So far, he loves to experiment with all new food. I have given him avocados, uncooked zucchini, grapes, peaches, apples, potatoes, watermelon, and blueberries. It has all been a success!