Everything we did to introduce Sage to solids, including what we chose for baby’s first foods, how we knew she was ready and what we learned along the way.
By the time Sage turned six months old I had breastfeeding down to an art, but I couldn’t stay too comfortable for long. It was time to introduce solids! Here’s everything we did in the first few weeks of starting solids, and everything we learned along the way.
One thing we started doing long before starting her on solids was just sitting her in her high chair once she could sit up on her own with support so that she could get used to it. She’d play in there and hang out even while we would eat at the dinner table. That way it wasn’t a totally new experience.
I’m sure there are many more reasons to start feeding your baby at 6 months old and I’m no expert. I’m just a first time mama learning as I go, but here are a few I thought were interesting! Remember EVERY baby is different and it’s always best to speak to your doctor/health professional once you feel your baby is ready to begin solids.
There’s a lot of pressure these days to choose baby led weaning. It’s the ‘in’ thing. There are of course lots of benefits to baby led weaning, but I think the main thing I’ve learned over these past few weeks is to do what’s right for you and your baby. Everyone is different. As with most things parenting related, you’ve got to follow your gut instinct. I decided to do a combo of baby led weaning and thicker purees, and it’s worked really well for us.
The key for us has been to pre-load the spoon and still encourage Sage to feed herself even when she’s eating purees. Did you know, this is still technically considered baby led weaning? I didn’t either!
I recommend researching a lot of different methods and coming up with your own plan, rather than trying to follow someone else’s. I found the Happy Healthy Eaters course SO helpful and informative. If you want to try it out be sure to use the code SAGEEATS for 15% off!
Here are the foods we decided to try Sage on during the first few weeks. We made sure to give her only one new food at a time for a few days so that we could check for any reactions, and that’s worked really well for us. Then slowly combining foods such as peas and banana and adding baby friendly spices like cinnamon in her morning oatmeal. Be sure to check out the post I did on Baby Food Resources I’ve Been Loving, where I show you the utensils we’ve been using and some recipe books that have been super helpful.
These few weeks have been a whirlwind, but we’ve learned a lot of things and are continuing to learn each day. Here’s what we’ve learned so far:
Have you got any top tips for introducing solid foods? I’m always on the lookout for suggestions so let me know in the comments below!
If you’re preparing to start your baby on solid foods, you may also want to check out my Baby Food Resources I’ve Been Loving post.