We have been doing Baby Led Weaning with Stella, which means when when we started Stella on solid foods at six months, we let Stella feed herself (“weaning” in this sense means “adding complementary foods” – the British definition). I thought it was such a great concept of letting babies learn how to chew before they learned how to swallow, and it has gone really well for us.
We have tried a few purees thinking that it might be easier for sending food to daycare, but so far she doesn’t like them, so we just give her chunks of food (usually 1/4-1/2″ in diameter and a 2-3″ long) and let her go at it. Avocado, sweet potato, banana, bell peppers, broccoli – basically anything we eat (as long as it doesn’t have added salt or sugar on it). Below is the list of what she has tried so far! We started solid foods just after she turned six months old, and every couple of days we are trying something new. I think she likes it. 🙂
There is an actual book that outlines this method, but everyone I know who has read it said to skip the book and buy their cookbook, because the first 40 pages of the cookbook are a synopsis of the book, so that’s what I did. Here’s a link to the book.
I wrote an entire post about it here if you want to learn a bit more about it.
Sweet Potato (skin on, cut into long strips, tossed in olive oil, and baked)
Applesauce (no sugar added)
Scrambled Eggs (just yolks)
Whole wheat bread (fresh made by my Mom!)
Bell Pepper (raw strips)
Cucumber (raw strips)
Green Beans (steamed)
Pasta (rotini, boiled)
hamburger (grilled, medium)
Artichoke hearts (sauteed)
Pasta (bowtie, boiled) w/sauce
monterey jack cheese (thin slice)
scrambled eggs (whole)
prunes (pureed & juice – not a fan)
8 months +
We pretty much give her whatever is on our plates, as long as it doesn’t have a lot of added sugar/salt!