Baby Led Weaning with Baby #3

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I have started weaning the little one here! I cannot believe that time has gone by so fast and she is ready for solid food already. She began her curiosity of food early like my other two, but I was able to stave her off until she was 7 months old. I prefer not to give solids until it is necessary, but it worked out that we began letting her explore at 7 months.

At first she squished the food in her fingers, rubbed it into the table, plaited her hair with it, and pushed it onto the floor. All told, she rarely got more than a tablespoon or two of food inside her mouth. That is, until about a week ago. She is now 8 months old and something in her just clicked and she is now eating her food with great accuracy. She still makes a mess on the floor, but this wonderful meal pictured above, she at half an avocado, and only dropped two or three pieces.

Because she is breastfed, she has little need for solid food yet, but it is nice that we have been able to eliminate allergy concerns for many normal baby foods already. She has been introduced to egg yolk, chicken broth, green beans, potato, carrot, broccoli, peas, black eyed peas (but that was not a good idea :/), grilled chicken, avocado, sweet potato, potatoes, banana, cantaloupe and honeydew. It has been an easy journey, I don’t force her to eat, I just provide her with food while the “big people” eat and let her explore. If she is hungry, she eats, and when she is finished, she just splashes the juices. I still nurse her every 2.5-3 hours since that is where she derives her calories and nutrition.

At night, I do use a spoon to feed her egg yolk to supply her with iron. I add a little butter, avocado, chicken broth, or banana to make it easier and tastier to eat. Until a few days ago, she could only eat about 1/3 -1/2 of the egg yolk. This provides her with vitamins A, E, D and K, as well as DHA and iron a quite a bit of other nutrients (see chart below :). I wanted to avoid gluten until she has more teeth, so baby cereal did not seem like the best option for us.

I enjoy watching babies make faces at new foods and explore the new world of textures and taste. What is your favorite part of introducing solids? Which did you introduce to your infant (I could use some help with my imagination!)?

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