When Eesa turned 5 months old it was obvious he was ready to eat. Normally most people wait until 6 months to start baby led weaning. Here are some requirements that the baby must have, which all babies achieve at different stages:
- Good hand-eye co-ordination. Your baby must be able to pick up items and bring them to their own mouth, otherwise you defeat the purpose of baby led weaning.
- Able to hold their head steady, and preferably sit up on their own with a bit of support. Eesa was pretty much sitting up on his own by 5 months.
- Lost tongue thrust reflex. Babies naturally push outwards when they are born, and after a few months they learn to suck in instead of push out.
- Baby shows interest in food. You’ll know this when it happens. Your baby will watch you eat and drink as if it’s the most marvellous thing they’ve ever seen.
Since Eesa fulfilled all of these and we got the OK from his paediatrician, we decided to go ahead and start him on solids. The first thing we started with was some sweet potato fries that I baked for him. At the same time we also started him on water. We bought the Dr. Browns sippy cup and placed it in from of him. He doesn’t quite get it, but at least it’s there for him when he figures it out.
After the sweet potato we really have just tried whatever we felt like. Here’s a list of some of the foods we’ve tried with him:
- Sweet Potato
- Green Peppers
- Green Beans
- Naan bread
So far he has eaten everything we have given him, and that’s why I’ve been giving him as many veggies as I can. I want him to get used to it, given his daddy doesn’t eat any veggies, I’m already fighting an uphill battle on that one!
Overall, I love baby led weaning. I never spend time or energy pureeing my foods (plus I save all that dishwashing/cleanup) and I don’t have to sit there spoon feeding him. He eats whatever we’re eating already, and usually he eats while we are eating too so it’s like we’re a little family 🙂
Until next time!