A look into how I started feeding solids to Annabelle beginning at six months. This encompasses a combination of baby led weaning and purees.
One of the things I really wanted to strive for when redoing my blog was a sense that I could post more life topics. I’m obviously a mom now, and whether I tried to or not, my topics shifted. Talking about motherhood just became easier these days, and even though I don’t want this to turn into a mom only blog, I do want to include more structured topics of motherhood into it.
Believe it or not, I’ve been trying to get this started for at least a month, maybe longer. Feeding is a topic I have also wanted to address, and have written and re-written and deleted posts at least 5 times. It can be a lengthy topic, and I wasn’t exactly sure where to go with it, but thought I’d share the basics of our experience! If you’d like more information, I’d be happy to elaborate!
How I started feeding solids to Annabelle: Background
- We chose to hold Annabelle off on solids until 6 months. Truthfully, there wasn’t a huge reason why. I’m pretty lenient on a lot of “mom rules” but the biggest reason was that we went to Houston right before she was 6 months and I didn’t want to have to worry about bringing her food besides formula. #truth
- I wanted to do BLW (baby led weaning) with Annabelle once I read about it and loved the idea that she would be eating our food. Honestly, it just sounded easier to me rather than worrying about her food.
- In case you aren’t familiar, Baby Led Weaning is all about giving kids food in real form, not purees. Kids are given the same foods you are eating right away.
How I started feeding solids to Annabelle: The Beginning
- Since I knew I wanted to do BLW, things would be easy, right? I’d just give her food that I’m eating. Well, yes and no. I didn’t realize just how far forward on their tongue the gag reflex was, so anytime food touched that, she would immediately gag. Gagging can sound like choking and choking is enough to scare anyone. So yes, we did try for a few days giving her large chunks of food and seeing how she did, we ultimately decided we were not ready for this because Aaron and I were nervous!
- We switched to the purees, and after hearing from the doctor to give it to her at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, we did just that. We were told she should have a veggie, fruit, and meat, and that’s what we did. She loved the orange veggies, hated the green, and hated meat unless it was stage two with rice, but loved fruit. She got about 1/2 a container when she was eating, and that would be it.
- We also started giving her Puffs at the end of feeding around this time (6ish months). Puffs dissolve quickly, so we had no hesitation that she’d be able to handle those. Puffs are also amazing at working with her pincer grasp. In no time A was able to pick them up with her thumb and pointer finger and put them in her mouth.
- Emily had also talked to me about all things feeding (she’s an OT and specializes in feeding) and told me about hard chewables. Hard chewables are anything she really won’t be able to bite off, so carrot sticks, celery sticks, pretzel rods, pizza crust. We stuck to giving Annabelle carrots and celery. She has always wanted our food and hated when she didn’t have anything to eat but was in her high chair. This bought us time to eat our dinner, and ended up working very well for her.
- Between 6 1/2 -7 months, we tried BLW again. We stuck to puree’s during times my mom and MIL watched her, as they felt better giving her those, and we were fine with it. The nice part of hard chewables was that they work to move the gag reflex further back on her tongue. We noticed she wasn’t gagging as much as she previously was and eating was going a lot better.
- We started giving her food such as pancakes, sweet potato fries, pizza crust, before moving on to smaller foods. We’ve tried to give a fruit and veggie with every meal, but veggies are still a miss in our house. I’ve been working on sneaking them in to other foods just to get her to eat them.
How I started feeding solids to Annabelle: Where are we now?
- Annabelle is now almost 11 months (WHAT!) and she’s a fantastic eater (minus the veggie part). We don’t worry about her gagging because her gag reflex is great, as the times she’s shoved too much in her mouth has proven! I should also note that Annabelle has zero teeth! She has the gums of rocks and chomps through just about everything.
- We love sitting down and having the same foods as she does.
- Breakfast typically includes waffle, Kodiak pancakes, eggs, toast with peanut butter (sometimes), or oatmeal (not baby oatmeal- she only likes mine! ha). Lunches are turkey or ham, cheese, cottage cheese, yogurt, applesauce, leftovers from dinner, meatballs, ravioli. Dinners are what we have. She likes rice, hot dogs, ground meat, bread in any form, quesadillas, sometimes steak, sometimes chicken. She tends to like the shredded chicken more than pieces of it. She’ll surprise us with stuff she likes that we would never think she would! She loves watermelon, bananas, oranges, grapes and blueberries and strawberries. She’ll eat sweet potatoes sometimes, same with broccoli.
- She loves to use the fork and spoon and actually does well with them. She tries to scoop food onto the spoon or spike food with the fork but usually needs help. Once we get the food on, she puts it right in her mouth.
- Annabelle still receives 3 bottles of formula, anywhere from 15-19 oz a day. She eats breakfast around 8, lunch around 12, and dinner at 6. There are times when she wakes up from her afternoon nap and is very hungry so we give her a pouch. By no means am I strictly against purees at all! There are times (usually when she’s sick) that they can be the only thing she will eat. Sometimes we are out and about and it’s just easier to give her that. Our favorite thing has been buying the reusable pouches! We can simply fill them with applesauce, purees of any kind, applesauce, etc. and just hand it to her! She loves holding it and eating from it.
That is where we are at! While it’s been fun feeding Annabelle solids and seeing what she likes and doesn’t like, some nights it grosses me out seeing what she looks like after finishing! Ha She lets it be known if she doesn’t like what you are giving her, and will slyly put it down in her high chair when we aren’t looking. It’s been an adventure but definitely a fun one! Please remember this is my experience with how I started feeding solids to Annabelle. I have nothing against only giving your baby purees, only doing BLW, or doing a mix!
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