We started William on solid foods around 4 months. (This was a recommendation by our pediatrician. Don’t change plans unless you talk with your pediatrician first.) We began with rice cereal mixed with his formula 1x a day. We did this until William reached about 5/6 months, and then we began to introduce pureed fruits and veggies. He’d have his cereal in between his 2 morning bottles and a veggie or fruit 2x during the day (1 serving for lunch and the other for supper). Around 8 months, William’s top and bottom teeth had come through and he seemed less interested in the pureed foods, so we began to try solids with him. He was hooked. (If you’d like to see more of our schedule, click here.)
Here are William’s favorites finger foods:
3. Green beans
9. Graham Crackers (ha…I know…)
13. Sweet Potatoes
16. Pancakes smeared with a little peanut butter
(We did a “peanut butter allergy test” that was recommended by our pediatrician.
You can read about the study behind it here, but do not do this unless speaking with your child’s Dr first.
Allergies are nothing to mess with.)
What didn’t make William’s cut?
When we began the process, I was terrified of him choking; and he did choke a few times. When you are giving your child solid food, you’ve got to stay vigilant. Opposite of what Baby Led Weaning suggests, I still cut each food into tiny bite sized pieces. I just don’t understand how babies can do well with bigger chunks of food. Apparently they can- but it just isn’t something I want to test out in my kitchen.
William is now 10 months old and we are working towards the goal of having him 100% off pureed food by his first birthday. For the most part, he is, but at times it is just convenient to grab a jar of prepared food and forget the prep work. What foods do your little ones enjoy? Comment below! I feel like we’re in a food rut…but I’m nervous to try other things. Call me weird. I’ll take it.