I remember when Sawyer was a baby, I couldn’t wait to start him on solid food. I had researched al about how to feed, what to feed, when to feed, by the time he was three months old. Now, all of the sudden, I realize the girls are almost six months, and I haven’t given it a second thought. I mean, yes, I have gone through it before… but it was years ago, and I was so sleep deprived with Sawyer everything is just a cloudy haze in my memory.
So, I innocently thought I would just pop online to jog my memory a bit. Now, I understand that parenting changes. It is a very fluid topic. When I was a baby they told my mom to put me to sleep on my belly, and now we only let babies sleep on their backs. When my mom was pregnant with me she smoked. You would never smoke today while pregnant. But, in these cases we are talking about a thirty year gap. Who would have thought that in less than three years the information on feeding your baby could change so drastically?
The first thing I read about was baby led weaning. I assumed this had something to do with stopping nursing, but no. It is the latest trend in feeding your child.
What is baby-led weaning?
Baby-led weaning (often abbreviated to BLW) means forgetting baby purées and weaning spoons and simply letting your baby feed himself. Many parents unconsciously choose baby-led weaning, particularly with second or subsequent children. Babies love to copy their older siblings and try to grab food from their plates and are often much happier if they are allowed to feed themselves.
Hmm. sounds interesting, I thought. So basically, you cut everything up and let your kids feed themselves. Okay, I am open, I am hip (or so I tell myself). Yet, as I started to wrap my brain around this new process, I found conflicting information on the same website.
By about six months of age, you’ll probably start noticing signs that your baby is ready to expand her diet. By now, she’ll be able to hold her head up by herself, and will have lost the tongue-thrust extrusion reflex, which means she can now learn to take more than just liquid food. She’ll also start showing an interest in your food, looking at your meals and possibly reaching for your plate.
Of course, this doesn’t mean your baby is able to sit down with a knife and fork. A baby’s first solid foods aren’t solid at all; in fact, first foods should be semi-liquid, as eating is a skill your baby will learn gradually.
Okay. So I am still supposed to give liquid cereal and mush? Okay, well then what’s changed? I mean with Sawyer he was eating finger foods by around eight months (those Gerber puffs etc.) so is that still the case? I thought I was skipping some steps based on the previous article.
Next, I read all about seasoning your baby’s food. That one, I had kind of thought about with Sawyer. My mom was on about how we shouldn’t season it too much, and I responded telling her what’s spicy to us would be normal to a child in India and they turn out just fine. Turns out, studies are now showing that feeding children foods with seasoning (rosemary on potatoes, for example) gives them a wider palate, and makes them less fussy later in life. Also, since there is a similarity between bland food and processed food, it makes them more likely to make unhealthy choices as children.
Hmmm. Maybe that’s why Sawyer will eat anything from cream of broccoli soup to butter chicken without complaint?
I still have to do some more research, but it would seem that I have a lot more research to do! And here I was thinking all I needed to improve on last time was to buy a tarp. And just when Juno was finally losing all the weight she put on from grazing at Sawyer’s feet when he was learning to eat. Sigh.
I feel a do what works for you moment coming on ;-p