Re: Starting baby food with my 5 month old
The easiest way to allow baby to self-regulate her solid food intake is to take away the spoons and stop buying the cereals and purees. Serve her small portions of baby-friendly solids- things like mashed, steamed veggies, smashed beans, o-shaped cereal, or shredded soft meats- and allow baby to experiment with putting solids into her own mouth. Since it's recommended that solids be introduced starting at 6 months, and that babies continue to receive the majority of their nutritional intake from breastmilk (or formula) until 12 months, there's no reason to worry whether or not your baby actually eats anything. Until around the first birthday, solids are for fun with new tastes, textures, and motor skills. They are not necessary for nutrition, and many babies continue to be primarily breastfed will into their second year.
If you're interested in ditching the spoon, search this forum for threads on "baby-led solids" or "baby-led weaning" (as it is called in Great Britain).
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