Re: Introducing Solids this week :D
IMO, the most important thing to remember is that "until one, solids are just for fun". So what matters is that baby gets a chance to touch, pick up, drop, manipulate, taste, lick, chew, and- yes!- even spit out his solids. Whether or not he actually eats them is pretty immaterial, since breastfeeding will meet all his nutritional needs as long as he is nursed on demand.
Expect your baby to go through phases of interest and disinterest when it comes to solids. Some days he will gobble up everything you feed him, other times he will ignore it or drop it on the floor. Many babies eat more at 6 months than they do at 12, probably because growth is faster at 6 months than it is as baby transitions into toddlerhood.
Model good eating habits. If your child sees you eating and enjoying a variety of healthy foods, he will be more likely to eat a varied diet.
Some gagging is a normal part of experimenting with eating solids. If the possibility of choking really scares you, here are some suggestions:
- avoid highly chokeable foods, including hot dog pieces, nuts, and chewy meats
- put single pieces of food on his tray as he gets used to chewing, so that he can't end up with a huge wad of food in his mouth
- foods that are mashed and steamed are low on the hazard scale because they can't block the esophagus in one giant lump, and can be coughed out
- offer baby whole peeled fruits to lick and taste, unless the baby can bite off chunks of them (requires baby to have both top and bottom incisors)
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"