Re: baby led solids suggestions
My mom thought I was crazy at first, too. But then when she saw how well dd did with eating on her own, she became a total BLS convert.
In the early months I'd usually bring my own food for dd when we went out. Bringing pre-cut strips of toast, fruit, veggies or whatever is usually not too hard or messy if you know you're going to be out and it's probably the safest route, especially in the beginning. If we were at a buffet or something I could usually find fruit or veggies she could eat, or bread. And I would generally try to order something that I felt she could have bites of if I could find it. I think I ordered some avacado for her once at a mexican resteraunt, but it had a funny taste to it and I suspected they put something on it to keep it from turning brown (the moral of that story is- always taste what you're giving lo in a restaraunt before you give it to them)
Once you start introducing other foods you can do stuff like rice, beans, cheese quesadilla strips at the Mexican resteraunt, or pieces of grilled chicken, noodles, things like that.
At home I usually gave her whatever we were eating, sometimes I'd take her portion out before I salted or seasoned it for us. We did cheese, strips of lunchmeat, a lot of fruit, steamed veggies, etc. Pasta and beans were always a big hit for her as well, but I think that came a bit later- maybe 7-8 months, I can't remember.
Good luck, mama. Stick to your guns and you might be surprised how impressed your mother and MIL are.
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