Re: how old was your LO?
You're right about the rice cereal, there's not a lot of nutrition to it. If he meets the above criteria (which generally happens around 6 months) you could probably start doing baby led solids if you wanted to. I've been meaning to email you this article. It totally changed the way I was feeding Nora and I loved it with her. It hasn't worked as well with Davis, but he's got other issues. The cool thing about it is that it allows the baby to regulate his own intake, which he's used to doing with nursing. And after the first couple of months you can usually just give baby bits of whatever you are eating, no making separate meals.
Signs that indicate baby is developmentally ready for solids include:
* Baby can sit up well without support.
* Baby has lost the tongue-thrust reflex and does not automatically push solids out of his mouth with his tongue.
* Baby is ready and willing to chew.
* Baby is developing a “pincer” grasp, where he picks up food or other objects between thumb and forefinger. Using the fingers and scraping the food into the palm of the hand (palmar grasp) does not substitute for pincer grasp development.
* Baby is eager to participate in mealtime and may try to grab food and put it in his mouth.
If you don't want to do something like that you can still give him mushed up foods. Sweet potato, avocado, and banana are all great places to start with either approach.
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