I'm excited about this week - It's All About Baby! I'll be writing various posts about Penny and topics surrounding our life with her. Hope you enjoy!
On last Sunday's "Sunday Share" I shared photos of Penny's Eats. It got me thinking, I should update you guys on how our baby-led weaning adventure is going! It's been over two months since I first blogged about it. So... how's it going?
Well, in so many words... great!
We started right around 6 months, mostly with avocado and other mushy foods. At first, she was gagging a bit when the food would reach the back of her throat. I think it freaked Brandon out more than it did for me, because I knew the gagging was her learning how to swallow, and she never choked. Of course, we kept an eye on her, and if something seemed to difficult we would take the food away.
The gagging continued for a couple weeks and I was getting a little discouraged. Had we started too early? And then, after some practice, she started getting better and better. Now, about 6 weeks in, she hardly ever gags!
We still make sure her food is soft enough to chew, since she doesn't have teeth yet. Some harder foods (like the apple slice in the second photo) she just gnaws on, which is fine. We also make sure to take off any skin from zucchini or sweet potatoes. And what an adventurous eater she is! She's routinely eating breakfast and dinner with us now. She skips lunch because usually she's napping during that time. It's all good!
What does she eat?
Fruit: Banana, watermelon, strawberries, kiwi, mango, apples, pears, pineapple (anything!)
Organic puffs (kale and spinach flavored)
Hard-boiled egg yolks (no white!)
(she eats what we eat, usually)
Avocado, all the time
Sweet potatoes, all the time!
Steamed veggies: Broccoli, bell peppers, zucchini, turnips, carrots, etc.
Soft beef (ground beef, roast)
She has some favorites. Namely, avocado, sweet potatoes, zucchini, the puffs, and strawberries. She would eat those at every meal!
Oh, and before I forget. Do you have pureed food you don't want to get rid of? No fear! I received some samples of puree in my TeetheMe boxes, and since Penny doesn't let me spoon-feed her, I had to decide what to do with it. I tried just giving it to her on a spoon so she could feed herself, but that only worked for a short time. Then an idea: freeze it!
I froze bits of pureed food in a heart-shaped ice cube tray. Now, I can quickly grab a piece and give it to her. She loves it! She can pick it up and suck on the food, and it tastes great and is organic. Sure, once it melts a bit it gets messy, but she eats it up quick. Her favorite is the pureed peas, but she loves the bananas I got too. We actually went out to Target yesterday and bought more to freeze because she likes it so much and it's so easy.
Have any questions about BLW for me?
How do you feed your baby?