Cel-e-brate good times, come on! And just like that, I’m looking back on one of the most exciting weeks of my career. This has been one for the books, that’s for sure. Between a brand new episode...
My Baby’s Eating FOOD and I’m Sharing What I’ve Learned
Well, just like that my little baby’s eating food. And when I say “eating,” I actually mean smearing it all over her face and my kitchen. But it’s all good because watching this little girl eat and learn fills my heart in a way I didn’t know was possible. Even when there ends up being LOTS more laundry. That said, I didn’t just wake up one morning and think to myself – “I think Hazel will start eating food today” – and then walk downstairs and make her a bowl of oatmeal. Not even close!
I had so many questions when it came to starting our food journey and I thought it might be helpful to share everything I figured out so that maybe, just maybe, your journey is a little bit easier.
Tips I Learned For Feeding My Baby Solid Food
First things first, your pediatrician will tell you when your baby is ready to eat food. Don’t listen to anything I say above the advice of your doctor – DUH! Also, there are certain cues your baby will give that will make you know they’re ready. Hazel got to the point where she would practically rip the food out of our hands and try to put it in her mouth. She was ready!
So about 5 days after she turned 6 months old, we were finally ready for her to start eating. Here’s what we did to get ready…
There are multiple “programs” or basically different ways to introduce foods to your baby. We liked the idea of her basically eating what we eat and trying lots of different foods and textures, so we went with the “baby-led weaning” plan. So far, we’re really liking it and Hazel loves it too! There aren’t any spoons or purees and you never feed the baby or clean their face. Sound crazy? It’s a little different, but I have friends that did it and their kids are great eaters. The thought behind it is instead of forcing your child to eat, you give them the opportunity to create a relationship with food (and the act of eating food) that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives. We read books and also watched an online seminar by SilverSpoon Nutrition.
Then it was time to get the gear! I bought a highchair for my mom’s house and a little chair that clips to the counter for my house. Both work really well!
I also invested in some containers for meal prep, so I could prepare her food the night before. Everything we got has been working out great.
Oh and just to be clear, milk or formula (in Hazel’s case it’s pumped breast milk because #exclusivelypumping ??) should be your baby’s sole source of nutrition for the first year. But what Brett and I didn’t realize is that not only do you go up a nipple size on your bottle (if you haven’t done this and your baby is 4 months or older, DO IT NOW – you’re welcome), but you actually graduate to bigger bottles! These are the bottles that Hazel uses now and the coolers we’ve been using when we’re on the go.
Soooo, hopefully this was helpful! Feel free to ask me any questions below and I’ll do my best to respond. Did you have a moment when you thought “Finally, my baby’s eating food!” too?! Oh and if you need me, I’ll just be over here trying to get hummus out of my hair. Ha!