Jack’s diet consisted entirely of breast milk until he was about six and a half months old. Once he hit the age our doctor recommended, we began slowly introducing pureed foods into his diet. I know the Baby Led Weaning model is big right now, but I have to be honest in admitting that it hasn’t really worked for us. As a disclaimer, I didn’t do a ton of research on BLW. However, I have tried letting him feed himself a few times and it hasn’t gone so great. Plus, giving him chunks of food makes me really nervous. He only has two bottom teeth, but he has actually bit off pieces of apple and avocado slices that were too big for him to swallow. Obviously this results in mommy panic when he starts coughing. I then tried giving him a much smaller bite instead, but that didn’t work either. Eventually we will dive back into letting him feed himself, but right now purees are going well and he loves them so we’re sticking with that.
When I make his baby food, I simply steam and then puree big batches of each food in my Vitamix. I love using these baby food storage containers to freeze his food and then refrigerate while thawing. I will be transitioning into these large containers very soon. I haven’t tried mixing foods except for fruits with his oatmeal, but this month I plan on expanding his diet, making our own combinations, and feeding him some protein like chicken. So far Jack has tried:
- Oatmeal Cereal (He LOVES oatmeal mixed with a little milk, and lately I’ve been adding in some mashed banana, applesauce or prunes too. I picked up a box of baby cereal at the grocery, but I read that I can just grind my own oatmeal in the blender to make a homemade version of baby cereal. I am going to do this next time since it’s cheaper and I know the only ingredient in it: oats! I want to make my own brown rice cereal for him too.)
- Banana (He is obsessed with banana! This is definitely his favorite food.)
- Applesauce (I started with just apples, but this last batch I added a small sprinkle of cinnamon to the mix and he really liked this.)
- Sweet Potato (This is another winner! After I test how Jack handles chicken on its own, I am going to make a dinner mix of chicken and sweet potato for him to eat.)
- Honeydew (I held a big piece of honeydew when we were in Florida and let him suck on it a bit. He seemed to like it a lot, but I had to take it away when he started biting pieces off.)
- Avocado (Avocado is a work in progress.. I was hoping he would take to it quickly since it’s so good for him and filled with plenty of healthy fats for his growing brain. However, he doesn’t exactly love it and he makes the funniest faces when he tries it –> I shared this montage of his reaction on Instagram. Hilarious! We are going to keep working on it though. I am sure if he could have tortilla chips with guacamole he would learn to love avocado, ha!)
- Peas (Jack actually likes peas quite a bit! I think peas are the only veggie I do not like, but I read babies tend to love these as a first veggie and so far this has rang true. I think that has to do with peas being a sweeter veggie option, and Jack is definitely drawn to his fruits!)
- Pears (Just like applesauce, Jack really likes pears! Especially with a hint of cinnamon.)
- Green Beans (Ahh green beans… I love you, but so far Jack does not. I am not sure if it is the texture of the green bean or the lack of sweetness, or maybe a combination of both, but he does not like eating his greens. I mixed peas with sweet potatoes and he loved that, so I may try and do that with green beans as well.)
- Egg Yolk (Egg allergies are typically in the white, so I decided to scramble an egg yolk first and then will add in the whites later. This went okay… I tried scrambling the yolk, and I really think the issue was a texture thing. Next time I would like to try hard boiling the eggs and then mashing up the yolks separate. I think this would give Jack the smoother consistency he is looking for in his food.)
- Carrots (He wasn’t a fan of carrots the first time he tried them, but I think it was a texture thing and I didn’t get them smooth enough. I just fed him a carrots and sweet potato combination last night when both veggies were super smooth and he loved it!)
I am excited for the warm months to be arriving so I can feed Jack some fresh summer produce and keep expanding his palette. I know it takes time for babies to get used to eating foods, especially veggies, but so far I’ve been really happy with his progress!
You tell me: What has your experience feeding a baby looked like? Have you had more success with purees or baby led weaning? Do you have any food suggestions for me to try with Jack?