Baby’s First Solid Food Experience

Big happenings’ in our home these past few days…we’ve got a scooting, solid food-eating, giggling baby! Baby A will be six months this week and it’s been such a pleasure watching her turn into a sweet and happy girl! I previously blogged about the introduction to solid foods and while there are many great options, I decided to start with some baby oatmeal and explore the puree route. I really like and appreciate the philosophy behind the baby-led wean method, I’m just too much of a wimp – did you watch that turkey-leg video?

Preparing the oatmeal could not be easier – it’s a 4-1 ratio using 1 tablespoon of oats to 4 tablespoons of breast milk, formula or water (the equivalent of 2 oz). I pump every night before I go to bed, so I have plenty of breast milk and opted to use that as my liquid. As the instructions explain, you want the consistency to be soupy and easy to swallow, especially for the first time. As you can see by the last picture, she absolutely loved the oatmeal, eating almost half the portion and had no difficulties with swallowing/gagging. She repeatedly tried to grab the spoon out of my hands and made a huge mess, but overall it was a really fun FIRST experience!

I used Gerber Oatmeal, OXO Tot Baby Containers, BEABA First Baby Spoon and an Aden and Anais bib. The one product I would change was the bib, because as much as I LOVE their products (we live for their muslin blankets) a cloth bib becomes way too messy. At the suggestion of my blogger mom-friend at Willis and We , I just made a purchase of Bumkins bibs, so hopefully they are a lot easier to clean!

One thing I will say to those of you who are itching to feed your baby before the 5-6 month mark, WAIT! Aside from the studies recommending you wait, it’s one more thing you need to add to your presumably full plate. It took me 30 minutes to feed her 2 oz. and that is on top of the 5-6 ‘milk’ feeds she has every day! Also, in watching her eat and try to the handle the spoon – I think she was absolutely ready and can probably handle food with a thicker consistency. While it was fun and exciting to see her reach this milestone – I’m really glad I decided to wait until she was ready. 
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