At our 4 month check-up, our Dr. told us that our little monster was ready to begin some solid food. He was/is growing like crazy (97th percentile for height) and although I was still breastfeeding OK, he was showing the ready signs to begin solids. This next big step was ultimately to help take a bit of pressure off of me too as he was still eating so frequently.
I was hesitant. It took JDB and I about 2 weeks more to wrap our head around jumping into the world of solids. So of course, I took that time to read, read, read! I asked every mama I knew about their transition to solids. I spent hours reading forums and online blogs like this of the dos and don’ts, which foods first, what to avoid etc. I read anything and everything I could find because well… I’ve never done this before! I don’t like being unprepared for anything in life! And feeding my little angel is no exception.
After about 2 weeks of delaying the inevitable and being super nervous first time parents… Emmett got to experience the wondrous world of solids! And never looked back.
Since then it’s been a lot of fun watching him experience new foods for the first time! Thankfully he isn’t too picky and will inhale just about anything we give him!
Part of my research was on Baby Led Weaning vs Purees. I won’t go into detail… you can read more through those two links. However, we landed somewhere in the middle.
I also decided that I was going to make his food myself. This way I will know exactly what he is eating, with no fillers, and since I love cooking it only made sense.
Here is a list of the foods we have ventured into so far:
- Sweet Potato
It actually takes less time than I thought to prep. Basically everything is peeled and boiled (with the exception of the banana and hummus) then mashed or thrown into a food processor quickly if I’m short on time. I steam the kale and spinach then do the same. From there I pop the mashed food into ice cube trays and let freeze. Pop the cubes into zip lock bags and voila! Easy, ready to serve portions that thaw quickly and can be added together for combo foods too.
Do you have a recipe that your little ones love? I would love to hear your experience too in the comments below!