When my son, Cohen, was approaching the six month mark, I started to think about different solids approaches. There is the traditional weaning approach that starts with purees, baby-led weaning which encourages babies to self-feed with table food and whatever the family is eating, and mixed approaches. After tons of research, I settled on trying baby-led weaning. Both of my sisters-in-law were doing it with my niece and nephew, and I had read all about the benefits: introducing different textures, reducing any sensory issues, teaching important skills like the pincer grasp, and establishing a non-picky eater who will eat whatever we eat.
It sounded like a no-brainer! Once son Cohen was sitting up unassisted around 6 months and was showing an interest in food, we decided to give it a go! Our first attempt was a banana. The results in the photo are self-explanatory:
Ok, so maybe no banana. The next day we moved on to Avocado. Avocado was better, although he wasn’t super excited about feeding himself, and was more interested when I fed him which wasn’t really the typical baby-led weaning approach.
As months went on, it wasn’t a perfect instagram-story road. Until about 11 months I would say he wasn’t REALLY interested in solids. We always offered, but didn’t make it a big deal if he wasn’t interested. We tried to make mealtime a non-stressful, fun experience to avoid any associations of stress with eating. Given that babies naturally love to copy their parents, it made mealtime way more fun for him when we introduced his own bowl, plate and spoons and forks. The silicone stick on bottom has also been KEY as he absolutely loves throwing them, and we found out the hard way with a glass plate that was nearby! He also wasn’t really into feeding himself until about 13 months., At 15 months he is now using utensils, and even feeding us!