Around 6 months old, babies start to become interested in what Mommy and Daddy are eating. So when they aren’t putting the dog’s toy in their mouth, they try to take the food out of yours. There appear to be two camps of what to do next. You can mash up food into oblivion and spoon it into their faces. Or cut up food into baby-hand size pieces and let them squish it into oblivion. Sometimes the food actually makes it into their mouths. Hubs and I decided to do both. Baby led weaning refers to the latter of the two processes. In the United States, weaning is defined as slowly reducing its consumption until they no longer eat it. Mommies in the United Kingdom refer to weaning as adding complementary foods to baby’s diet. I call it painting with food.
Of course there are things that don’t make a ginormous mess, like sweet potato fries and bananas (so pretty much anything phallic). But avocados? Forget it. Last night he gave himself a unibrow with it. And even though purees just teach them how to swallow foods like they would breastmilk/formula, it typically doesn’t end with a bath because they have used it for hair gel. The high chair cushion sees the inside of the washer a lot more nowadays. Now that we have spoiled him by giving him our food, I can’t sit on the floor with him and eat anything by myself. Especially now that the little booger can crawl over to me and whine. Even if I just finished feeding him. He’s a cavernous hole. It’s a good thing he’s so damn cute.
What do you think about giving babies whole foods before they have a mouth full of teeth?