Fé’s First Bites | Introducing Solid Foods

Fé just had her 6-month birthday (check out her 6-month old check-in) so we have officially started introducing solid foods! There are a lot of different techniques on how to introduce solid foods. Here in the UK, they promote baby-led weaning, which basically means you give them finger foods and serve them the same sorts of foods that we eat. Traditional weaning methods have babies eat pureed foods that gradually get chunkier until they are able to eat normal adult foods.

I really like the idea of baby-led weaning. Basically, you start feeding your baby the same foods that you eat from a very young age (6-months). For example, we have (tried) given Fé a half a banana, slices of avocado, cucumber slices, carrot slices, and more.

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The idea is that they are able to pick up the food and eat it themselves. They first get used to different textures and tastes before they start feeding themselves full meals. Many of the other moms in my baby group have had a lot of success with baby-led weaning. Fé, on the other hand, isn’t too keen on the idea. She doesn’t quite understand that the food has to go into her mouth. After a couple of failed attempts at trying to get her to eat solids, I turned to a more traditional weaning method. I served her pureed pumpkin and she really enjoyed it!

Anyway, I wanted to share a comparison between baby-led weaning and traditional weaning!

Baby-led weaning

What is Baby-led weaning?

The method of letting your child feed themselves from very early on. The method was originally created by UK health visitor and midwife Gill Rapely. The idea is that babies can feed themselves normal adult foods from the beginning of weaning. That means no mush, purees, or food preparation, and makes it very easy for mommy and daddy.

I totally agree the idea that Fé will start eating normal foods seems so easy! In practice, however, Fé just doesn’t eat. I have found that traditional weaning (at least for now) works best for Fé.

Advantages

  • Baby learns to eat on their own/ becomes an independent eater
  • Easy, requires very little preparation (baby eats the same foods as you!)
  • Encourages social eating and family eating
  • Research suggests it reduces the chance of ending up with a picky eater

Disadvantages

  • Gagging or choking hazard
  • Messy
  • Child may not eat very much at first
  • Hard to gauge how much child is eating

Baby-led weaning

What is Traditional Weaning?

Also known as the five-step-weaning plan. This is where you slowly introduce solids in different stages. Start with pureed foods, then mush, then add some chunks. By the time they are one they should be eating proper solids.

I have found that Fé enjoys eating pureed foods much better than trying to figure out finger foods.

Advantages

  • Easier to gauge how much baby is eating
  • Easier to introduce Iron Rich foods
  • No choking or gagging
  • Less messy

Disadvantages

  • Time-consuming, meal preparation
  • More of a hassle (if you are out and about it may be difficult to prepare a meal)
  • May have a more difficult time transitioning to full solids later on

Baby-led Weaning

What we are trying…The Mixed Method

I am trying to do a combination of both baby-led and traditional weaning. I am feeding her pureed foods while also slowly introducing solids. I have found that for Fé (and myself) this seems to be the best approach.

She is able to experience different tastes and textures by exploring food on her own while we also spoon feed pureed or mashed foods. This makes it easier for us to actually feed Fé while she gets the same experience (or similar) as children who are exclusively Baby-led. I am not very strict on how pureed the food is. I am not necessarily following a traditional method of started with very pureed foods, then mushy, then more chunky. She is also still eating many of the same foods I eat. For example, we serve her oatmeal, smoothies, applesauce, yogurt etc. These are normal “adult” foods that are easily spoon-fed! I also let Fé play with her own spoon while I use another spoon to feed her foods. This allows for her to get used to the idea of feeding herself by using utensils and practice her fine motor skills =)

At the end of the day, it is all about what works best for you and your baby! Some baby’s in my baby group LOVE solid foods and their moms have had no problem introducing solids to them. Some moms love the traditional weaning method. For many, doing a mixture of both works well! Good luck on your baby weaning journey!

Baby-led weaning

More Information on Baby Weaning

For more information on baby-led weaning and traditional weaning check out these websites and books:

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Fé’s Favorite Baby Products | 6-Months

I hope you all enjoyed Fé’s 6-Month update! As you can see she is growing so much and enjoying so many things. Over the past few months, we have grown to love some baby products and Fé has gotten attached to some of her favorite baby toys! Here is a list of all our favorite baby products and toys that we have grown to love over the past 6-months!

1. Baby Merlins Magic SleepSuit


This thing is seriously amazing. We had previously used the Halo Sleepsuit (which was also wonderful for when Fé was younger), but once Fé started rolling over in her crib, we had the hardest time putting her down to sleep. She would roll onto her belly and just wouldn’t be able to settle. My wonderful husband did a bunch of research on his own and decided to order this sleepsuit. The first time we put her in the suit, she went down to sleep immediately!! Ever since we bought the suit, she has gone to sleep very quickly after we put her down. The sleepsuit restricts the baby’s movements, making it harder to move, which helps them settle to sleep better. If you are struggling with putting your baby down to sleep, I highly recommend investing in Baby Merlins Magic Sleepsuit. It has been one of our best purchases!

2. Munchkin Stay Put Suction Bowls

Since we have started baby-led weaning, Fé has a habit of getting food EVERYWHERE! These bowls have suction cups so they stay put when she attempts to fling everything around!

3. Nuby Hot Safe Feeding Spoons

These spoons will let you know if your little one’s food is too hot! They are great for keeping your baby safe as you start weaning (which we have started with Fé!)

4. Kid Smile Formula Dispenser


I LOVE this thing. It has a permanent spot in my diaper bag and I take it everywhere I go. It has four compartments so I can take enough formula for four feedings with me. I think I am even going to get another couple for when I travel. I just keep this, a clean bottle, and a bottle of water in my bag (check out what I keep in my diaper bag here!) and it makes it super easy to feed little Fé wherever we are!

5. Nuby Bug-A-Loop Teether


Fé loves this. She doesn’t have any teeth yet but she is vigorously chewing on anything she can get her hands on! This is the perfect toy to give her when she just can’t keep anything out of her mouth!

6. Lamaze Freddie the Firefly toy

This (I think) is Fé’s favorite toy! It has so many different rings to grab, different textures to explore, and makes a bunch of different sounds. I keep this on Fé’s stroller and it keeps her entertained when we go for walks. She loves it!

7. Baby Keys

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My mother-in-law ordered these keys for Fé after she kept wanting to play with her keys on her keychain. They were a huge hit! Fé loves them! She loves to rattle them and bite them (they make great teethers!) I have found that the simplest toys are the best.

8. Sophie La Girafe

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Fé loves her Sophie! For times when she just wants to chew she always goes for this toy! It is seriously one of the best teethers!

9. Universal Stroller Footmuff 

Before we got this footmuff, we were using blankets wrapped around Fé’s legs to keep her warm whilst in the stroller. She would always end up kicking them off and throwing a huge fit when she got cold. With this universal footmuff, it stays put on her stroller and zips up so she stays nice and cozy!

10. Play Mat

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We got a wonderful “I Spy” mat made by my great auntie. It is so cute and Fé plays on it every single day! But if you don’t have an auntie with wonderful quilting skills, I suggest purchasing some sort of play mat for your little one to play on (unless you have really clean floors!) This quilted play mat is really cute! Or you could go for a fancy tummy time mat!

11. Books!

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When we were in Holland we bought a bunch of Dutch books because we want Fé to grow up knowing both Dutch (from her daddy) and English! I have started reading some of these simple word books to Fé before bed every night. While she probably has no idea what I am saying she enjoys looking at the photos. I think it is great to start reading to Fé from an early age! There is also an English version of Sophie’s First Words!

I have a personalized book coming in the mail from a company called I See Me Books! I am so excited and will be posting a review of it shortly so keep a look out for that!

12. Petunia Pickle Bottom Diaper Bag

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this diaper bag! It is so stylish yet so functional. The bag stores everything I need for Fé and keeps everything organized, all while looking like a stylish tote bag. It is my favorite diaper bag of all time and I am so so happy I purchased this one from Petunia Pickle Bottom. 

13. Logitech Circle Camera

 

We use this camera as a baby monitor and it is amazing. We simply log into an App on our phones or our laptops and we can see Fé. For nighttime, we can keep the app on on our phones so we can hear Fé. The camera automatically saves the days recorded video and we can play back any video we want. It also generates a ‘day brief’ where it creates a fun 60 video putting together the highlights from the day. In addition, there is a two-way speaker so we can soothe Fé over the microphone if she is crying. It is probably a little bit more expensive than your average baby monitor, but we figure we will be using it long after Fé is a baby. We can use it later as a security camera or a general house monitor. We love it and it has proven itself to be an extremely useful purchase!

For more great products check out these posts!

As always thanks for reading and see you next time!

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