We have survived almost 2 weeks of M eating solid food!
I've started calling her MERF (M Eats Real Food) and it's started to stick at dinner time. I've been labeling all her dinner pictures with #merf on instagram, and it makes me laugh reading it out loud!
Here's my little Merf during her first meal...
We are feeding her using the Baby Led Weaning approach, which has led to a lot of fun and a lot of messes! I know there are lots of mamas out there feeding their babies finger foods and skipping purees, we are certainly not the first! But I thought I'd share some of what she's been eating. Before we started, I looked at DOZENS of blogs that recapped babies experiences with BLW. It helped give me ideas for foods to try and some general tips. Here's what my little piglet has been eating so far...
Roasted Sweet Potato - cut into "fries" and drizzled with a little olive oil
Avocado - cut into strips
Roasted Pears - cut into strips, skin left on to help give texture
Roasted Zucchini - cut into strips, skin left on to help give texture
Banana - cut into strips or left inside the peel
Cucumber - cut into strips, some skin left on to help give texture
Steamed Carrots - peeled large carrots and cut them into sticks for her
Another helpful piece of advice I read somewhere was to cut the food with a crinkle cutter. It helps give slippery foods a little more texture. We had one in a drawer that I got as a wedding shower gift almost five years ago and I've been using the heck out of it lately!
This is definitely a learning activity for all of us! She usually shows some interest in the food on her tray and will play with it and eat some, but after 10-15 minutes, she's usually bored and wants nothing to do with it. She's eating very little at each meal, but that's entirely okay since she's still nursing 5-6 times a day. She's having fun exploring, and I want all three of us to enjoy meal times and not feel pressured to get her to eat a great deal at each sitting. We're letting her call the shots for now.
What should we introduce next? I'm hoping to try brocoli and apples soon!
What food(s) did your baby love?
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