If you can call it that. We planned on the first meal being much more about “exploring” food rather than eating it.
We weren’t disappointed. The table ate a lot more of our yuppie organic probiotic brown rice cereal mush than Will did.
As I suspected would be the case, he thinks rice cereal is gross and he is far more interested in holding the spoon for himself than in anyone else doing it for him. Rice cereal is no more interesting when we add breast milk, sweet potato puree, or even prune puree. He spits it all out. According to all of the supposed “signs” though, he’s ready for solids. He sits up by himself, he’s lost the tongue thrust, he shows interest in our food, etc, etc.
I don’t know how I feel about this whole “baby food” thing. We’ve given Will a lightly-steamed stalk of Chinese broccoli to gum on a few times for fun and he’s loved it. Ditto with the bit of banana he swiped from me the other day before I could stop him.
What’s the deal with giving babies bland purees? If breast-milk is spicy or garlicky or whatever flavor I’m eating, wouldn’t Will want more of the same? If he likes gnawing on solid toys, wouldn’t he enjoy gnawing on solid foods more than mush? He doesn’t mind putting a very, very, very tiny piece of cucumber in his mouth (though he won’t swallow it) but he screws his lips shut if we try to give him anything mushy on a spoon, even though spoons are one of his favorite “toys.” Could it be because he’s already 6 months old in a few days? Maybe we missed the mushy food window?
I’m not sure how I feel about hard-core baby-led-weaning, but I’m thinking we might experiment with more solid, solid foods for the time being. We can buy imported avocados here right now, albeit for a high price, so we might try that. Aren’t those supposed to be a baby superfood? Or maybe some yogurt?
In any case, I think we may be getting more use out of these neat little products than the little baby bowls and spoons we bought him. “Food is just for fun until one” right?
Did your baby like mushy foods? What was the first food your kid liked?