playing with asparagus + plan for introducing solids

Well hello there!  How have you been?  We’ve been pretty good here.  Had a weekend of Hunter and I being a bit under the weather, but we’re on the mend.  Nothing too tragic, just sniffles, sneezes and not sleeping well.

Hunter officially turned 5 months old on Sunday.  Crazy right?!  I plan to take his 5 month photos today once it’s a little lighter out and have an update for ya’ll later this week.  Plus I’ll be sharing my 5 month post baby body update and comparison pics.  I haven’t taken them yet, but I’m pretty excited to see if there are changes from previous months.

Yesterday while I was prepping dinner, a potato and asparagus frittata, I was left with a bigger piece of asparagus.  I had previously steamed the asparagus so it was already soft.  I decided to give it to Hunter to see what happened.  I strapped him into the booster seat (it was on the ground but can be attached to a chair), and put the piece of asparagus down.  It took him a few seconds to even notice it.

But once he saw it he grabbed onto it, but did not bring it to his mouth.  Instead he just started hitting it, breaking it into pieces and slamming his hands on the yellow tray in front of him.  He’s been a very hitty little guy.

I thought, maybe just maybe he’ll try it, but it was more of a toy at this point.  By the end we had some nice asparagus mush left on the tray.

It was super fun to watch him play with his food.  I bet he had fun with it too.

We don’t plan on introducing solids until he’s 6 months, shows an interest and can sit up well on his own.  He’s getting much stronger with his trunk control.  This was a couple weeks ago at the library story time, and just yesterday back at the library he kept himself up much straighter and was less wobbly.

While we still have another month or so until he begins solids I’ve started reading up on it a bit more.  I picked up Baby-led Weaning from the library and began reading it last night.  So far I’m just through the intro, but am excited to learn more!  I’ve always been a fan of letting the baby feeding themselves opposed to spoon feeding them.  I think it will save time/money (not making baby food/buying it) and also be less frustrating (him refusing to it).  Plus half the fun is playing and discovering your food!

While he didn’t give the asparagus a try, we’ve given him some pieces of apple, grape and cucumber to suck on.  He loves the juices and flavors!  Jacob gave him some english muffin on Sunday… not a first food I really want for him.  Time to get that man on board!

We have a high chair, but I think I’m going to attach the booster seat to a chair at the table.  Hopefully this motivates us to eat dinner at the table more often too. :)

Do you have any experience with Baby-led Weaning?  Any tips for introducing solids to your little one?  What were their favorite first foods?

Heather

6 thoughts on “playing with asparagus + plan for introducing solids

  1. I was too afraid to just give Kay foods….I was afraid she’d choke! But I think I”m paranoid ;). Plus, I think giving her homemade baby food made it easier for her to digest. Just my own thoughts! I love the concept of introducing solids the way this book suggests though! Can’t wait for the update pics

  2. Bruce was super worried about Dylan chocking as a baby (he’s 16 now!) that he would even crumble up goldfish crackers! I thought he was going a bit overboard.

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  4. I also had trouble with other people feeding Zoe before 6mo, and before I’d decided it was ok! ah! At 7mo, she loves to chew on cut apple, carrots, bell pepper. I think the foundation of that book is “under 1, food is for fun” and that’s the vague guideline that I use with my girl. I want to read that book! Please share tips from it if I don’t get a chance!

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