I have 2 older children so I know where I am with purees IYSWIM. Also, although i happily waited until 27 weeks with DD, this baby is trying to grab food already and will put anything in her mouth!! She's 22 weeks and I really can't imagine waiting 4 more before giving something more than milk. I'd really appreciate hearing other peoples thoughts and experiences.
I found BLW an absolute joy, no experience of purees but have seen friends spending hours preparing food/purees and getting stressed about how much is getting spooned in and eaten. I found this website really helpful. I would guess that if your DD gets some food to her mouth at this stage she'll explore it and spit it back out. I think some babies are raring to go from early on, DS took what seemed like forever, didn't get into eating properly until about 8 months.
Thanks so much for the link. Is it okay to give her food to explore at this age? I fully support the idea that milk I'd still her main source of nutrition and am not trying to fill her up. do you think it's okay to start early with some roasted carrots? Will be cooking lunch later... I feel like I'm being a bit of a dimwit about it all!!!
My DS is 6 months next week but at 21 weeks he was clamouring to be at the table with us. I brought him over with us to have some milk, which he wouldn't, so I sat him up and he was reaching for the fruit dd and I were eating. I thought 'go on then you silly sod! you won't know what to do with it anyway!!' and put some banana on the table in front of him... which he promptly picked up, bit, chewed and swallowed So I carried on Just at breakfast and then added tea-time, and still only fruit, veg and the odd rice cake.
It's great cause he's so into it, which dd never really was - puree fed and totally non-plussed about it!
Brilliant- thanks. She was chomping on some cucumber yesterday but I took it off her as I wasn't sure I should let her yet. As far as I can see the main 'rule' is that I shouldn't put anything in her mouth?? She sits in her trip trap at mealtimes so I might try putting something in front of her tonight.
She held onto a bit of carrot at dinner and chomped away - don't know if any went in but there were little bits all over her face and vest! Still not certain I'll BLW but we may give it a go in a few more weeks. Thanks for all the advice.
Oh yes absolutely, if she is grabbing food now, let her have it There is a list of things to avoid but I can never remember it, so the short version is stick to soft fruit & veg till 6 months, then they can have anything except honey, too much salt, too much sugar, and choking risks.