I was going to save this for the 6 month update coming later this week, but we’ve been having so much fun with food that it deserved it’s own post.
Avery’s first solid food experience was on Feb 8th (5 1/2 months old). On a whim when she got home from work one evening, my wife decided to try feeding her some brown rice cereal we had in the cupboard. She LOVED it and immediately took to eating off the spoon and swallowing. I was fully expecting this attempt to involve pushing the food around in her mouth and spitting it out, but nope, she devoured it.
Since those purées, we’ve also started a combination of spoon-feeding and baby-led feeding. We can’t seem to time it right (or have the right food on the menu) for her to sit with us while we eat and try what we’re eating (we had the timing right with crêpes with dulce De leche, but that felt a little too decadent for her first baby-led weaning experience…). We do want her to be able to feel the food in her hands and decide if/how much she wants to shove in her mouth. I’ve let her gnaw on a banana that I was eating and we gave her some avacado to chew on. She successfully mashed the food with her gums (and two teeth!) and seemed to enjoy making a supreme mess. Although her face in the avocado picture looks a little grossed out, she really did LOVE the avocado. She polished off everything you see on her tray here.
While it has been sooo much fun watching her learn new tastes and textures and learn to swallow, I just want to point out that it can be incredibly scary, too.
Everytime she coughs while eating, we panic. With food covered hands we grab her and attempt to rip her from the booster seat to give her the Heimlich maneuver (so thankful we both took that infant and child first aid course when I was 9 months pregnant). But every time she has been totally fine. I think coughing, or “horking” as it can be more accurately described, is all a part of learning to eat and learning to swallow something lumpier than breast milk.
So we’ve created a food monster. I can’t eat a piece of fruit without her grabbing at it and crying when I don’t give it to her. I hope she continues to love her journey into the world of food! It’s so much fun for all three of us!