We waited until Ada turned 6 months to start, but the night of her half-year birthday . . . we delved in. As I've mentioned in the past, we want to try a mixture of Baby-Led Weaning and traditional spoon-feeding. Things definitely got messy. But that's part of the fun!
The first meal? Oat cereal and a chunk of banana.
Overall, I think the experience went OK. I don't think Ada is totally pro-food just yet, though. So, we're not completely pushing it on her. Yesterday we offered her some oat cereal again with a sprig of super-softened asparagus. We take her lead . . . let her play . . . and then continue breastfeeding as normal.
She'll learn to love food as much as we do. I just know it.
I don't know about the rest of you, but starting solids confuses me so much! I feel like I have way more questions now that we've started. And I'm really trying not to over-think things.
Do we give the food to Ada before or after a breastfeeding session?
What time of day is best?
Is she really supposed to eat all that oat cereal?
How often should we feed her real food? Once a day?
When would we give it to her more frequently?
How do we deal with the digested stuff? You know. In her diapers?
Seriously, though, is Ada really supposed to eat all that oat cereal (there is almost a quarter cup when the breast milk is mixed in)?
I need to read my BLW book again. I know there are anwers in there. There's just such an information overload with being a new parent. So many shoulds and shouldn'ts. I'm sure this whole solid food thing will work its way out just as Ada's schedule did. Naturally and at her own pace.
PS: I have received a lot of questions about what camera and lens I have, what photo-editing software I use, etc. I am going to do a series of photography posts. So, keep an eye out!
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