Who knew that 6 months was going to be such a big game-changer in the life of a new parent? You finally feel like you’re getting the hang of things. Your baby’s personality is starting to really show. Annnnddd just to keep you on your toes, now you have to learn how to feed them solids for the first time in their lives! It can be overwhelming. So of course, I’ve compiled a few tips that I think can be helpful for the new parent (or anyone!).
1. Do your Research and Choose a Method
Baby led weaning vs. purées. Organic vs. homemade. There are sooo many options out there and you will find a lot of opinions about what is “best” for your baby. But remember, only you can decide that for yourself. Be sure to consider the commitment as well. As wonderful as the idea of making a purée from scratch every day sounds, I knew it was a big time commitment that would end up making me feel stressed. Remember that you’ll be the best mama for your babe when you’re feeling your best too.
2. Be Flexible
We all know that babies are not programmed computers and they don’t always do what we want, when we want. Don’t be surprised if your little one decides to do something totally different than what you expected when starting solids.
From the time I was pregnant, I knew I wanted to try baby led weaning instead of the traditional route of purées. I watched videos of other babies picking up their fruits and veggies and chomping away. I couldn’t wait to watch London discover her favorite foods! It’s a little embarrassing to admit, but I was kind of disappointed when we realized she just wasn’t into feeding herself at 6 months. We decided to follow her lead and spoon-feed until she shows more interest in her dinner. The key to not totally losing your mind when it comes to any new stage is to stay flexible and ride the waves as they come. You and baby will figure things out soon enough!
3. Remember That Milk is Most Important!
I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “food before one is just for fun.” Especially with the first child, we get so excited watching them learn new things that we just want to rush them along. But until their first birthday, remember that breast milk/formula should always take priority over any type of solids. Your baby will slowly take less milk the more they learn to eat and swallow foods, but let them be the judge of when that’ll be. And of course, always consult with your pediatrician about any recommendations.
4. Choose Products with Clean-up in Mind
I wish someone had given me this advice when I was shopping for a high chair. I ended up buying a chair with a fabric seat, which is not the easiest to clean up. And no matter which way you feed your baby solids, it WILL be messy.
One of my favorite products that I discovered is the EZPZ mini mat. It’s an all-in-one placemat + plate that suctions to the table. I love that it is divided into portion sizes, which encourages a well-balanced meal for your little one. And it’s dishwasher safe, so makes for an easy clean up!
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