As mum to two boys I have survived two bouts of introducing solid food, and when I say survived – I mean exactly that.
My youngest son Leo is two-and-a-half-years old (the half is important) and thankfully he can now chew steak with the best of them.
It wasn’t always this way. I remember the ups, the downs and the frantic 3am Googling of “How much banana is too much banana?”
Here are eight of the most common thoughts I had while introducing solids to both of them.
1. Everyone has an opinion. HALP!
Before I had kids, I wondered what could possibly be challenging about adding in some mashed banana to baby’s day?
What I forgot was that when you have a baby, you are tired and life is busier and messier than ever before. Also, people everywhere cannot help but give you their unsolicited opinion and advice on all things baby-related, including when to introduce solids and what type.
The experts say your baby will start showing readiness signs including; having good head and neck control, and looking interested in what you are eating.
Both my boys began eyeing my food around five/six months of age (the fact I probably looked very happy when eating helped) which I took as signs they were ready to eat.
As recommended I began slowly, trying a couple of teaspoons of puree after a lunchtime milk feed so they weren’t stressed and over-hungry.