Henry turns 6 months old next week and the plan with food was always that if he was showing signs of being ready, to let him have a little something on Christmas Day when he was a little over 5 and a half months (before anyone comments with WHO recommendations….I know). According to Babycentre, the signs are:
- He can hold his head up – check!
- He sits well – check! He’s almost unsupported now cleaver little man.
- Makes chewing motions – check, poor kid stares and copies like he’s starved!
- Has gained a healthy weight – definately check….he’s almost the same weight as his 2 year old sister!
- Is curious about what you’re eating – does lauching himself at the plate to grab your food count as curious? It does? Then check.
- Has good coordination – check; everything seems to be headed into this kids mouth so he definately has the hand / eye coordination thing down.
So the initial idea was to give a combination of purees to make sure he was getting enough to feel full and for the nutrition, and baby led weaning (blw) to allow him to explore food. It worked on Darcie so I was confident it would work for Henry too, right? Wrong! This boy seems to have a spoon aversion (unless he’s the one controlling the spoon) so we seem to have gone straight to full blw and jumped straight past a slowly but surely approach with first tastes, to an “I want everything in my belly now” demand.
Favourites so far include banana, strawberries, toast and naan bread (don’t ask!). Still only small amounts at the moment but already it’s clear his appitite is increasing so we’ll need to look at set mealtimes soon though we are pretty much already at two meals a day for example today was banana and strawberries for breakfast and toast and brocoli for tea. Yes I know, strange combinations but it’s good to get him used to different flavours and textures. The added bonus of weaning though? We got to try out some of our Nuby Brand Rep weaning kit that we were kindly sent by the team for us to use.
First up the Nuby Sure Grip Miracle Mat and Suction Plate, I was really impressed with this as one thing we really struggled with on Darcie first time around was things being knocked and moved around while she tried to grab the goodies inside. No need for concern with this though as the plate stuck fast to the table and allowed the little man to explore with his food which is exactly what we want at this stage.
Next were the the Nuby Hot Safe Soft Tip Spoons. I’ll be honest and say that we’ve not had much use of this yet seeing as the little man isn’t so keep on spoon fed food so we’ve not been able to test the ‘hot safe’ technology, but he’s certainly enjoyed trying to feed himself with them.
Finally we’ve been using Nuby Milk Feeding bibs as although it’s not milk, the tight seal under the chin has been great for these dribbly, messy early weaning days.
So yeah, we have a little boy who is well on his journey with food, and I’m confident in saying I think he’s already showing signs of being a bigger eater than Darcie as I’m yet to see him refuse anything or turn his head away to tell me he’s had enough. Definately more of a “keep it coming mama” boy.
So stay tuned over the coming weeks and months as we explore this little mans tastes and get together some blw reciepes that I hope he will love.