Emily and I have been reading Alice Callahan’s book The Science of Mom, and one of the topics she covers includes when to start a baby on solid foods, and how to tell if a baby is ready. Here’s a blog article she wrote on the topic.
At least 4 months old? Check.
Core stability? Check.
Oral motor skills? Check.
So we decided to give it a try, and it was awesome. She was totally ready to chomp down on some solids. We decided to start with fortified cereal (oatmeal) because the iron and zinc are important for her now that she’s going to start weening, and doubly so because she missed the last 2 months of gestation and didn’t have a chance to stock-pile iron in utero. We have been adding other flavors to the oatmeal to get her used to eating other things. We’ve tried sweet potato (big hit), banana (totally luke-warm), fully cooked egg yolk (SUPER messy), and avacado (another big hit).
She likes to help. Most of the time she just opens up and lets us feed her, but there are times when she insists that the spoon is hers to control. She’ll grab it with both hands and very skillfully guide it in for a landing. It isn’t always a smooth landing. Most of the time she crash-lands it into her cheek or nose before guiding it into her mouth, but that is what learning is all about.
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