Before I had Soren I looked forward to the day I would feed my babies a variety of homemade fruit and vegetable purees, perfectly steamed, carefully liquefied in the food processor, and neatly frozen in ice cube trays. In post-birth real life, I began to dread the introduction of “solids” (i.e. rice cereal, purees, and mushed-up foods). My pre-baby self anticipated a lot more free time for cooking and crafting and reading and doing all the glorious things I thought stay-at-home moms did. And on top of the time issue, I wasn’t excited about having to prepare separate food for Soren at mealtime and then attempt to feed him while feeding myself (I was one of those babies who screamed in between bites because my parents couldn’t get the spoon to my mouth fast enough). So I’d be happy if Soren wanted a breastmilk-only diet until he goes to kindergarten. Is that weird? Luckily, a wise friend recommended I try baby-led weaning. I bought the book right away, and after reading just a few pages I was suddenly looking forward to the imminent new phase of Soren’s life.
We gave it a go a few weeks after his six-month birthday. I wasn’t expecting much action for the first few weeks (or even months, possibly). One of the BLW mantras is “fun until one,” meaning mealtime is playtime for the first few months, and it’s no big deal if the amount of food that actually makes it down his throat is minimal. So I was surprised and delighted when Soren took to the food thing really quickly. He picked up and gnawed on his roasted broccoli as if he’d been eating all his (short) life.
His attention span is pretty short when he’s in the high chair, but he’s actually eating! It is so fun to watch him dive in as soon as I place the food on his tray. So far he’s enjoyed banana, pear, avocado, apple, sweet potato, parsnips, butternut squash, carrots, broccoli, cucumber, quinoa, egg/avocado on toast, mango, hummus/pita, green beans, spinach smoothie, and grapefruit. He’s only refused one thing — a piece of a hamburger from Shake Shack. I’m so proud — he clearly knows what’s good for him and what’s not. Or maybe we have a vegetarian baby? Either way, his food-loving parents couldn’t be more thrilled about his latest milestone. Can’t wait to see how he does with tomorrow night’s chicken tikka masala.