Solid food continues to be a fun adventure. We tried banana tonight, and while Curly enjoyed eating it, we’re not entirely sure it agreed with him. He was super cranky for about 20 minutes after eating it, fussing like he does when he’s got a big burp stuck. We wonder if perhaps it made him phlegmy or refluxy.
I got a book on Baby Led Weaning. It was written in England where the term “weaning” refers to the introduction solids, not the stopping of breastfeeding. Basically, it works on the theory that babies should be able to decide the what, when, and how of food. No purees, no spoon feeding. You sit a baby at the family table for meals, offer a variety of foods from whatever you happen to be eating, and let the baby explore on its own. As you might imagine, this makes a great mess, but it is supposed to allow the baby to learn how to be a good eater in terms of healthy choices and feelings of fullness. I find the theory intriguing, but Curly is having so much fun with mushy food and the spoon. I’m a little bit at a loss as to what to offer him to eat with his hands. You see, I’ve pretty much bought into the more mainstream theory of food introduction, where low-allergy, easy to digest foods are offered one at a time with 3-4 day breaks in between offering something new. BLW doesn’t really seem to do that. I mean, if I were to offer Curly food from our plates, he’d be getting couscous and a roasted chicken breast with many spices. We did try to offer him some larger pieces of banana (rolled in rice cereal dust) and sweet potato, but when he tried to pick them up he squished them and got upset that he couldn’t get them into his mouth. I think perhaps picking and choosing from each theory may be our choice for now. Oh, and you can bet that our chihuahua is very happy about the possibility of more food coming her way.
For now, here’s the picture of Curly in his jumper. He still hasn’t gotten it, but he likes it when someone else makes it jump.