Weaning for me was always something exciting about having a baby, being able to explore foods and dabble with first tastes. Our weaning journey from 6-9 months has been fun but also challenging as Max had a very sweet tooth and liked to dismiss a lot of savoury purees, but through my persistence to get him to enjoy vegetable puree’s he now has one a day and really enjoys them.
Starting out at 6 months old I pureed pretty much everything for Max and I was far too scared about babyled weaning (BLW) I just couldn’t understand how he was supposed to chew without any teeth. As it’s taken Max a whole 9 months to get his first teeth I had to kinda except that we needed to start finger foods as it just wasn’t fair my hang ups were affecting Max’s weaning journey. I’ve also quickly come to realise that babies gums are extremely strong and the volumes of saliva produced to turn a stick of cheese into mushiness is amazing.
If you’re worried about finger foods like I was, here’s a list of finger foods Max loves tried and tested.
Slices of banana
Apple – I take the skin off for him as he struggles a bit.
Cherry tomatoes – sliced in half
Grapes – again sliced in half
Carrots- steamed until slightly soft
Toast – with hummus/butter/banana/avacado
Little Yeo’s yogurts – I like to give him a spoon and the pot to feed himself
I’m sure there’s a few more on our list that I can’t remember, we’ve dabbled with quite a number of finger foods so it’s hard to always remember. Here’s a link to a list of finger foods a 6-9 month old can enjoy.
Organix – Organix offer an amazing range of finger foods and Max loves them. My mind is at rest with these foods as they dissolve in his mouth, I would highly recommend Organix when starting out with finger foods.
Foods we will be trying soon
Boiled egg/scrambled egg
Peanut butter on toast
Homemade fish fingers
Homemade potato/sweet potato wedges
Slowly but surely I’m trying to introduce new textures and variety into Max’s BLW diet. Weaning for us has been a slow process as Max loves his milk a bit too much but we’re making progress by letting him enjoy exploring with his food.
Do you have any suggestions on what we could add to our ‘foods we will be trying soon’ list?