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Friday, September 14, 2007

Mm Mm Mm Mm Milestone!

The last couple of weeks, Kieran has been begging for food whenever he sees us eating. Although he's a couple of weeks shy of six months, we decided to go ahead and offer him some simple foods anyway. It was the right decision. He proved he was more than ready for solids the first night when he grabbed the spoon right out of my hand and stuck it in his mouth on his own. On the first try. And then got mad because using a spoon slows down his dinner. So we opted for Plan B - Baby-Led Weaning.*

We handed him an entire banana. This is what ensued:

"Thank Heaven! Finally someone recognizes that I AM HUNGRY! I will not be trifled with!"

"Wowza, these banana thingies are slippery!"

"OK, OK, I think I've got it...

...mmmmmmmm! Delicious!"

A whole new world is opening up for one starving baby!


*No, we're not weaning in the "stop nursing" sense. We're all about extended breastfeeding over here. Baby-Led Weaning is a method of introducing solid foods in which babies are started with true solids, not purees or mushes. The theory is that if the baby can get the food to his mouth and gum it, then he's better off nutritionally and not at increased risk for choking. And since Kieran has a hissy fit about using spoons as anything other than toys, clearly he's on board with this plan.



  • This is so stinkin' cute! I love it!

    By Blogger Leigh, at Saturday, September 15, 2007 12:25:00 AM  

  • such awful parents. ;oP you are obviously starving that poor child. i mean, look at him. he's wasting away. LOL
    those pics are just too cute. i'd say the banana was a hit!
    i'd love to know what other foods you give him to gum. we've sort of been taking that approach with julian too, but still doing some purees.

    By Blogger Crunchy Domestic Goddess, at Saturday, September 15, 2007 12:32:00 AM  

  • It definitely looks like the banana was a big hit! Adorable pictures. :)

    By Blogger Steph, at Saturday, September 15, 2007 8:28:00 AM  

  • Amy, Steph, and Leigh - Thank you! I love the look on his face when the banana slipped.

    Amy - We've been trying in-season fruits and veggies. If they're not of a handleable size, we just cut him a piece about the width of a home fry and maybe five-six inches long (chip-shaped, say the British). He grabs it with his fist and then gums down to his hand since he can't let go of things on purpose yet.

    He's had peach quarters, soft pear slices, watermelon, avocado, baked acorn squash, sweet potato, and summer squash.

    This is hugely messy, but very fun!

    By Blogger Liesl, at Saturday, September 15, 2007 11:24:00 AM  

  • Aww he is getting so big! I think Aiyana started eating some solids around the same time. :-)

    By Blogger Opal, at Sunday, September 16, 2007 10:21:00 PM  

  • yeah, *chips*...
    when i worked at maccas in my teens we were instructed to call them *french fries*... supposedly sounds POSH lol
    can't believe kieran is half a year old already... what a cutie pie X

    By Blogger kate5kiwis, at Monday, September 17, 2007 2:10:00 AM  

  • Those pictures are soooo cute!

    I find the Baby-Led Weaning very interesting, and it make a lot of sense. Things have changed so much since Lilly was at that stage!

    By Blogger Christy, at Monday, September 17, 2007 12:01:00 PM  

  • Saw your comment about looking for some new vegetarian dinners over at chichimama's. If you're interested in either a black bean taco or lentil casserole recipe, or black bean chili for that matter, email me and I will send to you.... (my mom's a veg.)... snowcentral AT gmail :-)

    By Blogger Steph, at Monday, September 17, 2007 12:26:00 PM  

  • Yes, I would say he is definitely on board with the plan. Hee. What hilarious and fun pictures!

    By Blogger Jennifer, at Monday, September 17, 2007 2:59:00 PM  

  • That is one of the cutest things I've ever seen!

    By Blogger Robbie, at Sunday, September 23, 2007 2:01:00 PM  

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