Bo is almost four and a half months old (seriously, how did THAT happen so fast?). We were always planning to do baby lead weaning, in that we would give her small finger food sized portions of food she seemed interested in (minus the “extras” that we adults love to indulge in). About a week ago she started truly reaching for food, and her little mouth started munching in my general direction every time I ate. So, I gave her a slice of apple. She gummed it for a bit quite happily, then lost interest. We then gave her a bit of pure-apple puree that ZZ was having for desert… She gobbled three baby spoons of it down happily. I was going to wait till six months before truly starting her on foods. Unsure whether or not we would do baby rice at all.
I bought some organic stuff in Australia before coming over… and was glad I did when I scoured the city supermarkets on the way back to the village in search of healthy baby food and found none. NONE that was pure. Every brand contained sugar or various other additives. So it would seem this one packet of rice cereal will be all she has… probably ever.
We boiled and mashed up a little pear on our first morning back to try her on with some cereal. Unsure about the baby lead weaning as she is a little younger than I had initially planned (what is it they say about best laid plans?)… we decided to do a chunky semi-puree instead. Honestly, I thought it would go better than it did… She wasn’t a fan. Not sure if she swallowed any of it at all… but it did make for some pretty funny faces and a lot of very funny noises. Being the first time she had ever worn a bib she was much more interested in scrunching it up and eating it than the food… that and the spoon. But then again, who doesn’t love a good spoon?
How young is too young for baby lead weaning? We might try a few sticks of semi-boiled carrot in the near future and see how we go.