I hardly believe that it’s possible, but Alice (my baby) is ready to start solid foods. She is showing many of the classic signs and has reached the physical milestones that are typically considered necessary before solid foods can be introduced. When Eleanor, my oldest, started on solids I had an arsenal of books and equipment and loads of time (since she was my only child) and did things very differently than I can now that we are a family of five.
So I started thinking, what is the best way to wean Alice? What are the current recommendations for introducing solid foods and how have they changed since the last time I did this? What do I need to be sure to follow, and what recommendations might I alter a little to suit our family’s needs? I’ve heard a lot about baby-led weaning: what is it and why would I choose that method over another? What does the current science have to say about weaning and feeding practices and behaviors generally and how might that inform my decisions?
Then it dawned on me: the readers at Smart Eating for Kids might be interested in this too! And there’s so much to say, that a single post wouldn’t possibly do the topic justice. So I will be starting a new series called Weaning Baby, where I delve deep into these questions (and more) to come up with a set of evidence-based, best practices for introducing solid foods to an infant. Of course, this doesn’t necessarily mean that these practices will be “best” for everyone and I look forward to hearing from all of you about how you take these suggestions and make them work for you. After all, it’s this kind of exchange that makes us all better parents!
What Do You Want to Know?
While I have an idea about an order for these post topics, I want to hear from you. What questions do you have? Where do you struggle and how might we, your Smart Eating for Kids community, help? What tips and strategies do you have for feeding your baby? Leave comments here or send us a note with Weaning Baby in the subject line. I can’t wait to hear from you!
In the meantime, look for our first post next week on signs that your baby is ready.