Lisa - posted on 04/16/2010 ( 31 moms have responded )
I have a nearly six month old. We have just started baby-led solids. There isnt a lot research on this yet (my parenting is based on the latest research)...but intuitively and logically it suits us thatshe shouldn't eat until she can physically pick it up and eat it.
After a good BF and at one of our meals, we put food in front of her and she picks it up, puts it in her mouth, and sometimes she swallows some. I am very keen to stay fully BF as long as possible so I don't want her to replace my milk with solids just yet.
So far she is having a new food every five days, and once a day we give her something to 'play' with. So far we have tried pear, steamed pumpkin, steamed carrot, and mashed potato. She has coughed a little bit at times but seems to be enjoying it. Most of it ends up on the floor!
I wondered how others were going with baby-led solids, as most seem to have their babies on a lot of food already but I don't feel this is necessary. What other types of foods are ok to try at this age?