- He didn't try any solids until six months
- No traditional "baby food" (purees, homemade or otherwise)
- Started off with large pieces of food that he would mostly gum to a paste (shudder): toast, apples, chicken, cucumber, carrots, etc. This was mostly to help him get acquainted with the taste and texture of various foods.
- Continued giving Miles these foods, but as he became more proficient he taught himself to take bites and learn to swallow. This was the hard part (for the adults) as he would often gag- not choke; there is a difference- bring the piece back up, chew some more, and then successfully swallow the bite. Now he's a pro!
It'so interesting to see which foods he likes and dislikes. Most mornings he will have a blueberry waffle and some fruit-flavored Greek yogurt (both from Trader Joe's) for breakfast. Lunch is a variety but includes veggies or fruit. Sometimes I try to give him chicken, but he's usually unimpressed so I don't force the issue. Snack time is usually Trader Joe's pear sauce (like apple sauce but with pears) and crackers or we share a piece of a baguette with some cheese. And for dinner (or whenever we eat out) he'll have whatever I'm having! This was how we discovered that he really likes certain soups, cucumbers, beans, and potstickers- on the other hand, he's not a fan of rice and refuses to touch a pickle (like mama, like son). Super easy and fun.
Let me know if you have any questions about baby-led weaning! I highly recommend it and would be happy to help you with any questions.