I love watching my baby grow, and I am sure that I am not alone when I say that I want to keep her small and in my arms forever! But the inevitable happens and she grows and learns new things everyday! She has recently transitioned (and is still transitioning) to solids, in addition to her several bottles of milk a day! I have listed a few tips that I have learned along the way. I hope you find these tips helpful as you start this new adventure of transitioning your little love bug to eating solid foods.
Once your peanut is 5-6 months old and is able to sit-up with little or no support he or she is ready to transition to solid foods (along with her breastmilk/formula). Another sign that your baby is growing up and ready to take on new food textures is when your baby is eyeing and reaching for your food at every meal. If your little butterball has doubled his or her birth weight, it is another indication that your baby is ready for this exciting and very messy transition! So if your babe is meeting these milestones, grab some cute bibs like these from Cooper & Belle and give it a whirl!
make it fun.
Who doesn't love a a good food presentation. Your baby is the same way, so incorporate bold colors like this pink sippy cup by MAM, unique food combos like the Power Blend Pouch with ancient grains, pineapple, banana and oatmeal from NurtureMe, fun cutlery made just for them like that from Re-Play Recycled and use your imagination to even make a picture out of the food. The more we use our imagination for them will only cultivate an environment that is fun to learn and to let their imaginations run free. Don't put too much pressure on yourself, their breakfast can easily be pancakes with blueberries as the eyes and smile. I am queen of overthinking it, but keep it simply and most importantly, make it fun! The more they laugh and enjoy themselves the more they will want to do it all again in a few hours.
don't stress about the mess
The mess of dinner time is simply inevitable for several months. If this is your second baby, then you are well aware that when babies first start eating 50% of the food on the spoon goes into their mouth and 50% ends up on their chins, ends up in their hair and really, just everywhere. And remember Mama, not stressing about a messy mealtime is a win win for everybody! Baby will always eat more when he or she is relaxed and happy rather than anxious or stressed! And we all know that a relaxed little bambino makes for a relaxed Mama =) For some of messys, I love these lavender cleansing wipes from Babo Botanicals. The smell yummy and get rid of the icky stickies.
make it a family affair.
Make it A family Affair. Babies are the best impersonators, so when they see everyone else eating, they will start join in on the fun. Life is so busy that it seems to get harder and harder for everyone to eat dinner at the same time, we try to make it a priority to turn the tv off, sit at the table and talk about our day. We have our fair share of eating dinner in the car and in front of the tv, but I cherish the dinners that we eat as a family around the table. My toddler tells us all about his day and it is the cutest ever. As life continually gets busier, there are some pass times that I am trying to make a priority in my home...& it's kind of my favorite!
don't let hanger happen.
Make sure your baby is hungry, but not hangry! Try to not let your baby eat for the hour leading up to the meal. The goal is to get them to eat so we want them hungry, but if the baby is passed the point of hungry, then it's not going to be fun for anyone. This can sometimes be tricky with crazy schedules, but once accomplished it's beautiful thing. Some things I use to occupy before hand are this MAM Teether, comedy courtesy of big brother or small age-appropriate toys.
Who doesn't love to be celebrated?! Good news is babies are the same way! Babies love excitement & high pitched everything! Celebrating them as they eat and continue to eat makes for a fun & productive meal time! And who doesn't love a happy baby & their toothless smiles! Nothing sweeter to fill your love tank! As we are all on this baby feeding journey together, we always love to hear some of your own tips or how you knew your baby was ready!
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